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4 Areas of the Home that the Family Should Attend To

Keeping a clean and tidy home can seem difficult and overwhelming if the responsibility all falls on one person. But if the whole family gets involved, it can be easier and faster. Luckily, there are four areas of the home that the whole family can get involved with to keep things nice and organized.

The Kitchen

An organized and neat kitchen makes for a much more pleasant cooking, eating, and cleaning up experience. Whether you prefer to organize with glasses closer to the sink or the fridge, with cooking utensils in a canister on the counter or neatly lined up in a drawer, or have a dishwasher or hand wash everything, getting organized in a way that everyone can follow is very helpful. This ensures that anyone in the family can cook, wash, or put away dishes at any time with no assistance. Create a system and if necessary, label drawers and cabinets to ensure that everyone knows what is where.

The Bathroom

Even if some members have their own private bathroom, there’s always at least one guest bathroom that’s available for everyone, including guests, to use. This bathroom should be everyone’s responsibility. Depending on how often it’s used and how often you have guests, it should be cleaned anywhere from one to three times a week. Rotate responsibility so that everyone takes a turn. Make sure it’s kept stocked with cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and hand soap. You should also stock it with a first aid kit and an assortment of over the counter meds like aspirin or nausea relief in case guests have a headache or upset stomach.

The Garage

Garages often become a “catch-all” where anything that doesn’t have a home inside gets left. This can lead to trouble, however, when you need something and can’t find it. Getting the garage organized and neat makes it easier to park there and also to get things done. Store things in bins, and take advantage of rafter storage if you have it to save floor space. Organize similar things together, putting all the tools for your go kart together, for example. Some companies, like Karting World Wide LLC, know how helpful this can be when it comes time to work on your kart.

The Yard

The yard is a relaxing space where everyone in the family usually spends some time. Work together to keep it the beautiful, comfortable space you enjoy. Kids can be responsible for keeping their outside toys picked up and put away when not in use, and keeping playground-style equipment in good working order or bringing it to your attention when it needs repairs. Teens can mow grass, weed, plant, and otherwise help with yard maintenance. If the whole family works together, yard maintenance can be done quickly, leaving plenty of time for relaxation.

Your home is a beautiful place to relax, laugh, and spend time together. By working together to keep it neat, clean, and organized, you allow more time for the fun stuff.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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TOY GIVEAWAY TODAY and FRIDAY

Who -

**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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