Spring Cleaning:: Motivation Tips

It’s that time of year.  Spring cleaning is in the air.  Are you ready?  I thought I could help out with sharing some  tricks and tips and ways that I motivate myself and ways that I have gotten my kiddos involved.  Now I’m no pro, but these things have helped me so hopefully they will help you too.

One of the first things I do before I start cleaning is make a plan in my head.  Nothing huge but it helps me not walk around aimlessly.  You probably do this without thinking about it.

  • How much time do I have?
  • Where do I want to start?
  • What can the girls help me do?

Once I have these questions answered I can start.

My next step is to light a candle.  For some reason I clean better with a candle going.  I guess getting my house to smell good motivates me. :)

I also like to open all my blinds to make sure I have some natural light coming in.  When I’m cleaning a room, I’ll open the windows to let in fresh air.   That’s one of the best perks to spring cleaning.

Bathroom

I use to wait until nap-time so that my girls didn’t have to inhale the harsh fumes or get into the toilet and gunk that is cleaning a bathroom.  Well, once I got my bottle of Mr. Clean with Febreze I had tons more freedom.  This stuff smells so yummy that I want to spray it around my house. :)  So my new tip on the bathroom is to throw the kiddos in the tub and let them play there while I clean.  It worked wonderful.  (Now remember all the safety rules of having your kids in the tub or around any type of water.)

Bedroom

Remember Heidi’s tips for making your bed?  Since I started doing this my bedroom feels so much more relaxing.  Also remove all toys and reminders that little ones likes to share your room too.  Make your room your haven!

Kitchen

I try to have my sink clean and empty of dishes as much as possible.  I usually put off doing dishes but it seriously only takes like 10 minutes to load and unload.  That helps motivate me to get it done too.

Quick Tips

My friend taught me some great tips if I am doing a quick pick up (which I usually do right before my hubby gets home from work).  Clean your counter-tops and make sure all dishes are in the sink, or if possible, in the dishwasher.  Make sure your floors are clean of toys and whatever else.  Go through and fluff pillows on couches and beds.  Light a candle or spray some Febreze to freshen the house.  Your hubby will think that you spent all day cleaning. :)

Now to get the kiddos involved:

My girls are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2.  Of course most of us start to have them clean-up their toys as soon a they can, but here are some other things I have gotten my girls to do so they don’t look at me as their housekeeper.  These are things you can have them start doing around the age of two.

  • Put their dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Help fold laundry.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to help clean (counter-tops, doors, walls, any surface really).
  • Use the Swiffer duster to dust and the Swiffer floor cleaners.  (I swear my living room is almost completely dust free and my floors look great.)
  • Take their dishes to the sink when they are done eating. (Be careful with liquids.)
  • Help empty and load the dishwasher

Make cleaning fun for them.  Of course this might extend the length of your cleaning time, but the lesson will be well worth it.  Just remind yourself of that.

Brooke mentioned that she had her girls mop the kitchen floor in their swimming suits and they loved it.  I decided to give it a try.  I had to mop up a lot of water afterwords, but the girls loved it and had a good time.  My floor is now clean too.

One more thing that will help is to create a great chore chart for your kiddos.  Check out the one Brooke made with a free download.  My girls love theirs.

We were sure lucky cause our friends at Febreze, Swiffer, and Mr. Clean helped us get in the spring cleaning mood.  They sent us all these great products.

Guess what?!?!  They wanted one of our readers to get these products for free too!!!!

To enter this giveaway you must be a follower of The Crafting Chicks and leave a comment on this post telling us one of your favorite products from Febreze, Swiffer or Mr. Clean. Giveaway will close Saturday, April 2 at midnight MST, and the winner will be posted on Sunday.

If you want to run out and grab some of these great products here are some links for some special deals!

Febreze

Mr. Clean

Swiffer

The Crafting Chicks were provided with the above products to review.  All of the opinions stated are our own.

Comments

  1. says

    I love all the febreeze scented cleaning products. I would love to try the bathroom Mr. Eraser on my tub! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Kristin W. says

    I LOVE the swiffer duster, it works wonders! And I also love the Magic Eraser – it makes cleaning tough things so easy!

  3. says

    Oh it’s got to be the Magic Eraser! I’ve got it stock piled so that I don’t run out! I love to use it on my stainless steel sinks, it gets them so shiny like nothing else!

  4. Betsy says

    I follow via RSS feed. Swiffer sweepers are my friend . . . and my 3yo daughter’s who just LOVES to sweep our house full of hardwood floors!

  5. Julie says

    Swiffer duster, because it makes dusting so fun my kids will do it. They’re also great for ceiling fans.

  6. says

    I LOVE Febreze fabric and air freshener! Especially since I still have a little one in diapers. Every once in awhile you change a diaper and just can’t live without a spritz of Febreze to cover up the after math! :)

  7. Nicole Stucki says

    LOVE the magic eraser! Best thing ever. I’m going to go out and buy that scented bathroom cleaner today :).

  8. Kimberly says

    I love, love, love the Febreeze candles and anything by Febreeze. My husband always requests these in his care packages as well anytime he is deployed to help with the odors that tend to linger in their sleeping quarters.

  9. Christina says

    Oh! I wish we had a swiffer duster. I also get to cleaning and think of the commercials and wish I had one. Happy spring cleaning!

  10. says

    I’m a follower and wish I was computer savvy enough to figure out that chore download. Man! That is cute!!!!

    My favorite product is the swiffer duster. Love that thing!!!!!

  11. says

    I actually have at least two products I could not live without – the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! As I have told my hubby, it really is magic! Also, my Swiffer mop – I shiver at the memory of mop and bucket days :)

  12. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. What better product to use around the home with little sticky fingers everywhere. Spring cleaning, here I come!

  13. Marissa says

    I love the original febreeze for making everything seem fresher. With three kiddos and a dog (and a husband who leaves his socks everywhere!) keeping things fresh can be a chore :)!

  14. Barrie Marsh says

    I love the Febreeze candles! I have them everywhere, I’m like you, I clean better with a candle going. It’s kinda like having a head start on the cleaning!

  15. Samantha says

    I LOVE the swifter duster! It works so well and I have been meaning to get one! I also love the mr clean spray with febreze!

  16. says

    I like the Febreeze original! It works great when you need just a fresh smell in an area that can’t exactly be “washed!”

  17. says

    i adore all febreeze products!! but especially their candles…oh my they make everything better! and i also do the same thing of lighting a candle & opening a window when i’m cleaning, i also throw on some music for good measure. nothing like dancing when your cleaning to burn a few extra calories! LOL! hugs!

  18. says

    I got super excited when I saw this giveaway!! :) I HATE cleaning! But what gets me motivated are the supplies I use when I clean. Seriously! I LOVE Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, I just found out they have a Magic Eraser mop! I will be purchasing one of those as soon as I find it! I also could not live with out the Swiffer cleaners too, I am the worst when it comes to dust! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  19. ChristieDawn says

    I LOVE my Swiffer wet Jet! It’s so hard to do “normal” mopping with my kiddos running all over the place. But with the swiffer its dry almost instantly! Not to mention it smells great and looks great!

    Thanks for the chance!

  20. says

    I’m not really sure what I would do without my Swiffer vac. It is a lifesaver with hardwood floors! I’m also a huge fan of the Magic Eraser because I am constantly banging baby stuff (carseat, exersaucer, etc) into my walls!

  21. Becca says

    I’m a follower :) I love the Mr. Clean all purpose cleaner with Fabreze! I get the Lavender scent and use it on my floors-smells sooo good and fresh!

  22. says

    I love my Tide with Febreeze. It looks like I will have to try out those Magic Erasers. I never thought of cleaning a shower with them and being pregnant I am looking for low odor cleaning supplies. Thanks for the tips!

  23. Tanya says

    OMG, I LOVE LOVE the Magic erasers :) Those things save me sooooooo much time cleaning that I can not clean without them,lol!!!

  24. Melissa says

    I am a huge fan of the magic erasers. I’m a faithful follower of your blog, you always have such cute stuff!

  25. Megan says

    I love Fabreeze!! Totally my favorite. Everything always smells so fresh and clean when I’m done. Love their candles!

  26. Brianne says

    I love my Swiffer Sweeper. It picks up the little pieces of dirt and dust that a broom doesn’t. Love it. I would love to try the Mr. Clean with Febreeze!

  27. Mollie says

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing…if only I could get the motivation to go through my kids’ closets! They are complete disasters.

    I love the Magic Erasers…my 2 year old is going through a scribbling on everything (especially the walls) phase and my 4 year old is more than happy to supply her with the markers, crayons, pencils…sigh!

  28. Ruth says

    My cleaning routine would be incomplete without Swiffers! After I sweep my floors, and before I mop, I have to swiffer, too. It’s amazing how much those wipes collect on an already swept floor.

    Swiffers are great for dusting everything, including my dashboard and other hard surfaces in our car.

    Spring cleaning, though hard work, is so refreshing!

  29. jen harrison says

    I love the febreeze sprays-they smell so good!! I use the swifter mopper and dusters too! My husband loves the majic erasers! Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful products!!

  30. Amy S. says

    I LOVE Mr. Clean magic eraser. It’s the only thing that cleans my tub completely including all those impossible discolorations and stains. I couldn’t clean my bathroom without it!

  31. Rachel J says

    Love Magic Eraser- they work on everything! This is a great giveaway- need to get my hands on the Febreeze scented cleaners.

  32. says

    I am all about winning some cleaning products! :) I definitely need to start some spring cleaning. Thanksfor the tips, my kids are 2, 3 and 5 and I think I need to stop spoiling ha! My favorite product is mr clean magic eraser. With three young kids I use this ALOT!!!

  33. Holly says

    Thanks for the pep talk. I love the house to be clean but don’t always like getting there.

    I use the Mr Clean Magic Erasers all the time. They work great on the textured handles and door of the refrigerator and scuffs of the walls. For some reason, the walls going down the stairs always need extra attention.

  34. says

    It looks like I’m not the only fan of Magic Erasers. I keep them stock piled because they are so handy. With all my crafting madness, I get paint, glue, and other gunk everywhere, but Mr. Clean always get’s me back in tip top shape. I’m grateful to who ever came up with those brilliant erasers, and my white counter tops and cabinets are too! ( = My mom raves about the swiffer mop, so maybe I’ll win this giveaway and I can try it out too.
    -Emily
    paperpixiecrafts.blogspot.com

  35. Nikki says

    I LOVE my magic eraser mop head. It gets my floor in my kitchen super clean without tons of scrubbing on my part. Super easy and super fast. Thanks!!

  36. Mindy says

    I love the Swiffer duster and magic erasers. My 18 month old loves the swiffer duster so much, it makes a special trip with us to day care about 3 times a week because she doesn’t want to give it up!!!!

  37. Brooke says

    I love the swiffers! My one year old does it for me! But by the looks and sound of it I need to try the eraser!

  38. Lindsey Habegger says

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a must for any mom! I have three kids (2,4,5) and a baby on the way – we use them for all sorts of cleaning around our house!

  39. Tamara says

    I love the magic eraser mop. It’s great for quick cleanups of my white (ugh) kitchen floor. I hadn’t seen the anjou pear Febreze candles, but they sound great, too!

  40. Kristi H. says

    Love all of them, but the swifter allows me to have my 2 year old help. She loves dusting, wait til she grows up :)

  41. Laurie Adams says

    I LOVE the febreeze candles and spray. I have 2 kiddos, 2 dogs, 1 husband and that equals a lot of stink! Thank you for this opportunity to win some wonderful products!

  42. says

    My favorite product listed above is by far the Swiffer dusters! I love that I can just pull one out whenever and do a quick once-over on all my dusty surfaces. I also love all of Tide’s laundry detergents including Febreeze! My favorite scent is lavender. Makes my laundry smell so fresh and clean ;)

  43. Julie says

    My house could use a good deep cleaning! I’ve been putting it off, but some new cleaning supplies would motivate me to get if done!!

  44. Debra says

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a lifesaver!! I recently used it to get Sharpie marker off my wood coffee table. I was able to clean it up so fast that afterward I regretted not taking a picture of my 20 month old next to her artwork first!

  45. Jodi says

    I love the Magic Eraser!!! I work 60+ hours a week so I love having a product that works so well and makes the job easier!!!

  46. Trilby says

    I am in LOVE with the array of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. There is hardly a room in my house that hasn’t been “erased”!!

  47. Marianne says

    I couldn’t live without Magic Erasers! Seriously…what did we do before those things were invented? I also love the Mr. Clean products with Febreeze…they smell so clean and fresh!

  48. Lindsay says

    I LOVE the Swiffer duster and the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Both do wonders around my house and I could not live without them.

  49. says

    I LOVE Febreeze’s multi purpose cleaner. Also, Mr. Clean’s magic erasers- amazing. I would love this. My house needs a good cleaning!

  50. rebecca.a says

    the swiffer with febreeze (i love the citrus smell) is amazing. i could dust every day just to smell it! :)

  51. stacey says

    Hey with three little girls ages 4 to 4 months my house always needs cleaning, and with my 3 year old, who has a lot of tasmanian devil in her I love the Mr clean magic erasers.

  52. Debora Westbury says

    I love the eraser, along with the candle, and then there is the cleaner…but I have to add the misting spray…I use it on curtains, furniture and my daughter loves to spray her clothes with it…what I wish them to do is because I am short, is to tke the sweeper and put a eraser heas to it, so I can wash the top part of my walls that I can not reach,

  53. Carol in E TN says

    I love the regular febreeze and the swiffers. These are such great ideas and I will try some of the other products also.

  54. Shell W says

    My favorite products are my swiffer wetjet- yep still cleaning with the old school one, mr clean magic erasers, & febreeze noticeable & air effects pet odor eliminator (although my dog usually doesn’t smell & my house NEVER smells like an animal with 4 feet anyway).

  55. says

    Swiffer dusters and sweepers are the favorite here in my house! With a yellow lab that sheds profusely, the swiffer floor cloths are a must each and every day!

  56. Cambrea Corbett says

    I cannot survive without my Magic Eraser! I have been in love since it cleaned black Sharpie of my son’s bedroom door!

  57. says

    I use a lot of these same methods at my house when cleaning! They work great! Thanks for the great giveaway! We just bought a new house and will be moving soon, so this will be so great to help me spring clean the house I am in and clean the new one too! Thanks!!

  58. Jessica says

    The Mr. Clean with Febreeze sounds awesome, and I would love to try it. I know what you mean about wanting to keep your kids away from the awful fumes of the regular bathroom cleaners. And just like everyone else, I think magic erasers are great!

  59. Andra says

    When I married my husband he had been a single dad of 5 kids for several years. Bless his heart but men just aren’t good cleaners. :) We started on the bathtubs and couldn’t get all of the junk off that had been encrusted for a long time. ha, ha. Someone introduced me to Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and I was amazed at what it did. I have never used anything since!

  60. Stuart says

    I would love to get some of that Mr.Clean action for my apartment. I think surprising my wife with a spotless apartment that doesn’t smell like cleaner would do wonders for our home (wink)! What wife wouldn’t want to come home to a clean home…

  61. says

    I really love the magic erasers since my 2 year old loves to colour on the walls! I haven’t tried any of the Mr. Clean products with Febreeze in them yet, but you’ve made me curious. Even if I don’t win I’ll probably go pick some up just to smell it. :)

  62. Blair says

    I am finally a follower of the crafting chicks!! I love Mr. Clean magic Erasers, as well as Febreze fabric spray, to make it smell fresh!! Awesome giveaway!

  63. says

    My two favorites….Mr Clean Magic Eraser-(A.MAZ.ING!), and the Swiffer Sweeper mop. They are so awesome.
    I “like” you on facebook, but I am having a hard time following you. It keeps saying the page is unavailable.

  64. says

    Oooh, fabulous giveaway! But I have to choose just one? I love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, but I couldn’t live without my Swiffer! With dark hardwood floors, I need to sweep everyday. The Swiffer is always loaded and ready to go, especially after someone walks in with dust shoes. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  65. Ashley M says

    I am not a good duster, so I think I better start enrolling my kids to help! Avoid the allergy problems for me. :)

  66. Sharon C. says

    I looooove Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. With 4 kids my walls are always being used as a canvas. (subscribe via email)

  67. jillmp74 says

    I love any product with Febreze! Mr. Clean with Febreze in it is awesome! I have 4 kids that all play sports so needless to say I am a huge fan of using Febreze…a lot of it.

  68. Shannon says

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are Awesome….. I know just about everyone has posted this one – but really they are magic!! You search for the dirt just to use these!!!

  69. Krissy B. says

    Hi…I love all those products and have used them all but my fave is FEBREZE air freshener I use on the furniture…I use it to freshen up the sofa and chairs after all the men and boys in the house have been sitting around doing their thing/lounging, etc! It works so great for that…I just found your blog and love it.

  70. Sydney says

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is an awesome product. My mom introduced me to this product and I am oh so glad she did! It makes cleaning my bathtub so much easier.

  71. Ashley says

    I love swiffer dusters! My kids can help with them and I don’t worry about them spraying polish.

    THanks for the chance!

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