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 get a candle burning. 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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
This printable chore chart is really popular too.