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It is that time of the year….out with the old and in with the……CLEAN!!! This year our family is trying very hard to not bring many new things into the home and to truly organize our home to reach it’s highest level of “functioning” capability! We have been working little by little week by week tackling different areas of the house, and we are going to kickstart the deep clean with #SpringClean16 (coming to homes like yours in March 2016).
In a VERY busy home like ours, organization and minimalism is vital to survival people! Being a homeschool family means we have a plethora of papers and books etc. Being a foster family means we have an abundance of baby clothes and gadgets. Being a large family means……you get the picture. It is time to kick butt and get everyone involved in the process! Children are very capable of helping out and doing their part- of course with the right preparation!
1- BE PREPARED- Make a list!
Start your Spring Clean planning by making a list. Go room to room identifying the things you want to clean and purge! While making your list, make marks next to the things you think your little ones can help with. Now, I know some of you are thinking…….
” It just easier if I do it and they stay out of the way……….”
Scratch that mentality right out Mama’s!! Kids need to be involved and they LOVE responsibility! Just make sure they know exactly how to do the job so they can meet your expectations.
2- Be Prepared- with the right products!
The key to Spring Cleaning success is being well prepared. Head to Walmart after you have made your list and pick up all the cleaning supplies you need- like these paper products from Viva, Scott, and Cottonelle that will help you make your home clean and welcoming! I always pick up new toilet brushes to replace the older ones AFTER Spring cleaning, lots of sponges, gloves, garbage bags, storage containers, disinfectant spray, vinegar, baking soda, and anything else needed to get the job done (Thank God everything is easily found at Walmart!).
These…..these Viva Vantage towels are INCREDIBLE! They have a scrubby texture like a towel, so you can scrub away all the gunk and then toss the towel in the garbage. Spring Cleaning is not the time to be adding a ton of things to the laundry. You can tackle stainless steel, the grill, or tubs with these cloth like towels!
Viva also has paper towels that are soft like butter…perfect for little faces and delicate surfaces. Make sure you pick up both so you’ll be covered. While your in the paper aisle, be sure to pick up some toilet paper to fully stock your bathroom after cleaning it. We ♥ Cottonelle toilet paper around here- it’s the only toilet paper with CleanRipple texture to get bums just as clean as your newly cleaned house 🙂
3- Get nontoxic cleaners!
If you want the little ones to help clean, whip up some nontoxic spray for them and offer them lots of choices for cleaning tools.
While there are TONS of fancy cleaning recipes out there- I am a simple Mama. All of these ingredients can be picked up at your local Walmart.
- Spray bottle
- Distilled Water
- Essential oil like lemon or orange for freshness
Our easy spray is a great disinfectant and completely nontoxic (in case the toddler sprays the dog). This is our go to spray for our 4 year old. She loves to clean the mirrors and counters.
4- Give them Incentives!
While we are in the planning stages, we talked to the little ones about what they would like for their rooms and play spaces. We made a list and came to an agreement. We have been looking ahead of time for the new things they would like. The girls would really love new comforters for their beds, and we are happy to do so if they take part in “purging” their room contents, and thoroughly cleaning their space!
The boys would really love a hanging swing, so we picked one up from Ikea and will install as soon as their room is done with Spring Cleaning. While we do not pay our children for household chores, we do like to reward them with things they like for being such a great part of the team.
5- Make it fun!
Spring Cleaning while very important should not create a hostile environment. Take breaks for some fun take out food (again this is not the time to be doing dishes!), eat some ice cold popsicles when you break a sweat, and turn up the JAMS!! My kids love to have a 2 minute dance session or time to sing out loud with our family band!
I hope that you feel inspired to get the little ones involved in #SpringClean16- with enough preparation and planning all the added hands will only be a great addition! Get started HERE– where you may just get inspired and motivated to get cleaning!
What other tips do you have for getting kids excited and involved in Spring Cleaning?
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