Springtime is here! It’s our time to freshen up, clean, and reset the atmosphere of our home. Here are some Spring cleaning projects for moms and kids:
If you are one who lives easily with the seasons, then you’re probably ready to clean out some stuff. Here are some simple projects you can do to help refresh your home this springtime.
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Springtime Peace & Clarity
I love the Spring season… with it comes fresh air, the sounds of birds chirping, light shining into all the places, and dust clouds everywhere.
Something inside this momma wants to immediately clean up all the dusty places and let the fresh air in!
Follow this checklist until your tidy routines become second nature.
For my Springtime peace and clarity, I need to reset the feel of my home. Here are some projects that moms and kids can do:
Spring Cleaning Projects that Reset the Home:
Let’s talk about a plan I like to call “the box plan.” I love this because it’s something that moms and kids can do together.
So the idea here is that – everything has a place – and so if it doesn’t seem to fit right in with the Springtime atmosphere you want for the home, it goes into one of these boxes.
Here’s how you can handle it:
First, get four boxes and label them. Then, decide a day to begin your Spring cleaning project.
To begin, you can have a central location (like hallway or living room) where everyone brings things to the boxes. Or, you can go together room by room for your cleaning project.
The Box Plan:
- Box #1: Throw Away – This box is for items that are going to be of no use to anyone. They have broken pieces, stains, missing parts… they resemble trash.
- Box #2: Donate – This is a precious box. It may contain some items that you or your kids may be hesitant to get rid of. I think it’s great to foster a giving spirit though this activity and maybe donate some items to a good cause. It’s also ok to just get rid of some things because they don’t quite fit into your home.
- Box #3: Put Away – This box is for fall/winter themed items. It’s also alright at this time to pack away some toys that the kids haven’t played with for a while. You never know, they may feel brand new when you get them back out.
- Box #4: Repair – It never fails that I always find a few broken items (usually in my kitchen) that I’ve stashed back in hopes of repairing. This box can be a great way to get your “honey do list” started.
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The Essentials Spring Cleaning List:
- Dusting– Dusting is a Spring cleaning project that even the smallest toddler can help participate in. I recommend starting the week off with this project because you’ll get more ideas of what you want to do as you go around to each area of your house.
- Clothing Inventory– It usually takes me a day to knock this one out. Also, depending on the ages of your kids, they can probably help some with their clothes.
- Clean out Medicine Cabinet– It’s good to do this one at least twice a year, but at least at Springtime. Check expiration dates and re-stock any essentials for this project.
- Sort Shoes– It doesn’t take much for shoes to get out of wack or unorganized. Depending on where you live, you may be ready to put some Winter shoes away. Or, it may be time to pass shoes onto the next size.
- Kitchen Appliances and Kitchenware– Out of all the Springtime cleaning projects, this one is probably least applicable for kids. Moms however, you can re-arrange your appliances or kitchenware (even bring out some Springtime favorites) to spruce up your kitchen.
- Deep Clean Fridge & Cabinets– Springtime is a great time to check expiration dates. It’s also a great time to reorganize or declutter the kitchen. Kids can help by organizing canned goods or pantry items.
More Spring Cleaning to Reset the Home:
- Declutter Bathroom– Deep clean under sinks and floors/baseboards. Remove and replace any products or cleaning supplies needed. Try using a basket system for cleaning supplies.
- Clean Windows, Windowsills, & Blinds– You’ll be sure to have some good helpers on this one. Pass out those rags and scrub, scrub, scrub.
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- Wash/Update Rugs or Household Linens– This is where you go through the house and collect any throw blankets, couch pillows, drapes, etc. You’ll be surprised how dusty some of these have gotten.
- Deep Clean Floors & Baseboards– I recommend leaving this Springtime cleaning project for one of the last ones you tackle. It’s very rewarding to have cleaned and reset the entire house… and now you can reach to deep clean the floors.
- Re-Arrange and Declutter Porches & Entranceways– Springtime is a great time to reset the front or back porch feel. Maybe update the decor or put out some new plants. If you’ll like me, you’ll have to start by decluttering the items that have accumulated.