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We have been having the strangest weather here in Southern California. Yesterday, I joked that it was a beautiful summer day in winter. With 80 degree weather for a few days, it’s hard not to get excited for spring when the days will stay warmer for longer than a week at a time. Everything starts to come back to life again! I love having the windows open to let in the fresh air, planting our little garden, and doing some spring cleaning. Yesterday I stopped in at our partner, The Home Depot, and right at the entrance I was greeted by a display of cleaning products that are going to make our spring cleaning so much easier this year.
Another thing that is going to help with spring cleaning is having the girls help more.
They are all at ages where they can take part in helping to keep our home happy and healthy. I’ve learned some tips along the way to get everyone involved and helping, and even having fun.
Tip #1 Don’t do it all at once. Kids get bored….actually everyone gets bored, especially when it’s doing something they didn’t choose to do. Set aside a half hour to an hour every day to tackle spring cleaning so nobody gets burned out or bored.
Tip #2 Play music! This is my favorite tip. Always have music on and let every family member pick a song. Rotate through, starting with the youngest to the oldest. Dancing is totally allowed as is signing along as you clean!
Tip #3 Assign everyone a job (or two). Emmy is our declutter-er. Ashley is the expert at vacuuming and I am known to clean a counter like it’s nobody’s business. Make a list of everything that needs to get done, and then assign each task to a different person. Don’t just break it up by rooms. Have everyone be an expert at a couple things and have them do those things in all the rooms. They will finish each room quicker and feel a sense of accomplishment more often, thus making it more fun.
Tip #4 Have the right tools before you start. The worst thing is running out of something you need, and then not being able to finish what you started until another day….especially when you are already in your groove. This is really true when it comes to cleaning. When we were at The Home Depot, I picked up everything I needed in anticipation of our yearly spring cleaning. My go-to products right now are Clorox Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend Disinfecting Wipes for everywhere clean up. They come in a 2-pack of the 75-Count wipes and they help me clean everything from counters to door knobs. I’m also big on Pine-Sol 60 oz. Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner. Nothing smells like clean, like Pine-Sol! It leaves my floor sparkling! One of my newest tips is to use Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner Clinging Bleach Gel to get my toilets super clean. It does a great job and saves me time and extra work. The Home Depot has it in a Value Pack right now too!
Tip #5. Plan your cleaning schedule ahead of time and don’t stop until it’s done. We are big into time blocking. We schedule pretty much everything, including cleaning, so we have started adding our cleaning schedule to our calendar. Once we start, we don’t let anything distract us. We also make sure that we actually do all of the scheduled cleaning times. That way, our list of things to clean is done, and we are ready for some spring and summer fun!
For some reason my kids won’t clean when I ask, but they will for my husband. That’s fine with me since he’s way better at it than I am. I came home one day and they were cleaning the windows.
I haven’t done spring cleaning in a few years. I am clearly way overdue.
There are two rules at our house when cleaning commences. One, we have to have tunes. Two, there is no stopping! Love this.
I am most definitely include my son when I clean. He is old enough to be able to clean the kitchen and his bedrooms and mop the floor. He doesn’t always like it. LOL
I, personally don’t like to clean alone- I’ll do just about and cleaning chore if I have company. Misery loves company? Haha- but music is a second must to company. These are all great tips.
These are great tips! I wish is was even close to spring here in Alaska! We always put music on when we clean and I use Clorox wipe for EVERYTHING!
A regular cleaning schedule and being armed with the right and helpful tools are definitely must-haves. Assigning tasks to every member of the family is a great trip for all households.
I absolutely LOVE original Pine-Sol. I use it for nearly EVERY cleaning need, and can’t get enough of the smell. Everything smells so CLEAN when I use it!
These are great tips! I have been wanting to start spring cleaning, but haven’t got the mojo to do so.
Spring cleaning is also a time of discovery for me. I discover a lot of lost things during cleaning.
These are great spring cleaning tips. I always turn up the music when i am cleaning. It helps make it fun.
I make a plan for my spring cleaning. I like to break it up over a weekend. Music is a great to get you in a groove.
I love Pine Sol — it just smells so fresh and clean! We still have a long way to go until I can “spring clean” in RI
Bribery works for me! Ha! They are all old enough to help so everyone has chores now. It definitely helps when you’ve got the right supplies.
My favorite tip is playing music! That always gets everyone pumped! We bring our wireless speaker to each room and bang it out to our favorite tunes, then keep moving!
Music is always a necessity when we clean at our house. We always celebrate our success with big cleaning chores with a treat of some kind, like going out for ice cream. These are all great tips though. I can’t believe it’s almost spring cleaning time again!
These are such good tips! I am about to start our spring cleaning next week!
These are all great tips – I love using those Clorox wipes and thanks for reminder, I have to buy more! It ist hat time again, Spring Cleaning!
Spring cleaning day is soon approaching! We crank up the stereo to a genre we can all enjoy and set the boys out with a rag and Windex or furniture polish! Everyone in the family should join in, take part in freshening up the house after a long winter!
I love spring cleaning, there is just something therapeutic about deep cleaning and cleaning out your home!!
I definitely need to start spring cleaning. So hard with a baby though, but it must be done!
Chlorox is a must have in our household. I am slowly starting to do my sprong cleaning as well.
I love playing music while cleaning! I am obsessed with cleaning.. its like an OCD thing so I love all these tips! 🙂
I have to listen to music when I clean or I won’t survive. It helps to keep me motivated. Otherwise, I will zonk out and not want to finish.
Great ideas for getting the house spic and span! We like to divide up different tasks for all of our boys and they really like helping get the job done too!
Your weather sounds a lot like Texas weather! I love playing music while I clean; it makes the time go by much faster.
Great tips. This year we have bigger place so we will be doing spring cleaning in a week time instead of all at once. Everyone in the house will have something to do.
These are definitely some great tips on getting the family to pitch in to do some spring cleaning. Thanks for sharing these ideas.
I love that you get the whole family involved. I also like the music idea. For me blasting Springsteen throughout the house really gets me going!
Seriously, our weather in TX is exactly the same. We can’t pack our winter clothes away just yet. But yes spring cleaning has just begun.
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