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6 Tips for a Fun, Family Spring Cleaning
With spring just about to arrive, I can almost feel the warm weather coming. I am so ready for it! My entire family has “spring fever” and we cannot wait for it to warm up a little outside.
As a family, every single year, we do some spring cleaning in our home and we take that cleaning seriously. I want my kids to be involved so that they know how much work goes into maintaining a house and so that they can live in a clean home. We love when they take responsibility along with us for having a clean and well-maintained home.
Here are the steps we take for a fun, family spring cleaning:
1. Buy supplies ahead of time.
There is nothing worse than starting your spring cleaning and not having the proper supplies. Get all of your cleaning supplies ahead of time and stock up on trash bags because you never know how many you will need. In fact, we always buy twice as much as we think we will need.
2. Create a “tackle it” list with the entire family.
We divide our house into a grid and then figure out what to do in each room. Everyone has input on what needs to be done and then I create a detailed list for all of us to follow.
3. Create a little friendly competition.
This is where the fun, cardio and competition part comes in. My husband and I race each other to see who can get their area completed first, and the kids love getting involved as well. We get a little exercise and a sparkling clean house in the process. While my husband usually gets the most cleaning in, he doesn’t gloat… much!
4. Get rid of the clutter.
Attack your problem areas first and get rid of all of the clutter. The first thing that we do when spring cleaning is give everyone a trash bag and tell them to fill it up. We walk around the house and fill up every bag.
5. Have a fashion show.
Have your kids outgrown clothes or do they keep things that they no longer wear? We have a spring fashion show in our house every year, where my kids have to try on all of their clothes. From there, we put things back into the closet that fit, donate things that no longer work and create a pile of items that need a little extra stain treatment or mending.
6. Donate it or store it.
You would be surprised at how many things around your house you just don’t use. Our general rule is that if you haven’t touched the item in six months, donate or sell it.
With other items, like seasonal things, we store them in our basement.
A thorough spring cleaning does wonders for the health and wellness of everyone in our household, but sometimes despite our best efforts, “spring fever” can turn into “a spring fever.”
Even in a tidy, freshly spring-cleaned household, those “ew” or “yuck” moments are just going to happen, so it’s great to be prepared. As a scout leader for two troops and mother of three, I am convinced that preparation is the key to success in any aspect of our lives. There are germs everywhere and where there are germs, there’s bound to be a cough, cold, ouch, or ach-“ew” not too far away, making sickness almost unavoidable (no matter how hard we try!).
The fact is my family experiences Sick just got real.™ moments a few times each year, even in the beautiful spring months, so I am prepared for when that happens. I overcome those sickness obstacles and provide my kids relief by having a fully-stocked medicine cabinet with some of my favorites like Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp®.
Sick just got real.™? Reach for one of your favorites above to provide your kids relief.
This post is sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own.