A huge thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post.
Happy first week of spring! And you guys know how excited I am because that means this prego momma officially doesn’t need to wear pants anymore. Even if it is still 30 degrees here in Minnesota, bring on the spring dresses!
What better way to celebrate spring now that I am officially in nesting stage than to spend all week spring cleaning! There are a lot of better things you can do, so today we’re sharing with you how to make your spring cleaning as efficient and fun as possible with the family so you can get out there and enjoy that sunshine together!
Seriously there isn’t one thing we can do without the help of our little man Greyson. Whether we’re working on a project or cleaning, he wants to be right there with us helping every step of the way. Sometimes this makes us want to tear our hair out, and other times it melts our hearts. Haha! We always remind ourselves how important it is to involve Greyson in our projects. It’s crazy how he sees us do something and then immediately mimicks it. And we both feel strongly about teaching our babies a good work ethic and responsibility.
Involving your kids in spring cleaning accomplishes two things, it lessens your work load and instills in them the value of cleaning. With a little creativity, you can make spring cleaning less of a chore and more of a treat! That said, here are five ways we make spring cleaning a fun family time activity.
Set a Timer & Use Apps
You know what they say; you get your house cleaned the quickest in the 30 minutes before someone is coming over. So it’s always fun to set a timer and make a game out of cleaning not just for your little ones, but for yourself too. There are a ton of great apps out there that can help.
One app we’ve used and loved is the Home Routines app. This app gives you weekly 15-minute chores so that you don’t get so overwhelmed with all the cleaning you think you have to do in one day. The app divides your chores up throughout the week and even gives you ideas of things to clean you might not ever think about but need to be done. Check out more awesome cleaning and organizing apps HERE.
By using a timer and breaking down the tasks kids as well as you will feel more motivated to keep going!
Greyson loves to spot and find things, so when we start to clean we try to make it fun by turning it into a scavenger hunt. We shout out things he needs to find and put into a pile, aka his toy box.
Personal Tools & Cleaning Supplies
Get them their own tools, cleaning supplies, etc. We gave Greyson his own tool belt, set of tools, cleaning bucket; you name it. What he loves the most are his “dusting socks” (aka daddy’s socks). We throw a sock onto each of his hands, and he runs around the house dusting. BEST trick ever!! Kids love having their own stuff because it helps them feel more independent. Plus, it helps speed up the cleaning process because they aren’t bothering you to use your supplies.
Crafts & Storage Ideas
Organization is key for spring cleaning! And we love our containers. Such an easy and inexpensive way to keep things organized and decluttered. Also, a simple way to go through your stuff and get rid of all the things you don’t use or need. We love our crates and even made some DIY chalkboard labels for them. You can check out more of our organization tips here –> 10 Tips for Organizing Your Space. When we made these, we had Greyson help create the fun little labels. Now every time he sees them, he likes to tell us he made them and how. And he loves to update the chalkboards.
- Mini rectangular boards (we buy ours at Michael’s)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Clothes Pins or Hemp String
Paint the already cut boards with three coats of chalkboard paint. Glue the clothespins or burlap onto the back of boards. Punch a hole in the top of the chalkboards if you’re using the hemp to tie onto the crates.
Here are a few of our favorites from Wayfair that we’ve loved and used. All super inexpensive and adorable for your home.
1. Bavan Rattan Basket| 2. Seagrass Basket | 3. Leigh Scoop Metal/Wire Basket| 4. Handwoven Banana Leaf Fiber & Raffia Wicker/Rattan Basket | 5. Mode Crochet Round Basket | 6. Wayfair Basics Petrone Seagrass Basket | 7. Banana Leaf 3 Piece Wicker Basket
Show Them the Money!
Greyson is two, will be three in a few months and he now wants to buy things, or us to buy him things. So we’ve been trying to teach him the value of earning and saving his money to buy all those things he wants. This way, every trip we make to the grocery store we don’t buy more junk to clutter up our house. Ha! So when he helps us with a chore or does something around the house, we’ll reward him with a quarter, sometimes just pennies. That way he knows the value of working hard and sees the reward.
And there you have it! Our five tips to spring cleaning and involving your family. We hope you can take a tip or two so you can get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine. And if you have some sunshine, send some to Minnesota. Happy spring cleaning!