Take a deep breath. Ahh, can you smell it? Spring is almost here! But if when you breathed in you were left feeling wheezy rather than refreshed you may also be reminded of this: spring cleaning is also around the corner!
We recently cleaned and dusted all three of our locations top to bottom and it won’t be long before we’re doing the same thing to our homes. Are you dreading it? No need! Cleaning can be surprisingly fun, especially when you get the whole family involved.
- Have a wide range of ages in your house? This list is helpful in figuring out what tasks are appropriate for your kids. Little ones are often a lot more capable than we give them credit it for, and there is that magical age when they want to be as helpful as possible – take advantage of it!
- Speaking of kids, do you have a chore chart? Get everyone involved and make one using colorful poster board or a wipeable white board. Keep track of which tasks have been completed using stickers, colorful pushpins, or magnets. Hang it up in a spot where everyone can see it. Once all the chores are completed you could even treat yourselves to some homemade cookies or maybe a family movie night!
- Make a playlist to help speed along cleaning – and don’t forget to whistle while you work! Choose songs that you can all sing-along to together and that get you up and moving. It’s way more fun to sweep and mop with some great tunes playing.
- Get some supplies for the little people, whether a kid-size broom and dustpan or some tools for the garden.
- Bring out your family’s competitive spirit! Use timers to see who can put away the most toys in under a minute, or see how many tasks can be completed in a half-hour. Set up a small basketball hoop and toss trash through it and into the wastebasket. Don’t have a chore chart? Make a game instead. Create a gameboard and give each family member a piece. Whenever they complete a chore move their piece forward a space. The first person to reach the end gets a small prize!
- This is one of our favorites: create a scavenger hunt. Tired of looking at your kids’ messy rooms? Hide little treats, candy or small toys, around the room. If they want to find them then they’ll have to pick up all those piles of dirty laundry!