Spring Cleaning

Date: 06 Apr 2017

Spring is FINALLY here. It’s time to open the windows, air out your home and begin spring cleaning. Some will prefer to do all in one go, but spring is 3 months, so why not use our ideas and tackle one room at a time over the next 3 months?

1. Bedrooms

  • Wash the quilts and/or duvet covers.

  • Go through clothes with your child and donate or sell anything that either doesn’t fit or hasn’t been worn in two years. If you plan to have more children, you could put clothes into plastic storage boxes and label the box with the gender and age range the clothes are for.

  • Swap out winter clothes with summer clothes. Be sure to wash any clothes before you put them away for an extended period of time.

2. Bathrooms

  • Wash the shower curtain and bathmats.

  • Go through medicines and set aside anything you don’t use or has expired. Take them to your local pharmacy to be disposed of properly.

  • Throw out expired or old make-up.

  • Check first aid kits to make sure nothing needs to be replenished. Get your child involved by asking him what he thinks is missing.

3. Playroom

  • Ask your children to throw out broken toys, games with missing pieces; if there are toys they don't play with anymore, donate them to charity or to younger cousins. This will reinforce the idea of sharing.

  • Move furniture, check the crevices, etc. for anything that may be missing. Children lose things in the craziest of places!

Spring Cleaning with Kids4. Kitchen

  • Vacuum under and around the fridge. 

  • Vacuum around the oven and clean the hob.

  • Wash the fridge shelves and drawers (Hint: You don’t need to do this all at once either! Do a drawer/shelf a day).

  • Consider defrosting your freezer if it doesn’t have a self defrost process as some newer freezers do.

5. Utility

  • Pull out washing machine and tumble dryer, and hoover up all the dust around the machine.

  • Discard any old cleaning products that you no longer use.

6. Whole House

  • Wash the inside and outside of all windows. A great tip: Tackle one floor at a time if you have a lot of windows.

  • Wash down door knobs and light switches. Germs be gone! This is a great little job for your child to help with.

  • Dust everywhere you don’t normally dust. This includes high ledges and door frames and anywhere else that doesn’t see much movement.

  • Dust and polish the banisters.

7. Garden

  • Trim back trees and shrubs.

  • Hose down swing sets and scrub any dirt off.

  • Prepare any flower/vegetable beds for spring planting. This is a great activity for your child to get involved with, whilst teaching them about how plants grow with proper care.

8. Garage

  • Sweep the floor. This is another job the kids can get involved in.

  • Check that the things you are keeping in the garage are still needed, and that any products you are keeping in the garage are in date and can be used. 

Remember, spring is three months long. Spread out the tasks over time. Just don’t forget to try to tackle something once a week – big or small.

And don't forget to keep cleaning products out of reach of children.