Spring into Action
Moms on Call shares tips for spring cleaning in a simple, realistic way (while getting your little ones in on the fun)!
If you’ve got little ones laying, crawling or running around the house, we’re here to help make spring cleaning a breeze!
Spring cleaning is all about refreshing your space, setting the new season’s intention and having a little fun with it! Cleaning with littles around is definitely a challenge, but it’s not impossible.
Spring Cleaning Tips
- Set realistic expectations and give yourself grace!
- Make a list of rooms you intend to clean. We like to set a realistic expectation of 1 room every 2 days. See below.
- Spend this day getting rid of outgrown items, clothing, and toys. These items can be passed down to friends, family or donated to your local charity.
- Separate items into giveaway, keep, save for later, and keepsakes.
- Refresh your room with new pillows, update pictures, plants, candles, put away that winter décor, etc!
- Organization, cleaning surfaces, sweeping and vacuuming.
- Tips to get littles involved (in helpful ways!)
- If you have a toddler or older kiddo, providing them with some washcloths, a small broom and letting them push the vacuum with your help are all fun ways to get involved.
- Use a chore chart, involving them in small tasks.
- Play some music while cleaning! If your little is too young to join in the cleaning, place them in a swing, bouncy or playard in the room and keep poking around to let them know you’re there.
Everything has a place!
- Create organization by adding storage containers and baskets in your living spaces.
- This is great for toys! Having a dedicated basket or bin of toys available for your little in your living space is a great way to keep toys contained and simplify clean-up!
What to keep and what to toss?
- Choosing what items to keep or toss can be hard.
- Toss items in the giveaway pile that don’t give you excitement anymore (décor, clothes, etc).
- Toss items that are too small, littles have grown out of age-wise (ex: teething toys, playmats, swings) and toys that no longer interest them.
- Winter items and décor can be stored for later. This goes for clothes that you may have purchased a size too big or were passed down by a sibling.
- Keepsake tip: We like to keep one item from each stage of baby/childhood. Then next year, we go through it again! (It may not hold the same precious value it did the year past.)
- We keep separate containers for winter, holiday and keepsake items that can slip right under a bed or in a closet.
We hope these tips and tricks have made cleaning your space a bit more FUNctional! From one momma to another, patience and grace will get you through this!