‘Tis the season – for dusting, scrubbing, polishing, vacuuming and washing away the grime and slush of winter. Sunday was the first official day of Spring, and to celebrate, The Motherhood has been working on a spring cleaning campaign with Kimberly-Clark to share helpful hints, checklists, products and more for tackling your #SpringClean16 projects this year.
You can hit Walmart with your shopping list to make sure you have everything you need to clean up and stock up before you get started – from Viva® Towels for dusting and scrubbing to Scott® 1000 and Cottonelle® Clean Care toilet paper to stock those newly organized bathroom cabinets.
Make a List, Check it Twice
Before you dive in, make a plan – or just download this handy checklist printable from Chrissy at The Taylor House. She’s organized it by room and included a blank list so you can customize your own if you prefer. Remembering to dust your baseboards won’t be an issue this year!
Invite Your Kids to Be Spring Cleaning Helpers
Spring cleaning is a big job, and you don’t need to do it alone. You have kids in the house who are ready to help, from wiping surfaces (for younger kids) to vacuuming and scrubbing (as they get older). It doesn’t need to be a chore, either!
Start with Vanessa at See Vanessa Craft’s dice game for assigning tasks. Then take Jen at Frugal Living Mom’s advice on how to get the kids pumped for spring cleaning. Play music, create teams and turn cleaning into a game.
Take the Opportunity to Tackle an Annual Deep-Clean
During a typical housecleaning, it’s easy to put away clutter, wipe a few obvious surfaces and call it a day. We’re all busy, and deep cleaning every nook and cranny can take a lot of time. But spring cleaning gives you an opportunity to really focus your efforts on the grimy hot spots you typically skip.
For example, Christie at Raising Whasians took on her bathroom, including the germy areas that usually get overlooked – like the toilet brush itself (ick) and the toilet paper holder.
To get ideas on other often-overlooked areas, visit Tésa of 2 Wired 2 Tired’s post on spring cleaning your car and Liz of Eat, Move, Make’s post on cleaning ceiling fans, light fixtures, your refrigerator grille and more.
Think about One Room or Area at a Time
Divide your cleaning to-do items into manageable chunks so you won’t get overwhelmed and quit before you even begin. If a whole room is too much to tackle all at once, start with smaller areas – like your kitchen counter or junk drawer. Lauren of Mom Home Guide started with dusting and de-cluttering her nightstand drawer. After you’ve made a few of your own drawers and cabinets look this good, you’ll want to take on the rest of the house!
We hope you’re inspired to take on your own #SpringClean16 project. Happy cleaning!