She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
It's that time of year. Time to tidy it all up and get ready for summer fun. It's spring cleaning time. Time to enlist your army of family members, pick a date on the calendar, and do the Mad Dash cleaning everything in sight! Here are some basics to make your nest neater and your cleaning easier. First let's start with Four Basic Steps:
Step 1: Buy It!
Cleaning is a whole lot easier when you have the right tools to do the job. The basic necessities are an all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, wood cleaner, toilet cleaner, granite and stainless steel cleaners if needed, separate scrub brushes, rags, or sponges for each surface depending on what is needed, and most importantly, a carrying caddy for each floor of your home with a place to store it all. Remember, when not in use it needs to be out of reach of children and easy to access. Before you start, buy the things you need you don't already have. There's lots of places to buy, but I personally have changed over to the essential oils all natural cleaners for health reasons and I purchase those at my favorite on=line store called The Grove. I love their products and they actually work! I haven't been disappointed yet and we stay a lot healthier without inhaling chemicals that can damage our body. You can find it at this link. https://www.grove.co/member/home
Step 2: Trash It or Donate It!
Your most important tool is the trash bag when it comes time for spring cleaning. It's a lot easier to clean when all the excess is removed. Many times the messiest rooms are the ones that always seem to need attention because they have way too much stuff floating around that you and your family are trying to manage. Before you start your overall cleaning, grab a trash bag, hand out a bag to each of your children, and have everyone do a trash run through the house. You may have to double check depending on age to make sure they get it all on their round. Have a box centrally located for anything that they don't want to keep that can be donated to someone less fortunate. You can even set a timer for this and call it the "Mad Dash". Set the timer for 20 minutes, yell "Go" and the clean machine is on high speed. When everyone has dashed, trashed, and donated, you're ready for the next step in the process.
Step 3: Organize It!
It's really hard to keep your nest neat if it's disorganized. When things are put away, the cleaning is easier. We like to organize about every two months even if it isn't Spring. So set goals ahead of time and pick one area in each room that needs extra attention with organization. If there's more than one area that needs attention, prioritize and do the most important space in the room. Assign those spaces to different people involved. If you feel your children need directions for those areas, write up directions on a post-it note the day before and stick it on the wall above the space. That way everyone knows what to do when they get to their extra assignment. The other areas can be cone next month. After the organization tasks are complete move onto the final step of deep cleaning.
Step 4: Clean It!
Next, send everyone to their own rooms to clean. Tell them to start at the top of the room and work their way down and around the room clockwise as they go. This gives a sense of accomplishment as they clean. Whatever's up high, do first, like hang clothes, clean mirrors and pictures, and dusting. Next, go down to the next level in the room and do what needs doing, Then finish it all off with cleaning the floors last. The entire room will be clean in no time. If you don't have enough family members you might have to give each person two spaces and you and your husband do the rest together. Whatever it takes, it's a team effort. Don't forget to turn on some music before you start. It will keep everyone motivated. Finish the spring cleaning off with a family outing to the movies or for frozen yogurt! You will all celebrate your accomplishment and there's nothing like a neat nest for nestling up close and watching a movie!