Today’s the first day of spring! It’s time for SPRING CLEANING!
If you are like me, you have been waiting for this day to arrive since the first snowfall (Ok, maybe the day after Christmas!). Out with the long days and cold weather and in with increased light and temperature. After being shut in all winter, many people get the urge to clean and refresh their spaces with traditional spring cleaning. Whether its in anticipation of Passover or the house is need of a thorough cleaning, spring is the perfect opportunity to open the windows, shake off the drab of winter and welcome the newness of spring with open arms.
I use to tackle this task all alone. I would start in one room and work my way through the house, gutting and cleaning as I went. This process would take several weeks and I was exhausted by the end of the process. Now that my kids are older, I use this opportunity to inspire them to get involved too. Many hands make light work, so it only makes sense to involve the kid!
Here are 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning with Kids:
1.. Have Realistic Expectations – This is probably the hardest task for me! I’m a neat freak and I have OCD. I like things done a certain way and in a certain order. Unfortunately, my children are not carbon copies of me. They have their own ways of accomplishing a task and I have respect their effort even if it isn’t up to my standards. For example, my DD6 may not have the coordination or dexterity to change the sheets on her bet, so a good effort may be removing everything from the bed, and replacing them once the sheet is in place.
2.. Make it fun – Chores are a synonymous with a curse word in my house. When I say the word aloud, everyone shutters and runs away. The best way to get children motivated about spring cleaning is to make it fun. Blast music, have races, and challenge them are just a few ways you can motivate your kids and make the job feel more like fun and less like work.
3. Be Specific – When you ask your child to do a chore, tell them exactly what you want them to. For example, asking them to clean the bathroom, may mean cleaning the sink and toilet to them, but to you meant washing the floor and cleaning the tub as well. Tell a child to clean their room vs pick up all your toys can be overwhelming and make the task feel impossible. By being specific, you are more likely to get the job done right the first time!
4. Reward Hard Work – Spring cleaning is work and nobody LIKES the idea of spring cleaning. To make it more appealing for your kids, you need plan some time of celebration or reward when you are finished. Maybe its a special treat, that toy they have been eyeing on the shelf, or a family dinner out. The more enticing the reward, the more cooperation you shall receive.
5. Make Sure to Use Safe Products Before kids, the harsher the chemicals, the cleaner I thought my house would be. If the fumes were enough to make me pass out, then they were sure to be tough enough to kill the germs and bacteria. Once you have kids and playing in toilet water and licking the windows becomes a thing, you start rethinking the products you use when you clean your house. When you start involving the kids in the cleaning process, you need to be even more aware of the products they use.
This spring, we are tackling our home with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Products! Finally Available in CANADA!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day believes that caring for your homes shouldn’t feel like a chore. Their products are formulated with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils to make products that are powerful against dirt and grime while being a pleasure to use. Garden-fresh scents uplift your mood while adding a little spring to your step. Whenever possible, the materials in Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products contain materials from renewable plant resources such as coconut, corn, soy or olive and when non-plant-derived material are selected it is for efficacy, consistency and safety reasons. Their products do not contain chlorine bleach, ammonia, petroleum distillates, parabens, phosphates or phthalates.
My Spring Cleaning Dream Team!
MULTI-SURFACE EVERYDAY CLEANER (available in Basil, Mint, Peony, Liliac, Lavender, Lemon Verbena and Honey Suckle)
Arm your kids with ability to tackle messes in the kitchen and all over the house! This product is perfect for all non-porous surfaces such as finished wood and tile floors, counter tops, walls, porcelain, bathroom fixtures, sealed natural and synthetic stone, and more. It is available in an easy to use squirt bottle for quick messes or a higher concentrated bottle for tougher jobs! The best part is it is 98% plant-derived!
DISH SOAP (available in Basil, Mint, Peony, Liliac, Lavender, Lemon Verbena and Honey Suckle) – Pots and Pans, bowls and cutlery don’t stand a chance against this concentrated, biodegradable liquid dish soap. A little squirt goes a long way!
Cleaning the house is dirty work, so when you need to wash up at the end of the day, give Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Mum Hand Soap a try. This special recipe contains aloe vera gel, olive oil, essential oils and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients to kill bacteria while keeping your hands soft and moisturized!
LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT (available in Lemon Verbena and Lavender)