There is something normal about wanting to be more organized when the Spring approaches. Many of us are looking to declutter and generally clean the house when the season of freshness is upon us. If you have kids, you will know how difficult keeping a clean house can be. This Spring-Cleaning guide has been put together to give you some general cleaning tips and also advice on decluttering your kid’s room. It is so important that you declutter your entire house on a regular basis is you want to keep your home neat and tidy!
Having a Spring-Cleaning Checklist
We all have different needs so with this in mind; you should write down a Spring-cleaning checklist before you get started. This will allow you to prioritize what is important in your home. Consider what rooms get the messiest and this would be a good place to start. Below you can find some ideas of what you might need to have on your checklist, but you can add and take away jobs as you see fit.
- Declutter every room in your house, or at least the areas where you have junk mounting up.
- Get yourself some storage boxes and cabinets where you can put those things you still want, but what doesn’t quite have a “place” yet.
- Dust your furniture and eliminate cobwebs that might be lurking.
- Rearrange your cabinets, pantries. etc. An organized home is a happy one!
- Go through your fridge/cupboards, check the expiry dates of foods and see what can be thrown away.
- Wash your ceiling, baseboards, windowsills, windows and so on. Some of these areas might even need a fresh coat of paint too.
- Wash curtains and bedding.
- Deep clean your oven and fridge.
- Dust and wash mirrors and decorative items.
- Vacuum the upholstery.
- Do some garden maintenance or hire someone else to do it for you. If your kids are old enough, maybe they can get an allowance for doing work in the garden.
Obviously, you also need to be doing the basic chores that you do daily like laundry, washing the dishes and so on. The key to having your home as tidy as possible always is always cleaning up after yourself. Another thing to keep in mind is to stop going shopping for household items when you already have plenty of clutter that needs clearing.
Decluttering Your Kid’s Rooms with Ease
Seriously, where do all their clothes and toys come from? That is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point and you will feel such a weight lifted off your shoulders when decluttering your kid’s room has been achieved. But how exactly can you make it happen? Below you can find the steps you need to take, which should be a part of your Spring-cleaning checklist.
Go Through Their Clothes
Look through the closet (and probably the floor too), in order to declutter your little-one’s clothes. You need to go through each and item, checking if the clothes fit them AND if they wear it. If an item doesn’t fit into both those categories, put them in a pile to donate or throw depending on the quality. If you have some designer clothing that no longer fits, you could even consider selling a few items. Decluttering and making money at the same time certainly sounds good to me.
Declutter Their Toys
It is now time to go through your kid’s toys and see what isn’t played with anymore, for older kids – you might want to get them involved for this one. If they have outgrown toys, they are broken or they just don’t play with them anymore, you need to get rid of them. You need to be brutal with this one or else you will never have a chance of keeping your home clean. When you can finish going through this step, you will probably still be left with more toys than what you would like. Make sure you have plenty of storage because having the toys put away instead of laying in random places is going to make all the difference. You could even use storage units to store some bigger items that are not used but you don’t want to get rid of either.
Daily Cleaning Tasks with Kids
Get your children involved with cleaning jobs in their bedroom, this will help set them up with good habits for life and it will also be a weight off your shoulders. Some things that you should be doing daily include a general tidy up, making the job, sweeping/vacuuming the floor. This shouldn’t take long, but it will ensure your kid’s room never gets too unmanageable.
Use Storage Units
You can rent a storage unit in order to store some things from your home. This could involve items that you cannot bear to part with, but you still want out of the home. When you are renting a house especially, you might not have a place to keep everything and in that instance, a storage unit is ideal. When you are decluttering the kid’s room, or even your entire place, think what items you can transfer to a storage unit. This could include keepsakes, older pieces of furniture or even items that you want to hang on to for a little while but are eventually thinking of passing on. Many people don’t like to declutter because they don’t like to throw things away and this is why storage could definitely be a viable option for you.
Hopefully, this article has given you some great ideas on how you can give your home a much-needed Spring clean and get rid of things at the same time. Once your place is clutter-free, it will feel so much easier to keep in a good condition. You can do some of the tips mentioned at ANY time of the year and just when you feel like your house needs some TLC. A storage unit might be a good choice if you have lots of stuff but you have no place to keep it.