I’ve always looked forward to spring cleaning, but this year feels different. Between our adorably grubby and rambunctious toddler and our giant, hair-shedding mutt, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to keeping our house from falling apart. I confess that many of my closets are bursting at the seams with the things I’ve stuffed in to get out of the way!
That being said – we have some serious work to do. And we’re all pitching in to help!
Kansas City Moms Blog has partnered with Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood to help you plan ahead for your annual spring clean and post-winter home essentials restock.
Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks for making sure the house is clean (and toddler-friendly) this spring. This year, I’ve had a little help and #SpringClean16 inspiration from the folks at Cottonelle®, Viva®, and Scott®!
- Observe. My closets are a mess. My son knows how to open the “baby-proofed” cabinet below the sink, giving him full access to the dish soap within. My dog is shedding his winter coat. My stockpile of supplies is dwindling. Before diving in, looking around the house is the best way to assess what needs to be done!
- Make a list. I’ve come to the conclusion that my sleep-deprived mommy brain must erase one old item for every new item it wants to store. Sometimes, even with lists, I end up with 4 cartons of almond milk and no half ‘n half. Making a list of all the tasks that need to be completed is essential to make sure you don’t forget anything! It will also help keep you organized in the steps to come.
- Hit the store. Knowing what you need to accomplish will help you in figuring out what you need. Storage bins for all those winter clothes. Viva Vantage paper towels for cleaning. Cottonelle Clean Care or Scott 1000 toilet paper to restock the bathrooms. Lots and lots of blueberries to keep teeny, demanding humans fed and entertained while Mommy and Daddy clean.
- Make a plan of attack. Most weekends, we feel relieved to get one task done between reading Little Blue Truck, taking walks to the park, cutting up bananas, and laying down for naps. Having a plan of what to do and when can be incredibly helpful in staying focused and making the long list seem more manageable.
- Keep it fun! Our little family loves music. Some days, we rock out to Queen. Other days, we jam with Zack Brown Band. To keep tasks like cleaning fun, we play our favorite tunes and take occasional dance breaks with our boy. When he sees us dancing and singing and having fun, he voluntarily picks up a rag and starts dusting.
My boys and I have spent this weekend brightening up our home for spring. This has meant putting away the winter clothes, cleaning up the mess winter has left behind, and preparing the house for summer with a dancing, climbing, curious toddler. You can follow all of our adventures with #SpringClean16 on Instagram @kcmomsblog! And don’t forget to find great deals on all of your favorite spring cleaning supplies at your local Walmart.