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MAKING THE MOST OUT OF THIS TIME

I’m choosing to make the most of being self-quarantined for the next little while and going hard with spring cleaning.  I think that taking the opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and cleansing our homes of toxins, dirt, germs, and things we no longer need is a blessing.  Choosing to see it that way has lightened my sometimes heavy heart in this difficult time and I truly hope that it will lighten yours as well. We’re doing what we can to save lives, and at the least, keeping our distance from those most vulnerable, while protecting our fragile healthcare system in it’s time of need. And we’re so blessed to be able to #stayhome.

 

Having everyone at home together has presented some unique hurdles for us.  There has been a lot of deep breathing, I’ll just put it that way. But with my goal of spring cleaning our home, I figured that if I could find ways to include the kids, it would not only give them projects to occupy their time, but it presented an opportunity for me to teach them skills that will benefit them later in life.  Silver livings, right? Their future spouses can thank COVID-19 later.

SPRING QUARANCLEAN WITH KIDS

Download my free simple spring cleaning checklist for kid's to help out with around the house.

Pro-Tips for Including Your Kids In Spring Cleaning:

  1. Manage your expectations.

As soul-lifting and exciting as spring cleaning sounds to me (not even kidding though, I love it so much), I have learned to expect that my children may not feel the same way about it.  With that being said, my first tip is to manage your expectations of how your children will respond to spring cleaning and the job that they do while learning to spring clean.  

Here are a few quick affirmations I like to recite to myself pre-spring clean:

 

  • Done is better than perfect.
  • I’m so grateful that I have a home to clean.
  • I love to teach my children important life skills.



2. Cater your chores to your child’s age.

This may seem obvious but I think that sometimes we can underestimate the ability of our children.  Your teens are perfectly capable of learning to do almost all spring cleaning chores, so try to avoid feeling like they can’t do it.  They can! And they’ll be more self-sufficient adults for it.

 

When it comes to toddlers and elementary-age children, I like to select tasks where minimal damage can be inflicted.  Know what I’m sayin’? So, that means I don’t typically give them cleaning solutions (no matter how clean and toxin-free they may be) and I don’t have them clean spaces or objects that may be easily damaged.  One perfect task for young kids? Wiping baseboards. Will it be perfect? No, but refer to Tip #1.

3. Make it rewarding.

This can look different for every individual family but who doesn’t love a little reward after some hard work?  A few different options to make your spring cleaning rewarding for everyone involved:

 

  • Cash for chores.  You can create a “chore board” with small envelopes or paper clipped post-it notes with a spring cleaning project and a cash amount attached.  
  • Make a family favorite dessert.  Treat the whole family after a day of cleaning with a homemade treat.
  • Extra screen time.  This can be educational or not, but I don’t know many kids this one wouldn’t motivate, lol.

Kid-Friendly Spring Cleaning Jobs

And now, for the jobs!  This is a small list, you can cater your spring cleaning jobs to your home, your needs, your child(ren)’s ages, and the time that you have but here’s a list to get you started:

spring cleaning checklist image from Jenna Rammell
  • Dusting.
    • Feather dusters and microfiber cloths are awesome for this.
  • Wash toys in soapy water.
  • Shake out rugs and outdoor cushions.
    • This project is best for 2-3 children to complete together.
  • Pull weeds.
  • Wipe down baseboards.
    • Find my essential-oil based cleaning solution recipes here.
  • Wipe down door knobs.
    • Find my essential-oil based cleaning solution recipes here.
  • Wipe down light switches.
    • Find my essential-oil based cleaning solution recipes here.
  • Sweep the porch and sidewalks.
  • Vacuum under sofa cushions.
  • Dust books and sort book shelves.
    • Perfect project for pre-teens and teens.

What are your favorite spring cleaning tasks for kids?  Maybe I can add a few to our chore chart this week to keep us busy! 

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