I HATE cleaning. I hate spring cleaning even more. But since spring is in the air (sort of) I thought I’d go ahead and start accomplishing some of my cleaning. Here’s my list to help all you Moms get organized and on top of your spring cleaning. I will NOT judge you for looking this one over…this is the first time I’ve deep cleaned in this house. We’ve lived here for 3 years. OOPS!!
– Wash or spot treat dress up clothing, stuffed animals and doll clothes. I am always surprised by how dirty these things are! Most of our stuff was able to get clean with just spot cleaning using soapy water.
– Deep clean train table. I always quickly wipe this down when I clean regularly. I didn’t realize it needed a “deep clean” until I was sitting by it one day and the sun was shining directly on it. Dust bunnies EVERYWHERE and a nice thick layer of dust on the inside of the little round house and train wash. I just busted out a micro fiber rag and went to town on the entire table. Don’t forget the little grooves on all the tracks. This task will take you at least 50 hours.
– Clean the bath toys and bath storage bins. I stick everything in the top rack of our dishwasher and then use bleach water to wash out any of inside the squirt toys. If anything comes out that looks suspicious, I just pitch the toys. Don’t forget to check your bath storage bins for mold! We used to use the cute mesh ones that suctioned to the tub walls but pitched them after I could NOT get them clean. We bought this one from Amazon and L.O.V.E. it. I can take it apart to throw in the dishwasher or bleach AND it acts as a toy barrier between my kids when they take a bath together (God forbid they sit too close to one another).
– Organize puzzles. I try to keep our puzzles organized in large plastic storage bags. If there is room I’ll cut out the front of the box and stick it in the bag with the pieces so we can see which puzzle is which. If there isn’t room I’ll just write on the bag how many pieces and what kid of puzzle it is. Also, I can’t stand to have a puzzle with one piece missing so I recycle them/throw them out. I have to do this in a VERY sneaky manor.
– Go through coloring books, crayons, paints…all art supplies. I recycle any coloring books that are “done” or in bad shape (like an entire cup of apple juice spilt on them). I make sure all our paint brushes are clean and scissors are washed. Throw out any empty glue bottles and nasty dry PlayDoh…you get the picture. I try to keep broken crayons in a bin for melting them down into fun NEW crayon shapes like these hearts my daughter’s sweet friend gave her for Valentine’s Day-
– Look through books. Our kids have been blessed with LOTS of books. I like to rotate books into different spots around the house so that there are always “new” books in the kids rooms, our dining room bookshelf and the playroom. I rotate seasonal books as well through out the year but for spring cleaning, I decided to recycle any books that were in bad shape. Some books just needed their spines mended (nothing a little packing tape can’t take care of) and the ones that we’ve grown out of *sniff sniff* are getting donated.
– Clean out storage bins. We have a combination of plastic and fabric storage bins in our playroom. I just wiped down the plastic bins with soapy water and spot cleaned the fabric ones.
– Move the furniture. It’s not only fun to rearrange things every once in awhile (if you can…our playroom isn’t very flexible) but for spring cleaning, it is a good idea to vacuum places you haven’t been in awhile. Think directly under train tables, desks, book shelves…etc. So gross.
– Look under the bed. No one wants to do it but who KNOWS what is living under there. You don’t have to clean under it but just take a peek and make sure there isn’t a rat’s nest or a rotting banana under there.
Am I missing anything that is on your spring cleaning list?