Spring Cleaning Fun: Tips for Spring Cleaning with Young Children

by Melanie Edwards on March 21, 2012 · 2 comments

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Growing up, spring cleaning is something I remember my mom doing each year. Mind you, my mom always kept a clean house and that I can remember, nothing was ever out of place. But, when spring came around, she broke out the extra cleaning duties that weren’t in her normal cleaning routine. This is when she removed the cushions from the couch to wash the covers, put mattresses out in the sun, cleaned the window screens, and went into every corner of the house to be sure not a speck of dust stayed behind.

I don’t know how many of you partake in true spring cleaning rituals each year, but it’s not something I really do. We clean regularly, but don’t have specific “spring cleaning” duties we do around this time of the year. I realize many of you are preparing to get through your spring cleaning list soon, and may be wondering how to get everything done with the kids around. Whether on the weekend or during the week, if your kids are around while you’re trying to clean, you know sometimes they do more harm than good. It seems like they always find a way to keep you from making progress and get the cleaning done, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going down your spring cleaning checklist or just doing regular cleaning at any other time of the year, it helps to know how your kids can help with the cleaning. Here are some ideas I’ve previously shared.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning with Young Children

Amazingly, kids can have a lot of fun with cleaning if you make it a game. I know my girl is eager to help us clean and loves being challenged to complete her tasks in a specific time period, in a certain way, or just having fun with her chores. Sometimes, you don’t even have to create a game out of it; kids just want to be involved. I find that simply including my girl in a task pleases her. This means that we can just have a conversation as we do our chores and she’s glad to help because it means we’re spending time together.

What are some ways you make spring cleaning fun in your house?

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1 Liz Thompson March 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

Springtime usually means we’re ready to open up the windows (YAY!) and wash the screens (BOO!) but, this year I invested in a fresh new valance for the kitchen and dining room windows.  Considering I can’t remember when I bought the old ones (ahem) but, I can’t help but get all revved up this time of year and I think it’s catchy — the girls want to paint their bedroom and my son has hinted at getting a new bed.  Then again, he is 5′ 9′.  Did I mention, he’s only 13?


2 modernmami March 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

It does make for new beginnings, and change, which I’m all for. That’s probably a better way of looking at it! And wow! 5’9!


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