Spring is right around the corner and we’ve hand-picked some great organizing and cleaning tips for all of you parents out there. Busy schedules make it tough to carve out time, but fear not, we have an easy approach to getting organized! We have started with the essential “clean outs” either for a 7-day calendar or for 7 days over the next few weeks. Don’t overwhelm yourself, keep it simple! A little goes a long way. Play your favorite tunes, set a timer for about 20 minutes, and get to it! Little Sleepy Head will be cleaning with you. We are in this together! Happy Spring!
Day 1: Toss the Artwork (okay, not all of it!)
Let’s start with an easy one. As parents, we want to keep ALL of the artwork our kids make for us (okay, even those little pieces of paper that they write even one scribble on…it’s so cute, right?). At some point, though, we have to pick and choose what to keep and what to part with or we will need an entire room just to store all our art! This is a perfect project to do when your kiddos are in bed and you are watching your favorite show. Get a smallish nice box to keep those pieces that you just can’t part with. For us, those made with hand or feet prints are always keepers. Doodles, maybe not as much. If you aren’t sure, go ahead and take a pic of them and make a virtual art folder. See, you are a great mom or dad. You kept it, just not in paper form! You can do this!
Day 2: Medicine Clean Out!
We all know how cluttered this cabinet/drawer can get with this kind of thing. This is an easy one though. Just check the expiration dates. Good, keep. Expired, don’t keep. Expired over the counter drugs may be thrown away while prescription drugs should be taken to your local pharmacy to be properly disposed of. This is pretty simple, and should make you feel good about you 7 day project.
Day 3: Pantry Organizer
This is another area that you can check for expirations dates! Toss those that are out of date, and then put those that expire first in front. Try to organize your shelves by food type, and put those items you use most often on the easiest shelves to reach. For your smaller items (snacks, seasoning packets, and the like), we love using baskets to organize! Whether you choose plastic bins or actual baskets, you can label them to help others in the house know the contents. One of our favorite ways to label is with mini chalkboards! They are super cute and can change easily when you change your mind about what should be in there!
Day 4: Clothing Re-org
By day 4 you should be feeling like a pro. It’s finally time to tackle something a little more challenging – clothes! But start with your kid’s clothes because it’s so much easier than our own! Make 3 piles. Keep, get rid of, and not sure. If the item fits, is in good condition and your child currently wears it, keep! If they never wear it, it doesn’t fit, or it is stained/torn beyond wearing, get rid of! If you aren’t sure, put these items into a front and center part of the closet and try to put them on your child in the next week. By the end of the week, you should know if it’s a keeper or not! Those cutie holiday items – if they won’t fit next season and aren’t able to be handed down, get rid of them!
The clothes that you decide to part with can either be sold to a consignment store to collect a little extra cash or donated to your local thrift store or homeless shelter!
With all of the keeper clothes, separate them by warmth (long sleeves versus short sleeves; pants versus shorts and so on. (And if you are feeling super motivated, you can keep going in your own closet!)
Day 5: Bathroom Clean up
Doesn’t it feel great to be so accomplished? This one is going to be easy too! Open those bathroom drawers… one at a time. Trash anything that you haven’t touched in 6 months. Don’t keep those old lipsticks or almost used up deodorants. If you haven’t touched them lately, you aren’t going to! Has a dental floss pick fallen out of the bag? Trash. Polish separated? Trash. Have you moved on to a newer toothpaste but the old one is still there? Trash. You get the idea. One drawer and cabinet at a time. Feels so good, doesn’t it? Remember those baskets from the pantry? They work in your bathroom cabinets too!
Day 6: Kids’ Toy Purge
Okay, we all know this can be a hard one. Some of you may think doing this together with your kids is fair, but we are of the opinion that if you want to actually get rid of anything, this one is better done solo. Start easy, by dumping toys that are missing parts and/or don’t work. Would another child want it? Donate. Not really usable? Trash. We like the clothing method here for those things you aren’t sure about. If you haven’t seen them play with the toy in awhile, put it out this week and see how much it gets used. If not much, you might want to help it “disappear.” Make sure to keep toys that are age appropriate or that can be passed on to younger siblings. Bins are a parents best friend with toys that have parts or are for building. If the toys have a place to go, kids will more readily put them away!
Day 7: Clean the Germ Spots
Okay, so you have cleaned out every nook and cranny in our 7-day list, now it’s time to wipe down those grimy areas that might not get washed regularly. You can use your store-bought cleaner, or use this recipe for a “natural” option.
Just mix the following ingredients into a sprayer.
- •1 cup distilled water
- •1 cup vinegar
- •20 drops lemon essential oil
- •20 drops tea tree essential oil
Use your cleaner to wipe down doorknobs, light switches, and any walls that are attracting extra dirt!
THAT’S IT! YOU DID IT! We knew you could do it. Feels good, doesn’t it?