When I was growing up, spring cleaning meant an entire weekend of scouring the house top to bottom. My mom would move around all the furniture, vacuum in every crevice, mop, scrub and soak until there wasn't an ounce of dirt or grime left in our home. Since I work from home now, I'm around the house a lot and have the opportunity to do most of those things regularly throughout the year. Fortunately for me, come spring time there's no real buildup to stress over, no grime to worry about. But my family has another problem: clutter. Stuff accumulates and home projects sit idly by as our lives get busier and busier. So our spring cleaning list is mostly focused on clearing out the clutter, with four easy steps to getting our home back on track: get out the old, bring in the new, repair and maintain!
Get Out the Old
Go through your kitchen cabinets and bathroom cupboards and toss everything that's expired. Pay close attention to those medications: ingesting old, expired medicine can be very harmful. Now's a good time to replace your toothbrush, toss that old sponge and check your water filtration system. It's good to make sure that the things that keep your family safe and clean are, well…safe and clean. You should also toss any items that your family has outgrown, from clothes and shoes to that old bocce ball game that never quite caught on. If you haven't used it in over a year, get rid of it!
Bring in the New
As time goes by, your family grows and goes through different stages. They'll inevitably need new things for each new stage, which is one of the reasons we clean out the old stuff to make room for the new! Some Boy, for example, is currently in the teething stage. The little dude now has almost four teeth! I say almost because the two in top are just barely poking out. They can't seem to make up their mind. Anyway, for this stage the doctor's told us that he'll need lots of Tylenol or Advil, teething toys and a soft toothbrush to get him used to the brushing routine.
We picked up a cute SpongeBob brush by Colgate over at Walmart for Some Boy's first brushing experience, which he seemed to get quite a kick out of. I occasionally put Spongebob on for him and he seems to like the sea sponge's quirky, animated antics. He already seems to recognize characters from the DVDs I show him, and I feel like a Spongebob toothbrush makes the process a little less daunting, similar to the way they stick Elmo all over band aids or make gummy vitamins in the shape of the Flintstones.
You've likely been putting off a few home repairs for “when you have free time.” Now is the time. Clear your schedule for a day and tackle these things. We have a couple little issues to deal with ourself, like a loose screen and a bathroom window that needs painting since those pesky shaving cans have left rust stains behind.
Now is the time to take a real good look at your home and consider things that you may not even know need fixing. When did you last replace your fire alarm batteries or have your heating filters replaced? Are any faucets leaking? Hinges loose? What shape is your lawn in? Try to examine your home through a stranger's eyes. Things are bound to jump out at you if you really look.
What's on your spring cleaning list? And are you buying anything new for your family's current “life phase” to take the place of old stuff?
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