5 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Fun
Spring cleaning fun? It sounds like an oxymoron, but we promise it’s possible.
Spring normally brings to mind blooming flowers, rising temperatures, and chirping birds. But for many of us, Spring also means this:
Just the mention of it reminds you of the dust that’s been gathering on your baseboards all winter, the funky smell downstairs, and the broken limbs that need to be cleared out of your backyard. You might think the big “spring clean” is going to be unpleasant and tedious, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
Fortunately for you, we’ve found several ways to make spring cleaning fun.
1. Make a Cleaning Playlist
Open up the windows, turn on the speakers, and let your favorite songs take it away. Good music can make even the worst of tasks—yes, even cleaning the highest of windows—somewhat tolerable. Before you start your spring cleaning fun, take some time to make the best playlist of your life. Put those oldies that take you back to high school on there, and before you know it your house will be clean enough to even make your mom proud!
2. Make a Plan
Before getting started, make a list of what you need to do and then bundle the more time-consuming tasks with the simple jobs. Everyone seems to despise one thing more than the rest, so whatever that task is for you, do it first and get it out of the way while you still have both the energy and the patience. Be sure to add our spring energy-saving tips to your list, as well, to start saving both energy and money!
3. Involve Your Family
Let us affirm what you already know: One person should not have to take charge of all the items on the list. But whiny family members and resistance is anything but fun.
Assign your kids age-appropriate tasks like cleaning out their closets or choosing 5 toys to donate to charity. If your spouse isn’t so excited about their assignment, give them the power of choice and ask them to choose two or three jobs to oversee. Letting family members choose tasks instead of telling them what to do can help ease their reluctance towards joining the family cleaning team.
4. Plan Rewards
No one wants to scrub the walls or wash the curtains, but there’s nothing like fun rewards to improve spring cleaning motivation! Here’s one fun idea: grab some paper sacks, label each with a task and put a reward inside. Have family members grab a bag, complete the task, and then the prize is theirs!
If you really want to up the motivation, plan a family reward after everything is done. Maybe it’s a night at the movies or just a backyard camp out. Having that light at the end of the tunnel will help everyone in the family pull together to get that spring cleaning done.
5. Learn the Tricks
Thanks to all those people who have spent hours and hours experimenting to find best solutions for us, we don’t have to! Instead of going out and spending a few hundred dollars on cleaning supplies, do a little research.
You can find dozens of trustworthy sites that are full of great advice and DIY cleaning recipes.You just might find that you have the perfect cleaning ingredients (vinegar and baking soda) already in your pantry. Even though this might require a little pre-planning, learning these tips will save you time and money later on.
So, take a deep breath, do a little research, and make a plan. And then turn on that music and go! You can do it!