This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions and tips 😉 are my own.
It is officially spring! If you’re like me, then you’ve been dying to get in some good spring cleaning. No, no, it’s not that I’m the neat freak, it’s probably because I’m not, and I’ve let way too much go over the winter. Are you with me? Ha ha!
The kids and I spent the better part of three days doing some much needed spring cleaning. Here are my tips for a successful #SpringClean16
1 Declutter first–We spent a total of three days working, but two of those days we spent decluttering. We went through piles of laundry, kids clothes and toys, and made trips to the Good Will to donate our unneeded items. Whew! It feels so good to get so much out of the house! Once things were picked up and put away we prepared for our day of deep cleaning.
2.Assemble the supplies–There’s nothing like getting everyone ready to clean and then not having enough supplies. That has happened to me before. To make the most of your time be prepared! Take a trip to Walmart and stock up on some great products like:
Viva® Vantage® with a scrubby texture, like a terrycloth. Great for getting stainless steel appliances and glassware to shine and scrubbing stovetops, patio furniture and other grimy surfaces.
Viva® Towels Viva® Towels have a signature soft and smooth texture, like an undershirt cloth. They are great for cleaning delicate surfaces like countertops and coffee tables, and even soft enough for the hands and face. , cleaners, totes, gloves, and bathroom tissue–can you ever have enough bathroom tissue? 🙂
Scott® 1000 bathroom tissue gives you the quality, performance and long-lasting value you want in 1,000 sheets.
Only Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture, which is designed to clean better than the leading national value brand.
3 Get the family involved–When the kids saw all of our fun, new cleaning supplies, they all wanted to help. No, really they did. I actually heard one of my daughters say, “Oh I can’t wait to start cleaning!” Now that’s something I don’t hear every day! 🙂 All of the kids got in on the action, and we cleaned as a family. I divided the jobs and tried to keep everyone doing a variety of things so no one ended up bored with one dreaded job for the whole day.
4 Use Incentives–I really don’t understand some people’s aversion to incentives. I think they just make things more fun with something to look forward to at the end. With little kids especially, eight hours of cleaning can be overwhelming. I used a timer, and we would work by intervals. We would work hard for 30 minutes and then do something fun for 30 minutes on and off all day. They loved it, and I think since they knew it was just for 30 minutes they would work hard and fast knowing they’d have a break.
5 Set measurable goals and enjoy progress–In three days of decluttering and cleaning my home it is by no means my estimation of a perfectly clean and organized house, BUT it is ever so much better than it was. And there’s the rub. At the end of your time look on the bright side! Be thankful for the progress made and don’t complain about what’s still not done. Think about it. If your family cleaned for three days and all they hear afterward is what’s not done…That’s so demoralizing! Praise them for a job well done and thank them for all their help!
Enjoy your clean…or cleanER home!