Spring is finally in the air! And with the new season comes that task that many of us with little ones may feel is pointless — spring cleaning.
As soon as Macks was old enough to interact, I’d have all my little ones playing while I’d clean up. But as soon as I cleaned something up, I’d turn around to realize that everything that I’d done had just been UN-done.
I’d clean up an area while the kids were somewhere else — and as soon as I finished, they would tell me they wanted to play in that area. I’d clean the kitchen — and as I was drying the dishes, they’d tell me they were hungry (with each wanting something different, of course). I was left feeling defeated, and my house stayed messy all the time.
But after a little preparation, I found that there is no need to feel discouraged. Cleaning with a baby can be done! It just takes a little bit of time beforehand to make it happen.
A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I and made a plan and were able to successfully spring clean — with help from the kids!
Make it a fun game: A hamper doesn’t just have to be for dirty clothes; it’s a great organization tool. We use hampers in both kids’ rooms for specific toys. Macks loves putting things in the hamper, and has no idea he’s helping me when he does it. Use hampers as an easy tool to help your younger children know where things go. We also play a game while doing it: Race to see who can get the most items into the hamper! It makes it fun and exciting, and all three kids love getting involved.
Wear your baby: Wearing your baby that doesn’t want to be let down can be a great way to get cleaning done. Just make sure while you have your kids around that you are using a kid-friendly household cleaner.
Wait till they’re sleeping to do the big stuff: Macks takes a nap twice a day, so I tried to do all that I could with him around and helping when he was awake and saved the bigger projects for when he was sleeping.
Don’t underestimate the power of a baby wipe: I use baby wipes for everything, not just for changing Macks’ diaper. I like to keep our baby wipes in every room of the house so that they can help clean up messes, noses, hands, and more. Macks LOVES wipes. Every time I grab one, he lets me know that he wants one too. As soon as I give him one, he brings it to the table and starts to wipe it off. Wipes are a fun way to get kids involved in cleaning, and they are great for cleaning up the mess!
Multi-task: It wasn’t until I became a mom that I truly knew the power of multi-tasking. There are several things you can do when baby is going throughout their schedule for the day. For example at meal time, put baby in their high chair and bring it into the kitchen with you so that you can do the dishes or scrub the oven. That way, baby can see you, and you are getting those chores out of the way!
Cleaning, for most of us, isn’t fun — and when you have a little one around, it can be even more discouraging. But my family is proof that it can happen, and it can be fun! We turned our spring cleaning day into a family affair, and I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time. It’s also a great family bonding experience while teaching your kids about responsibility.