Spring Cleaning Kid's Rooms

Spring cleaning kids’ rooms can be a challenge. If your kids are younger, the best way to get the job done is to get them involved and really play up the “teamwork” aspect – like slap high-5′s when a section is completed, make it a race to see who can remove the pillowcases first, etc. If you make spring cleaning a fun game, it may take longer to get it done, but you will be able to spend more time with your child & get a chore done at the same time. Now that’s a win/win!

Spring Cleaning Kids Room Checklist
I’ve found that any chore that I do, if there’s a specific outfit involved, my 3-year old will join in. For cleaning, we each have an old white tee-shirt, black shorts, yellow cleaning gloves and wear bandanas to hold back our hair – it’s called our “cute cleaning outfit” (and believe me, I know it’s not “cute”), but for whatever reason, she gets excited to put it on. Granted the bandana & gloves last about 8 minutes, but that’s ok, they did their job. Here’s a spring cleaning kids room checklist:

  1. Remove all blankets, sheets, and pillowcases from the bed and throw them in the washer. Vacuum the mattress. Clear out everything that is under the bed and vacuum it. If you can wash your pillows in the washer, do so. If not, you can vacuum them as well. After your sheets are washed and dried, you can make up the bed. Note: I wouldn’t do this last step until you have vacuumed & dusted the rest of the room. You don’t want any dust particles to fly onto your clean sheets.
  2. Pick up all the toys, clean laundry, dirty laundry, old homework, and anything else that is on the floor. Put dirty laundry in the hamper. Put all the other items in one of 3 boxes: Garbage, Donate, and Keep. Don’t forget to let your kids decide what they will donate, throw out, and keep.
  3. Put the garbage and donation boxes out in the hallway and put everything that is in the keep box away.
    • Purchase plastic totes, storage cubes or wicker baskets.
    • Label them with “action figures”, “legos”, “Barbies”, “stuffed animals”, etc.
    • Separate the toys and, if they are washable, give them a good cleaning. After they have dried, put them in the correct totes or baskets.
    • Arrange the totes on shelves in the closet or on a bookcase. If they are going to be stored under the bed, put them on the bed until the vacuuming is done.
  4. Go through the closet and separate clothes into Garbage, Donate & Keep. Any clothes that don’t fit anymore, move to the donate pile. Any clothes that have seen better days, either move to the garbage pile or put them in a drawer as “painting clothes.” Make sure the clothes that you are going to keep smell fresh and hang them back into the closet. Remove any winter clothes and store them away, unless your child is going to out-grow them, then move them into the donate pile.
  5. Dust the entire room, beginning with the ceiling and working your way down to the door frame, doorknobs, windows, window sills, blinds, curtains, walls, decorative shelves, photo frames, furniture, etc. Don’t forget – your vacuum most likely comes with extensions so now would be the time to pull those out. Sometimes it’s easier to vacuum the desks, walls & ceilings with extensions before wiping them off with a cloth.
  6. Take a wet cloth and wipe down your baseboard – it’s amazing how dirty they can get. Wipe down your doors and remove any handprints from doors and walls.
  7. Use furniture polish to dust the furniture after all of the main dust has been removed.
  8. Wash the windows with glass cleaner, both inside and out. If you have window screens, you can remove them and wash them off with a hose. Make sure they are completely dry before you put them back in the window.
  9. Vacuum the floor. Use the vacuum attachment to get into the corners, behind the bed post, underneath the dresser, and behind the bookshelf. If you have the means, you could also move the furniture to the middle of the room while you vacuum the edges, and then move it back to vacuum the middle.

Remember you don’t have to do all of the items on the spring cleaning checklist yourself – involve your kids to make the “chores” more enjoyable. Here are 3 easy examples of how to get your kids involved in spring cleaning their room:

  • Be an Example. Don’t complain about all of the work that is involved with spring cleaning your kid’s room. Your kids are watching you more than you realize and if you complain, they will too. Don’t take shortcuts. Your kids also notice when you only do half a job, and they will mimic that as well. If you get distracted and decide something else is more important, they will think that it is okay to veer off course and not get the cleaning done when they should.
  • Clean With Them. Standing in the doorway of the bedroom and barking orders is probably the worst way to get your kids to spring clean their room. Get in the room and ask them to help you pick up all the dirty laundry. Ask them to hold one end of the curtain rod while you pull the curtains off. Sit on the floor with them and sort through toys together.
  • Let Them Decide. Letting your kids make many of the decisions during spring cleaning is one of the best ways to help them feel responsible for their area and their possessions and to help them feel pride in what they have and what they do. Rather than giving orders or telling them to “just do something” or “start cleaning”, give them options. “Would you like to vacuum while I wash the windows or would you rather do the windows?”
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