Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Spring Cleaning 2014
Spring has sprung and it's time to get to cleaning! I always find that by this time in the year I am itching to get the windows cleaned and opened up to air out the house. I also like to clean every inch of my kitchen. It's a time to purge (as I am putting away winter clothes I transfer my oldest's outgrown to a drawer in my youngest's room and then the younger ones get boxed up and donated or sold) As I am going through their spring and summer clothes I take inventory so I know if we need to buy more (I try and stock up during end of season sales, but sometimes they outgrow what I have bought)
I go through my own closet and see what I didn't wear and get it ready for donation as well; it's a time to go room to room and de-clutter. We pack up toys that they don't seem to play with and pass them on or throw out broken games.
It's a time to get the back deck organized for patio season (bringing up the table and chairs, cleaning the bbq, re-setting up the gazebo - it is steel, so up all year, but we re-hang the netting and curtains).
I clean out the water table and play house and get them ready for another season of playing, although this year the play house will likely be sold as it wasn't used much last year. We pull down all the outdoor toys and bikes and organize the garage to store them for the summer. We tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer (playing with chalk, bubbles, picnics in the back yard, trips to the park etc) so it's nice to have everything in one spot so we aren't running around looking for items when we decide to head out.
As I am cleaning out the bathroom cupboards I check to see what kind of sunscreen supply I have and organize the bandaids (for the inevitable scrapes and cuts my rambunctious boys are destined for)
What does spring cleaning look like to you? What is the one area you focus on the most, or the one chore you cannot stand doing?