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Getting the Kids Involved in Spring Cleaning

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With the start of spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. After a long, cold winter, it can seem like an overwhelming task—but getting the whole family involved can make it easier and more fun.


The team at Cozi has put together a couple of lists to help you organize your spring cleaning and get the whole family involved. We recommend taking some of the pressure off Mom and Dad by tackling some of the bigger projects as a team, and giving the kids responsibility for some of their own tasks as well.


Here are some ways to turn spring cleaning chores into a family affair:


Refrigerator Clean-Out
What you do: Remove all food to do a complete wipe down of the fridge shelves and drawers.


What the kids do: Find the expiration date on labels and sort out expired items and fuzzy foods.


Junk Drawer Makeover
What you do: Empty the drawer, clean, and replace items that belong.


What the kids do: Put toys and belongings in the right place, test the charge of stray batteries, throw away garbage, collect change and keep it!


Toy Reduction
What the kids do: Gather all random toys and trinkets around the house. Sort toys into two piles: 1. What I play with 2. What I don’t play with.


What you do: When the kids aren’t home, recycle or throw away all the toys in pile No. 2 and half the toys in pile No. 1.


Wiping and Dusting
What you do: Prepare a spray bottle of mild/natural cleaner; dust shelves containing fragile items.


What the kids do: Use the spray bottle and washcloth to wipe windowsills, dust the top edge of the baseboards, wipe walls and door frames.


Paper Clutter Control
What you do: Remove unnecessary files, old bills, magazines, and phonebooks.


What the kids do: Shred sensitive papers, carry paper trash to recycling bin.


Some jobs the kids can do all on their own. One of the best ways to get cooperation is to hand over a list of duties and have the kids check them off as they go. Once everything is checked, they are free to play.


Bedroom
  • Remove all items from under the bed
  • Pick up all items from the floor and put away
  • Bring sheets and pillow cases to laundry


Entertainment Area


  • Replace video games and movies into correct cases
  • Organize controllers into a drawer, shelf, or basket


Entryway


  • Move all shoes to closet
  • Move all coats to closet
  • Organize sports gear into backpacks or gym bags


Car


  • Collect every item from the floor, seats, and cup holders
  • Sweep the seats and floor carpet with a stiff brush


Art Center


  • Throw away dried-up markers, pens, and paints
  • Save favorite art pieces, recycle the rest
  • Organize remaining supplies in drawers or baskets

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