The clocks have gone forward, the weather’s starting to warm up a bit and the daffodils are out – that can mean only one thing, it’s spring! What do you think of when you hear the word Spring? I think fresh starts, baby lambs and cleaning. The first two are great, but cleaning, it fills me with dread, specially with a 2 year old in tow, so I started thinking about some ways to make it fun and organised. Here are my top 5 ideas:
Pretend you’re intrepid explorers who have to clear a path through the jungle, putting everything in it’s right place before you can move onto the next room. Perhaps you could even ‘bury’ some treasure for your child to find to keep up their interest.
Sorting out old toys or clothes
Focus on a small area, perhaps a wardrobe, 1 drawer, or a toy box. Have with you 3 boxes or bags – one for toys or clothes to give to the charity shop, one for keepsakes (toys or clothes with extra special memories), one for things to go back in the wardrobe, drawer or toy box. Challenge the child to fill each box before you do.
I’ve got to admit, I hate vacuuming whilst my 2 year old is around! She always wants to help, so I let her start on the worst areas, eg Cheerios under the kitchen table, challenging her to pick up the most bits. Then, when she gets bored, I suggest she reads a book or does some colouring whilst I see how much dust I can pick up. Sometimes it works!
My daughter loves helping out with window cleaning – she has her own special cloth and I spray a small amount of cleaner on the bottom of the windows for her to wipe off whilst I get on with the top of the windows.
Dusting, kitchen worktops and floor washing
Get your hands on a child-sized cleaning kit, they don’t have to be expensive, but they’ll love following you around with their little dustpan and brush. Challenge them to clean all the bits you’ve missed with their small brush, mop or duster.
At the end of your session (don’t make it more than an hour – you’ll both be exhausted, they’ll start to get bored, and there’s always tomorrow!) reward yourself and your child with a drink and a snack. If you’ve been sorting clothes out, get out the keepsake ones and take a look at Patch’s products to see what you could transform them into.
Have fun with your cleaning and making some happy memories!
PS – keep your camera handy, kids do the funniest things with washing baskets, buckets and mops.