4.5.17

Best Tips for Spring Cleaning with Kids

Today’s post is sponsored by Lemi Shine, but as always all content and opinions are my own.

How do you handle Spring cleaning in your house? Read below about how we tackle Spring Cleaning with Kids in our house!

I don’t know about y’all, but on any given weekend day (and sometimes during the week), my house is in a state of chaos. I like to tell myself it’s organized, in that, I have different piles of cleaning or tidying to do. It’s just a mental game I play so that it doesn’t seem as daunting to tackle the endless amounts of cleaning to do around our house.

While I love this time of year to purge and clean the entire house, I’ve learned that Spring cleaning with kids in the house is a constate of regular cleaning versus a cathartic cleanse that can be maintained throughout the season. Because let’s face it, the room(s) will be destroyed within a day anyway and there will always be piles of dirt, grime, laundry, etc. when there are kids (& dogs) around.

I like to level set my expectations and make a list of things to clean that is actually doable with kids around. We do different parts of the house or different household chores on a rotation to make sure that things are getting cleaned on a somewhat regular basis. This cyclical process takes away the overwhelming need to feel like we have to clean the entire house in one day.

Some of my favorite household cleaning products are by Lemi Shine. I love the products because they safely and effectively help me get our house “Clean Freak Clean.” It’s a sentiment I like to believe I can hold onto, even in the midst of all the mess that comes with parenting and motherhood.

From giving our kitchen a refresh with Lemi Shine’s Dishwasher Cleaner and Garbage Disposal Cleaner to tackling messes around the house with their Glass + Surface Cleaner and Everyday Spray, we like to make our household cleaning a family affair.

My husband doesn’t enjoy doing the dishes, but when it’s a ‘Spring Cleaning with Kids’ day, he’s all about tackling the dishes and getting all of our appliances cleaned up and ready to go for the next couple of weeks.

I don’t know how many years I have left before my kids wise up to chores being “work,” but I’ll take all of the helping hands I can get while they still offer it! Both of the boys are obsessed with cleaning. I think it gives them a sense of independence and feeling like they’re helping mama and daddy! Winning!

My husband and I like to task them with small chores that they can manage on their own, like wiping the table or cleaning up the dog food area. On cleaning days, even cleaning up their toys ends up being a task that they excitedly want to do, instead of a cry fest like it is during the week.

I swear it’s mental games that we have to learn how to play as parents. (I kid, I kid! Haha.)

We typically don’t spend more than a morning or an afternoon to tackle a couple of rooms at a time. It’s just enough activity to make it “fun” for the kids and just enough time for us to get a couple rooms actually cleaned and presentable (for the time being).

To balance out those chaotic before pictures of our kitchen and living room, here’s the after shots from a morning of Spring cleaning with kids in our house.

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What are your Spring Cleaning tips with Kids?

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23 Comments

  1. I need to clean out- which I can’t do w kids they want to keep everything! I also want to have a garage sale this spring.
    Need to check out that dishwasher cleaner!

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  2. What a transformation, my house looks/feels the same!

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  3. Susan wrote:

    Wooot! They sell it at my local target! I’m always down to try new products, so will check it out!
    And yay for coupons!!

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  4. Jen wrote:

    My family will be emptying the garage soon and making 3 piles…keep, donate, trash. I love a good spring cleaning!

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  5. Love when kids can help out with cleaning!

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  6. Sarah wrote:

    Your before pictures made me feel so much more “normal” (all we usually see of others’ houses is their “best”). My girls love to help clean as well, I hope I can foster that helping nature as they grow. I hadn’t heard of Lemishine, sounds like I need to check it out!

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  7. shan wrote:

    I love this post. The realistic pictures of home that are IG perfect. #love Got some great ideas even though my youngest is a teen. haha

    The How-to Guru

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  8. Beth wrote:

    YES to a family clean up! Then everyone, quick get out of the house because if you stay for a minute longer you are back to the beginning. 🙂 Always feels so good to reorganize!

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  9. Danielle wrote:

    Way to go with the cleaning! I love that you can let the kids help without worry! I’ve been slowly spring cleaning…. but then I turn around and its messy again…..

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  10. Spring cleaning is one of those things I dread doing, but feel so good about after it’s all done! I gotta get my kids to help this year!!!

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  11. Finding something they can do independently always works with my guys! Your boys are so cute!

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  12. I seriously need to try this line of products. I didn’t even know there was such thing as garbage disposal cleaner! I definitely need some. 🙂

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  13. Silvia wrote:

    Wow this brand sounds amazing! I’ll have to check it out!

    Published 4.6.17
  14. I’ve never heard of Lemi Shine before, but I’m so intrigued! I will keep an eye out for their products the next time I’m out shopping!

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  15. Michelle wrote:

    OMG your little one is such a good helper. I love it

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    Michelle

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  16. Awesome that your kids like helping out with the cleaning! Keep that up as long as you can. My son is still too young to help, but old enough to get around undoing things as we do them. Our spring cleaning is more divide and conquer (you take the kid and I’ll clean the house). Can’t wait until we can make it a family affair!

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  17. Involving everyone is a great way to build teamwork and make the whole cleaning process a bit more fun!

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  18. Kelsi wrote:

    I love the idea of having kids help out, and uses products that are less harsh! Your house looks great, awesome job 🙂

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  19. Rochelle wrote:

    My favorite thing about this post is that your before is so relatable! 🙂 One way that we get our kids really into the cleaning is we set a kitchen timer and we give each person a small task they can handle. They love racing against the clock and are SO much more productive.

    Published 4.6.17
  20. I love that your kids find cleaning fun! I’ve found that anytime you make something into a “game” they are WAY more likely to do it without complaining, even as they get older!

    Published 4.7.17
  21. I have five kids and my house looks like a hurricane hits it daily. I have to clean one room at a time.

    Published 4.8.17
  22. I give my kids little tasks too and every little bit helps! My son is just now getting to the point where he doesn’t want to do it but we’re going to keep it going!

    Published 4.9.17
  23. I love your post. Teaching kids know homework from early is a very good thing.

    Published 4.25.17

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