How to Make Spring Cleaning a Family Event {Spring Cleaning Series Part 2}

As many of you noticed, this week we are talking about spring cleaning! If you missed yesterday’s post, it was all about helping you get MOTIVATED to start your spring cleaning! We have an awesome checklist to help guide you. Check it out here! 

Let’s Jump Right into Things!

My goal is to to help you do everything for less! Here are 5 more of my FAVORITE DIY cleaners. Most of these ingredients are found in your home and combining them together is SO simple. They are so easy to throw together. They are just as easy to store and even easier to make.

TIP: One of my favorite things to do is take an old product container (for example: if I am making laundry detergent, keep my container from my old, store bought detergent) wash it out, and store my homemade one in there instead. That way, dispensing is just as easy as before!

Homemade Granite Cleaner

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Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

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DIY Cleaning Wipes

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All Purpose Cleaner

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Homemade Soap Scum Remover

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It is just that simple! I love each one of these and trust me, you won’t even be able to tell the difference. But, you will have some extra change in your pocket and that is the most important thing. Why go out and buy expensive name brand products when you can get the same results with things you already have? Try these out and comment below to let me know which ones are your favorites!

Where to start now?

You’ve got the Fabulessly Frugal’s Spring Cleaning Checklist from yesterday’s post, so now it is time to get started! It is no longer a question of WHAT to do, but how to find TIME to get it done! I’m going to make the assumption that you’ve got multiple people living in your home. So rather than do it yourself, enlist their help! I know that as a mother, I think it’s important to teach my kids how to work. And to be honest, I refuse to do ALL the cleaning, tidying, and organizing! But I realize it can be difficult to get kids moved towards action, especially if you’ve always been the one doing all the work. Today we’re going to CHANGE that!

Something that I have used in my home in the past is a CHORE JAR! It works well because it passes the ownership of the job to my child. Since they are the one who selected it, they *almost* feel like it was their idea to do the chore. Unlike this Chore Jar, this new jar will be different and completely unique to spring cleaning!

The Spring Cleaning MOTIVATING Jar

Here’s how it works! Assign each of your children the normal jobs that they are in charge of (example: clean their room, go through their closets, organize their bedroom toys, electronics etc.) But, offer an incentive to have them help in other areas of the house. Tell them that for each chore stick they complete, they get to stay up 30 minutes later than their bedtime, or have a date night with dad. Make the incentive something that they would want and they will WILLINGLY help you clean around the house. I am a firm believer that they should clean their rooms (although you might have to go back and help them a little) BUT if they can learn to take care of their own things when they are young, they will be able to do it once they are older as well. Give them an incentive to earn based on the number of “sticks” they complete.

And this is not the only way that you can make spring cleaning fun! We have other posts showing different charts that you can make to help your kids get involved in the cleaning process. Check out this fun chart that you can customize to fit either your everyday chores or just spring cleaning.

Easy DIY Chore Chart 

The 10 Minute Tidy

Another trick I learned from a fellow mom years ago is called “The 10 Minute Tidy”. And it’s really simple (you may have to extend the time for a bigger project). Here are the rules. EVERYONE works together on a room. The moment anyone stops working, starts fighting, or isn’t acting like a team player, you add a minute to the timer. All you do is announce “adding a minute”! And then if kids start to balk about that, you again announce “adding a minute”! Add a minute to the timer every time.

This accomplishes a few things:

  • Your kids learn immediate consequences of behavior… it may take a few times, but soon they’ll realize you mean business and
  • It gives a deadline: your kids won’t feel like they have to spend their entire day trapped in the house cleaning. You give them a time and then it’s up to them how long it will really take. Again, it may take a few experiences with this for them to get it.
  • Your kids learn teamwork – they’ll realize that when they work WITH each other rather than against each other, they’ll get more rewards for it
  • They learn that you mean what you say: so not only do you have to stick to your guns about calmly “adding a minute” when they don’t cooperate, you also need to be true to your word… if they finish the timer and the room isn’t 100% perfect, you release them from their duties and you can finish it on your own. You might have a child or two that wants to work alongside you to finish it. BUT they are 100% NOT REQUIRED to stick around. You’ve got to be true to your word and let them go once the timer sounds!

You can incorporate this into  your spring cleaning by holding it once a day for a week or two as you move through each room in the house.

These are just a few ideas, but there are so many other ways to get this done with your family! I’d love to hear if any of these work for you or if you’ve got a great idea to help enlist the help and support of your spouse/children. Be creative and find something that works for your family!

Have any of you ever tried these ideas? How did it work for you?

As a mother, not only shouldn’t you be stuck with all the burden, but it’s really important to teach your kids good work ethic (ps it won’t happen overnight). Make spring cleaning fun and help everyone get involved. Turn on some music, open the windows, and let all your kids see how fun it is to do things together as a family! Even if it is deep cleaning the house! Bribe them and tell them that afterwards you can watch their favorite movie and make some popcorn. It will help them stay motivated throughout the day.

I love this advice from Jane! Set a goal as a family on how long you want it to take and try to beat that.

One More Tip

In my case, cleaning gets done faster if I go top to bottom. That way you don’t have to go back and clean up dust that you missed. Let me explain. If you start on the bottom, vacuum, dust the coffee tables, and then work your way up to the ceiling and fans… all of the dust will fall down on the ALREADY CLEANED parts and you will have to go back over and vacuum again! Instead, if you start from the top (ceiling, fans, lights etc.) you can let all the dust and dirt fall and once you finish up, you can vacuum and be all done! That simple tip will leave your house cleaner and will allow you to get things done quicker!

Ways to Win Big this Week

Just to remind you! We have two different ways that you can win a prize this week! First off, head on over to our survey to share with us your favorite spring cleaning tip! If I quote you in the series, you will be entered to get a $20 Amazon Gift Card. I will announce the winner on Friday!

And the second one, we want to invite you all to ACTION! We would like you to get a start on your spring cleaning! You have ONE WEEK. The contest opens today! I would like you to take a picture of your home and show me the BEFORE and AFTER of your spring cleaning. Please send the pictures in an email to hello@fabulesslyfrugal dot com and the winner will be announced NEXT Monday! You have from today until Sunday night to get some cleaning done and send in your photos! The winner will be awarded a $20 Amazon Gift Card as well!  

Coming Tomorrow:

My hints on how to speed clean! Come back so you can see how to get your spring cleaning done FASTER than ever!