Sunday, March 1, 2009

Spring Cleaning Week 1- Children's Rooms

Spring Cleaning!

Boy, am I in the mood for Spring! I just can’t wait for that warm weather. The green trees, and grass. A garden. I can’t wait to open my windows and let the warm breeze blow through the house.

But, before that, I want to make sure that warm breeze doesn’t kick up a bunch of dust and dirt left over from the winter! So, that is why we are here today!
I want to go over some things with you before we start. Our goal, is not only a clean home ready for Spring, but a place for your family to come home to and relax. A place to invite your friends over to and not have to worry about anything but fellowship.

So, first thing, we need a couple boxes or totes. We need to have a box for keep, one for trash & one for garage sale or donation. These will be used in each room, as we go through all of the items IN that room, and think what is important, and what is not.

So, let’s start on Week #1, Your Child(ren)’s Room(s):

This week, you will want to do the following:

  • Rid through the toys! Remember to use the 3 boxes, trash, keep or garage sale/donate. If there is anything broken (not fixable) trash it. If there is something you want to keep, keep it temporarily in the keep box. And anything that is still in good shape but you want to get rid of, put it in the donate/ garage sale box for now. After you have all toys rid out of their homes (toy box, baskets, etc) clean the “home” out. Sweep it, wipe it down, whatever. The toys you are keeping, is the best spot in the toy box or should it be in a separate basket with other “like” items (like Legos, Barbies, Hot Wheels Cars, etc).

  • Rid through clothes. Go through drawers, shelves and closets. Look at all of the clothes, are they the right size? Are they never worn? Are they too ruined to wear for anything beside playing? I usually put my clothes in a tote with the size market on the outside. I have totes from 0-3 months all the way up to size 7 right now, and when one boy out grows a size, I put it in the tote for the next boy! You can use your sorting system (keep, trash, donate) to weed through all of the clothes. The ones that you are keeping should all have a spot! That way, your child knows where to put them. Right now, you can also be preparing for spring by writing down which clothes you need to get (for the warm weather) for each child.

  • Wash bed sheets, comforters, pillows. You may wash bed sheets often, but usually the comforters and pillows rarely get washed . You can stick pillows in the washer (if it is big enough). And the dryer fluffs them right up.
    Dust. This one will be a chore for me, because the boys like to “display” lots of stuff on their dressers and any other flat top in their room. So remove everything from the tops of dressers, bedside tables, shelves, etc. Use your sorting system for this stuff. Then dust! Dust ever surface in the room that could collect dust, even along the bedrails, window sills, etc. Then put everything that you are keeping, back.

  • Wash down walls, windows, ceiling fan/ wash curtains. My boys play outside then go to their rooms and leave little dirty prints. Wash parts on the wall beside their beds, beside doorways, etc. Clean windows, inside and out. Spray off screens, if needed. And wash any curtains or blinds.

  • Clean from under the bed. Using your system, then putting everything where it needs to go.

  • Clean out the closet. I know we have sorted the clothes, but there is PROBABLY more in there then just clothes! Use your system to take care of those things.

  • Is everything working in their room? Are all of the light bulbs in working order? Does anything need fixed? Are all of the dresser drawers in working order? Fix anything that needs it this week, or get rid of it!

  • Sweep! Now, everything should have a place, so you should have a clean floor. Sweep it, and spot clean any carpets. Wash any rugs.

  • Do you need to decorate? If you have been wanting to decorate your child’s room, do it this week!

  • Does your child have a laundry hamper? If your child does not have a place to put their dirty laundry, then obviously it ends up on the floor and under beds. Get them a clothes basket or hamper to put those dirties in.

  • Does your child like a light on at night? Use night-lights, which are low wattage, instead of leaving larger-wattage hall or room lights on at night. This will save you money in the long run.

  • Last but not least, pray over your child’s room, and your child. You want your child to have nothing but good memories of living at home. And God’s blessing as they grow.

Here are a few verses to remember about our children:

Psa 78:4 We will not hide them from our children. We will tell the next generation about the LORD'S power and great deeds and the miraculous things he has done.

Psa 127:3-5 Children are an inheritance from the LORD. They are a reward from him. The children born to a man when he is young are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them. He will not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the city gate.

Pro 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.

Do I have everything? If there is something else, or other ideas, leave a comment! Leave a link with pictures of your child’s/ children’s room(s), and what you are planning to do this week. Then we will get back together on Friday to see how we did!

Update: Here is my boy's rooms, their problem? CLUTTER!


Megan said...

Oh good you have before pics. I was just coming back here to let you know that we need before pics. good girl.

I just took mine and well we have some work to do!