Safe Spring Cleaning for Mommas

safe spring cleaning for mommas

 Safe Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means...


Cleaning tips will be all over magazine fronts and the Karens of the world will be taking selfies with cute little printed cleaning gloves, homemade cleanser made from muddled rose petals and scrub brushes likely made from recycled shoelaces.  (no offense if your name is Karen, we know you’re over the jokes, along with all the Felicias that we’ve said bye to over the past few years) 


With these spring cleaning tips, selfies, and magazine covers come the expectations of decluttering, dusting, and baseboard scrubbing, all while wafts of lemon scented air breeze though your open windows. 


Oh, but wait. They don't tell you about how hard it is to accomplish any of this with a baby attached to you, or a toddler who instinctively wipes snot on the sliding glass door that you JUST CLEANED. Furthermore, if you’re in the Newborn Daze, then even knowing what day of the week it is can be considered an accomplishment. For you, my sleep deprived newborn mama, if you make it through reading this article then just consider your house clean and remove all pressure of feeling like you need to do anything other than take care of yourself and your fresh little one. 


For those of us daring enough to try some spring cleaning while wrangling littles, we’ve compiled some tips and ideas to give you a starting point, and a room-by -room guide so that you can feel like you're making an impact with as little effort and additional thought possible. We’ve also got a list of rules to keep you sane.


Rules:

  1. Prep first (supplies and tidy - see below)
  2. Take only 1 room per day and take it at your own pace. If this means working in only 30 min segments, that’s fine. If it means powerhousing through a 2 hour nap time, that’s fine too. Maybe it looks like early coffee and an hour before kids wake up, and tag team with your hubby for after kids go down. You do you boo-boo. 
  3. Focus on Progress not Perfection. A clean house with kids is very different from a clean house without kids, so celebrate the small victories. 

Preparation

Just like anything these days, prep is key to not losing your mind, or spending half of your available time looking for the darn spray bottle. 


1)    Grab some good all purpose cleaner. 1 bottle means less to keep up with. Non-toxic and natural (like our bamboo breast pads) means the wee ones can be exposed to it without risking harmful effects for tiny noses and delicate systems. Spring cleaners should be clean, after all...

Here’s a few of our favorites:

  • This one smells like fresh limes thanks to natural lime enzymes-
  • This cleaner smells like lemons and cinnamon and has been proven to kill a massive amount of germs while still being safe. Win- win. 
  • How about some rags that will put a smile on your face while you use them?

2)     The best pre-cleaning tip we can give you is de-clutter the area before you plan on spring cleaning. Otherwise, you’ll spend the (likely) short amount of time you have to actually do some real cleaning, just picking things up (like allllll the legos). Easier said than done with kids who get into toys and leave them around all day long, right? Here’s our solution…. It’s nothing groundbreaking BUT it is life changing. We call it the 10 min tidy-up.

 

What is the 10 minute tidy up you ask?

The 10 min tidy up is basically a speed pick up of any main areas prior to going to bed. You can make the place presentable again after the tornado of kids have plowed through, and you wake up to a clean slate. The key here is to not think too hard. Maybe even make it a race, and DEFINITELY enlist your husband or older children in the work. 

TV Room: pick up all kids toys and place them into the basket. Straighten couch pillows blankets. Get any cups/dishes into the kitchen sink.

Entryway: Hang up any jackets/ bags/shoes in the entryway. 

Kitchen: Wipe down table/ counter tops/ get dishes into the dishwasher. 

Bedrooms/Bathrooms: If you have older kids or other helpers around give them a space to pick up as well like their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

If you can commit to the tidy-up, your spring cleaning will be starting from a fresh spot and you can hit the ground running. 

mother with child reading

A note on timing:

Time is always the struggle for busy or new moms.The best time to clean is going to vary from person to person but typically you’ll want to focus on times when babies are napping, kids are in school, or tiny babes have just been fed and you can wear them while they snuggle or snooze. Maybe there’s an hour when you know you’ll have a little help (either with cleaning or kids) so you can carve a few minutes out there. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to get the whole house done in a day or two. You’ll be exhausted and let’s face it, there’s a good chance that’s your normal anyway right? So let’s not make it worse!

 

Room by Room Guide

Living room

  • Throw any toss pillow covers and throw blankets in the wash
  • Grab a broom and run it along the top of the walls to grab any dust bunnies and cobwebs
  • Open a pillowcase and place over ceiling fan blades, pulling any dust into the case
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Windows and window sills
  • Grab a rag or sponge and wipe down baseboards and put the laundry in the dryer
  • Vacuum couch and floor
  • Sweep/ mop if needed
  • Steam clean any carpet or rugs
  • Replace freshly washed pillow covers and throw blankets back on couch

Overachiever: wash curtains

Kitchen

  • Run a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water through your Keurig coffee maker to break up hard water while continuing with the other items 
  • Grab a broom and run it along the top of the walls to grab any dust bunnies and cobwebs
  • Heat a damp sponge in the microwave and use it with your spray to wipe cabinets down
  • Windows and window sills/ glass doors
  • Grab a rag or sponge and wipe down baseboards 
  • Sweep/ mop. Flush Keurig by running plain water through
  • Wipe down chairs and table legs
  • Wipe down exterior of fridge and trash can
  • Put ice, baking soda and lemon juice in the garbage disposal

Overachiever: inside of fridge and pantry

Bedrooms

  • Strip bed and put sheets/ pillowcases/ duvet cover in wash with some baking soda
  • Grab a broom and run it along the top of the walls to grab any dust bunnies and cobwebs
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Switch linens from wash to dryer
  • Wipe windows and windowsills
  • Vacuum/ steam clean carpets
  • Remake bed

Overachiever: Marie-Kondo your drawers 

      *Repeat for remaining bedrooms on separate days

Bathrooms

  • Spray shower down and inside the toilet. Let it soak
  • Throw rug, shower curtain, and liner in the wash with ½ C baking soda and 1C vinegar to break up soap scum and freshen
  • Wipe down walls
  • Wipe all surfaces/ shower/ toilet
  • Baseboards
  • Mop floor
  • Replace the freshly washed shower curtains and rugs

Overachiever: organize cabinets 

 

There you have it! Put on your favorite New Bloom Maternity Bra and it might take you a week, maybe you do it in bite-sized bits and it takes you a month, but if you want to do it, you can! Remember to take it at your pace and celebrate the victories. Oh, and then eat some chocolate and go to bed after you put the kids down. You deserve it.

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