Ready to do some Spring cleaning? Is there still a bunch of snow on the ground? Well, here are 5 pre-Spring cleaning activities you can do on a snow day to get you started. After all, once Spring officially arrives, who wants to spend time indoors cleaning? I don’t!
Cleaning of any kind is not my favorite thing. But if I had my choice between Spring cleaning and Fall cleaning, I would definitely want it to be Spring cleaning.
I think one of the biggest deterrents of doing Spring cleaning while there is still snow on the ground is the fact that many worry about continuing to drag in snow and salt and other Winter paraphernalia. So I am sharing these 5 Spring cleaning activities that don’t involve interfering with the bad parts of Winter.
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#1 Organize Your Linen Closet
Look through your towels for ripped towels, and set them to the side in your garage(they work great to dry your car after washing). Make sure you have every type of towel(bath, hand, & washcloth) so each family member has enough. If you want to be super organized, have a different color for each family member. I did that when the boys were young, but not anymore.
Do the same with your sheets, and make sure you have complete sets for each bed in your house. I used to have one set of sheets for Winter, and one for Summer. It got to be a pain to keep track of everything. So the sheets on the boys’ beds are jersey knits, and the ones on our bed are lightweight flannel. Perfect for all-year round.
When finished, make a list of things that need to be replaced. The next time you are able, purchase the needed items and restock your closet. Look for end of Winter sales or pre-Spring sales.
Here are a few more linen closet organizing tips.
- Realistic Linen Closet Organization
- Organizing Your Linen Closet
- The Most Important Things To Keep In Your Linen Closet
#2 Update Your Spice Rack As Part Of Your Spring Cleaning Activities
Take a few moments to check for expired spices. Do you have some that you’ve never opened? Do you have some that you faithfully use and always run out? Now is the time to look at each and everyone of them, see what you need and what you can toss. If you keep your spices in a cabinet, take a moment to wipe them down, and vacuum it out if necessary.
What if you don’t have a spice cabinet at all? Here is a great spice starter kit that will compliment any meal you are making.
Check your cookbooks to see if you really need them. If you don’t, then toss them in the garbage. Take a moment to see if you need some updated ones for the summer season, especially if you do a lot of grilling.
Add those to your shopping list for the next time you go.
#3 Review And Replenish Your First Aid Kit
There is nothing worse than having an emergency, and you don’t have the proper first aid/medicine supplies to help in this situation. After all, in an emergency, time matters.
Now is a great time to check expiration dates, or see if anything needs to be replenished. I check mine 4 times a year, and after every vacation trip. It has been a life-saver several times.
Not sure what you need in your first aid kit? Here are a few examples I keep in mine:
- Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve. Depending on who needs it and what their medical history is, I like to have something for all possible situations.
- Bandaids, gauze pads, and tape. These combinations of supplies work from everything from a blister to a severely scraped knee.
- Non-sting, antibacterial spray. I don’t know about you, but when I scrape myself, I don’t want ANYONE touching me. The spray allows you to get the benefits of the antibacterial element without the touching part.
- Benadryl tabs, cream, and chewable tablets. I believe that having all of these forms is important, depending on the situation. Chewable tablets work for kids and adults that can’t swallow pills well. Cream works for all kinds of rashes. Allergic reactions can be a scary thing.
- Gas pills, antacids, antidiarrheals, and stool softeners. Let’s face it, GI tracts can be finicky in new situations. It is always good to have something that takes care of any possible scenario.
Those are just a few things to get you started on your first aid kit. Keep in mind your family’s activities when you create yours. Now that my kids are older, I don’t need a lot of the liquid medications or other items geared toward young kids.
#4 Check Your Stock Of Batteries & Flashlights
Here is something you may not have thought of for your Spring cleaning activities checklist. You should have one flashlight for every member of your household. Have twice the number of batteries available for each flashlight(for example, we have 4 people in our family. Each flashlight requires 2 “D” batteries. Which means I have a minimum of 16 “D” batteries at any given time.)
I also keep a stock of 4 9-volt batteries(for our fire detectors), a 16-pack of “AA” batteries. Do you know how tragic it is not to have batteries for video game remotes? And then I have an 8 pack of “AAA” batteries for remotes.
Whatever you need for your family, this is a good time to check and stock up. That way, you are ready for the next time change as well.
#5 Create A Cleaning Caddy For Spring Cleaning And Beyond
Did you ever realize that when it comes to cleaning, it is easier when you have the right tools? Now is a great time to get a tool kit together so it is ready to use when it is truly time for Spring cleaning.
Purchase a storage caddy with a handle, It is sturdy and very easy to clean. For my caddy, I keep the following items:
- A bottle of glass cleaner
- Roll of paper towels
- Furniture polish
- Dust rags
- A bottle of Febreze
- A container of carpet sprinkles
- Bathroom spray
Some other suggestions for creating a cleaning caddy:
Snow is not a fun thing to deal with and you can be like me and whine all the time. Or, you can make the most of it by doing some preparation for Spring. Most of these tasks will take less than 30 minutes to do, and will save you tons of time in the end. Less time Spring cleaning means more time outside and enjoying a beautiful day.
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