Posts Tagged ‘spring clean’

Yes! There’s no doubt about it now….Spring is here!

And I don’t know one person that doesn’t love it! As Canadians it amazing how much that beautiful sunshine makes everything feel that much better.

You’ve opened the windows and thrown up the sashes and…..Wow there are some serious dust bunnies under those chairs, beds and behind the doors. Trust us we know, that sunshine we love suddenly lets us see all our winter secrets!

It’s ok! We got this covered. With Spring, comes the desire to get out from under the stuff and the confining feeling you’ve had for 5 months. It’s wonderful! The “honey-do” list gets started and it rolls on and on and on!

We’ve got our own honeys and they have their own ” to do” lists.

BUT…..there’s something to be said for getting it all done in a shorted span of time. Yes, we all go “clean up” crazy and everyone feeds off everyone else’s energy, but it soon peters out and then you’re left with a half finished list and a bunch of half finished jobs.

So, step one. Take it easy! ONE thing at a time

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Decide on a plan of action. Garage sale days are coming up in Lucan and Ilderton – May 7th. So this weekend encourage the kids and your partner to grab a box or bag and fill it with things that have been hiding out of site for months maybe years! Get the kids excited about sending those clothes and toys off to someone who really needs it! A garage sale is a great family event and it helps the kids understand the value of things. They must be fully aware that if it goes out to the garage sale it DOES NOT come back in if it doesn’t sell.

So 25 cents in their pocket is better then nothing!

Be hard cord on this rule. When the sale is over, pack up the remaining items into your car and send them off. Don’t linger! Don’t say “what if” –

trust us, if you were willing to part with it at 7am by Labour Day you’ll have forgotten it even existed!

That’s step one! Next time we’ll chat about that “honey do” list that has now created a rift the size of the Grand Canyon.

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Well the kids are home so why not make the most of the time.  I have 2 children of my own, teens they are now, so I understand the motivation part.   Think of something that is near to their heart that will motivate them to get purging and cleaning up their bedroom and/or toy rooms.

If you are working and not at home this week, leave them a task a day, i.e. dresser drawers, purge and get rid of what you do not like or what does not fit. Anything that needs repaired or hemmed, have them put out where you can take a look at.

 

Next day, all their papers and books in their rooms.  Next day toys, and so on.

 

If you are at home, you may be able to turn this around in a day or two.

 

Remind them if they have room in their closet and you see they only have 2 pairs of jeans you will want to buy them another pair, but if you can not see in their closet for stuff, why would you buy more?

 

Good luck and let me know how you make out.  Why not do before and after pictures and send them to me, if I have any more tips I will send them through to you.

 

All the best and enjoy the sunshine.

 

 

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