Make Spring Cleaning Fun for Kids

For my kiddos, cleaning and fun don’t really go together. Sometimes it feels like they would rather cut off their arm than clean. Anything that takes them away from their fun activities, cartoons, or playing outside is a HARD pass.

Having 3 teenagers with chores of their own, adding to that list can be a challenge. However, making things fun for them actually helps you get more done around the house during Spring cleaning time!

Here are some really cool cleaning ideas for your little and not so little ones:

Clothes Folding Challenge: I don’t know about your kids, but if they are anything like mine, they are competitive against each other. What better way to use that to your advantage than to have a clothes folding challenge. Give them each a pile and whoever gets them all folded and matches the most socks wins!

Setting a Timer: Make it a race against the clock. Make a list of things that need to be done and set a timer. See how many things can be accomplished within that time frame. Get them to initial each item they accomplish and whoever has the most items initialed at the buzzer time wins!

Recycle Bin Basketball: Set three tubs out for each category of recycling, paper, glass, and aluminum. Let them go through the items and try to ring each tub where each item belongs. The one with the most items in the tubs wins.

Redecorate Their Room: Give them the choice on how they want their rooms to look. Let them exchange comforters and sheets or add furniture and art to their room – like hanging up their artwork from school or new collage of pictures of them with friends. Often times, they will clean up their room to make it look even more put together.

Sweep/Mopping Hockey: Make a team of sweepers and moppers. Let the sweepers go first as a team to sweep. One has the dust pan and one has the broom. Time how long it takes to sweep the entire kitchen floor. Next let the team of Moppers try. One has the mop, and one has the mop water bucket and time them. The team who takes the least amount of time wins!

Why not give them ways to enjoy the cleaning you need to get accomplished around the house? It’s not only getting chores accomplished, but creating family time and helping everyone get involved. They laugh and have so much fun competing against each other.

Having a prize for the winners can motivate them. Use snacks or one dollar bills as prizes to make the win even sweeter.

Getting all of the chores accomplished and helping them have productive fun makes it a win/win for everyone!

Susan Ingram, OWL Blogger

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.