Our spring break was significantly earlier than most of my east coast friends- like it's been a whole month! I sent Robert and the kids out of town for a few days so I could relax and take care of chores. Before they left, I got out a big box and went through each of the closets and had the kids try on clothes and shoes to see what still fit, what we could donate, and what needed to be tossed out. I made a mental note of what the kids needed in the next size up and kept my eye out while I shopped later that week.
After going through my own closet, I made it a point to spring clean my wardrobe by picking out pieces that I haven't worn in a while and planned out about 3 weeks of work outfits, making sure to use the tops and pants or skirts that don't get enough wear. This has really helped me out on busy work mornings, and it's been fun to get compliments on new outfit combos, too! Now I just need to get Cher Horowitz's closet program so I never have an "As if!" day!
I then took the box downstairs to our kitchen which had become a black hole of pots, pans, and cups. I was ruthless when going through each of the cabinets and got rid of tons of coffee mugs, glasses, old medicine dispensers, and pans that should have been put down a long time ago. I donated what was reusable and recycled and trashed what couldn't be used again by someone else. If you're stuck with where to start, I like THIS list of things to get rid of from your home ASAP!
Then, it was onto cleaning! Amanda over at Cardio, Cabernet & a Keyboard is a pro when it comes to cleaning, and she really got me thinking about changing up some of my tools. I had always used the Swiffer Dusters but never felt like they got the job done. Amanda suggested using microfiber cloths instead, so I picked up a two pack of Casabella's All Purpose Cloths. I was kind of disgusted by the amount of dust my Swiffer had been leaving behind, but I'm so glad that I've got this new tool in my arsenal.
The other tool that I needed to replace was my Swiffer Sweeper. It just wasn't cutting it! Amanda told me to pick up a Libman Wonder Mop, and I was again mortified about how much I'd been missing! Muchas gracias a Amanda para steering me in the right direction! (See? You should totally take me with you on your Mexican vacay- I can totally translate for you!) Check out more of Amanda's cleaning tips HERE.
Some of my other favorite cleaning products include:
Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist: I make it a point to spray down all of the toys, bathrooms, and doorknobs after guests leave to ensure any germs we're not used to in the house don't get a hold of my kids. Knock on wood, but they stay pretty healthy throughout the school year, and I think Lysol totally plays a part in that.
Clorox Micro-Scrubbers Disinfecting Wipes: I use these wipes daily in the kitchen and then in my bathrooms. I like the little scrubbers- they really help to tackle some of the built up gunk.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: I love the Magic Eraser! It is great on my kitchen sink- I scrub the sink once a week and then store the eraser in a cup under the sink. It's also helpful to scrub random marks off of the walls or cabinets. Target also makes a knock-off version that works great!
Pumie: I bought this pumice stick last summer to tackle some heavy duty toilet issues, and it totally did the trick! If you've got some rough rings to get rid of, you should definitely give this stick a try!
By the time the kids got home from their spring break trip, I knew that we had to tackle their rooms and closets. Legos used to just be Trip's thing, but Ari got a bunch for her birthday, and our collection just keeps growing. The kids are always bringing the Legos downstairs to play, but we've really been trying to push them to play upstairs in the room that is intended for play- the game room! The sets were overtaking the kids' bookshelves and tables, so I put Robert to work on building us a table to encourage more play in the game room, and he finally finished it this weekend!
A big issue in Ari's room is that an entire corner is overflowing with stuffed animals. She's only 5, and she does actually play with all of them in different rotations, so I'm not making my kid get rid of them just yet. So now that the Lego table is complete, Robert is working on a stuffed animal zoo to corral the crazy. Hopefully it'll be done this next weekend, but it should look a little like this:
To help alleviate some of the closet and bookshelf overload issues, I got the kids an extra closet organizer. They each already have one, but the shelves sometimes get a little overloaded with pajamas and shorts, so now that they each have two, we can space everything out a little bit better, and Ari's has space to put boxes of doll clothes and toys as well. I picked up THIS organizer from Target for Trip.
The final thing that I've cleaned up lately is my schedule and attitude. Spring brings a ridiculous number of events and commitments, and often times I feel like I am incapable of saying no. I've decided that I'm at a point in my life where people are just going to have to get over it if I finally say no to their requests. My husband and kids come first, and when our schedules are already booked, I'm not going to feel bad about declining extra activities.
I try my best to keep things clean, but I'm definitely not a pro. I HATE cleaning the bathroom! What tips do you have for me to get over my most dreaded chore? Tell me in the comments below!
To see my previous Workin' It Wednesday posts:
If you love a link-up, make sure you share your favorite Target finds with us next Thursday for the Ladies Who Link party!
I'll be back tomorrow for my Try It Thursday link-up. Make sure you share your favorite recipe of the week with me! See you soon!
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post contain Target affiliate links, and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Thank you for supporting my blog!