Printable Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s day is that time to show appreciation for the man who raised and molded you into what you are today. This is the man who showed simple stuff like tying your shoe laces to more complicated stuff like driving a car or shooting a gun. There are plenty of ways to thank this special man. Father’s day printable ideas are a good way of expressing appreciation ideas and simple wishes of good times and better health. The good thing is that printable ideas turn simple gifts into ones loaded with a lot of meaning and love. Here are some printable ideas for Father’s day.

Customized T-shirt

A customized T-shirt allows you to load it with much of what your dad likes. You could take a t-shirt and design it in the colors of his favorite team. Have his name stenciled on the back along with the number of his favorite player. A t-shirt is also a good canvas to write a meaningful message of love and appreciation like, ‘For the best Dad in the World for showing me how to play Soccer.’

Dad’s trophy

What better way to show your dad that he is the best than by giving him a trophy for it? You can design the one that is usually given to champions of his favorite sport. You could even give him several. There is no one to dispute that he is the champ of a father.

I love you because….booklet

Have everyone say something special about dad by making a booklet in which they can write down their special messages. It is like giving him a bunch of cards. Only with more loaded messages.

Dad’s special recipe book

What is dad’s favorite meal? There are a hundred ways to cook steak and potatoes. Make a recipe book with a special favorite meal for dad every week for the whole year. This is one he definitely won’t forget every time he tucks into his favorite dish.

Superdad poster

Dad is a superman. Have a big size painting or drawing of dad in a Superman costume. Better yet, buy a costume and make a portrait of him.

Best Dad in Class Diploma

Your dad made you what you are. He passed the daddy class with flying colors. Make him a colored diploma showing he is the best dad in class.

Father Medal of Honor

Dad is a great warrior. He went beyond all odds to make sure that you got fed, clothed and schooled. For that effort beyond the call of duty, give him a Medal of Honor.

2017 Newest Printer Models

If you are buying a printer for a home use of a small office, it makes sense to buy an All in One Printer.  This is a machine that can scan, make copies and print from the computer. The standard features for a printer are getting more sophisticated each year. Current printers are able to print over a wireless connection as well as from portable flash memory in addition to printing over USB. There are several considerations to make when deciding the best machine for your use.

Inkjet vs. laser

For small time quality printing an inkjet printer is the best while large volumes of same color or black and white printing are best done by a laser printer.

Ink type

Dye based inks are best for printing text while pigment based inks are best for printing glossy pages like photos.

Paper size

Most printers are limited to A4 size pages but if you are in designing, you may need an A3 printer

Color vs. Black and White

Do you need to print your own brochures or specially designed work, or do you print plain text?

Extra features

Do you need extra features? These include wireless connectivity, LCD touch control, Near Field Communication printing and printing from flash. These would depend on your home or office configuration. If you don’t like wire tangling, wireless printing can be handy.

With these considerations, some of the best printers of 2017 include:

  • Epson Workforce Pro WF-5690- This is a good AIO printer for small offices that need to print a lot but need color once in a while. It is a fast inkjet printer with good quality output.
  • Brother MFC-J6920DW – This is the AIO printer for a medium business. It can print high volumes at low cost due to Brother’s inexpensive ink cartridge technology. It has an added advantage of printing wide 11in x 17 in pages.
  • Epson Workforce ET-4550- Epson has used Eco tank technology in this inkjet printer. It offers one of the lowest costs per page. It is a low volume all in one printer that is suitable for a small business or home office.
  • Canon ImageClass LBP151w- This is one of the few mono laser printers to make the top on the account of its speed and above-average print quality making it suitable for a small office with high printing volumes.
  • HP OfficeJet 250 – This very lightweight all in one printer that the advantage of portability. HP’s long experience in print technology can be seen in the high quality print offered by this small printer.

Size Matters: Paper Size vs. Print Size

Digital photography is a leap in capturing images. Instead of capturing image on film, it is stored as a series of zeros and ones on digital memory. This makes it easier to manipulate, share and store. The biggest headache to a digital photographer remains in getting an image in the correct resolution.

Resolution at work

Images in digital format are captures in a series of dots called pixels. These dots are represented on digital memory as a series of ones and zeroes. Resolution is measured by how many pixels are there in an inch. The more pixels there are in an inch, the higher the resolution.  The average computer LCD monitor has 67-130 pixels per inch.

Sometimes you will capture good looking photos but which come out badly when the photo is printed. This is a mismatch between the resolution and the size of the paper. This is seen where some parts of the photo will look like blocks of L.  This is called pixilation.

Print size

Digital camera resolutions are set by adjusting aspect ratio settings.  The common aspect ratio settings are 3:2 and 4:3.  Other settings can be 5:4, 16:9, and 1:1.  An aspect ratio of 3:2 can have 300×200 pixels or 900×600 or 1200×800 pixels.

Photographic prints come in aspect ratios of 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, and 20×30. The aspect ratio determines the print size. The aspect ratio that can go with a specific print size is found by interchanging the number of the print size and then looking for the lowest number. For example a print size of 4×6 works with an aspect ratio of 3:2.  Others are

Print Size Aspect Ratio
4×6 3:2
5×7 7:5
8×10 5:4
20×30 3:2

Printing on paper

Pixilation occurs when there is a mismatch of the print size and the paper size. When printed on paper, pixels need to close together in higher concentration than on a digital screen. Printing a 4×6 photo on an 8×10 paper will result in pixilation as the photo will be printed on a much larger area which spreads the pixels much more making them looser.

A pixilation problem cannot be fixed by setting the printer to print at higher dpi (dots per inch). This is because the original pixels remain as fixed in the same concentration as they were in the original image. Printing at higher dpi only makes those in place come out larger.

Basically when shooting your digital photos, you must know what size of paper you will be printing on before you start the shoot. Lower resolution will look good on smaller size paper and vice versa.

Dye vs. Pigment: Do You Know the Difference

If you are buying ink cartridge or laser toner for the first time, there are several differences that may not be immediately clear cut. The difference between dye and pigment ink is one that many ink cartridge buyers ask about. What is the difference between dye-based ink and pigment based inks and when should you use one and not the other?

Dye based inks

These inks are used in the standard ink cartridges. This kind of ink contains dyes that are fully dissolved in liquid. The biggest advantage of dye-based inks is their vibrancy in color. The colors come out better because there are optical compounds that are in the dye.

Their biggest disadvantage is smearing. If the cartridge is leaking or releasing ink in the wrong quantities, the paper will smear. Dye based ink dissolves into the paper fibers, and spreads very thinly. This makes it susceptible to damage by UV rays. This leads to quicker fading if the paper is exposed to the sun or a lot of daylight. However, fade resistance has been improved in high-quality inks from companies such as Fuji and Hp.

Where to use

Dye based ink has long been used in the standard ink cartridge for home and office use. It can print standard text and also graphics in official documents for example color graphs. This has been the preferred ink by heavy duty printers.

Pigment inks

Pigment is a powdery substance that makes a suspension when mixed with liquid. Unlike dye-based ink, the pigment does not get dissolved in the paper’s fibers. Rather, it sits on the paper and bonds to the paper’s surface in a very thin film. This technology was debuted by Epson.

The biggest advantage of pigment ink is that it does not fade easily. Pigment does not break down easily under UV rays. This means it retains color vibrancy longer than dye-based ink.  Pigment inks do not smear easily. As such the ink is ideal for printing on glossy paper like photographic paper. This type of ink tends to be costlier than dye based ink. Poor quality pigment inks have the problem of metamerism. This is where the human eye sees different colors for the same graphics when it is subjected to different light sources.

Where to use

Pigment inks are used in printing on glossy paper, transparencies and stickers. Its longer archival life is preferred for graphics. Some printing experts have claimed that its archival life could be as long as 200 years.

Why You Should be Printing Your Photos

In the age of 32 GB flash memory, who cares to print the thousands of photos on the seemingly infinite memory?  Buying photographic paper these days is such a headache as very few book stores have it in stock. There are no takers. We are content thinking that photos stored on hard drives, flash memory drives and DVDs will last forever. There are a few kinks in this argument. Here is why you should suddenly feel an urge to print your photos.

Software rot

How does software rot? Unlike the obsolescence of the floppy disk, software rot is not physical wear and tear of your digital storage. Instead, it stands for mismatch of technologies over time. For example, most documents done with older formats in Windows 98 will refuse to open if you tried today. This is because the software standards are markedly different. As time goes by, different graphics formats will come up rendering the good old jpeg format obsolete, and your photos with it.

Physical damage

Although digital storage is vastly improved than 15 years ago, digital memory is still a fickle thing. Your flash will all of a sudden fail to open because you ignorantly stuck it in a computer that was laden with a virus. Your computer hard drive can be fried by an electric surge. Your DVDs could suffer scratching. There are many things that can happen to your digital storage to render it unusable and lose your photos forever. Printing on paper gives you alternative backup.

Perfect your skills

Instagram and Photoshop make hopeless photographers look very good with the use of filters and other enhancements. A digital screen will cover up many mistakes. Printing, on the other hand, will make you see your mistakes in lighting and other technicalities you must adjust to bring colors to life. By trying repeatedly for the perfect shot instead of using filters, you become a better photographer.

It feels good

Human nature is wired to feel good when rewarded with tangible beautiful things. That is why you give your loved one flowers instead of a picture of flowers. By printing your best photos, you have something to lay your hands on. You can look at the end results of your toil with a smug feeling of having done something useful

Gifts

What will you give your kid to remember you when going away to college, a link to your IG? Likely not. But you could give her a print photo of her when her milk teeth were just coming out. Perfect.

Printable Ideas for Mother’s Day

The feel of good old paper still feels good in the hands.  Decorative paper, books and other interesting information is still made of paper. Gifting something that can help the special women in our lives get joy from printables is the best idea for mother’s day. The printer and ink toner combo is a great idea as it can help your loved one print what she has longed to put on paper and express her loving care in written words.

Why are toners great gift ideas?

A printer can be used anywhere and anyone. Home printers are very common these days.  Your aunt who still believes in the power of the hard copy will want to print that email she has waited to read but can’t because she hates the computer monitor.

Printers can be used to print the occasional menu downloaded from Pinterest, or the weight loss workout that your partner needs to take to the gym.  A printer in the home or office will find good use.

You can buy a printer for anyone. Your busy career partner or wife will find it useful to print the report in the work carried home. Your mom will find it useful for printing eBooks she has wanted to read. Your sister will use it to print essays for school. All the special women in your life will find a printer very useful.

Printers are practical gifts that say you have put some thought into choosing the gift. Instead of a luxurious gift, a printer is an item that will keep reminding the owner of you over the years. As long as it is printing, your presence will be felt.

A printer is a long-lasting gift. The lifetime of a busy printer is about 3-5 years. A home printer that is not heavily used can last up to 7 years and more. It is the perfect gift that keeps on giving.

Some gift ideas

  • Epson Expression Home XP-420 printer: This is a small portable and powerful printer that will print high quality documents and photos. It can connect to phones and other devices over Wifi and print from Google docs and Apple cloud.
  • Brother MFC-J470DW printer: This is a multifunction inkjet printer for the office and home; it works well with affordable ink refills.
  • HP 62 Black Original Ink Cartridges (C2P04AN). This cartridge works with  a wide range of HP printers and can print up to 200 pages
  • Brother Printer TN660 High Yield Toner. This cartridge can print up to 2600 pages.
  • E-Z Ink (TM) Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for Epson 252XL High Capacity (2 Black, 1 Cyan, 1 Magenta, 1 Yellow) 5 Pack. This ink toner can be refilled for printing more than 3000 pages.

 

Your Quick Guide On Choosing the Right Printing Paper For Your Project

So you have a project that you need to print. Awesome! All you need to do now is to find the right paper. You hurriedly go to the shopping mall and search through piles of paper and – found it! You pay at the cashier and go straight home. You insert the paper and ready the printer, making sure that all settings are correct.

Then, you hit the PRINT button. Finally, here comes your perfect project!

…But wait. How come it doesn’t look as grand as what you were expecting it to be?

Now, if your project is of utmost importance, a “printing paper disaster” like this might require another trip to the mall. Choosing the right printing paper for your project is more complex than what many believe. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowing how to choose the right printing paper for your project will not only maximize your resources but also guarantee an output that is of best quality.

Choosing the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources. If you are unsure about the kind of paper that you need, you might end up buying several packs of paper, printing your project on each paper, and choosing the one to your liking while disposing the rest. That’s a huge amount of paper, toner or ink, time, effort, and money down the drain! Here are four paper basics that will guide you in this step.

4 Paper Basics That You Need To Know

1 – Weight

GsM (grams per square meter) refers to the thickness and sturdiness of a paper. The higher the number, the thicker or sturdier the paper.

  • Copy paper – 75 gsm
  • Business letterhead – 90 gsm
  • Resumes, flyers, and business graphics – 120 gsm
  • Photographs – 120 gsm up to 300 gsm and over
  • Sticky labels – 150 gsm (total sheet weight)
  • Brochures, postcards, menus, and posters – 175 gsm
  • Business cards – 215 gsm

Source: Flickr/shutterblog | Using the right weight will make your project best serve its purpose.

Gsm is usually printed on the package, but sometimes “lbs” or “substance” are used instead. You can search the Internet for the right conversion or ask a staff to help you.

2 – Brightness

Source: Hollandlitho.com | The color image appears duller as the paper brightness lowers.

Brightness refers to the paper’s ability to reflect light. The same printed image will appear vibrant on a paper with high brightness but dull on a paper with low brightness. For commercial use, 80 is lowest and 100 highest. The higher the number, the better the paper.

3 – Texture

Source: Breathingcolor.com | Theater of the Desert – the Amargosa Opera House. Renee M. Besta advises that this image is best printed on a smooth paper. A textured paper will compete with the intricate details of the wall murals.

Texture refers to the smoothness of the paper, both visual and tactile. A paper can be smooth or textured. It can also be uncoated or coated, which has a glossy, dull, or matte finish. Coated and smooth paper is best for high-quality images, and uncoated and textured paper is best for softer image.

4 – Opacity

A paper’s opacity determines the amount of light that can pass through it. It can have a low, medium, or high opacity. The higher the opacity, the less translucent the paper.

Having the ability to choose the right printing paper for your project also guarantees an output that is of best quality. Therefore, it is important to know which paper to choose for everyday use and for special occasions.

Choosing the Right Paper for Everyday Use

Copy paper, also called a multi-purpose paper, is your best option for this purpose. It is the cheapest and most accessible paper. It also works well in a laser printer (waterproof) and an inkjet printer (water-based).

Source: Coloring.ws | Keep your little ones busy while teaching them colors at the same time! More FREE and printable coloring pages are available on Coloring.Ws from DLTK’s.

A typical copy paper is 75 gsm and has brightness as low as 80. Furthermore, this paper is somewhat translucent and uncoated. It can be used for printing coloring pages for your kids, daily homework for school, and daily reports in the office. Depending on the use, you can even print on both sides of the paper.

Choosing The Right Paper For Special Occasions

It is important to remember that a specific project requires a specific paper. Aside from the mentioned weights, a paper used for special occasions usually has a brightness ranging from 90-100. Coated paper is also highly advised, except for letterheads.

Opacity will vary depending on the purpose. For example, translucent papers are preferred in printing certificates. Moreover, an inkjet paper or a laser paper is also preferred. Inkjet paper is designed for sprayed-on inks. On the other hand, laser paper is designed to attract dry powder. Therefore, an inkjet paper must be used in an inkjet printer, while a laser paper must be used in a laser printer.

Source: Paperbecause.com | Indeed, “Memories are more fond on paper.”

Being able to choose the right printing paper for your project maximizes your resources and guarantees best output quality. As long as you know the paper basics and which paper to choose for daily use and for special occasions, rest assured that you will find making your project all the more enjoyable!

Celebrate World Art Day with These Free Art Printables

Art is very important, it’s all around us. It’s impossible to live in this world without seeing an artist’s creation, or some aspect of art. It allows everybody to express themselves, art doesn’t stereotype or discriminate or hate, and without it, the world would be just plain and dull.

There are many special days that we celebrate every year.  We have Peace day, Women’s Day, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, Worker’s day and so on. However, we don’t have that “one” special art day that would unite the world. Fortunately, art authorities organized and voted April 15 as the “World Art Day”. Interestingly enough it is also the birthday of the famous artist Leonardo da Vinci.

This coming World Art Day, show your appreciation to art through these free printables that would surely make the event more meaningful, and serve as a tribute to the world’s best artists.

Art activities help our children’s social and emotional development. Children learn about themselves and others through various art activities. It is their opportunity to show their uniqueness through art and allow them to express happiness, pride, and joy. These printables can help your children develop an appreciation for art and enhance their creativity.

Free Colouring Printables

You’ll surely enjoy colouring with your kids using these Heart Colouring Printables from Arty Crafty Kids

With this fun coloring printable material from Arty Craty Kids, parents and children can color together for a good bonding activity.  This activity can help enhance your child’s cognitive development, and boost their self-esteem.

Free Printable Tangrams and Challenge Cards

Give your children a fun brain challenge with these Free Printable Tangrams by One Mama’s Daily Drama

Art is a good way to keep your children busy and productive.  They can boost your children’s creativity and ingenuity – like these Free Printable Tangrams from One Mama’s Daily Drama.

Tangrams is a 7-piece dissection puzzle that originated from China during the Song Dynasty.  The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all 7 pieces without overlapping.  While most tangrams are made of wood or metal, these tangrams can be printed on cardstock and they come with challenge cards so you can turn it into a fun art activity with your kids.

Free Origami Printables

Make story telling more fun with this Free Printable Teddy Bear Cootie Cather by Easy Peasy and Fun

You can add a little art to your story telling through this free origami printable by Easy Peasy and Fun.  This is especially useful if your children love creating stories during play.  You just need to print it out and fold it and voila – instant Teddy Bear!

Make Art into a Family Activity

Your children’s creativity and love for art starts at home.  You don’t even need to be an art connoisseur or expert to nurture their inner artist.  You can start by providing them with the right materials for their arts and crafts or helping them when they need “adult supervision” on some projects.  What’s most important is that they can feel that you are engaged and supportive with their art projects.

Fun Print Activities and Free Easter Printables Inspired by Easter Traditions Around the World

Easter is always a festive occasion for everyone.  When we think of Easter some of the first things that come to mind are: Easter egg hunts, lots and lots of sweets, and the Easter Bunny.  It symbolizes long weekends and celebrations with friends and family.

Easter is also a very important Christian holiday because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although many believe that the Christians and Hebrews started the holiday, there are many things about Easter that are pagan in origin.  In fact, there are many different Easter traditions from all around the world.

We’ve put together some fun print activities and free Easter printables inspired by Easter traditions all over the world to help you plan your Easter celebration.  If you have kids at home, this would be a good opportunity to give them a quick lesson about the history of Easter!

Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Many thanks to Amber of From ABCs to ACTs for this Pin the Tail on the Bunny Printable

Let’s give the donkey a little Easter holiday break by adding a fun twist to this popular children’s parlor game!

Easter wouldn’t be the same without the Easter Bunny (otherwise known as the “Easter hare” in Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).  Although there is no concrete explanation as to where and how the Easter Bunny was conceptualized and turned into a tradition, the thought of having a cute, fluffy bunny delivering Easter eggs filled with sweets and chocolate is too appealing that you wouldn’t really care about why it’s part of Easter, right?

Amber of FromABCstoACTs.com shares these wonderful free easter printables for Pin the Tail on the Bunny that will definitely keep your children entertained while you are preparing their Easter egg hunt.  It’s reusable and it offers a great color-matching activity for younger children.

Free Easter Bilby Printables

Our WorldWide ClassRoom was thoughtful enough to put together these Easter Bilby Printables

Not everyone is too keen about the Easter Bunny – particularly our friends in Australia.  No offense to the Easter Bunny, but his fellow rabbits are considered a pest in Australia due to the damage that they tend to cause the environment.

And thus – the Easter Bilby was born!  The bilby, also known as the rabbit bandicoot, is an endangered animal which also has soft, long ears.  Like the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bilby also gives out chocolates and sweets to children, so we can consider them to be on the same team.

This Easter Bilby Printable Pack by Our Worldwide Classroom will give you a great opportunity to introduce a new animal to your children and feed their interest in animals.

Free Printable Kisses Labels

Your Easter treats will be much sweeter with these free personalized kisses labels by Anders Ruff Printables Shop

Easter wouldn’t be the same without Easter sweets!  Easter is one of the favorite holidays of candy manufacturers, particularly in America where it is the second best-selling candy holiday after Halloween.

We can trace back the origins of Easter chocolate eggs as early as the 19th century.  Jelly beans are also another type of candy that is associated with Easter because they are shaped like an egg, which is associated with new life.  The National Confectioners Association reports that over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the USA each year in preparation for the Easter holiday.

Surprise your children and guests with an assortment of sweets packed in a nice Easter egg container.  You can personalize these sweets even further by printing out labels for individual candies such as this Free Printable Kisses Label from Anders Ruff Printables shop.

Printable Easter Silhouette Craft

This Printer Easter Silhouette Craft by Easy Peasy and Fun! offers the perfect bonding opportunity for you and your kids

Easter is a celebration of life.  And what better way to celebrate life than with the ones you love the most?

Make Easter a meaningful holiday for you and your family by finding fun activities for you to bond with.  You can engage your children in your Easter celebration planning by working together on this Printable Easter Silhouette Craft.

You can use these as decorations for your Easter celebration or give them as gifts to family and friends.

Don’t forget what the season is all about

It’s easy to get caught up with all the Easter celebrations, Easter activities and giveaways that we often tend to forget what the season is truly about.  Easter symbolizes new beginnings.  It’s about life and new experiences.

We hope that regardless of which activities you choose to do this Easter season, you will take some time to pause and reflect on how you can make the most out of your life and create new, meaningful experiences for yourself and the ones you love.

Spring Cleaning Tips and Free Printables for the Entire Family

Spring symbolizes a new beginning.  It marks the awakening of mother nature from its deep slumber during Winter.  The season is also widely packed with activities and events like spring break, Easter, and for moms – Spring Cleaning!

In our previous blog post, we shared some wonderful printer storage ideas to kick off the spring cleaning fever and help you start organizing your home or office.  But spring cleaning isn’t only for mom’s or homemakers!  It is a wonderful bonding opportunity for the entire family.

Here are some Spring Cleaning Activities that you can do with the family.  Oh, and it comes with some fun free spring cleaning printables, too!

Free De-Clutter Printables

Where should you start?  Spring cleaning can feel quite overwhelming, especially when you start surveying all the rooms and things that you need to start organizing.

Before you can begin organizing and cleaning your home, you first need to get rid of all the clutter!  We’re talking about all the items that can either be thrown away or stored.

Source: SunnyDayFamily.com | Not sure about where to start? This Decluttering Checklist will surely point you in the right direction.

Laura of the Sunny Day Family recommends 75 things to Throw Away, which she put together in this FREE printable checklist.  The list is made up of things that are taking up space, crowding your closets, and adding to the disorganization of your household.

Photo courtesy of Home Storage Solutions 101

But not everything is meant to be thrown away.  The folks from Home Storage Solutions 101 recommend that you have 6 piles when decluttering your home:

  1. Keep in Room
  2. Put Away in Another Room
  3. Donate or Give Away
  4. Sell
  5. Trash
  6. Recycle or Repurpose

This Simple Declutter Formula is something that you should do in each room to make sure that you have everything covered by the end of your decluttering activities.

Free Printable Labels for Organizing

After you’re done with your decluttering activities, it’s now time for you to start organizing all the items that were not donated, given away, sold, or thrown away.  You can keep them in wicker baskets, boxes, or in the recycled or repurposed items that you have kept from your declutter pile.  Pinterest has loads of creative storage ideas that you can start with.

Image Source: Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog recommends having a contents list, which you can stick onto the inside of the box lid or on the box itself, so it’s easier for you to retrieve items from storage.

Source: A Cultivated Nest

Labels are a very important part of organizing.  The good news is that there are also a lot of fun free printable labels to choose from online!  Just like these 15 Free Printable Labels by Manuela Williams of A Cultivated Nest.

You can use them as tags on wicker baskets, sticker labels on glass containers and apply them wherever you see fit.

Kids Printable Cleaning Checklist

Many adults struggle with “adulting”, because they grew up without much exposure to household chores.  Teach your kids to get organized while they are young by including them in your cleaning activities.

Photo courtesy of Katie Berry of the House Wife How-To’s

Most parents don’t engage their kids with any cleaning activity, because they’re afraid that it will only start an argument or, for younger kids, it may lengthen the cleaning process and you just want to get it over and done with as soon as possible.

Katie Berry of House Wife How-To’s says that “A cleaning checklist for kids rooms empowers your children to take responsibility for their space while helping them learn important life skills.”  She shares that most of the headaches that arose from asking her kids to clean their room were simply because they didn’t know how to do it right.  She shares this free printable cleaning checklist on her blog to help parents in making cleaning a fun activity for everyone!

Spring Cleaning Jobs for Kids courtesy of Jacquie Fisher from KCEdventures.com

Jacquie Fisher also believes that kids NEED to learn how to do age-appropriate chores while they grow up.  She recommends giving the kids their own cleaning tools (kid size, of course!) to help them get enthusiastic about their chores.  She shares this free printable checklist with age-appropriate spring cleaning jobs that kids can help with.

Engage Your Husband in All the Spring Cleaning Fun

Ladies, it’s time to face the facts (if you haven’t realized this already) that your husbands will not be as excited with spring cleaning as you are.  The good news is that there are a lot of activities that they can help out with, which will make spring cleaning fun for them as well.

The tool shed or garage is your husbands’ domain.  So, it’s important to tell them about what you’re planning to do to re-organize it before you start doing anything.  We recommend that you appeal to the handyman in your husband and show them these 21 Brilliant Garage Organizing Ideas by the LighterSide of Real Estate.  Remember – it’s a partnership, so plan out your organizing activity together to make it fun for the two of you.

Spring Cleaning is a great opportunity to get everybody in your home organized.  It also provides a great bonding opportunity for you and your family.  We hope that these free printables and tips will help you in making the most out of this year’s spring cleaning experience!