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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!

Tidy Up for Spring with these Cool Printer Storage Ideas

What better way to welcome the season of life than through the age-old tradition of spring cleaning?

In our previous blog post, Organize Your Life this 2017 with these FREE printables, we talked about making room in your life for all the blessings and opportunities that you want to receive this 2017.  If you haven’t had the chance to do so, then spring time is the perfect opportunity for you to conduct a thorough cleaning of your home or office.

Let’s start with your trust old printer

It can be difficult to find the perfect spot to store your printer.  It’s big and bulky, so it usually stands out and ends up being an eyesore in your home or office layout.

But finding the right place for your printer isn’t just a matter of aesthetics.  Proper printer storage is one way of taking care of your printer, so it can continue to run on optimal performance.  This will also help you save on repair or replacement costs in the future.

Our team has put together these cool printer storage ideas that can help you protect your printing device, while keeping your home or office space stylish and tidy.

Wicker Basket Hidden Printer Storage

This cool printer storage idea from DIY Playbook will allow you to hide your printer in a way that it blends in your room or office design.

You can store your printer in a wicker basket to keep it safe from dirt and other contaminants, while allowing it to fit into your furniture and overall room design.

Cut a window for the area where the paper comes out, so you won’t need to worry about taking it out of the box whenever you need to use your printer.  DIY Playbook has a set of instructions to help you in completing this cool storage idea for your printer.

Printer Rolling Cart

Turn old furniture into your very own printer rolling cart with these instructions from DIYProjects.com

Who says that you need to keep your printer in just one place?  This neat printer storage idea allows you to move your printer wherever it is needed for easier access and improve your productivity.

The lower layers of the cart can easily hold other print supplies, such as paper, paper clips and folders for quick access.  This will allow you to move your printer from the office to your living area or wherever you and your children are working on your art activities.

You don’t even have to buy a new cart to make this happen. This neat idea from DIY projects allows you to convert old furniture – such as a bedside table – into your very own printer rolling cart.  You can also use kitchen serving trolleys and it will produce the same results.

Hidden Printer Cabinet Crate

Safely store your printer in these re-used wooden crates through this creative idea from TheRefurbishedHome.com

We love this printer storage idea because it’s DIY and it allows you to recycle simple materials.  This makes it cost-efficient and rather genius, really!

These custom printer cabinet crates from TheRefurbishedHome.com will allow you to neatly hide away your printer and keep it mobile by adding rollers at the bottom.  It also adds a bit of a shabby chic feel to any room or office, don’t you think?

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There are so many other printer storage ideas that have been shared with us by our users and which we have found online, but we had to limit this blog post to our 3 favorite storage ideas for now.  Follow us on Pinterest for more cool printer storage ideas.

But don’t limit your imagination and creativity with these ideas alone.  Whatever you do, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to add your personal touch. It’s always nice to keep things fresh and try something new.  And while you’re at it, invite a few friends to come over to help and you can do the same for them, too! Now, spring up from that bed and get started! Happy spring cleaning!