Friday, March 9, 2012

Outside Spring Cleaning List

Ah, the beauty of Spring! The fresh air, the plants coming up, playing outside and planting our garden! All these things I look forward to, and SO much more! But, every year, the wind and snow make for a very messy yard. I swear, it never fails that the winds of March bring people's trash into our yard, to get trapped in our fence! Before you can really enjoy being outside, you need to clean up! And luckily, that's one of my favorite things to do! Grab the kids, head outside, and get the place cleaned up!

Wash the sides of the house with a power washer Paint any areas that need to be touched up. Spray some cleaning solution on the windows, and power wash them clean. Take care around any outside lights. Power wash the driveway and sidewalks to.
If your kids can handle it, let them help with the power washing.

Clean out the flower beds; remove all weeds and trash. Re-mulch if needed, taking care to not disrupt blooming plants.
The kids can help with weeding, just make sure to help them, or they might take up the baby plants too!
Clear yard of any debris and reseed yard if necessary. If you can burn, get a permit and burn your debris. If you can't, maybe you can put the organic debris in a compost heap. Recycle any trash that can't be burned or composted. Please don't just throw it away, especially in a black trash bag. I mean, come on! Does the landfill really need something that could be broken down naturally, in something that can't be broken down like a black plastic trash bag? Save the earth, people!
The kids can help with every part of this, with the exception of burning. 

Fix anything that needs to be fixed. This includes clearing clogged gutters, fixing sliding screen doors,
replacing exterior caulking, fixing concrete walkways, and repairing stucco. Take the time to make it all look nice and fix it right!
Depending on the job, your kids can help. Whether it's just holding the hammer and nails while you fix it, or they actually help with the job, they are learning the valuable lesson on taking care of what you have. 

Clean anything that is left. This includes cleaning the barbeque grill (you'll be using it soon enough!), the garage, greasing the bicycles, cleaning the gardening supplies, etc. You don't want to wait until you want to use it, then have to take time out of your activity to clean it! Do it now, don't put it off!
Once again, the kids can help with all of this. Does it take time? Sure. Can it get annoying waiting for the little fingers to do what you could have done already? Absolutely, but I would rather take the extra time to teach my kids the proper way, so they learn how, then do it for them all the time and they never learn. 

Having a clean house, inside and out, just feels good. After a long winter of being cooped up inside, who doesn't look forward to spreading themselves out in the sun? Take a week, and get it all done. If you do a room a day, you'll be done before you know it, and it won't take as much exertion then doing it all at once. Space yourself, and you'll be just fine! Just remember to have your kids help you. They want to spend time with you, they crave it. It may take a little longer to get things done, but the looks on their faces is well worth it. Pretty soon, they won't need your help to get the Spring Cleaning done, because they will know exactly what you want done!

Until Next Time,

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