Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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Is it #SpringCleaning time at your house too? Use these 5 tips, tricks and hacks to make your house clean without taking too much time! #EverydaySaves #ad

It’s officially spring(ish) in New England. Birds are definitely chirping and singing. Tulips and crocuses are shooting through the earth by the hour. We are using our pellet stove and oil heat less and less, and we’re taking some spring-worthy snoozes!

During this time of year, we want the best products to do the best job – while we let light and fresh air into our house, and work to get rid of the winter remnants. The problem? Spring has a whole new host of dust, allergens, dirt, mud, and bugs! With kids, a dog, a cat, and our baby chickens, it’s inevitable!

As you can imagine, the house gets quite messy with two kids, a light-colored cat, and a shedding dog. How do we keep things in order around here? It’s not always easy, but we’ve gained some wisdom over the years. Whether you’re handling spring cleaning, or everyday messes with a kid and pet-friendly house, Lysol, Air Wick, Woolite, and Finish will help you clean and revitalize your home, room by room. These products let us clean smart for a spring clean that saves time and effort all around the home. All purchased at Target, we really love Lysol – which kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria*.

*when used as directed

Is it #SpringCleaning time at your house too? Use these 5 tips, tricks and hacks to make your house clean without taking too much time! #EverydaySaves #ad

Here are my five favorite time saving spring cleaning tips, tricks & hacks to make you sing!

1 – Add a lazy Susan to your fridge. Growing up, we also had one on our kitchen table. It made passing dinner around to seven people a lot easier. Well the same goes for the fridge. Being able to spin it gives you access to things in the back of the fridge that you otherwise might have spilled or forgotten.

2 – Boost your morale. It’s the same as the way I work – with music, open windows and light (if possible) and maybe even a bar of chocolate. Whatever floats your boat. I even watch TV on my iPhone while folding laundry. No shame!

3 – Time yourself to save time. Yes, it works. Not only will you be more ambitious while racing the clock, but you’ll also know just how long things actually take. Maybe it only takes ten minutes to clean the shower or toilet. Maybe!

4 – Clean your windows on a cloudy day! Sunlight will cause them to dry too quickly and then they leave streaks.

5- Succumb to the greatness of Lysol products! You can choose Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner for 10X Cleaning Power* (*vs Lysol Clean & fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner), and it removes the toughest stains in seconds. Watch it destroy toilet rings and clean as it disinfects. Then there’s Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner – which kills 99.9% of harmful kitchen bacteria without the harsh chemical residue other cleaners leave. It has Dual Power cleaning functionality and a nozzle with spray and foam!

Right now, plan on every day saves to make spring cleaning fresh and easy! You can trust Lysol for ALL your cleaning needs – both in and out of the bowl. Lysol Wide Angle Disinfecting Spray can disinfect mattresses and other soft surfaces that are bacteria hotbeds. The spray can be used on couches, mattresses, curtains, and pet beds. It can cover a king size mattress in three seconds, and is available in two modern fragrances: Garden after the Rain and Lavender Fields scents. Lastly, Lysol Click Gel allows for hands-free toilet bowl cleaning. Simply insert an automatic cleaning gel to clean with every flush.

Now it’s time for Target Cartwheel coupon and promotional offers for Lysol for all your spring cleaning needs!

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Cartwheel Offer (click to get): 5% off any Lysol Cleaning item.
Promotional Offer: Buy any 3 Lysol items – get 1 FREE (available 4/9 – 4/29)
There are additional coupons available here. So get to Target and get to spring cleaning!

What are your spring cleaning tips and tricks?

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Snuggle Up With Spring Cleaning.

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I guess you could say we’re a Snuggle® family!

I love to call my family a work-in-progress, and I love to call myself one, because isn’t that what we all are? I feel like it’s been slow going for me – to turn into the kind of wife, mother and friend I’ve always wanted to be. Some things have never come naturally for me, and one of those main things is house cleaning! I’m learning to cook and bake, as you all know, but did you know I’m learning to clean better too? I’ve learned as a mother and home-owner that I need HELP with the house.

Since Cassidy is already so helpful, we’ve been learning how to include the kids.

One thing I’ve learned from having two kids is that age-appropriate chores are appreciated by all. They bring us closer as a family because my kids love to help, and we love to have them help. Folding laundry is a family activity in our house, and it goes so much quicker that way. It can be fun, and there’s always those times in which Des dive-bombs into a big pile of clean laundry, but that’s another story! Scarlet first started showing interest in chores when she was three, and now Des does too.

The challenge for me is patience. I need to learn to take a deep breath and instruct them on how they can help. I’m a bit of a perfectionist with such things, especially since they DON’T come naturally to me, so it’s tempting to just do everything by myself. No one learns that way, though. The kind of wife and mother I want to be? Is to be someone on a team. An equal.

We are happiest when we are all working together on projects.

Now that it’s officially March, I made a list of age-appropriate chores for kids, and how to spring clean as a family. Every year, we go big with organization, new clothes, donating old clothes, and sending items off to charity.

Here are five ways to make spring cleaning fun for the whole family!

1. Turn cleaning into a game. Well, of course! Isn’t everything better as a game? Last year we went seasonal and got a great idea from my father-in-law. It’s like an Easter Egg Hunt. He hid chocolate bunnies under piles of clothes, in their closets, in storage bins, etc. The kids would find them for weeks during Easter season last year. I think it’s also an incentive to fold clothes, clean closets, and pick up toys when chocolate bunnies (or eggs) are hiding. You can hide stickers, if not chocolate.

2. Have a plan. Growing up as one of five kids, we wouldn’t have been able to pitch in without a clear-cut plan. We had to strategize exactly who was responsible for certain jobs, rooms or zones in the house. It made us feel important & helpful!

3. Make it into a movie. This is absolutely a Scarlet thing, but she loves to make “How to” movies at home. Sometimes we actually video her, and sometimes we just pretend. Either way, she loves to instruct how to do life things – and one of those things is cleaning or folding laundry, etc. She even has a pretend audience. This absolutely gets her to help us clean!

4. Make it kid friendly. There are many ways you can do this. You can fill squirt guns with cleaning solutions (a gallon of water mixed with one drop of dish soap) instead of spray bottles. Then let the kids squirt windows and mirrors and then wipe them down with paper towels. You can also give your kids their own cleaning tools – either by buying smaller ones or making them yourself. You can fill a tote with gloves, brushes, sponges and mini bottles for them to carry around. Also, play kid friendly music for playing and make sure your kids have a snack or meal before spring cleaning. Nothing kills a moment more than a hunger meltdown! Every kid is different, and might require different ways to make spring cleaning more kid-friendly, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how well these tips have worked with Scarlet and Des. I’m a believer now.

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Des and I went to Sam’s Club together last week.

Now that the kids are older, we decided to introduce softeners and scent enhancers to our laundry routine. The laundry stays fresher longer, and feels softer to the touch. Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner and blue iris bliss® Snuggle Scent Boosters® offer fantastic benefits at a great value. Snuggle® Ultra Blue Sparkle fabric conditioner provides our laundry with Snuggly Softness® and 30 Days of Freshness. The blue iris bliss® Snuggle Scent Boosters® come in easy-to-use single packs and provide our clothes with long-lasting fresh scent. Make sure to follow the directions on the package and loosely pack clothing in the washer when using scent boosters. This will ensure all garments have a long-lasting scent boost you’ll enjoy.

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What are your best Spring Cleaning tips? Do you clean together as a family?

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