Spring Cleaning Challenge Day Twenty-Seven:Toys

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It’s that time of year again-Spring! When the last of the fall leaves finally come off of my tree in the front yard, the flowers start to bloom, the birds are chirping, the days are longer, and hopefully it’s getting warmer. Well I guess here in Indiana I’m still waiting on the getting warmer part! Then comes the thought of Spring cleaning. A thought that I push way to the back of my mind, but it still creeps back to the front.

I definitely want to do a good Spring cleaning, but just wasn’t sure where to start and then Wham! There the answer was in my email box. Home Made Simple sent me the solution. A 30 day Spring cleaning plan. Home Made Simple is a company owned by Proctor and Gamble. Their website has recipes, organization, crafts, decorating, DIY projects and more!

Sunday April 21, 2013 Day Twenty-Seven

Today’s Spring Cleaning Challenge is to clean the kids toys. It’s time to gather up the toys and give them a good once over and/or washing! This is also a great time to clean the outdoor toys that have been stored outside all winter.

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Here are some great tips on cleaning your kids toys from Home Made Simple. I love the idea of putting some of the toys in the dishwasher. Even though my son, Cody is eleven, we still have a toy room here. It’s the “go to” place for all the kids when they come over. Over the years he and I have went through the toys numerous times. We have donated things, thrown out broken toys, and sold some in a garage sale. I’m not one for holding onto every single thing for years! Although, he can tell you where every toy came from, so sometimes he doesn’t want to part with them-even though they may not have been touched for over a year! I came up with the idea to take some of those important items and put them away in a “memory box” aka plastic tote. This way he can save them for his kids, or until he really wants to part with them.

I will definitely have help for this challenge! Cody and I will be cleaning and sorting toys in the toy room. A great idea that I had when Cody was younger, was to have him take all his small cars and trucks out to the driveway/yard to clean them. I made a big deal about it and told him he could give them a “car wash.” He thought it was the greatest thing ever! I gave him a bucket of water and dish soap and let him go at it! Then I gave him the hose to rinse them. After that first time, he asked to do this on a regular basis, so I started letting him clean some other toys too! Making cleaning fun for kids doesn’t seem like cleaning at all to them! If it’s too cold outside they can do this in the tub too!

For the outdoor toys, it’s usually a family effort. Haha! We all pull all of  the toys from the shed and into the yard. We then spray them down with the hose, wipe them, and spray again. Then we let them sit out in the sun to dry, so it’s a good idea to make sure it’s sunny out so they have the chance to dry! Good luck with today’s Spring Cleaning Challenge!

Day Twenty-Six Progress

Is your grill all cleaned and ready for the summer “cook outs?” Our grill is a little on the older side, but I was able to get it ready to go. I went down to a local gas station and got the extra tank for it too. Now it’s time to break out the grilling recipes!!


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