Dad of Divas' Reviews: 5 tips for making spring cleaning a family affair

Saturday, March 19, 2011

5 tips for making spring cleaning a family affair

It’s spring—the perfect time to de-clutter and organize your home. For parents, the challenge is to freshen up the house while also staying on top of everyday responsibilities like work, carpool and dinner. Involving your kids is a great way to get it all done without losing your mind.

Kati Chevaux, editor at, offers 5 tips to turn common spring cleaning chores into a family affair:

1. Refrigerator Clean-Out
o   What you do: Remove all food to do a complete wipe down of the fridge shelves and drawers.
o   What the kids do: Find the expiration date on labels and sort out expired items and fuzzy foods.
2. Junk Drawer Makeover
o   What you do: Empty the drawer, clean, and replace items that belong.
o   What the kids do: Put toys and belongings in the right place, test the charge of stray batteries, throw away garbage, collect change and keep it!
3. Toy Reduction
o   What the kids do: Gather all random toys and trinkets around the house. Sort toys into two piles: 1. What I do play with 2. What I don’t play with.
o   What you do: When the kids aren’t home, recycle or throw away all the toys in pile No. 2 and half the toys in pile No. 1.
4. Wiping and Dusting
o   What you do: Prepare a spray bottle of mild/natural cleaner; dust shelves containing fragile items.
o   What the kids do: Use the spray bottle and washcloth to wipe windowsills, dust the top edge of the baseboards, wipe walls and door frames.
5. Paper Clutter Control
o   What you do: Remove unnecessary files, old bills, magazines, and phonebooks.
o   What the kids do: Shred sensitive papers, carry paper trash to recycling bin.

More about Kati Chevaux
Kati Chevaux is the queen of helping families get things done through household organizing tips, meal planning and nutrition advice and LOTS OF LISTS! Kati is the editor at (, and has been published in USA Weekend Magazine and in Sam’s Club Source Magazine. She is also the former nutrition editor at, and has contributed to a variety of regional parenting magazines including NJ Suburban and ParentMap.

About Cozi

Cozi is a free web and mobile service that simplifies busy family life. With Cozi, families have the tools to manage schedules and activities with an online calendar, track grocery lists, shopping lists and to do lists, organize household chores, and share family moments with relatives and friends—all with one solution. Families can access Cozi from any computer at home or work, and can get their grocery list, shopping list, to do list, schedule and messages on any mobile phone. Located in Seattle, Wash., Cozi was founded by veterans of Microsoft, Expedia and Amazon with a vision for creating technology tuned to the family. Cozi has over 3 million registered family members, and is available for free at

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1 comment:

pre tenancy cleaning London said...

Wonderful tips. I think to use them for this weekend to clean the entire house. Regards.