Is your playroom looking like a toy tornado just swept through? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back!
Step 1: Gather the Troops
Enlist your little helpers. Let them know that today, it’s all about making the playroom a clean and cozy haven. Put on some music and bribe them if you must but this job is not all on you!
Step 2: Use the Power of the Checklist
When armed with a checklist, cleaning transforms into an engaging game, offering the kids a sense of accomplishment with each completed task. If they can’t read yet, just tell them what each item on the list says and let them tick or stamp it after it’s done.
Step 3: Declutter Together
Gather all the crap that’s all over the place and start sorting it into piles. You’ll want at least one box, one garbage bag and one washing basket for this. Everything that shouldn’t be in the playroom goes into the box. Everything that’s trash or broken goes into the bin. Clean any dirty toys and put any grubby teddies into the basket. Sort all the other toys by type – cars, books, Barbies etc.
Step 4: Wipe down shelves, tables and any other surfaces
Wipe away loose debris or crumbs with a dry cloth or gentle brush. For dust and dirt, use a damp cloth or microfibre cloth to wipe down the surface, starting from the top and working your way down. Depending on the surface material, you might need a mild cleaning solution – a mixture of water and a dishwashing liquid or some Spray-and-Wipe usually does the trick. Gently scrub any stubborn spots. Dry the surface with a clean, dry cloth before putting anything back on it.
Step 5: Put everything away
Put all the toys, books, and any other play room items away in their proper spot. This is a lot easier if everything actually has a proper spot.
Having a designated place for everything in your house is essential for maintaining order and functionality. When each item has its own spot, you minimise clutter and save time searching for things. Make use of storage boxes and labels so everyone knows where everything goes. Ultimately, having a place for everything enhances both the look and functionality of your living space.
Step 5: Clean windows and glass
Start by removing any dust or loose particles with a soft cloth or duster. Next, spray some Windex onto the glass surface, avoiding excessive saturation. Gently wipe the surface in straight lines using paper towels, starting from the top and working your way down. For stubborn spots or fingerprints, apply a bit more pressure. Give yourself a wink in the mirror when it’s done.
Step 6: Cleaning the playroom walls
Begin by assessing the type of paint on your walls; some paints can be sensitive to aggressive cleaning. A mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid can be effective for tougher spots – test it on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t affect the paint.
To tackle crayon marks or more stubborn stains, opt for Gumption. Remember to rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly afterwards to prevent water damage.
Step 7: Vaccuum and or mop the floors
Begin vacuuming from one end of the room, making overlapping strokes to ensure thorough coverage. Pay extra attention to corners and edges, where dust tends to accumulate. After you’ve done it properly, give the kids a turn.
If you’re mopping, ensure the floor is clear and prepped by removing debris. Start mopping from the farthest corner, moving toward the exit to avoid stepping on the freshly cleaned area.
Step 8: Put away the non-playroom items
Remember earlier when I banged on about the importance of everything having its place in your home? You can refer back to that now.
You’re done! Go relax and do something you want to do. And try not to think about the mess your kids are already making again. The point is you cleaned the playroom and if you follow this list regularly, it will get easier and easier to keep on top of it.
When you clean up with your kids, you’re not just cleaning; you’re fostering a sense of responsibility, teamwork, and the joy of a job well done. Or maybe they just want that bribe you offered them.