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Published on March 20, 2014

Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair

Start the new season off right with these tips.

After a long winter of being cooped up, your house is probably feeling pretty cluttered and claustrophobic. If you’re planning to start a new season off right with a little spring cleaning, make it easier by tackling the challenge as a family.

Make It Fun: No one looks forward to a big cleaning project—especially kids. Turn mundane chores into fun family time by cranking an energetic playlist, breaking for a tasty lunch or competing to see who can be the first to complete their tasks.

Give Age-Appropriate Chores: Chances are that your kids will be of more help during your cleanup (and more into it) if you give them jobs that are just right for their abilities. The little ones might be great at matching odd socks, dusting or placing toys into labeled bins. If your kids are a little older, they can do more by vacuuming, mopping and folding clothes.

Do It for a Good Cause: Teach your brood that cleaning out the clutter can also help the less fortunate. As you prepare to put the winter clothes back in the closet, it is a great time to reevaluate their gear. Donate anything that doesn't fit to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you have a lot of items to clear out, hold a garage sale and donate the profits to your favorite charity.

Savor Your Fresh Nest: Reward the family with a fun night in. Thank them by planning a special dinner, renting a new movie or playing some board games—and get ready to enjoy spring in your sparkling home!  

How do you get your kids to pitch in around the house? Tell us in the comments below!

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