For the next month, we’ll be spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.
Tackling our girls’ room is probably my least favorite part of spring cleaning, although in reality I end up doing it once a month rather than once or twice a year. But we’re headed into the children’s rooms this week to sort through clothes, toys and deep clean all those hidden corners.
Like the master bedroom, you’ve probably changed the sheets fairly recently in your kids’ rooms, but today we’re going to clean all of the bedding, flip the mattresses and begin airing out the room!
One thing that scares me is the idea of one of my children falling out of a second story window, so we don’t open their bedroom windows very often at all (thankfully the upstairs bathrooms have high, unreachable windows that we can open to let the fresh air in!), but since you’ll be working in the kids’ rooms this week, it’s the perfect time to let some fresh air in while you’re near!
Then, we’re just going to follow the same basic plan we used to clean the master and guest room bedding last week:
To start, strip the sheets off both beds. Be sure to take the shams off any decorative pillows so those can be washed as well. Lift the mattresses and remove the dust ruffles.
Before you do anything else, go ahead and start a load of laundry. If you’ll be putting the same bedding back on the bed, start with the dust ruffles, fitted and flat sheets, and pillowcases since those are the things you’ll want to put back on the bed first!
Next, flip the mattress. I like to turn my mattress so that the foot is at the head and flip it over.
If you’re not planning on washing the comforters today — and you have a clothesline — hang the comforters out in the fresh air while you’re washing the rest of the bedding.
When the washer is done running, move the sheets to the dryer and wash the pillows.
Now you can take a break while the wash runs. Once the sheets are done, begin making the beds back up while you wash any remaining blankets.
Pack away any seasonal bedding and finish making the beds.
And you’re done!
Bonus: If you have time, take your comforters to a laundromat, where you can use the extra-large capacity washing machines and dryers that can handle the thickness of a comforter. You can also do this in the bathtub at home, but you’ll need someplace to hang the (heavy) comforter to dry!
Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!
Want to get started on tomorrow’s tasks? We’ll be sorting through your personal wardrobe!
Does your children’s bedding include all of those accessories: dust ruffles, pillow shams, etc., or do you keep it simple in the kids’ rooms?