Spring Cleaning

Tomorrow is officially the first day of spring!

Spring is the time of year when we throw open all of the windows and let the fresh air and sunshine pour into the house. I find myself in a frenzy of sorting, organizing, and labeling (I LOVE to label things! All of my cabinets are labeled with the names of the things that belong in that spot.)

As I sort and organize, I come across things that we don’t need anymore or haven’t used in forever (forever = at least 12 months). Sometimes these things get saved as keepsakes and tucked away to the girls’ memory totes and sometimes things we don’t need anymore get donated.

Either way, it’s a chance to reflect on the best things about the previous year, sniffle a little about how fast the girls are growing up, and get rid of the things that drag me down or make me cringe (skinny ankle jeans…too many back issues of Fast Company).

My youngest isn’t a baby anymore (sniff sniff), and we aren’t planning to have more kids, so this year entails getting all of the baby gear out of the house. Some of it, like my beautiful stroller, I plan to give to donate to a local charity.

Our infant car seat, we will need to throw away, but it really served us well while we needed it. (Did you know car seats have expiration dates? Look near the model number to see if yours has reached its lifespan. And just a note – we at Graco recommend that you cut through the harness straps to prevent anyone from trying to use a car seat that has expired or been thrown away.)

I will feel so light and free as I watch my husband drive away with bags of clothes and baby gear for donation. The girls will run giggling through the warm afternoon sun and I will sit on the front step of my fresh, clean home, thankful for the year gone by, the end of winter, and excited about the year ahead!

What are your tricks for spring cleaning?

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3 Responses to “Spring Cleaning”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? March 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve really done a full-on spring cleaning so I don’t have any tips.

    Next year we will be at a point where we too will find we no longer need so much of the baby and toddler stuff we have accumulated over the years.

    That was a great tip about cutting the straps on the car seat, I never would have thought of that.

  2. Tara @ This Military Mama March 20, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I’m currently in Spring cleaning/baby nesting mode. While I won’t be tossing much for a few years [in case there is another baby or my sister gets pregnant in the next year or 2] it’s been a big trip down memory lane. Toys that my daughter loved or hated as a baby, cute little outfits, and the whole time wondering how it got into a jumbled mess!

    I have to sort through and organize all the toys but what is age appropriate, what needs to be cleaned for new baby, and what needs to just get tossed and replaced. We bought a new Graco car seat cause I’m pretty sure the old one is out of date [not to mention I hated the pattern lol].

    Have a Happy 1st Day of Spring!!!

  3. Graco Comfortsport Convertible Car Seat March 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    i started the spring cleaning by trading my ford explorer 96 for a mazada mpv 2004 van :) . now i just need to clean the house :(