Fresh air, new blooms, and a new backyard. These are some of the things I am most excited about this Spring. We are rehauling our backyard so we can have more space for new flowers and plants, as well as a new toddler playhouse and place for Ryeson to ride his new tricycle.
Spring Cleaning vs Everyday Cleaning
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a clean freak. I clean as much as I need to…. in the last 5 minutes before friends come over. And with a toddler, life gets even messier Especially now that he loves coloring in his coloring books, and when we have our backs turned - on the newly painted walls. Don’t even get me started on the number of toys that pop up in our house. For every one toy we get rid of, we find two other toys that he has brought home from grandma’s house.
I think this is why I like the idea of spring cleaning. It gives me a clean slate in organizing my house, and doing it in the time when I can open my windows and breathe in some fresh air.
My husband and I take turns watching the toddler, while the other one picked one room to organize and clean. It usually takes us about a week to go through everything, but afterward, we have a clean and more importantly - organized home. At least for a little bit.
The Best of Spring Cleaning at Target
Here are some of my favorite spring cleaning / clean beauty products from Target because as every mom knows, Target is the Holy Grail for moms.
It has the word lazy in its name. How could I NOT love it? We have a few of these in the pantry to help us figure out where the various cans of beans are. On the kitchen counter, we have a nicer one that holds our olive oil, salt, pepper and a bowl for our garlic. Having everything in one place means easy access, and it is easy to see if we are running low.
I didn’t realize I could get so excited about rain boots (especially now that the “rainy season” is over in Sonoma County). These colorful Hunter boots usually go for over $100, but the collaboration with Target cuts the price tag in half. Even better, I have a Target Red Card, so I have early access on April 7th. Happy dance! I will make sure to share pictures when I finally get my hands on them.
I am pretty much obsessed with all things Method in my house. From glass cleaner to candles, soap, and dishwasher pods, we are definitely a METHOD home. Their new product is laundry beads that make your clothes and sheets smell AMAZING!
Each season we try to go through all of the STUFF we have and put the items that are for a different season into bins (i.e., decorations). I have been listening to podcasts about the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (I haven't actually read it because it is a little TOO rigid for my taste) and have been inspired to throw away anything that doesn’t bring me joy. When I say this, I mean stuff like old binkies that Ryeson used as a baby, that I was holding onto for sentimental value vs. an actual need.
I am so happy that Babyganics has been around since Ryeson was born. From cleaners that wash high chairs and pacifiers, to these all purpose wipes - I feel like our house is clean!
Now that our backyard has been expanded we knew he needed a playhouse. This play farm is even better because we have plans to visit a few Sonoma County farms this spring.
Lemon is one of those smells that remind me of spring cleaning. This vinegar gel helps clean almost any surface.
My style starts with a neutral background, like gray walls, white bedding, a hunter green couch, and add pops of color that I can mix & match and swap out with the seasons (or as my taste changes). These planters are colorful and perfect for my backyard.
I heard you are supposed to get new pillows once a year. Honestly, I cannot tell you how old my pillow is… BUT I am pretty grossed out that I have gone so long without getting a new one (we clean our sheets every week so it isn’t that bad). However, it would be a good idea to make it a priority to get yourself a new pillow this year!
BTW, I'm not getting paid from Target but a few of these are affiliate links to products I absolutely love. And yes, I am adult who can say she loves laundry beads because I love good smelling clothes, but still hates folding laundry.
Usually we pick two hours on the weekend, crank a happy playlist on Spotify (my current favorite is “Songs You Can Sing In The Shower”) and get to work. Do you plan on dedicating some time this year to spring cleaning? Let me know on Instagram at @sharayray!