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Ah, spring cleaning… I can't even tell you how good it feels to purge the clutter and clean out even just one room. Though lately, I've gotten three whole rooms cleaned up, including three closets. One of those rooms I've been working on for about 3 weeks, amidst hobbling along in my 7th month of pregnancy, has been our guest room/playroom. It was more play/storage/complete cluttered chaos than anything. But today, I'm going to show you how I tamed the clutter and started the transition to a baby's room by creating a DIY changing table area. Oh, and you will definitely want to grab my recipe for homemade baby wipes below.
5 Tips for Adding Joy to Spring Cleaning and Organizing
First of all, I feel the need to share a few tips for making that overwhelming, cluttered up room, together with “dangerous” closet area, more fun to clean because I know how you're feeling about your own room of doom. I get it, I really do. When you finally start to clean, here are 5 tips for making the process more FUN and JOYFUL!
- Before I ever start cleaning a room, I like to go in, clear a place to sit, and envision what I want that room to be, how I want it to look, how I want that room to really function. And functional is so important when cleaning out and organizing; it's important to think about how you can make your life or the room occupant's life easier and better, along with making the room much more functional.
- Put on your favorite music. Myself, I have my favorite online radio stations, something that will really get me out of the over-cluttered mental zone and into the spring cleaning/nesting zone where I really start to move (and sometimes sing along to my favorite tunes).
- Keep 2 bags/boxes on hand… one for trash and one for donations. Nothing brings more joy than making the decision to get rid of something that's no longer used or needed.
- Start with just one surface. I promise, as soon as you've cleared that surface, you'll get your groove on, and it may even become addictive, leading you to clean more and more surfaces 'til the room is a whole different space.
- Incorporate little things to help add pops of color and personality to the room. I'm not talking expensive items… I'm talking things like wire or wicker baskets for decorative storage, your kids' artwork on the wall, colorful containers, maybe a couple plants, or whatever your heart desires.
Here are a few more handy spring cleaning tips…
Creating a DIY Changing Table
Creating a DIY changing table involves only a minimal number of supplies. You'll need the following:
- A dresser
- 1 changing pad (cover optional)
- Homemade Baby Wipes (recipe below)
- Baby Lotion
- Whatever else your heart desires
We've had an old wooden dresser through both of our boys, so it made sense to transition it over to our new baby boy. Of course, it was quite dusty and needed a good cleanup, as did our crib. That's where Viva® Towels come to save the day, along with your favorite wood cleaner or polish. I originally wanted to paint the old dresser, but all my guys kinda pitched a fit over that… apparently, they have memories with every little scratch and dent. So, we're keeping the vintage wood look, for now.
Transforming the dresser top into a changing table is so easy, it's not even funny. Once the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, add a changing pad, which you should be able to attach to the top of the dresser (follow the instructions for your particular changing pad). Then on the other end of the dresser, add a basket filled with all the diaper changing necessities you'll need like diapers, wipes, lotion, butt paste, etc. Of course, don't forget the diaper pail.
Having a changing spot on the top of a dresser is so convenient because the baby's clothes are right there in the drawers if and when you need them. Handy dandy.
Homemade Baby Wipes Recipe
We've made our own baby wipes since our oldest (13 years) was born. They've definitely served us well. And I do not mince words when I highly recommend Viva® Towels for said baby wipes. The reason I prefer Viva® Towels is because they're very soft and smooth, but at the same time, they're very strong and durable (like cloth) for using as wipes. I even make my own household cleaning wipes with them.
To make the wipes, you cut a roll of towels in half. Then fill a sealable container with the ingredients listed, and add the roll of paper towels, cut side down, to the container. Place the lid on top and turn upside down so all of the liquid can soak into the roll.
Below is the printable recipe.
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon baby wash
- 3 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 1 knife
- 1 container with lid
- Cut a roll of Viva® Towels in half.
- Add all ingredients to sealable container, mixing well.
- Add roll of paper towels, cut side down, to liquid in container.
- Secure lid in place, and turn container upside down, allowing all liquid to soak into towels.
- When towel roll is fully soaked, remove cardboard tube and use towels as baby wipes.
Nesting, Spring Cleaning, and Stocking Up
Of course, it's not only baby I need to prepare for. I'm working at giving the whole house a good cleaning, as well as stocking both our bathroom and the boys' bathroom with a good supply of the basic necessities, one of those necessities being toilet paper. I've stocked our bathroom with Cottonelle®, which has that CleanRipple texture for getting a good, clean bum. My boys prefer Scott® 1000, which I have to say lasts them a REALLY long time.
And for cleaning… Viva® Vantage paper towels have more of a scrubby texture, making them great for cleaning household appliances and outdoor items… Viva® Towels have a softer texture, which makes them great for cleaning up furniture and baseboards, or even making baby wipes.
All the above products, including Viva® Towels, Cottonelle®, and Scott® 1000 can be found at Walmart.
And now I'm off to clean and nest a bit more… I think the kitchen could use a little cleaning. Look out, here I come!
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