Once school is back in full swing, my life is just about drowning in shuffling my kids from activity to activity, with little time to spend getting caught up. When I do have free time, I try to spend it with my sons, and not necessarily on making sure everything is totally spotless. In the spring, once we’re able to open the windows back up, I get really pumped up about doing a big spring cleaning—everyone’s forcing it down my throat anyway. But what about the rest of the year?
When I put together our list of things to do, to buy, and to clean during the school year, I realized how many items we haven’t cleaned in any way in a long time (or ever). It’s pretty disgusting and it’s time for us to get in the game. Many of our kids’ things aren’t getting cleaned regularly, are gross, and are ready for a little TLC. Most of these things would take five minutes or less to clean and it would make such a difference. Plus, you wouldn’t believe the ramifications of letting some of this stuff go uncleaned. It’s shocking, and makes my skin crawl.
Here are the biggest offenders of kids’ school stuff that you’re probably not cleaning (I know I haven’t been completely diligent), and why it’s totally gross to let it go. Check them out in the slideshow.