One thing’s for sure about babies: they grow fast! You might have outdated clothes, toys, and decorations in your baby’s nursery that you simply haven’t had the time to clean up, but spring is the time to do it. The energy of springtime helps us all feel a little more restored and rejuvenated, and we can take advantage of that feeling to refresh our homes as well - including the nursery.
Let’s Get Started
First, make sure you’ll have a few hours to devote to the baby’s room. If you can get it all done in one day, that’s ideal, but we know you’re busy so you might have to spread things out a little at a time over a few days. Either way, you’re going to love the results!
- Bring a Buddy: Cleaning and organizing is more fun with a partner. Grab your spouse or a friend to make the work go twice as fast.
- Schedule the Session: Hire a sitter or, if you prefer cleaning solo, enlist the aforementioned buddy for baby entertainment duty while you work. Try to set aside at least 2-4 hours for spring cleaning the nursery. Make sure you schedule a short break every 30-60 minutes so you don’t lose your focus.
- Stock Your Supplies: You’re all about baby’s health and safety, so make sure to stock up on non-toxic cleaning supplies made without harsh chemicals. We like Biokleen, Dr. Bronner’s, Molly’s Suds, and Seventh Generation.
- Turn Up the Tunes: Make a cleaning playlist to keep you entertained while you clean! Jam to your favorite Pandora station or make a special cleaning mix on Spotify or Apple Music.
Decluttering the Nursery
The easiest way to deep clean the nursery is to take everything out first, and then put back what you want to keep. It might seem like more work at first, but it’s much more effective than trying to declutter by just rifling through what’s on the shelf or in the drawer. Seeing everything you have will help you organize and decide what your baby still needs.
- Clean the Closet: Take out all your baby’s clothes from their closet and dresser. Go through everything, removing the items that they don’t like to wear or that don’t fit anymore. If baby isn’t wearing it, store for the next baby, sell it, or donate it to a friend or women’s charity in your area. If it’s too big, store it for when your baby grows (it won’t take long). When you’re done, put all the clothes away and enjoy your organized drawers! Include shoes and seasonal wear like swimsuits and winter hats.
- Free the Fluff: Do the same thing for your cloth diaper stash, if you have one. If it turns out you hate a type of diaper, donate or sell that type and focus on the styles you actually use.
- Banish Bedding: How are your baby’s blankets, crib sheets, and mattress pads? If anything is damaged, unused, or just not your favorite, remove it from the nursery. Keep enough that you always have backups for laundry day or late night sheet changes, but you don’t need a closet full.
- Shake Down the Shelves: Take your baby’s books off the shelf and remove any that never get read or have been outgrown. Save them for the future, if you’re thinking about more kids, or give them to a friend with children in the right age range for the books.
- Toss Some Toys: Let’s be real, kids’ toys multiply while we aren’t looking. If your baby or toddler has more toys than they know what to do with, remove the unused ones from the nursery! If you can’t bring yourself to donate them, put some into storage to be rotated out when they’re bored with the current ones. Odds are, your child won’t even notice they’re gone.
- Declutter the Decor: Is your nursery’s decor still appropriate for your child’s age? If they’re too old for decorations like a mobile or baby-themed artwork, take it down and donate or store it.
How to Clean the Nursery
- Launder the Linens: Strip baby’s bed and curtains to wash a load of laundry while you clean the rest of the nursery. Take a break halfway through to put everything in the dryer. By the time you’re done, you’ll have freshly cleaned sheets and curtains. (We love Molly’s Suds for safer washing!)
- Scrub the Shelves: While you have the shelves and drawers empty in the decluttering stage, give them a quick dust with a damp rag or a cleaning wipe. Don’t put anything away until you’ve wiped down their destination.
- Wipe Down Wood & Windows: Use a wet wipe or damp cloth to clean wooden furniture like your baby’s crib and changing table. Clean the baseboards, ceiling fan, and windows while you’re at it!
- Vanquish the Vents: Use a microfiber cloth or vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the vents and heat registers in your baby’s nursery.
- Let There Be Light: Remove light fixtures and lampshades to clean them of any dust and brighten up the room.
- Finish the Floor: Finally, when everything has been cleaned and all items are back in their place, sweep and mop the floor and vacuum any carpet or rugs.
Ready, Set, Clean!
Are you ready to spring clean your nursery? Which tips will you use to get done in record time this year?