We are heading into the spring season when everything is new. The grass is starting to grow, the sun shines a little warmer, and the birds are singing up a storm. We clean our houses, cars, and garages. What about spring cleaning your classroom? Here are some ways to clear out the deadness of winter and bring new life to your classroom.
Classroom Closet-All kinds of things can get shoved into your classroom closet. Toys, art supplies, extra diapers and wipes, cleaning supplies, etc. Go through any toys and rotate them out with some of the ones that are available now.
Go through the art supplies and take stock of what you have. Check your cleaning supplies and see what needs restocked. If you have extra diapers and wipes, make sure they are marked with the appropriate child’s initials so you know whose are whose.
Toys-Go through your toys and throw out any broken ones. Soak your ‘hard toys’ like blocks, Legos, action figures, etc in tubs of bleach water to disinfect them. Let air dry in your classroom overnight.
Snack Cabinet-Where I worked, we had a snack cabinet where we kept pretzels, crackers, cereal, cereal bars, etc for breakfast and snack. Once in awhile there would be an overflow and we would have a few bags of the same thing open at the same time. Hey, it happens. 🙂 Go through your snack cabinet, check your dates, and pitch anything that is open and outdated.
Bathroom-Although our bathrooms got cleaned everyday, it still needs a good deep clean from time to time. This is a good thing to be done during nap time when both teachers are in the room.
Carpet-Clear everything off your carpet and let maintenance clean your carpets.
Large Hard Toys-If you have large toys in your classroom like a kitchen, tool bench or dollhouse, wipe them down with either a bleach solution or disinfecting wipes.
Odds n Ends-Wipe down your door handles, cubbie holes, and coat hooks with disinfectant wipes. Do this once or twice a week to keep spring colds and viruses away.
Smells like Spring-Keep a can of air freshener on hand to give your room a quick spritz once. When the first teacher of the day arrives, they can do a quick spritz so it has time to dissipate before the first child arrives.
By doing some spring cleaning in your classroom, you will be keeping sickness at bay and providing a fresh environment for play.