It’s that special time of year (c’mon Melbourne weather fairies, doncha know it’s Spring??) where we can bask in the pleasant sun and enjoy the warmth for a few blissful months, before we retreat into complaining about it being TOO DAMN HOT (help me, I’m MELTING, my aircon BROKE, I have an ACTUAL river of sweat in my bra etc etc). Seems like the perfect time to distract the kids with some pointless busy work (thank you Mr Maker!) and get stuck in to some Spring cleaning. Let’s get those cubbies SPARKLING!
STEP ONE: ASSESS THE CARNAGE
Did your poor cubby get neglected over the rainy months? You’re gonna have to bite the bullet and get in there, pull out every abandoned toy, item of clothing, and random kitchen utensil you’ve been searching for since May. “Oh! A petrified lemon wedge, how delightful!” Toss what’s done it’s dash, and clean what’s still got life in it.
STEP TWO: RESTOCK
If you have a wooden sandpit, now’s a good time to source some fresh filler! Any good hardware store will stock sandpit-ready sand, and if you really have the inclination (and it’s positioned undercover), here’s a recipe for the kinetic kind. Your grown up guests-without-kids will be mighty impressed. Hit up your local op shop for ‘new’ outdoor toys, and don’t forget the kitchen section for sieves, bowls, and spoons that make great sandpit or mud kitchen accessories.
Think you might fancy some new add-ons to your cubby set up? We’ve a bunch of recycled timber accessories that might just be what you’re after.
STEP THREE: LAUNDRY (JUST A BIT, PROMISE)
Remove any fabric additions like your awning or deckchair covers and chuck them in a cold wash. Be sure to Instagram a shot of them drying on the line so you look like you have your parenting sh*t together, effortlessly.
STEP FOUR: INSIDE/OUTSIDE CLEAN
This is a job for that sporadic 24-degrees-and-sunny day (there’s surely one real soon). Get rid of all cobwebs, sweep out all the dried up crusty dirt (oh god, let’s hope it’s just good ol’ dirt) and give the whole interior and exterior a good once over with the garden hose. Leave the doors and window shutters open to dry over the day. Close at night, because POSSUMS.
STEP FIVE: DETER UNWANTED GUESTS
Unless you’ve a little Wednesday Adams on your hands, chances are spiders are not so welcome in your cubby. We found this great recipe for a natural ‘spider spray’ using essential oil (lemon) and dish liquid that sounds like a delightfully zesty way to keep the bugs at bay. The author also suggests potted mint as a deterrent, so consider that for your
mojitos cubby window sills or planter boxes.
STEP SIX: DITCH THE KIDS FOR A GRAND REVEAL
Set aside a couple of kids-away hours to update the chalkboard art, put out the ‘new’ toys, attach balloons or bunting, and put out some sweet treats for the grand reveal. Sit back, pour yourself a glass of *insert your favourite tipple here* and enjoy the 10-20 minutes of peace you’ve just bought yourself!