5 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Your Children’s Ministry


CleanSpring will be here in a couple of weeks. It’s time
for a change. It’s time for organization. It’s time for a good
spring cleaning! Whether it’s dusting the cobwebs from out of the
corners or a complete craft room remodel, we’re here to help. Here
are five tips and tricks to use to give your ministry a

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Tip 1: Lifehack your craft
I always find the neatest tricks over at lifehacker.com.
The site features neat “hacks” for life, usually repurposing old
items. Even if it’s designed for another project, I can always draw
inspiration from their ideas. How about gluing clothespins to a wall to allow for a craft
drying area
? Or organize your toys so kids can easily get to
them. Here’s a space saver-look to your closet doors for more space.
There’s no need for new plastic bags when you can reseal the old ones using an iron. And my
favorite Lifehacker tip, little tennis ball men who will hold your small

Tip 2: Make the most of your
Who wouldn’t love some extra space in their
ministry? Deb Vos is a master of transforming spaces, and her tips can help you make the most
of what you have
. Her article has some great ways to overcome
cramped quarters. She will help you get rid of the old and bulky
items in your room, give your furniture function, and turn your
room into a space that meets your needs.

Tip 3: Clean everything!
While you’re moving furniture around, make sure to clean your
rooms. Martha Stewart has a checklist on her website that you may find
useful. If you get volunteers to help you out, give each team a kit
stocked with all the cleaning supplies they need so they can do
their job and do it fast. Play upbeat music to keep everyone
energized. And make sure to check expiration dates and smoke
detectors while you’re at it.

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Tip 4: Give your class
Jennifer Hookshelps you say goodbye to a blah
classroom with 19
quick and cheap makeover ideas
. From do-it-yourself
mini-beanbags to glow-in-the-dark paint, these tips will grab your
kids’ attention. My favorite tip-if you have an old uncarpeted
floor and no money for a new rug, paint it!

Tip 5: Get a personal
Once you have clean, fresh rooms in your
ministry, it’s time to turn to yourself. We recently went to John
Rohrbaugh, who, in nine years of leading Sunday school, never had
anyone critique him or give him feedback on his teaching. He asked
us to give him a ministry
. You can read how it went down, and see the tips we
gave him (like how to ask great, thought-provoking questions).


Speaking of makeovers, what’s the one thing in
your ministry that needs a transformation? Share your thoughts
using the comment section below!


About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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