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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 makeover.

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Tip 1: Lifehack your craft room. 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 items.

Tip 2: Make the most of your space. 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.

Tip 4: Give your class "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 makeover. 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 makeover. You can read how it went down, and see the tips we gave him (like how to ask great, thought-provoking questions).

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

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