Tip #2 for a Summer Mom-Cation Moment #momcation

by Susan

Susan here with Tip #2 in the Merry Maids “Summer Mom-Cation” program. This post series is sponsored, but as always, my opinions are my own.

Summer is rolling along and with an extra hot heat wave over the last week, my girls spent extra time indoors playing… and making MESSES!

So we got the chance to test out another tip from Merry Maids for their “Mom-Cation Moments” campaign…

Tips to Get Kids Cleaning

Get Kids Helping with Summer Messes while You Take a Mom-Cation Moment

The idea of a “Mom-Cation” moment is when you get a little help tackling a summer mess and your kids take some of the clean-up duty off your shoulders.

How much your kids help clean does depend on how old they are, but Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert, has identified the top five kid-made messes and provided simple solutions for moms and kids to conquer the sandiest and stickiest messes – all while getting kids involved in the process.

“The Summer Mom-Cation” Tip #2

These tips are from Merry Maids’ home cleaning expert, Debra Johnson:

Tip #2 Surviving Rainy (or Too Hot) Days with Glitter

On rainy summer days (or too-hot-to-play-outside days), keeping the kids entertained indoors is a survival coping skill, and many times, the best forms of entertainment involve glitter, glue, paint, and markers. A day of arts and crafts can be fun for the whole family, but leaves a lot to clean. Cleaning up glitter can be a nightmare, but Johnson has some simple steps to help contain the sparkly mess. She suggests spreading paper or plastic over the table before starting any craft projects – hopefully most of the glittery residue will stay on the paper, but prepare for some spillover.

Make It a “Mom-Cation” Moment: Make DIY lint rollers with the kids so they can own the cleanup responsibility. Help them create a loop of tape, sticky side up, that fits loosely around their fingers or hands so they can tap the sparkly surfaces and capture any glitter that got left behind.

Putting Tip #2 Into Action

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a lot of rainy days… even in the summer. But the past couple of weeks held the opposite challenge. We had a heat wave that my sensitive, red-headed Julia could not handle. When it’s too hot outside, she needs to stay indoors.

It was time to bring out the crafts. And with little girls, crafts often include GLITTER!

So we tried out Debra’s suggestion for cleanup…

DIY Lint Roller

And… the girls actually had fun cleaning up. Making their own DIY lint rollers became part of the game and they took charge of their own clean up job. I grabbed some shots and then sat back for a “Mom-Cation Moment”.

All Five “Summer Mom-Cation” Cleaning Tips

Find “Summer Mom-Cation” Tips #1, #2, #3 in our posts…

Tip #1

Avoid Ice Pop Spills

Tip #1 for “Ice Pop Drips”.

Tip #2

how to clean up glitter

Tip #2 for cleaning up glitter.

Tip #3

Cleaning Up Sticky Lemonade

Tip #3 for spilled sticky lemonade.

And Tips #4 and #5 on the Merry Maids Facebook Page at

Tip #4

MerryMaids FB Sandy

Tip #4 for tackling “sand” messes.

Tip #5

MerryMaids FB Water

Tip #5 for preventing slippery, water messes.

Visit the Merry Maids Facebook Page and share your own tried and true cleaning tips as well as share your best “Mom-Cation” moments using hashtag #MomCation. Keep an eye on the Merry Maids Facebook page for fun contests throughout the summer.

Find Merry Maids on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerryMaids, Twitter: @merrymaids, Website: www.merrymaids.com


This post is sponsored by Merry Maids.
Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rebecca Parsons July 23, 2014 at 1:40 am

I like this idea. Never thought of cleaning up glitter this way will have to try it.


2 Cheryl Free July 23, 2014 at 1:44 am

It’s great seeing kids help at home.


3 vickie couturier July 23, 2014 at 8:51 am

my grandkids would love making things with this


4 Kathy stevenson July 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm

These are great ideas!


5 Meagan bs July 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

i always clean up glitter this way, my daughter thinks it’s fun!


6 Tammy S July 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

What a neat idea for cleaning up glitter. I love the tips on the Merry Maids page.


7 Christine Jensen July 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I love the cupcake liner Popsicle drip catcher :)


8 Ashley O. July 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

I love glitter but it seems so messy I m afraid to have it in the house, but it seems so fun. what a great idea


9 Lisa Davis August 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

Great idea, thanks for the tip!


10 Christina August 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Its awesome to find solutions that dont require a ton of money.


11 allyson tice August 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I really like the Glitter clean up! I actually made glitter name shirts last week and the vaccuum didnt get all the glitter and now I know how!


12 alison gibb August 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Excellent tips! I really like the Popsicle drip avoided. My son is 27 and he still does not pick up anything!!


13 Helga August 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

I love the mom-cation idea. Great cleaning tip, I use tape for lint pick up too.


14 Fiona N August 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I really love these awesome tips, especially the Tip #1 for “Ice Pop Drips”. It’s so simple but really neat and cool. I would apply it soon!!
Thank You for sharing this useful topic!


15 DEBIJOT August 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Great ideas to employ this “messy” summer.


16 Angela P. August 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I love the idea of using a cupcake liner to prevent ice pop drips! Genius!


17 kathy dalton August 19, 2014 at 12:58 am

Great tips. I love the tape for clean ups and the drying station


18 Sarah L August 20, 2014 at 2:12 am

That’s a great tip for cleaning up glitter.


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