Winter is almost over and I officially have Spring Fever! I am feeling restless and exited for the arrival of Spring. This means open the windows of your home to let the brisk air in & put your rubber gloves on as cleaning is a must. Time to refreshen your home and clear the clutter! There are so many lists and ways to Spring Clean. You choose what best fits your needs and how you can begin in your own home. This is my simple way. Before even attempting to deep clean, I need to de-clutter first. Then I can feel at ease to clean everything in my home. The important thing is to not stress and overthink this. You cannot complete this in one day or one week. It takes time and the most important thing is be happy. Also, don’t forget to put your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday am!
*Declutter * Disinfect * Delegate * Don’t forget flowers
- Clean out all cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms asking yourself the questions above.
- Clean out closets (master, childrens’, halls & linen) Have four baskets or boxes labeled: Keep, Donate/Sell, Recycle, Trash
- Go through all office paperwork, bills, magazines, etc: Have your baskets ready with the following: File/Keep, Recycle, Trash
- Color coordinate.
- Get pretty hangers (inexpensive and all the same color or type)
- Pack up winter clothes in storage containers and put up
2. Disinfect & Deep clean- Use a cleaner that will kill germs and disinfect.
Here I posted how to make a DIY Cleaning Caddy and some cleaners:
You will need the following cleaning supplies:
1. microfiber towels
2. window spray (a squeegee is also helpful)
3. all purpose cleaner
5. broom/mop/toilet brush
6. rubber gloves
Note: I find it easier to start at the front left corner room of my house and work clockwise direction to each room. In addition, I start at the top of each room (ceilings/corners) and work to bottom (floors).
- bathrooms (wash shower curtains, deep clean tubs & sinks)
- bedrooms (get everything out of furniture drawers and nightstands and organize, clean corners)
- closets, hallways & stairways
- kitchen (fridge/freezer, microwave, stove, pantry, sink, cabinets, counters & floors)
- living & dining room (wash throws/pillows of sofas/chairs & dust furniture and curtains)
- laundry room
- wipe clean all corners, ceiling fans, windows, walls, doors, doorknobs, furniture in every room (remember to start top of room, working towards bottom of room)
- wash bedding and curtains
- dusting: use a lint free microfiber cloth for dusting wood surfaces. Skip the furniture polish as this will actually attract more dust. Also, use this microfiber cloth for televisions. Do not spray product on tv’s or monitors.
vaccum furniture and carpets, sweep & mop every room after you have cleaned windows and dusted
- clean washer and dryer
- clean garage and a perfect time to have a garage sale like I plan to do
3. Delegate – Do involve your whole family.
For example, while I will be spring cleaning, I have delegated all the laundry duties to my oldest daughter. The papers that I need to shred have been assigned to my middle daughter to shred in shredder. I have delegated my son to take out trash in all rooms and take it outside. My husband handles all the garage cleaning. Everyone can contribute to even the tiniest of duties to help your spring cleaning be less stressful. Once completed you can all be satifisied and enjoy a clean home!