Happy homemakers, welcome!
Talking today about a subject that is near and dear to my heart. Spring cleaning. Linking-up with Erin at Perfectly Port Family, to share 10 of our fav spring cleaning tips. My prob is, how in the world do I limit myself to 10? Yes, that’s how much I love spring cleaning.
Two years ago, I wrote a post about spring cleaning, here. Added a half-dozen spring cleaning checklists and house-organizing pins to that article. It might be a good idea to run by there when you are finished with today’s suggestions. If spring cleaning isn’t exactly your cup o’tea, it can be more bearable just having a plan of attack.
Let’s get to my 10 spring cleaning tips.
10 Spring Cleaning Tips: 10 on the 10th
In my life, the golden rule of cleaning and staying one step ahead of the dust bunnies is:
Touch everything once.
And you can quote me.
To avoid the risk of sounding like a broken record, let me refer you to my earlier post, here, where I talk about doing that quite extensively! It is amazing how doing just that…throwing junk mail away without setting down. Putting the dirty dishes directly into the dish washer without letting them sit in the sink for several hours (days?) first. Tossing the dirty clothes into the hamper without letting them land on the floor first can save so much time. And make day-to-day and spring cleaning much easier. Consider that a bonus tip.
Top Ten Tips
Here are my top 10 (+1) spring cleaning tips.
- Inspect each room carefully with a discerning eye. Is there anything in your den decor that no longer represents your style? Are there knick knacks that have little meaning any more? Or as Marie Kondo, author of The Life–Changing Magic of Tidying Up would say, knick knacks that no longer bring you joy? This is the first step before launching into your spring cleaning. Decluttering.
- Find two large cardboard boxes. Fill one with items to donate or sell and the other with items to toss. Move the boxes with you from room to room as you clean.
- Have an arsenal of spring cleaning tools. You may use these tools only a couple of times a year but they will be worth the investment. And most of them won’t break the bank.
- Start from the top and work down. Clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, change burned out light bulbs, upper cabinets, mirrors, blinds (wash these in the driveway), windows, window sills, counter tops, lower cabinets, dust furniture, framed art, lampshades, knick knacks, wipe down walls, door frames and doors and wash baseboards in that order. Then sweep, mop and vacuum. Take out trash and boxes of items to throw away or sell. Take boxes directly to your car to be donated at Goodwill or to your trash can. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
- Tackle one room at a time. From top to bottom, of course.
- While you are cleaning in a room, throw curtains, drapes (or take directly to the car to be dropped off at dry cleaner), area rugs, linens, guest towels that belong in that room into the washing machine. Not at all once, of course! Iron linens or curtains as you finish cleaning the room.
- When it comes time to clean bedrooms, spend some time going through clothes in the closets and drawers. Invest in flocked skinny hangers, here or here. Their fabric covering keeps clothes securely hanging and they really take up less room. Roll rather than fold clothes in dresser drawers. Doing so, allows you to see every piece of clothing. Bonus…hang and roll clothes by color. So pretty! And by type of clothing. Jeans and pants hang together. Short and long-sleeved tees hang together. Sweaters, another rod.
- Clean out nightstands, desk drawers, cubby-holes without mercy. If you haven’t used that power cord in a year or have forgotten what it goes to, bid it adieu. Keepsake letters, cards, photos THAT BRING JOY should go into page protectors filed into binders. Have one place for bills, important mail.
- Bathrooms get special consideration. Go through all over-the-counter meds checking for expiration. Toss old tubes of mascara, makeup, perfume, break out new toothbrushes and throw away old ones. Combine bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Wipe out drawers and cabinets on the inside. Clean outside of cabinets with something like Murphy’s wood soap. Polish with lemon oil. Evaluate condition of all towels, wash cloths. Use 1 part vinegar, heated to boiling then mixed with 1 part Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle, to remove hard water stains on shower glass and tiles.
- In the kitchen: Check expiration dates on everything and toss expired items. Wipe down pantry and cabinet shelves. Clean cabinet doors and drawers with wood soap, polish with lemon oil. Evaluate pots and pans, plastic storage containers, old dishes. Make rags of old or stained tea towels and dish cloths, throw away old rags. Clean out refrigerator and freezer, throwing out old or expired food. Line shelves with plastic place mats. Add fresh box of baking soda to remove odors. Clean outside of all appliances, soak stove burners, clean oven. Use washing machine cleaner, disposal deodorizer, dishwasher cleaner on those appliances.
Check out this quick video that demonstrates the KonMari decluttering method to get spring cleaning inspiration.
Top Ten Cleaning Supplies
I have an arsenal of cleaning supplies that I keep in a large kitchen trash can. Granted, some of these are only used once or twice a year but they make deep cleaning so much easier. In my case, FUN!
- Check out this micro-fiber ceiling fan duster, here.
- This baseboard duster keeps you off your hands and knees or this one handles designed for moulding!
- While I like to wash my blinds at least once a year, this is a great tool for dusting in-between.
- Haven’t used this spin duster before but will be ordering one to clean pictures, wall decorations, in cubby holes and nooks.
- We have high windows and ceilings in our formal living and dining rooms. This high-reach cleaner would making dusting those window sills and cleaning those walls and ceiling corners possible.
- Anyone used one of these clean twist disc mops? They have good reviews; thinking it might add a little muscle to my mopping.
- Here’s the Murphy’s wood soap for cabinets. Our builder recommended polishing with lemon oil only now and then and using Endust for frequent dusting.
- I use an over-the-door shoe organizer like this one for my cleaning supplies. One in the linen closet and another downstairs so I don’t have to drag cleaning supplies up and down the stairs.
- Line refrigerator shelves and cabinets with inexpensive, Dollar Tree place mats that can be removed and washed.
My oldest daughter Brennyn has sold her house!! Yippee!! But for five months now, she has had to have it ready to show clean every single day. To motivate her, Brennyn and my seven year-old granddaughter Cadence have begun watching YouTube videos of women cleaning their homes. Have you ever heard of such a thing? I am not sure ‘who’ they watch but I found this gal whose video had a lot of views and complimentary comments. So, if you need a little extra motivation to get started, grab a cup of coffee and watch this first!
Now, it’s time to get started, girls!!!
Do you partake in spring cleaning? Is it a dreaded chore or something you enjoy doing? Do you have a favorite house-cleaning gadget or tip to share? Please, please do so in a comment below. I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration. Also, I am in the market for a handheld vacuum. If you have one, please tell me about it. These 3 models all get great reviews but vary quite a bit in price. Suggestions?
As I finish this post, I am watching a winter snow storm from my mother’s picture window in Kentucky drop lovely, feathery snowflakes to the courtyard below. You all know how I love snow! Never dreamed I would see any on this trip in March. You might also remember my word of the year is peace. Watching the snow twirl in the wind to earth is so very peaceful. Might sit here all night.
Thank you, girls, for spending a moment or two with me. Hope you will hop over and say hi to Erin. I am excited to see what tips she’s sharing myself. Come on, we’ll go over together.
Hugs and kisses,