I know, it's the dreaded words none of you want to hear, but it's time. I, personally, am incredibly motivated to spring clean because I love the fresh feeling I get when it's all done. Unfortunately, sometimes the motivations isn't enough. This huge task also requires a lot of TIME. Something few of us seem to have in abundance. Well, I hope to help those of you who feel like you can't make it happen because of no time. Keep READING!
I have a tendency to start cleaning one thing and then run like a crazy person through the house straightening and wiping down and picking up until my house is presentable. That is called upkeep, not spring cleaning. So let's start off by defining the important areas of our homes involved in the spring cleaning process.
- Closets: Whether it's the linen closet, pantry, clothes, or your junk pile behind a closed door, closets are a must when spring cleaning. Because these areas are hidden, we tend to let things build up without worrying about it. Now is the time to take it all out, throw away, sale, donate, and reorganize.
- Extra loads of laundry: That's right! Pull the curtains down, take the sheets off the beds, grad all those couch throws, and load them up! The good news is, since they have an immediate use, you don't have to fold anything. We usually don't realize how dusty and dirty these things get until we take them down and look. No need for the extra dust and germs to be in our air. Just get them clean.
- Baseboards, Corners, and Fans: If you are at all worried about a clean house, you more than likely keep highly visible space dusted. You may even be one that grabs the broom and dusts the baseboards on a weekly basis. But more than likely, the sections of wall behind your furniture and probably corners have a pile of dust that has built up. Meanwhile, every time you turn on your fan, you are spreading more dust.
- Windows: It's kinda crazy, but I'm really good about keeping every mirror in the house wiped off, but my windows get filthy. Don't forget about them!
There are obviously plenty more areas to work on in your house, but these in my opinion are the main ones. So now, lets talk about how to get this done in a short, but sufficient time frame.
I would start with the cleaning out. Take a closet at a time. There really isn't a perfect method to this since every person's closet is slightly different, but here are a few tips.
- Start by cleaning it completely out. As you pull things out, start piles for trash, donate, sale and keep.
- Now wipe out any shelves or drawers, and clean the floor.
- Next, decide where you want things to go.
- Organize and put back everything in it's proper place.
This can seem like a daunting task, but if you start with the mindset of cleaning out and getting it done, it really won't take too long. Have extra hands in the house, let the kids help. Put them in charge of a pile and let them bag it up, throw it away, or help it find a home. This is probably the most time consuming of the tasks since you have to have your hands in it the entire time.
Next, attack the dusting and Windows. This may be something you want to do by room. If you set aside 10 minutes in the morning before work, and 10 minutes before you go to bed, you can have every room knocked out in a week! A couple of quick tips; Swiffer makes a couple of great products for this. They make a duster 360 with a handle that can be bent in all directions. This works great for fans and blinds. The duster attachment is throw away, so if you have some tough dust, you can dampen the cloth before dusting and it will get it all! Also, for baseboards, the original swiffer with a flat bottom on it and lightweight handle works great! You can get a cleaning rag, get it lightly damp with a all purpose cleaner, and use it to clean the baseboards. Obviously this won't get any of the tough stuff, but it's perfect for the top dust layer. These products are pretty reasonable, and just find somewhere to store them and your cleaning routine just got a lot easier! The windows are pretty basic. One tip for not streaks is to use newspaper to wipe off your cleaner.
Lastly, lets get everything washed. I have found one of the easiest ways for me to wash things is to walk straight to the laundry room when I get out of bed and turn a load on. That way, when I get ready to leave for work I can put it in the dryer. When you get home, just turn the dryer back on for a few minutes to freshen and get the wrinkles out. Doing it this way can take away the overwhelming feeling of the huge pile of laundry.
Well ladies, let's get to it! I can't wait to see the finished product!
Please comment with any of your tips and tricks. We would love to hear from you!