Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How to Prepare for Spring Cleaning

I love to clean. I look forward to it, it makes me feel good and I am open about how anal I am.

From an early age I learned how to do something "the right way". Rushing through and trying to cut corners didn't fly in my house. My mommy would make me do it again...and again if needed.

I was taught when cleaning you had to move everything, get underneath and work from top to bottom.  I developed a deep passion for order and love a dust free, fresh smelling, counter wiped, vacuumed/mopped home.

Is that so wrong?

I can honestly say Spring is one of my favorite times of year, just because I love any excuse to organize/clean. I mean an entire season that dedicates itself to gutting closets, dumping drawers and redecorating rooms? I am IN!

With Spring upon us, it is time to make a plan.  When creating a cleaning routine, it is important to break down what needs to be done daily, weekly and monthly.  If anything, start with the basics; cut down on clutter and always leaving each room at "start".

Feel free to save/share our handy printable cleaning plan below!

free printable daily weekly monthly cleaning plan

  • Make the bed
  • Put dirty clothes in basket, clean clothes away...start a new load.
  • Wash dishes and put away or in dishwasher
  • Wipe down counters in bathroom and kitchen
  • Wipe down stove after cooking
  • Rinse out sink
  • Put all "clutter" away (keys in basket, wallet in your purse, remotes in bin...)
  • Leave every room at "start" at the end of the night
  • Sweep/mop (that is dependent on if you are a shoe-less household like my own, have dogs or just like to be barefooted and not have things stick to the bottom of your feet...yuck).
  • Dust
  • Sweep/mop/vacuum (don't forget to move things around and get UNDER!)
  • Laundry (I do mine daily, but I have lots of littles)
  • Change sheets
  • Scrub bathtub/shower
  • Scrub sinks
  • Deep clean toilets
  • Replace all towels (if not done already, I do mine every two-three days)
  • Dust blinds and windows
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Reorganize closets and drawers as needed
  • Wash quilts and large bedding
  • Reorganize fridge, throw out old/expired foods and wipe down shelves
  • Clean out recycling/garbage cans
  • Wipe down cabinets and switches
How to start? TRY and do at least some of these. I would start with cutting out clutter. It is the Devil's handiwork.

Now, while this surely may seem daunting to some, I assure you even if you make a small plan, it is a good one. Take on the season and get cleaned up for the warmer weather ahead.

Trust, you will feel like a million bucks when you are done!

Strive to thrive, 

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