How the heck do you spring clean?! The world is different now than it used to be, that’s something we can certainly all agree on. In some ways better, in some ways worse- it all depends on the eye of the beholder. One thing is for certain, we don’t live or clean in our homes the way we used to. In so many ways its a MUCH easier task these days, with automatic washers, dishwashers, and even robot vacuums. One way it seems so much more difficult is knowing when to clean what and how to actually clean it. Over the next few weeks lets talk about the main cleaning areas that you should be paying attention to (along with some time frames to know how long it will take you to complete) and get our homes ready for warmer weather together!
First I think it’s important to talk about some basic rules in cleaning.
- Always clean from top to bottom. You don’t want to vacuum all the dirt and debris off the floor, and then turn around and dust the cob webs out of the corners, or then clear all the crumbs off of the table. You’re going to push even more debris on to the floor and you’ll need to vacuum a second time. This will make your cleaning take twice as long and it’ll be no wonder you feel overwhelmed by the idea of deep cleaning the home.
- Tidy before you clean. Take care of large tasks in small steps helps it feel like it goes by faster. You also feel more accomplished at the completion of each step as you tackle it. Always tidy first. Put things away, then take care of garbage, use a basket to hold items that belong in other rooms to help you stay on track, and also take care of the clutter, then you can get to the actual cleaning.
- Use the right product for the job. The best is a good multi-surface cleaner. Always be sure to check the labels before you use the product! You don’t want to use a furniture polish on the glass or a harsh cleaner on the TV screen! Take a quick peak before you use a product, and if you feel overwhelmed, use a multi surface product to help you clean quicker.
And those are the main rules to keep in mind to help you clean! See? It’s not that hard, once you break it down to make it easier!
Now, lets talk about what order we’re going to tackle this Spring Cleaning:
- Deep clean upstairs. Only have a one level home? Move on down to number 3
- Deep clean a wood staircase
- Deep clean laundry area
- Deep clean bathrooms
- Living areas
This is week one, so we’re starting out upstairs, we’re tackling the bedrooms and hallway, and closets upstairs. Just like in rule number 1, we’re starting at the top and working our way down. I wouldn’t want to bring a garbage bag, or have a bunch of dust and dirt fall back down to a living area that I JUST deep cleaned, that would be pretty counter intuitive, right?
*Remember to first tidy before you start cleaning, so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about while you deep clean!*
We’re going to start out with dusting, wet dusting and polishing. Wait, what? Wet dusting? What the f#$% is that?! It’s simply ‘dusting’ with a wet rag. Usually in the upstairs rooms especially, I usually just go through with a regular duster and that does a good job, but we’re talking spring cleaning today, and that’s a deep clean, so after we run through with the regular duster, we’re going to take a damp cloth and wipe everything down. Then, any furniture that’s wood is going to get a quick polish. Want a great 2-in-1 product? Use Endust instead of a damp cloth and you’ll both wet dust and polish in one movement. Start with dry dusting the ceiling too, we want no surface left untouched today. Have curtains that also need to be cleaned? Take them down and wash them on a gentle cycle, then air dry them or dry them on low or no heat before you get started and by the time you’re done spring cleaning you’ll be able to put up fresh curtains too! Once you’ve removed the curtains and did the dusting, move on to washing the windows so that all that amazing spring sunlight can flow in through the clean glass! Bonus point: If it’s warm enough when you tackle this project, open those windows and air out the rooms while you clean them!
Next, we’re wiping down the walls. There’s a lot of arguments (believe it or not) on weather or not you can wipe down a wall with a damp cloth. As a parent with kids who have sticky hands and have been known to take a marker to the walls now and then, I’m a fan of washing down the walls. It all really depends on the finish of your walls, high gloss or semi gloss will likely not be affected by a wash cloth, however, a flat finish might be affected. This step is really all up to you. I do however, recommend wiping down the baseboards, give them a good dusting, they’ve sat for a bit collecting dust and you likely ignore them unless you’re deep cleaning, so give them a little love too!
Now, we’re going to clean under the beds. This one might be scary! Use a broom or something similar to help you get everything out from there and go through it. Throw out what needs to be thrown out, take care of what needs to be taken care of, and then if you are able, at least vacuum under the bed, or sweep under the bed. If you have hard floors, and a mop or Swiffer type of mop, give the floor under the bed a little mop too. You’ll sleep so much better at the end of the day knowing that the floor under your bed is fresh and clean! You also might figure out what that weird smell is in your kids room by doing this there too! Once you’ve cleaned under the bed, go ahead and give your mattress a flip, or a turn depending on the type of mattress you have.
Lastly, if you have hard floors that can be waxed, give them a wax! I love the product Rejuvenate, you can also find it at Walmart easily. It can be expensive, but you only need to use it twice a year and it’s a great protector for your floors!
And that’s it! That’s all we’re doing this week for our spring clean! Depending on the size of your home, or the amount of bedrooms upstairs, this project will take an hour or two at the most. If you have more time and you feel like you need to keep going I suggest staying in this area before moving on and going through to find items to de-clutter and purge too! This is also a great point to go ahead and start breaking out the light and fresh spring clothing and start putting away the heavier and possibly darker winter clothing that you’ll be wearing less and less. This will feel even more amazing and your room will feel so zen when you are finished!
Now that we’ve discussed HOW to spring clean your upstairs, here’s a check list you can use for free to help you stay on track! You’re welcome! 🙂
Okay, that’s all I’ll bombard you with! What are you MOST excited about in the changing seasons?!
Until next time friends!