10 Spring Cleaning Tips

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Hey, hey! It’s never really felt like Winter this year, but temperatures are rising a bit, pollen is flying around like crazy and the daffodils are in full bloom in the backyard. Signs of Spring always get me in a mood to do some Spring cleaning.

It is much more fun to decorate a clean house. I’m ready to do some updating and rearranging, so I’ve got to get busy on cleaning.  I think a yard sale and several loads to the thrift store are also in the plan. If you’re getting in the mood to spring clean your home, check out my favorite…

10 Spring Cleaning Tips

Write down the areas of your home that you need to clean, come up with a plan and be sure to budget in time for distractions so you won’t get discouraged after just a few hours cleaning. In essence, create a reasonable plan of attack that has at least a 95% chance of being accomplished!

There is nothing more frustrating than to start a project {or Spring cleaning} only to find that you’re out of supplies. I’m on a chemical reduction kick, so when we moved, I got rid of THREE boxes of chemically-laden cleaning supplies. White vinegar and baking soda are among my favorite household cleaning aids.

I loved having small tasks to accomplish when I was growing up. My Mom was really good at delegating age appropriate jobs for us. Ridley is three and he enjoys being my “g0-fer.” I’m also thankful that both sets of grandparents are close by, so I can send him to play with them, if I need to tackle a big project.

It’s exciting to get started cleaning and I sometimes tend to get distracted with various projects throughout the house. But, I’ve found that it’s incredibly helpful and sanity-saving to work on one area at a time. Inadvertently, piles of stuff will migrate to other rooms in your house, but those can be tackled when you get to them. One step at a time, yo!

It is frustrating to be ready to dust an area only to realize that you have to move 15 knick-knacks, 10 pieces of junk mail, broken crayons and wadded up kleenexes before you can get started. Ask me how I know. Humph. Save yourself a headache and get rid of the garbage and extraneous clutter before cleaning!

Instead of just dividing up things into separate piles that will likely get knocked over or mixed up, use plastic bins to keep them organized. I like having a bin for garage sale items, items to donate, garbage and things that need to be returned to others. Are we the only family who has five different, un-matching forks in our silverware drawer? I think they reproduce while we sleep at night.

I love filling my lungs with fresh country air. I can do without the man-ur-e smell, but I love Spring air {minus the pollen, of course}. After being shut up inside for months, it is so refreshing to open the windows and have fresh air flowing through the house.

Let gravity make your job easier by working with it! Start at the ceiling by dusting the ceiling fan or light fixture then get all the “webbys” off the crown molding. Work your way down the walls, over the furniture, all the way to the baseboards and flooring.

I don’t know about you, but I like to change up my accessories a little bit for each season. I’m not talking about redecorating necessarily, but just freshening up things. Since it’s Spring, try switching out heavy, darker items out with lighter and brighter accessories!

After all your hard work is done and your house looks like a magazine cover {not really!}, make sure that you have a good cleaning schedule in place. Whether you need to make one from scratch or update the one you have, set small daily tasks that will help keep your house in order until next Spring…or until you decide to deep clean your house again!

Do you Spring clean your house every year?

XOXO

Myra

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