It’s that time of year again…spring cleaning! The snow is melted, the sun is shining more and it is staying lighter outside later and later. Is there anything better than opening up all the windows and deep cleaning your whole house?! It feels so good after being closed up all winter, I love it! Although spring cleaning feels good, it isn’t an easy task. Everyone is busy but if you go room-by-room it isn’t that bad. Over a couple week span, you’re spring cleaning should be complete. I’m sharing a checklist and some tips for each room.
First things first, you need all the cleaning products! Over the last year, I’ve been slowly switching out my skincare, beauty and cleaning products to a more clean and natural product. My favorite way to find out if products are clean is by using an app called Think Dirty. It rates the products on how clean they are (rated 1 to 3 is what I like to stick to). I’ve found that Seventh Generation cleaning products are the cleanest product that I can buy almost anywhere. Tip: cut up old towels & old socks to use as rags.
This is the area that gets the most dirty in my house. Between wet winter shoes and dogs going in and out, it gets dirty in 5 minutes. I like to do a deep, deep clean of this area every month or so. I’m always amazed at how dirty the front door gets too! Make sure you remember to scrub and wipe down the inside and outside of the front door.
The kitchen is the most detailed to clean and our most used room. It is the most time consuming to clean so I’ll just focus on this room for the day. I always start with clearing off the countertops and then I like to tackle the cabinets. The rest comes easy once the cabinets are cleaned out and the countertops are clear.
I always struggle with the dining room being simple but having the urge to decorate everything. I like to keep the table relatively empty but I have a bar cart that I can decorate. Aside from polishing all the glassware and dusting everything off, it’s definitely the easiest room to clean.
I’m always shocked about how much dust and dog hair gets underneath and behind the furniture. Pulling everything out and cleaning underneath and behind the furniture is a must! Side note: put away all of the winter blankets (wash them first) and replace them with a lighter material blanket.
The papers seem to always stack up. Recycle or shred all of your old paperwork and file away the rest. Cleaning my office out is one of my favorite things. A clean and organized workspace makes for a much more productive day.
If you have been following along, you know how much I love the Marie Kondo method of organizing clothing. I’ve Marie Kondo’d all of Matt and I’s clothing, it’s so much easier and actually stays organized. This took me a couple days to complete so don’t feel too overwhelmed thinking it needs to be done all in one day.
Another thing I like to do a couple times a year is to move the bed and all the furniture and vacuum/mop underneath. Make sure to dust and clean out the window sills too!
The room that needs the most scrubbing. This room is the reason I switched to all natural/clean cleaning products. I always felt like I was suffocating (I probably was) on the toxic bathroom cleaners so I made the switch to all natural. It works just as good!
Make sure to clean behind the dryer! Somehow lint always gets behind there. I also like to clean the washer by running an empty cycle. There is a liquid washing machine cleaner that can be used to clean the washing machine while running it on empty. That works great too!
There are always those random areas throughout the house that need to be cleaned, don’t forget about them!
Happy Spring & Happy Cleaning!!