A Guest Post by Kemi of Homemaking Organized the Blog
About Spring Cleaning
True Spring Cleaning means turning your home inside out and getting into every crevice possible to remove a year’s worth of living. Few of us have that kind of time to delve into the depths of our homes but if you can grab about an hour a day for 5 days you can give your home a scrubbing good enough to keep you happy and complete enough to impress your guests.
Why a Week to Clean
I planned a week of Spring Cleaning because precious few people, including me, have the full lump of time it takes to really deep clean their homes all in one parcel of time. So to compensate I came up with this type of spring cleaning. To do this we’re going to cut a few spring cleaning corners. You may not get to the refrigerator coils. You may not be able to declutter every drawer, or even to wipe down the baseboards. Your garage may be completely overlooked and the dust bunnies may continue to reside under a bed or two. That’s all okay because for the most part your home will be nice and clean if I say so myself.
How We’re Going to Do it
Each weekday we’ll focus on a different ‘type’ of room in your home. Some days you only have one room to clean and some days two or more depending upon the size of your home.
The idea is to spend about an hour but no more than two hours to complete the cleaning for that day.
Get the kids involved. If they helped make the mess they can help clean it.
If you work outside the home do what you can in the morning before you head out the door and then finish up when you get home. Don’t over do it though. My goals is not to stress you out or overwork you. There is always next week.
Let’s get started.
Monday – Bedrooms
Usually I like to start in the bathrooms but on this Monday we’re going to get going in the bedrooms as soon as we get out of bed. Because you’re going to do your best to wash up all your bedding items today the earlier you get to it the better. Here are your cleaning steps.
- Strip all the beds and wash the bedding. Wash those pillows too.
- If your comforters are washable wash them. If they are dry clean only or not washable air them out and spray with a linen spray or homemade lavender spray.
- Dust the ceilings, corners, and walls of all bedrooms. This is quick work with a duster and your kids can help out with this.
- Next dust and polish all the furniture in the bedrooms such as nightstands, dresser tops, and bookshelves. If you’re extra persnickety dust the grooves of your furniture. Dust gathers there too. Toss garbage and put things away as you go. If any of the bedrooms are really cluttered make a note to declutter later on as you have time. Remember right now we’re just focusing on cleaning.
- Vacuum the curtains and blinds in the bedrooms. Make sure and vacuum the tops where dust gathers.
- Clean the inside of the windows. Normally you want to clean your windows on an overcast day so they don’t streak but time is of the essence here so clean we will no matter the weather!
- Wipe down the window sills. If your home is like mine you may need to get into the window tracks if these are neglected. I vacuum them first then take a very damp rag and get in there. Ick!
- Now vacuum all the bare mattresses and under the beds. If under the beds are really cluttered make a note to get in there and declutter.
- Make the beds when all the bedding is dry.
Tuesday – Bathrooms
Today it’s time for the bathrooms. This is one of the ickier rooms in the home to clean so lets just get it out of the way, shall we? How many bathrooms do you have in your home? I have three. I can deep clean them all in about 2 hours with a couple of interruptions. Cleaning these rooms can be a bit of a workout so pace yourself.
- Dust the ceiling and corners and cooled lighting.
- Dust/vacuum heating and exhaust vents
- Remove shower curtains, towels, bath mats, and draperies. Wash according to directions.
- Scrub the shower, shower door and tub. Get in those shower door tracks with a brush. How often do you wipe the outside of your tub?
- Scrub out the sink and clean around the faucets. Use an old toothbrush to clean the around the faucets.
- Clean the mirrors.
- Do you have a window in your bathroom? Clean it (inside) and the windowsill.
- Wipe down the counter tops and any cabinet fronts and medicine cabinet top.
- Now lets clean the toilet! Scrub the bowl with your favorite cleaner. Now spray all around the outside, under the lid, the seat and the rim of the bowl with a disinfectant. Wipe dry. I prefer to use cloths completely for toilet use only. Just my 2 cents.
- Clean the trash can inside and out. You can also spray it and then take it outside to hose down and let dry.
- Wipe down the walls. Especially behind the toilet.
- Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Vacuum if it is carpeted
- *Note: If you are going to be using the same cloths to clean your shower, sink that your use on your toilet, save the toilet for last. This way you won’t cross contaminate.
Wednesday – Kitchen
Now we’re off to the kitchen. Another room that is a bit of a bear to clean. If you’re keeping up with your kitchen weekly or even monthly this will be quite a bit easier. We’re going to forgo cleaning out any cupboards or behind any refrigerators today but make note of those for future cleaning duties when you have the time.
- Start by preparing the oven for cleaning. Spray it with oven cleaner and close to set. If you have a self cleaning oven there are sprays you can use with it otherwise let’s not turn it on until we are done with cleaning the rest of the kitchen.
- Dust the ceiling fan if you have one, and the corners and the tops of cabinets if they don’t reach the ceiling.
- Wipe down the top of the refrigerator. It can get sticky icky up there. A tip from the Flylady is to line the top of your refrigerator with a washable mat or cloth of some sort. Once a month or every two drop it in the washing machine. Saves you having to wipe down the top of the fridge.
- Wash any curtains and/or dust the window treatments and blinds.
- Wipe down the cabinet fronts.
- Wipe down any counter top appliances with damp cloth.
- Wash the counter tops, and scrub the sink and faucets.
- Scour the top of the oven/stove top.
- Clean the inside of small appliances such, toaster and microwave.
- Wipe down walls and switch plates with mild detergent.
- Wash windows and windowsill and wipe down appliance fronts.
- Remove the area rugs and vacuum or toss in washing machine. By the way it’s a good practice to have one in front of the sink at least in your kitchen.
- Sweep and mop the floor
* Things to note for the future when you have more time. Clean the inside of your refrigerator (Toss any old food. Remove one shelf/drawer at a time and wash down with mild detergent)
* Clean inside the cabinets. Drawer by drawer, remove items and wipe down. Replace items and organize as you go
* Organize your pantry
Today we’re going to focus on the living room and dining room. Unless you use these rooms for more than what they are intended for your primary concerns here are dust and clutter. Well okay a few drips in the dining room too. Let’s get started.
- Normally in this Spring Clean we’re tabling the clutter issue until another time but in these rooms where clutter is at an all time high we’re going to address it. So remove anything that doesn’t belong in these rooms. And since the rest of our home is clean find a permanent home for these things even if it’s in the garbage.
- Dust the ceilings, corners, and walls.
- Dust any ceiling lighting and fans and vacuum any heater vents in the ceiling.
- Dust any drapes and blinds, clean the windows (inside) and wipe the windowsills. Clean any dirt or debris in the window tracks. Use a vacuum if need be.
- Wipe down any electronics in these rooms. Unplug them and don’t spray cleaner directly on them. Spray lightly on a cloth and wipe down.
- Dust all the furniture in these rooms. In the livingroom dust bookshelves and tops of books. Use a vacuum attachment and get behind items and into hard to reach corners.
- In the dining room wipe down the table and chair legs.
- Use a damp cloth and wipe down knickknacks, table lamps, and other decorative pieces. Dust any pictures.
- Dust cloth lampshades with a damp sponge. Squeeze out the sponge so it’s barely damp and wipe down to get the dust. Rinse after using both sides and repeat. Lotsa dust eh?
- Remove cushions and clean whatever has fallen there. Some stuff may be too big for the vacuum so check it out first. Then vacuum getting into the crevices of your sofa and chair cushions.
- Spot clean your upholstery.
- Wipe the baseboards especially in the dining room.
- Now vacuum very well in here. Get under the furniture and in the corners.
Wow! For the most part you are done with cleaning the bulk of your home. Today we’re going to clean a few small rooms and touch up what you may have not had time to clean earlier in the week.
The front hall. Front halls get a lot of dirt thrown at them so give your guests a great first impression by cleaning up this area.
- Wipe down front door and door hinges.
- Clean any windows and windowsills.
- Dust the ceiling and corners.
- Vacuum the floor of any closets and reorganize the top shelf.
- Mop the floor or vacuum rug or wash indoor mat
Now the laundry room. This workhorse of a room could stand a touch up. We’re not redecorating today but if you browse Pinterest you can gather some lovely ideas for sprucing up this area for spring.
- Wipe down the appliances.
- Organize your cleaning supplies.
- Vacuum the ceiling fan and vents.
- Sweep and mop the floor.
These two items probably took up your hour for today so we’ll leave it at that.
Whew! Is your home clean and fresh? I hope you’ve enjoyed this abbreviated Spring Clean. It can be done any time you feel your home needs a touch up, not just in spring. To truly get your home deep cleaned as you have time reorganize cupboards, closets, garages and the like. Keep up your home with daily and weekly cleaning chores shared among all family members.
Kemi can be found in the kitchen with her family cooking up tasty dishes. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen she likes to read, garden, play the piano and teach her little one the fine art of a clean home. Formerly in the library world Kemi is now a homeschooling mom of one and wife to the hardest working man she knows. You can read about her days at Homemaking Organized the Blog