I know some of you in parts of the country are thinking, "Spring cleaning? I'm up to my elbows in snow!" If you are one of those people, I"m sorry. I'm sorry about the snow and your awful winter (I really and truly am) and I'm sorry for taunting the word "spring" in your face.
Our lives are about to take a slight shift during many of the official spring months. JaiseAnn was just a newborn last spring and I was adjusting to motherhood with some difficulty and much exhaustion. Spring cleaning didn't happen last year. And I'm determined to make it happen this year, even if a bit early.
I've chosen to take ABOUT fifteen days to get the basics done. So if you're like me and short on time but really feeling the need to renew your home. Here are some suggestions for getting your home clean and organized this spring!
(I will not put these in any particular daily order--you can pick and choose how you go about them)
*Empty, clean, and throw out the old in the fridge
*Clean the oven (Clean an oven using ammonia)
*Empty, clean, and mop out your pantry
*Restock and organize pantry (Ideas for pantry organization)
*Clean all the baseboards in the house (Suggestions for cleaning baseboards)
*Disinfect all handles (door knobs, faucets, light switches, etc.)
*Spend one day sweeping, mopping, vacuuming all the floors really well. If you have time shampoo or steam a room or two.
*Clean your mattress (Clean your mattress with two ingredients)
*Clean the dishwasher and the washing machine (Tutorial for cleaning dishwasher and tutorial for cleaning washing machine)
*Unclog drains and clean all sinks and underneath all sinks (DIY drain cleaner)
*Clean your exhaust fans in the bathroom and your stove's exhaust fan (How to clean a bathroom exhaust fan)
*Wash your pillows (Post on washing pillows the correct way)
* Organize your junk drawer--if you have more than one junk drawer, condense to just one. (Tips for organizing your junk drawer via recycling some of your...junk!)
*Clean out your closet(s)! If you don't have a full day to dedicate to the task, choose a number of things to get rid of and start there...just quickly glance through and select the (ten, twenty, one hundred) items to throw away, reuse, or donate.
*Dust and include door jams, ceiling fans, and light fixtures (Easy tip for cleaning ceiling fans)
How do you set aside time for spring cleaning? What chores are always a MUST for you each year?