I am so excited to have Sarah from She Holds Dearly here! Have you ever wondered how to simplify your spring cleaning? Well, you are in luck because Sarah is here to share some great tips, I am sure you will enjoy her post as much as I did. She makes spring cleaning sound easy AND fun!!!
That first time the weather is warm enough each spring to open up the windows and let the fresh air blow through the house is such a favorite moment of mine.
If the house is clean, its an even better moment. There is an actual mental clarity that comes from a clean, well ordered environment. Don’t you agree?
Stress and distractions are reduced, visually and subconsiously. I even notice that my kids are better behaved when the house is in order.
But, spring cleaning. . . ?
Do you have a love/hate relationship with this seasonal tradition? It sounds so healthy and freeing, but then you think about all that it may entail. Is it a little daunting because the checklists are so long?
I hear you.
Now, I love a good checklist as much as anyone, probably more than the average girl. But, I take one look at a standard spring cleaning list and think that I’m looking at around 100 hours worth of work!
However, once I take a closer look and see that it can be divided up differently, the actual “spring” cleaning shrinks to a very manageable amount of work. Many of the steps on spring cleaning lists are simple, repetitive tasks that I perform on a daily, weekly, monthly basis and you probably do, too.
For example, I pulled some activities from a standard spring cleaning list and subsequently, excused myself from focusing on them.
They will get done in the regular rotation of home chores.
- Shower and Tub, Toilet, Sinks, Mirrors
- Sweeping, Vacuuming, Mopping
- Handrails, Walls, Doors, Lightswitch Covers, Baseboards
- Bed Sheets
- Range, Microwave, Kitchen Sink
- Washer and Dryer
- Blankets and Pillows
- Under the Couch and Cushions
- Recaulk or Regrout- as needed
- Inside Garbage Cans
- Oven, Dishwasher
- Change Light Bulbs and Tooth Brushes
- Seal Granite and Marble Counters
Along the lines of fresh air that is accompanied with thoughts of springtime, here are the items that I would say are true spring cleaning.
As in, I may not do these again until next spring (wink).
Simplified Spring Cleaning
- One day for interior, one day for exterior
- Rugs and Carpets
- Curtains and Blinds
- Under Furniture and Appliances
- Flip the mattresses while you are at this
- Scrub Porches and Patios
- Include any railings, furniture and decor
- This is a perfect time to plant some flowers, as well
- Clean out/ Replace Dryer Vents, Air Vents and Furnace Filters (our chimney is swept each fall)
There now, doesn’t that feel more reasonable?
All this can be done in one week, working 1-2 hours each day. Or you may prefer one intense day.
I find that if I schedule these specific activities on the calendar just like an appointment, I am more successful at accomplishing them.
So don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to spring cleaning. Turn up the music, invite your family to join you and order a pizza for dinner.
As you nurture your nest for the next season, you will be taking part in this therapeutic ritual and cultivating a gratefulness for the material blessings in your home, as well.
P.S. You may be wondering when I person should declutter/ purge their belongings. I find it best to plan for this in the summer or fall. You are welcome to use my Ten Week Decluttering Plan based on the Kon Marie method and start when it is convenient.
Thank you so much for having me today, Brooke! I thoroughly enjoyed putting this post together for you and your readers.
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