This year, I’ve decided to create a small tip list (for you and for me) with some spring cleaning tips. I’m starting with 10 just for the sake of having a nice round number, but I tend to add to these lists over time when I find tips worth adding. So, be sure to let me know your favorite tips in the comments below this post!
1. Set the Mood
One of the HARDEST parts of cleaning of any kind for me is that first moment where you tell yourself, “ok, let’s stop all this other stuff, time to clean.” There is always another project in some stage of finishing around here, and the temptation to blow off cleaning for another day is tough to fight! But I find that once I begin, I usually get sucked into a whirlwind of cleaning productivity. So, when the first warm and breezy weekend arrives, I’m opening the windows, putting on a pot of coffee, turning on a playlist that puts me in a good mood (not dissimilar to the playlist I use when painting), and pick a goal. That usually has the domino effect I’m looking for to keep going.
2. Gather the Cleaning Products and Create a Checklist
It’s been on my to-do list for a while now, but I’ve been thinking of re-repurposing the extra kitchen pantry and turning it back to a broom closet (it currently has a bunch of shelves from the previous owner who repurposed it from the original broom closet, but it mainly stores lesser used items). We’ve been stashing some cleaning products in there, but other products are under the kitchen sink. And upstairs in the hall closet. And a bucket of other products were found in the garage. It really would be better to redesign a single cleaning hub and not wind up having to search the house for a refill I’m looking for or winding up with duplicates that aren’t needed (I do find it useful to keep duplicates of the things we use most upstairs and down, but there’s a difference in strategic duplicating and buying multiples because you can’t find it!). I’ll definitely share that organizing project when finished!
3. Start from the Top Down
It just makes sense, right? But when you’re buzzing around the house, it’s hard to stay focused mid-clean, and it’s only natural for all the dirt my dogs track in (and cough cough, the sawdust I track in) to get the most attention. Keep reminding yourself to look up and dust, reverse the ceiling fans, wipe down the fridge and light fixtures, etc. Start from the ceilings and work your way down so you don’t miss spots or dirty the floors twice.
4. Purge, Purge, Purge
Whether it’s the Konmari Method, 40 Bags in 40 Days, or another decluttering concept, make a goal to take at least one trip to Goodwill to donate things you’re no longer using. I just did it for my garage over the weekend, and although I didn’t finish (not a surprise considering I was also building my jewelry organizer), I can’t WAIT to get back in there and get rid of even more.
Also: less stuff means less stuff to clean in the future. Waaaay easier.
5. Refresh and Neutralize Odors
After an entire season of leaving the windows closed, spring is a great time to open up the windows, let fresh air in, and bring in clean linens/spray things down with fabric refresher. I currently use Febreze for this and am so glad to have them as a sponsor this year for the pups!
6. Clean out bags and coat pockets
I don’t change out my purse frequently, so I find that I collect things most in winter. Spring is when I empty out the bags, coat pockets, and purses that I carry around. I sweep out the business cards, sort through receipts, and get rid of old gum (and how are there always bobby pins but I can never find them when I want, and I hardly ever actually use them??). And, bonus: I often find a little cash in one of my coat pockets. It may seem like a tiny gesture, but you’d be surprised how refreshing it really feels. Plus, MONEY.
7. Clean the Things That Clean
Spring is when I remember that things like brooms, dishwashers, and washing machines need cleaning sometimes, too!
8. Bring in a Plant or Two
This is pretty much a perpetual cleaning tip, but having greenery around makes a room feel instantly brighter (and it is good for the air, too). Since I’m a little hit and miss with caring for new plants, I tend to stick with plants on clearance (most of the time, they’re just a little ugly or some of the leaves are kinda meh, but in a new pot and fresh soil, they almost always look 100% better).
9. Care for the Floors
You guys know I’ve been partnering with Swiffer for years to care for my floors, and I’ve gotten my whole family in on it, too! My mom and dad have wood floors in their home, so I usually grab a few bottles of Swiffer WetJet Wood to give to them while I use the All Purpose for mine (I have laminate while they have the real deal; I can get both from Amazon). I appreciate how Swiffer products fall right in line with my lazy attitude toward spring cleaning and does double duty; the solution dissolves dirt (especially from the family dogs) but is gentle on the floor, while the pad traps and locks the dirt away.
10/ Don’t Forget the Pet Areas
Clean their bedding, give them a bath, and throw in a good brushing. You can throw their plastic toys in the upper area of the dishwasher and throw out anything too grimy or gutted. Do a thorough cleaning in the areas they tend to sit/lay the most. Wash their bowls (and build them a dog dish standif you want to take things to the next level!).