Who has time to do some Spring Cleaning? Spring can be a busy time of year for most moms. Soccer practice, baseball games, end of year programs, end of year recitals…….. The list seems to go on and on and it’s getting longer every year. So when I think of Spring, I think of a lot of outside time and a lot of driving kids around from here to there.
In the process of constant running, our poor homes cry out in protest. My home often resembles the home of the Seven Dwarfs. If only Snow White would barge into my house and do the dishes, make the dinner, sweep the floor, and get rid of all the cobwebs!
We were able to have a cleaning service come clean twice a month, and in doing so I learned a lot about cleaning. Today I’m going to share some tips I’ve learned from the pros. Thanks to watching them clean my home for more than a year, I’ve had the confidence to tackle some Spring cleaning a little at a time.
- Start on one room and don’t leave until it’s finished! (However, some rooms may take you more than one day.) Keep focused and move fast!
- Pull everything out of the room. If you’re in the kids’ closet take out all the clothes, shoes, toys, ect. If you’re in the bathroom, take out all the rugs, trashcans, foot stools, and anything on the shelves. This also goes for bookshelves, kitchen pantries, desks, and cabinets.
- Go through every single item from the room. Winter clothes need to be boxed and stored. Throw away anything that is broken or trash. Rehang clothes to be worn for Spring and Summer. Do the same with books and toys.
- Wash any rugs.
- Dust. Wipe everything down with a micro fabric dust rag.
- Vacuum. Get into every nook and cranny.
- Empty out the trash and replace back in the room.
When the room is completely cleaned (it took about two days to go through my kids’ closet, toys, and books) step back and shout “Hallelujah!” Go relax on the porch with a glass of tea or a glass of wine.
Bonus Tip: Hire someone to help out. It’s ok to have professionals come help out with the mess. If you’re uncomfortable about a stranger seeing your mess, or don’t have the extra money to spend, try having a friend come help you out for a couple of hours. You can then go help her out with her spring cleaning. Cleaning is always much more fun with a friends!
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