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Well, the time is flying by, and we are already having spring weather here. Our rain outside is almost over, and with the first rays of sunshine it is time for us to start preparing the house for spring cleaning.
I wanted to get my thoughts together today of what I am going to start tackling this year as my big project for spring cleaning, and why, and then give a list to follow – what exactly I am going to clean and how.
My Pre-Cleaning Agenda
We have a big house where we live, and there are so many rooms with stuff everywhere, and we end up not actually living in every room, but making piles of boxes and stuff in those rooms, only to clean them up a bit when we have visitors. We also have a big garage sale coming up, and I need to make up a few boxes of gifts to ship to my relatives. There is so much to do it is easy to get overwhelmed, and end up not being able to get anything started and done. So, in order for me to have an idea where to start, here is the pre-cleaning plan that I want to work on this week before I even get into the spring cleaning:
- Creating a list of tasks for my spring cleaning project – see at the bottom of the post.
- In order to get any deep cleaning of rooms I need to first sort out and pick up all of the clutter.
- Clutter picked and put into boxes needs to be sorted into what to keep, and put away, what to toss out, and what to sell at a garage sale.
- Re-sort my cleaning supply to know what I have, and what I need to pick up at the store to get my spring cleaning started – be sure to check some deals I have found in the post below.
While I would love to hire some full-time cleaners to help me tackle our everyday mess, clutter, and maintaining the house (who wouldn’t want that, right?) the reality is, I cannot afford professional cleaners, and need to be ready to do all of the work myself with my kids and my husband to be able to keep up with what needs to be done for the house. Chances are, you are in the same position. Again, I would love to pay close to $1000 of hard-earned cash for a team of professionals, who, by the way, will most of the time still request to clear up all of the clutter, especially from the floor and surfaces to be cleaned, but I am not going to be doing that. I am thinking more towards de-cluttering a bit, and making money through selling what I don’t need, updating the old, renovating in late spring and summer, and investing my cleaning funds into more capital improvements – I can do the cleaning myself, and so can you!
So, now I will quit rambling, and get on with my list of tasks, so, here we go… I have started the day right with working on a few blogging projects, getting a little bit of photography done, and got started de-cluttering. The main work is going to need to be done in the living room, crafts room, and bedrooms. There is just too much stuff everywhere that needs to be sorted, sold, or given away. Are you up for some giveaways on the blog? Let me know in the comments what you are hoping to pick up at stores or garage sales this spring, and maybe I will be able to set up a new giveaway for you for that very item soon!
The Plan for the Next Week
Here is my plan for the coming week for de-cluttering:
- Monday – kitchen de-cluttering, making a list of what I need to use up that is expiring in the cupboards and freezer
- Tuesday, Wednesday – kids’ bedrooms and our guest room – sort out and put away clothing the kids grew out of or torn clothing, and broken or incomplete board games and toys
- Thursday – Master bedroom cleaning and putting away winter clothing and warm bedding
- Friday – working on the garage – clearing up space for garage sale items, cleaning
A Few Tips to Start You Off on the Right Track With Cleaning
Next, it is about setting up the cleaning scene. I cannot clean well when I have unpleasant smells all over the room, so we always make sure we have a supply of Air Wick refills to make the room feel and smell fresh.
Another important preparation point for a spring cleaning is having all of the supplies ready to go when it is the day of the cleaning – you don’t want to have to run around grocery stores every couple of hours because you have run out of your cleaning agents. Any big cleaning activity requires a full stocked supply cabinet starting from cleaners and cloths to your lists of chores to do. I try to get all my cleaning supplies in my monthly Target trips.
Cleaning tip 1 – Use Disinfecting Wipes or Make Your Own
Here are a few tips that I like to use in my house that we have been using forever. I absolutely love using Lysol Disinfecting Wipes to clean up some stains on the counters and the surfaces, or even the floor. This is one option, and another option is using some old clothing for rags – we take old shirts and pants that are made of good cotton, cutting them into rags, and then using Lysol Disinfectant Spray with those, and it is so easy to wash them after they are used as well. If you have time, you could get your kids to work on the borders of the rags – either embroider them, or sew them with a sewing machine to ensure that they don’t unravel too much in the wash, or you could use zigzag scissors if you have those, or use your overlock if you have it.
Laundry tip 2 – Use a Special Laundry Detergent To Keep Your Clothing from Fading
In you have embarked on the spring cleaning adventure, keep in mind that while you are busy cleaning the counters and the cobwebs from your vents, you still have that daily laundry to do. In order to make your daily laundry a breeze, you can rely on Woolite High Efficiency Extra Dark Dual Formula to keep your dark clothing dark. You don’t need the compromise for those busy weeks of cleaning. You can trust Woolite to not let the clothing fade, and stay dark.
Dark clothing comprises over 70% of all the laundry that we do at home, and we love to wear darks. So, it is so important for me to rely on Woolite when I want to make sure that my clothing will stay the right color even after many washes. Woolite will help with that.
Laundry tip 3 – Don’t Hand-Wash the Delicates
One day when we were getting our kids school uniforms many years ago I remember other parents in the line were complaining that the school uniforms were recommended to be hand-washed. Who has the time to wash daily uniforms by hand, and then hang to dry on just the most perfect clothing setup? We, busy parents, usually don’t have the time or the energy in a day to hand-wash items. What is the solution? I use special delicate clothing bags inside my wash to make sure that clothing that has straps does not tear in the wash. This was a new product for me that I have only discovered existed a couple of years ago, but it makes so much more sense now to use it, and it saves that precious time you can use on some other cleaning chore, right?
Cleaning tip 4 – Do Not Overlook Properly Washing Your Glassware
Do not overlook improving efficiency of your dishwashing when you are doing a cleaning spree. Adding an extra agent might not be something you are doing every day when you are washing dishes, but when you are doing spring cleaning, take some time to properly wash all your glassware using a Finish Rinse Aid for spot-free dishes. I am notorious about leaving some dishes with tough stains just piling on my counters, so I will be using a Detergent Booster to take care of those. Those Finish products always come in handy!
Cleaning tip 5 – Spring Cleaning is Also Important for the Outside of Your House
When you are doing your spring cleaning, do not forget to also work on your garden. If you have raised beds and a vegetable patch outside you probably won’t need my advice as I am a novice gardener myself. However, if you are a new homeowner, and are not sure how to start with your outside house maintenance, I would start with clearing up the ground from old leaves and sticks that have accumulated over the winter season, fertilize the soil outside if you have a lawn to take care of. This is exactly what we have worked on today!
Don’t forget to power wash the deck and the driveway, and clean up the grill – the barbecue season is almost upon us!
My Favorite Cleaning Products Recommendations
Now, before I start getting ready for my spring cleaning I will do some inventory of my cleaning supplies on hand. We use up a lot of Lysol and Woolite in the house, and have to get new containers every now and then, and this is what is going on my shopping list for this coming week.
I love using Lysol products, and I always get this brand because I know I can rely on Lysol to disinfect and take care of all the germs on my counters and surfaces – it kills 99.9% of germs. As I have a toddler touching everything, everywhere and picking up germs wherever she goes, I need to have a reliable product that works, and that can help me provide a clean area for her to play and develop.
Are You Out of Your Cleaning Supplies? Pick Them Up at a Discount at Target
Luckily, there are some discounted offers available at Target where I am going to head soon after I finish the post to load up on my favorite Woolite detergent, and my go-to Lysol cleaning supplies. If you are also out, I would recommend using special coupons through Target Cartwheel Coupons: available 4/2-4/29
- 5% off any Finish Item
- 5% off any Airwick Freshmatic item
- 10% off any Airwick Scented Oils
- 5% off any Lysol Cleaning item
- 5% off any Woolite Item
There are also promotional offers available for you at Target:
- Buy any 2 Woolite 100oz, get $5 Target Gift Card (available until 4/8)
- Buy any 2 Finish Premium L & XL (MiO & Quantum) & 16oz RA additive – Get $5 Target Gift Card (available until 4/8)
- Buy any 3 Lysol items – Get 1 FREE (available 4/9-4/29)
- Air Wick
- Buy 3 5ct AW Scented oil and get free gadget (available 4/9- 4/15)
Your Spring Cleaning Checklist
I am always impressed with my readers who make it to the bottom of the post! Nowadays with our Twitter impacted attention span it is so hard to be certain that my readers actually do get to read what I have to say at the very end (I do ramble a lot, I confess). But, if you are still reading, I hope you can take advantage of this cleaning checklist printable I have made today, and you can print it out for FREE!
Hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you have any advice for cleaning, what your cleaning goals for spring cleaning are this year, and if you are going to be looking for some items this year to spruce up your home decor – and what you are planning to sell at a garage sale if you will hold one. Let me know if you have already started your spring cleaning, how it is going, or if you have finished it.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
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