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Tips for Moms: Spring Cleaning


It's that time of year again! Spring cleaning time. We are leaving the windows open and getting that fresh air in and I'm going to be scouring every surface. You seriously should see my house right now. Between spring break and going out of town it's.a.mess. I've broken everything down to make it achievable. Here's the plan:

Day One:

Pick up. You can't really clean when there is crap on every surface. You heard? Spend the day tidying and getting ready for deeper cleaning.

Finish laundry and PUT AWAY. This is my kryptonite (read more here and here).

Change sheets on all of the beds. Is this a challenge for anyone else to stay on top of?

Day Two:

Bathrooms. Scrub, scrub, scrub. I really want to make my own cleaners. Here's a great post on how to do that.

Vacuum. I want to vacuum the whole house which will probably only happen after Sam gets home. :)

Day Three:

Clean floors + dust. The kitchen floor will need a deep clean. Crazy how gross it gets.

I also need to clean all countertops in our kitchen and reseal them. Here's a great post on how to care for butcher block.

Day Four:

Our laundry room needs some TLC. Going to mop the floors and clean up the machines. Anyone else get that nice detergent layer on theirs?

Day Five:

Spray lavender everywhere. A spray bottle of water and your favorite essential oil can do wonders for your mood. I use this one.

Clean the windows. Clean windows are a dream!

That's it! I feel like my house should look pretty sparkly and in only five days. I feel like for me that's a win. Please feel free to share any glorious tips in the comments. I love talking about cleaning. Now it's go time.


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14 comments :

  1. I love (as in would practically marry) our Bissel steam cleaner for our floors. It cleans like a dream and is so eco-friendly, it's ridiculous. I am almost embarrassed to say it changed my life. Also, the bathroom cleaner in this link is to die for. My parents, sister and BFF all use it. It smells delicious and scrubs like nobody's business.http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/03/13/green-thrifty-cleaning-products/

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    1. hi christen! i am all over it. thanks so much for sharing it and you are selling that steamer, girl!

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  2. This sounds like a great plan!! The weather was so beautiful last week I had every door & window open, but am now grossed out to see yellow pollen dust everywhere- ugh!!! Over here I try to clean as much as I can with either baking soda or vinegar, or a combination of them and lemon juice, salt & dish soap, and for most things they work amazingly! One thing that I still love is Clorox wipes for really nasty/germy stuff, but I keep meaning to try making my own, when I find the time!!

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    1. darn pollen. it really is amazing what vinegar and baking soda can do! happy spring carrie. xo

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  3. This is an awesome plan! I agree in keeping it simple. My husband and I tried to create a cleaning schedule when it felt like responsibilities were unclear (and overwhelming)! I share it here- http://normaltownlove.blogspot.com/2014/03/back-to-basics.html

    My hope is to try to build strong habits into our schedule so I can be more prepared whenever kids come in to the picture...which I'm sure will require a whole new game plan :)

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    1. excited to check out your cleaning schedule! yes, definitely start now. ;)

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  4. love it! one thing that helps us is the "full hands in, full hands out" rule from my waitressing days-always have something in your hands as you move from room to room so you're putting things away as you go, etc. works wonders for the clutter situation around here when i actually keep to it! but honestly my current approach is pretending parts of my house don't exist so i don't have to think about how dirty they are. and... its not really working ;)

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    1. can i steal the full hands quote? that is awesome! yeah, i am totally versed in the pretending part. ha!

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  5. Everything looks so fresh and pulled together! I love that you planned it over 5 days - doable for sure!

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    1. haha gotta give myself time. :) thanks so much gretchen!!

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  6. Today is our first 70 degree day since last fall and the windows are already open. Nothing beats fresh spring air!

    My house is in bad need of a spring cleaning this year.... But it might be closer to a summer or fall leaning before I find the time.

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    1. girl, i totally understand. new babies need a lot of attention. ;) enjoy that sunshine!

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  7. Lesley you are daily inspiration. thank you. the only time i enjoy cleaning is when its 'spring cleaning' something about the new-ness of the season.

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    1. i have to agree on the spring cleaning! haha toria, you always say the nicest things! thank you!

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