How I Spring Clean

Spring is finally here and the spring cleaning has begun! I have to say this is one of my favorite times of the year because the house gets a good scrub and everything seems to come alive again!

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Today I wanted to share ‘How I Spring Clean’ our home, I’ve received many requests for this post! Y’all don’t understand how excited I am that you too, get excited about spring cleaning! Its so rewarding!! Below I’ve included a printable that you may use for each room in your home while you spring clean and I’ll break it down a little as we go.

Spring Cleaning 1 (Print here)

Living Room:

  • Windows
  • Ceiling Fans/light fixtures
  • Baseboards + Walls – wash/touch-up
  • Linens
  • Clean under furniture
  • Purge items

 Kitchen + Dining:

  • Appliances
  • Purge Items
  • Cabinets- Inside + Out
  • Baseboards + Walls- wash/touch-up
  • Fridge + Freezer
  • Light fixtures
  • Linens
  • Windows
  • Shelves + Other storage

 Bathrooms:

  • Baseboards + Walls- wash/touch-up
  • Shelving + Storage
  • Purge
  • Linens
  • Windows
  • Light fixtures

Bedrooms:

  • Baseboards + Walls- Wash/touch-up
  • Linens
  • Purge
  • Clean under furniture
  • Closets
  • Windows
  • Light Fixtures

Bonus Areas:

  • Baseboards + Walls- wash/touch-up
  • Windows
  • Linens
  • Clean under furniture
  • Purge
  • Light Fixtures

 

Spring cleaning for me is a chance to deep clean our home, because you know its not going to happen during summer, and purge any items we no longer use or need. I like to take about a week (sometimes two) to work through each room and my checklist. For each room I clean all baseboards and walls, I also take time to touch up these areas with paint where its needed. All of the linens are washed from blankets to slipcovers and window treatments. You can see the rest of my spring cleaning for this room on my Spring Cleaning list above.

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I also like to refresh a couple of areas in our home while I’m cleaning. When things are striped down it makes it easier to switch things up creating a new look and feel in the space. This can be as simple as switching up art work or linens. In our family room I simply switched around a few pieces and added some greens. Super simple!

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As far as my tasks for each room, they’re rather similar. I clean all of the baseboards and walls, windows, light fixtures, linens and of course purge. Windows are one of the first things I work on because I love opening them and allowing the spring air to fill our home while I clean!

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To clean our windows I use a homemade window cleaner you can find here in my How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home post, along with all of my other homemade cleaners. I also use vinegar for the window sill.  You can see in the photos below the before and after. We have so many trees around our home that our windows always get dirty. I clean them with each change of the seasons to help keep it manageable. To do this, I vacuum out the dry dust, dirt and bugs, spray the sill with the vinegar and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean.

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During my week of spring cleaning I also check off my cleaning schedule, which you can also find in my How ‘I’ Keep a Tidy Home post. It just makes sense to do all of the cleaning for each room while I’m already in there working on it. One thing I do save for last is the dusting of furniture and floors. I like to clean all of the dust and dirt starting at the top and work my way to the bottom.

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Fresh flowers and greens… This doesn’t fall under the cleaning category (well plants do clean the air so theres that) but in my opinion bringing the outdoors in makes your home feel more alive and ready for spring! Plus who doesn’t love seeing a clean kitchen or dining room table with some fresh cut flowers?!

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In our dining room I also wipe down the table and chairs along with the shelves and goodies on them. I don’t know about you but our dining set is always covered in some type of food, a little red sauce here, some smashed oats there… its a good time to give these pieces a good scrub and make them feel new again. Also, if your table and chairs, or shelves are painted, they also fall under paint touch-ups!

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In our bedroom, again, I wash all linens, the walls, and windows. I also like to clean out our night stands and of course the closest. Now is the time for our wardrobe to start switching out to spring/summer items but its still cool enough that we can take the time to transition and purge the clothing items we no longer wear. One way I do this is by using the backwards hanger trick. I turn all of my hangers backwards on the rack and put them back the right way as I wear them over the course of a couple weeks. This shows me which items I never wear and makes purging easy! I also carry these tasks over into the girls bedrooms.

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Another little trick I like to use is marking nail holes and spots that need touched up with paint. While I’m cleaning the baseboards and walls I use painters tape to mark areas that need painted. Once I’ve marked each room this makes it easy to grab the paint brush and quickly touch up each space at once. Bonus to using the same paint color in multiple rooms is that it makes this task quick and easy!

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After I’ve washed all of the light fixtures, walls, linens, cleaned shelves and cabinets, purged all of our unused items I then dust the furniture and clean the floors. By the weekend, weather permitting, our windows are open, the outdoors is let in and friends it feels SO GOOD! For me a clean, decluttered, life breathing home filled with sunshine and all the things we love, feeds my soul!! And I mean REALLY feeds it, like your favorite comfort food, a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning, warm sunshine on your back or that favorite cozy sweater by the fire. Not only does our house come back to life but so does a part of me, its healing after a long winter.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed today’s post and I hope you find it helpful in spring cleaning your home! As always if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below or feel free to email me at misdiy@outlook.com.

~Happy Reading Friends

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