Making an effective spring cleaning process can be complicated. All the detailed steps involved with spring cleaning can make us forget a step or two. In this post, I will share how to create a spring cleaning process, so you do not forget any step. Ensuring that your home will be ready for the summer months by the time you are finished! Follow along, and let's start spring cleaning!
What is Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning is all about deep cleaning. We don't always deep clean every week. We may be tired or busy, or just lazy. The process of spring cleaning involves using a wet cleaning method, whether with soap, water, and white vinegar or with a cleaner; we go through from the top down in each area in our home and revisit every area to make sure it is taken care of. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Yes, it is. But we can do it.
Don't Forget To Include Purging Unused Items And Reorganizing
Spring cleaning is nice, and your house smells clean, but the purging and organizing process that goes along with it makes the spring cleaning process more compelling. Eliminating clutter will help cut down on the cleaning process as well.
When do you need to spring clean?
As the name implies, spring is an excellent time because the house has been closed for several months and can use the fresh air. But, if you don't want to clean in the spring only, you can split the tasks between the spring AND the fall months since these are the two times each year that we are either preparing for summer or preparing for winter. Feel free to check out our Seasonal decluttering post to declutter and "spring clean" all year round.
Now let's talk about where to start while creating this spring cleaning process.
Where to start?
Having a plan and deciding how much you want to do each time you take on a spring cleaning task is essential. When you start with a plan, you build momentum because you don't have to decide what to do next.
To make a plan, start with a list of all the areas in your home. Here is an example. Some areas can be subdivided because of how many tasks need to be done. For instance, the kitchen is divided into three different functions to make it easier to handle. The bedroom closet and the bedrooms are separated since there are usually many items to go through these two areas.
No project task should be too large.
Create tasks that are 2-3 hours in length or less. This will help you schedule easily fit the task over the weekend.
Foyer / Entryway
Kitchen lower cabinets
Kitchen upper cabinets
Master Bedroom Closet
Closet in the 2nd Bedroom
3rd Bedroom Closet
Closet in the 4th Bedroom
What's the spring clean process for each area?
Each room will be cleaned the same way, using the following method:
- Clear out and Purge - Clear out each cabinet, closet, etc... with items you don't want or haven't used. By pulling everything out of the area, you will see what you actually have and be able to decide what needs to go.
- Dust the shelf or cabinet and return the keeping items.
- Remove the other items to your garage or car truck for donation or recycling/trash.
- Dust the area from the ceiling down the walls to the baseboards. This includes wet dusting blinds or cleaning curtains. Don't forget the chandelier, ceiling fans, and other items hanging from the ceiling. And, then clean the other surfaces till you reach the floor. Then, do a wet clean on the floor. Remember, gravity is your friend. =)
That's it! You are finished. But wait. There are still some other areas that need to be cleaned too.
Are there unique chores I should remember when cleaning?
Yes, here are some unique tasks that should be done yearly to help keep your home in tip-top shape.
- In the Kitchen, reseal the grout to protect the grout from stains.
- Throughout the home, get carpets cleaned. A professional cleaning will clean the carpet and the air because they usually take the dirt out of the house with a long hose.
- In the Kitchen, inspect your fire extinguisher. If it looks like it is rusted or damaged, replace it.
- Do the windows. Pull out the screens and clean them with a hose, brush, dish soap and water. Wash the inside and outside of the windows using a squeegee.
- In the Kitchen, clean the trap and inside of the dishwasher. While you should do this every few weeks, thoroughly clean at least once a season.
- In the Kitchen, clean the oven. I found that cleaning the stove once a season works nicely.
- Get your appliances checked by a professional. If you have a service agreement for your appliances, call and schedule an annual service checkup.
Make a checklist!
Now that you know what you want to spring clean, make your own spring cleaning checklist. Visit our post for details on how to do that for your home. Check out my example below.
I hope this motivates you to get your chores completed. It does take time. Remember to break tasks down into manageable amounts of time. This will eliminate any anxiety about doing the work.
Feel free to check out our other posts about spring cleaning.
8 IMPORTANT PLACES TO DEEP CLEAN THIS SPRING
HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOMIZED SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST
30 DAYS TO SPRING CLEANING YOUR HOME CHALLENGE
What area of your home do you procrastinate the most when it comes to spring cleaning? What is it about that task that makes you not want to do it? Please leave a comment below.
Love the post. Great list to follow what to do where. Thanks.
Thanks for this detailed post on spring cleaning. I agree that breaking spring cleaning down into small tasks that take less than a few hours makes the process much more manageable. The spring cleaning task in my home that I procrastinate most on is cleaning the blinds. It is time consuming and I need to bring a step stool to each window as I do it.
I'm looking forward to doing a few fix-it projects this spring. Cleaning is an ongoing process, but I like your additional ideas for doing some deeper cleaning this time of year and opening up the house after being closed during the colder months. I can feel the fresh air circulating already. Ahhhh.
Thanks for the nudge to start on my spring cleaning. I usually try to keep up with a routine regularly so it never really builds up too much, but I do like your extra chores to focus on in the kitchen.
I have been thinking of new strategy for my spring cleaning this year. Spring cleaning each room with a deep clean, not moving onto the next until it sparkles. It might take me longer but I will know that every corner has been thoroughly cleaned. Great reminder, Sabrina.
I procrastinate cleaning the baseboards and walls. It doesn't take that long, but I hate doing it. To make it more fun, I put on my headphones and sing while I'm using the magic eraser on the spots on the walls. Something about singing at the top of my lungs helps me to complete the task.
That's a great idea to make chores more fun, Jamie. Thanks for commenting.
One thing I also do every spring is walk through the house and identify where we need some paint repair or touch-ups. I have the painter come in every spring and it makes the home feel fresh and never get too "run down" looking.
Great suggestion, Seana. We do the same thing. Actually we just finished painting one area. The spring cleaning has begun at our house. =) Thanks for commenting.
I am a fan of cleaning frequently so as not to have much to do during Spring Cleaning. I usually procrastinate on the basement. Maybe because there are too many things stored in there that I still haven't decided what to do with them.
Isn't it funny that "spring cleaning" is so well known. It makes me wonder sometimes if people only clean these major things once a year?? Yikes. I would think seasonally would be great. You've given some good reminders. For those yearly cleaners it might be easy to forget some of those items. 🙂