Now that we can have the windows open it's the perfect time for a thorough spring clean - I don't like cleaning with the windows shut so as soon as it warms up enough to let the fresh air in I know it's time to get ready to clean my home.
There are two ways of doing a Spring Clean - the first is to take one or two days and do the entire house at once and the other way is to break it into sections and spread it out over a week or two. Our house is very small, only five rooms and two hallways, so I generally take two days of my life once a year and really, really clean the home well and have it done until the fall touchup. If I lived in a larger home I would probably break it down and do a section or a room a day for a week. It's totally up to you but the principals of Spring Cleaning are the same.
I'm going to do my spring cleaning next week during the first day or two of spring break, so you are welcome to spring-clean-along with me or simply reference this when you decide to clean the individual rooms later in the year. Before we start, though, here are some things that I try to do to prepare for the big scrub.
1. Declutter - I wrote a post on this in Feburary. We've been very busy de-cluttering our home this month and have removed a carload of things from the house. It's really hard to clean around clutter so I try to get rid of it before I clean. No matter what, though, I always end up finding even more stuff to toss when I'm spring cleaning.
2. Have a spring cleaning schedule written out - My spring cleaning schedule is done by taking each room and dividing it into sections going from the top to the bottom. This isn't making a detailed list for each room, this is more like figuring out what is going to get cleaned and when. For example the first day I will do the Dining Room, Front Hall + Closet, Kitchen and Living Room.The second day I do the Back Hall + Built-Ins, Bathroom, Bedroom + Closet. I expect these to be two eight hour days with breaks as needed and lunch and this is the routine I always have for this apartment. . If I didn't have the time and I was going to break it down it might be something like Monday: Both Bathrooms, Tuesday: Living Room, Wednesday: Kitchen and Dining Room and so on until I had my path mapped out.
3. Make sure you have all of your supplies - Supplies are so important to have on hand. Nothing stops you dead in your tracks like realizing you have no soap or a sponge, or all your cleaning towels are waiting to be washed and you have to do a load of laundry before you can even start cleaning. Each room calls for different sets of supplies though there is a lot of overlap. I grouped this by room simply because it helps me make up a "Bucket" when I'm going to each room and then I don't have to run back and forth trying to find things in the basement, the kitchen, or the bathroom and I have everything in the room I am cleaning. I like to make most of my own supplies or use natural products to clean though I do bleach my ancient sink once a year and use Murphy's Oil Soap on our 100 year old floors that have lost all their finish. For example, I make my own antiseptic soap using a blend of rosemary and lavender essential oils, and go heavy on the lavender for the bedroom. (You can find a recipe here.)
Kitchen: Dining Room: Front/Back Hall:
Antiseptic counter spray Duster Duster
Vinegar for the chrome Vinegar for windows/chrome Wood Friendly Soap
Bleach Newspaper for window cleaning Rags
Vinyl floor cleaner Antiseptic Spray Murphy's Oil Soap
Kitchen Rags Rags Bucket
Duster Murphy's Oil Soap Bleach for Cat Boxes
Broom + Dust Pan Broom and Dust Pan
Wood-friendly soap for baseboards
Detergent for Curtains
Living Room: Bathroom: Bedroom:
Vacuum Duster Duster
Bucket Bucket Bucket
Rags Rags Rags
Murphy's Oil Soap Antiseptic Soap Broom + Dust Pan
Duster Vinegar Bucket
Newspaper for windows Tile Floor Cleaner Murphy's Oil Soap
Vinegar Bathroom Brush Detergent for Curtains
Wood friendly soap Sturdy scrubbing sponge Detergent for Bedding
Carpet deodorizer Wood friendly soap
Furniture polish Furniture polish
Scratch Cover for Wood Scratch cover for wood
Broom + Dust Pan
Detergent for Curtains