The Spring Clean Along: Coming Clean

So far, we’ve discussed dejunking and organizing. The last part of Spring Cleaning is, of course, the obvious: CLEANING.

Traditionally, “Spring Cleaning,” is giving your home a good, deep scrubbing to get rid of accumulated dust, dirt, and grime. For many it can be the time to do seasonal tasks, such as washing the screens, vacuuming the refrigerator coils, and changing light bulbs.

For the rest of us, it can be simply trying to reestablish some routines that will help us keep our homes cleaner than they were before we started.

** True Confessions: I don’t clean my bathrooms as often as they need it. **

I won’t go into details, but let’s just say cleaning bathrooms falls really low on my to-do list. But, I did do them this weekend! Just so I could tell you I did. And I’m turning over a new leaf. Honest.

And here’s how you can, too:

Find cleaning tools that you like and will use

Married to contractor, I’ve learned that having the right tool is essential to doing the job well. Experiment and see what tools, scrub brushes, cloths, etc. will work well for you. Ask friends what they like. Yes, it may seem really mundane to talk about scrub brushes, but they might know something you don’t!

Find a cleaner or range of cleaners that works for you

Over the last year, I’ve switched to using vinegar for most of my kitchen cleaning and now have gone to using it for some areas of the bathroom. It’s a natural disinfectant that costs just pennies. I still use chlorine bleach for some applications, but I feel good about using vinegar. It works for me, but I encourage you to find one that YOU really like.

Find a cleaning schedule you can live with

This has changed for me over the seasons. But, currently, I’m assigning different jobs to each day of the week and then trying to follow up by consulting Weekly Household Chores Checklist. (And, no, I don’t check everything off. It’s a rare week when that happens.) I’m mixing things up trying to find out what works for this season of our life. I’ve even switched from everyday laundry to 2 days a week.

Don’t be afraid to try out different systems. Some people work well cleaning the whole house one day a week. If that’s your style, go with it. Others have different tasks for different days. Some even go with a cleaning planner, like Motivated Moms which assigns different weekly and seasonal tasks to each day of the year. Some just clean when it’s dirty. Find your groove and get cleaning!

How’s your cleaning been going?

Are you tackling seasonal tasks or digging out? Share your Spring Cleaning posts below or tell us about your scrubbing adventures in the comments.

 

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  1. Ahhh….i need to scrub my bathrooms!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this post… I stumbled across your blog recently, so will be looking up the other posts. Cleaning is a HUGE obstacle for me, and one that I want to FINALLY conquer once and for all. Maintaining a organized, clean home with 4 children is hard and daunting, but you have inspired me to GET STARTED. Thank you and I love your blog! :)

  3. Cleaning the bathrooms is my Monday job. I’ve found that I must assign a chore to a day or it won’t get done. I’ve also found that I need to write out a daily schedule (hour by hour or half-hour) in order to make sure I keep my time going. Today I was supposed to clean the bathrooms from 8 – 8:30, but I threw off my schedule by running in to “check something real quick” on the computer. BAD! Then when I was getting ready to clean the bathrooms, my mom called and offered me a ride to the grocery – and since my husband and I only have one car which he takes to work, I took her up on it! However, it was another bump in my schedule today. But whatever bumps I encounter, I always make sure my daily chore is done before my husband gets home at 4:20 so I don’t have to be busy with the mundane while he’s home. :-) I’m glad to know I’m not the only person who struggles with cleaning – what I wouldn’t give to have “Rosie” from “The Jetson’s” come clean my house! :-)

  4. Monday is my bedroom cleaning day, but since I was able to clean the girls rooms yesterday it left my morning open for other tasks. I decided to tackle the top shelves in my kitchen. I was able to remove lots of mismatched glasses and dishes and organized my medicine shelves into 4 baskets – prescriptions, otc, vitamins, and girls meds. Also cleaned out the baking/cooking cupboard and removed all the old spices, etc. I still need to do my food pantry but got sidetracked of course. Tomorrow, laundry day, I will continue with the kitchen and work on the bottom cabinets.

  5. I switched to cleaning with a 50/50 vinegar & water mix (with a couple drops of lemongrass essential oil ~ I love the lemon smell) a couple years ago. I use it for everything…kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces, windows… I also use baking soda to clean sinks and toilets. I love that I don’t have to buy a bunch of cleaners…and that I don’t have to worry about my kiddos when they help me clean :)

  6. I love to use vinegar to clean too! I have wood floors and it’s the only thing that doesn’t leave streaks! I use a 50/50 mix with water.

    Over the weekend I cleaned out the cabinets in my master bath. That is my stockpile cabinet, so it took a while. Plus I had some sticky at home wax that spilled everywhere, YUCK! I used lots of shoe boxes I was saving for gift wrapping that I never use to organize things since I was out of plastic containers. Works great. I used the lids too. My greatest discovery was using an empty toilet paper roll to store my hair ties. No more hair ties all over in every drawer!

    I also made a cool jewelry storage/organizer from an old picture frame: http://cobyscorner.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/crafting-homemade-jewelry-displaystorage/

  7. Barbara Johnson says:

    You have inspired me :) My oldest (31) son died in Oct. 2008 :( And I just haven’t been motivated since then. I use to keep my house so clean and organized but since then it has gone to pot. I had a day where I would clean each room and I kept on schedule :) I have only been doing what I have to just to get through the day. But you have got me on a roll. I have deep cleaned both of my bathrooms, our bedroom,(we’re getting ready to pull the carpet out of our room so I didn’t deep clean it, I will afterwards), living room ( pulled the carpet out also), and my granddaughter bedroom. I have the spare room(sewing/office room), laundry room and the kitchen (last). I dread the kitchen :( I have a lot of pots, pans and ECT… to go through and give to freecycle.org or the Homeless Shelter. I know they will be happy but, so will I getting it cleaned and organized :) Thanks for letting me share :)

    :)

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Oh, Barbara. I’m so sorry to hear about your son. Thank you for sharing and GREAT job on your clean sweep. WOW!

  8. My biggest problem is that we live in the country with well water. I can’t seem to keep our tub and sink from turning orange from the water out here! I need a quick easy way to clean more often that is for sure!

  9. Bathrooms are high on my list…lint on the edge of the tub drives me bonkers! Mopping the floors however, barely makes the list :) I too have switched from everyday laundry to 2-3 days a week. I found it too hard to get it put away every night. Now I put away the laundry on bath nights, while hubby takes care of the babies (1 and 3) – it works much better. I don’t know if a system will ever be perfect…life changes too much.

  10. I’m trying to get better at routinely cleaning somethings that I probably wait too long on. I plan on making a schedule up of what I need to do, when and how often. I think I am more likely to do it if I almost “schedule” it. Thanks for such a great post!
    God bless,
    Amanda

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Jessica, what is your recommended mix of vinegar and water? Can you mix it in a batch and keep in a spray bottle? Thanks!

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