How many of you just absolutely dread cleaning? Even more so, Spring Cleaning?! Depending on the size of your house, apartment, townhome, etc. the trepidation you feel could certainly ruin your day, week or even month….
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I cry laughing every time I watch this video! As my husband would say, “This is you on cleaning day.” Which, I must admit, it’s true. I go crazy. “Just throw it away!” or “Put it in storage!” // I HATE clutter, I HATE walking into a dirty home. Some would call it OCD, I call it Monica Geller style.
Y’all, in all seriousness, Spring Cleaning shouldn’t be this HUGE, scary, unnecessary “30-day” cleaning task that comes once a year. For me, Spring Cleaning lasts about a week. With work, a dog, a life, things don’t go as planned. Regardless, I try to keep it within a week. That way, 1) I don’t forget to do something & 2) there’s not a huge mess around every room of the house.
Which is why I have compiled some tips & tricks from my family & a few I’ve learned on my own (for inside the house). All of which should & will keep you from spending countless hours trying to declutter, organize, fret, scream & even catch a cold.
By room, here are the few things you should do at least EVERY WEEK:
• Clean your Sink – So, I do this pretty much every other day but that’s excessive (so some think). Mildew, stuck food, germs, all of that just clings to sinks. Whether you have stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain, whatever it may be, clean it. I use Dawn Platinum soap & hot water to clean ours.
• Clean your Disposal – I have learned that throwing lemon rinds down the disposal isn’t always the best idea. Apparently, blades can break easily? Cool. Also, larger rinds tend to get stuck on the side, which then causes fruit flies & mold. So, this is what I do now. Cut up a lemon or lime into tiny triangles, shove them down the disposal, then grab two hand fulls of ice cubes, toss them down, turn on the hot water, then the disposal, & plug your ears. Loud but effective. // I do this anytime we put more than what we should down the drain. Which is more than I will admit.
• Swift/Mop or Vacuum the Floor – I’ll be TOTALLY honest. I Swift with Swiffer Dry’s daily. Mop every week (with Swiffer Wet Mop or a mixture of Lemon juice, Dawn Platinum & warm water). With an inside dog, I have too. Regardless, if you don’t have pets… think about where your shoes have been alllllll day & then where your bare feet go at night. Night night on that note.
• Dust your shelves – Simple enough. This eliminates that “OMG my house is dirty!” when the sun comes shining through on Saturday morning as you’re drinking your coffee. A quick sweep with Swiffer Dusters & you’re good to go!
• Lysol your Pillows/Couch – Okay, I know some of you are thinking… “What?! Why?!” Um… just like beds, pillows & couches can acquire bugs. Yep, bedbugs are not solely defined to the bed just because of their name. Also, if your significant other is anything like my husband & goes straight for the couch after a nice sweaty workout (insert anxiety) then you need to disinfect that thing with Lysol.
• Lysol those Decorative Pillows – Yep, same goes for these bad boys. Everyone (I hope) washes their comforter & bed sheets once a week, but we sometimes forget those little guys on top!
• Clean your Shower (Curtain)/Bathtub – If you take a bath (or as my Dad would say, “bathe in your own filth”) make sure to clean your bathtub before you get in EVERY TIME. Bathing in a dirty bathtub can cause quite a few problems for women. If you’re a male & taking a bath… I haven’t done my research but it can’t be healthy for you either. My favorite is a mixture of Scrubbing Bubbles & Comet (kinda like a bomb going off in your bathroom… but it works! // If you shower, things grow in between tiles, dark areas, on the shower curtain, etc. Still standing water is the worst, especially if it’s there alll the time. In that case, use Scrubbing Bubbles Daily Shower Cleaner – spray it right after you get out & BAM! all those cooties are gone.
• Clean your Toilet – We all know what we do in there. /// I love our Clorox Toilet Wand… you can get down & dirty without actually get down & dirty. But, don’t forget that toilet seat! Tooshies aren’t the cleanest. This is where my “Monica Geller” side kicks in…. I don’t use a specific name brand for cleaning my bathroom counter tops or toilet. I use 100% Rubbing Alcohol. Why? Because it cleans like no other. But I suggest wearing gloves while using.
• Keep your shoes Smelling Good – Quick fix. For all of you that have sweaty feet alllll day long, then take of your shoe & wonder “How can THAT smell come from something so small?!” Insert dryer sheets into your shoes, preferably ones that have a good smell, like lavender or linen.
• Empty the Lint Catcher – Why, unless you want Forth of July FIREworks to come early for you… do it. // I do this about every other load, depending on how many clothes/towels were washed that day.
• Wipe out the Washer – Seems silly, I know. But, if you have a front load washer.. that little ring in the front that catches everything is just like the drain catcher in your bathroom sink. HAIR, HAIR & more HAIR get’s caught in those things & causes mildew. Take an old sock, wash rag or even a paper towel & get all of that out.
By room, here are the few things you should do ONCE A MONTH:
• Clean out the Refrigerator – you don’t realize how FAST things actually expire. You think, “oh, it doesn’t expire until May 29th” & then here comes July 4th & the mayo for burgers is bad. #FavorToTheRescue NO! // Not only that, it allows for you to see what your family actually eats verses what gets pushed to the back. #SavingYouMoney
• Wipe out your Refrigerator – milk spills, fruits leak, it’s a nasty place in there. When I’m cleaning mine out, I take everything out, wipe out the inside with a rag soaked in Dawn Platinum soap & warm water, check the labels, wipe off bottles, reusable egg crates, etc. & put what needs to go back, back.
• Wipe down your Cabinets – OMG have you ever thought about how disgusting these actually are?! If you have children under the age of 16, inside pets or a husband… ya need to wipe these. Seriously. I use Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial, it’s safe, gets rid of germs & can be used on several surfaces within your kitchen.
• Dust – Most forget about the light fixtures in the kitchen, the range/vent hood, those utensils you use a decoration, etc.
• Wipe off your Fans – Now, this goes for all rooms. Take an old pillow case, spray Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial all on the inside, grab a ladder, cover the blade like you’re going to capture it & wipe. Voila! // No mess, no fuzzy particles floating everywhere.
• Vacuum – I would honestly do this weekly, but I’m putting it with the monthly because most people have moved from carpet to wood/tile floors. Wherever you have carpet & if it’s a high traffic area, spraying Lysol or Arm & Hammer Carpet Cleaner (if you have pets, this one is great!) both you let sit for a few minutes then vacuum it up!
• Blind of Blinds – Just like all of your fans, they collect dust on top & on bottom. If you have blinds… it’s the same. Take a Swiffer Dusters & get to dusting both sides.
• Closed Doors – This could go for just about any room in the house, but since our bedroom door is mainly always open I’m putting it here. How often do you check the back of your doors? Not much, right? Well, if you have any intricate details on them… guess what… they’ve been a nice little collect for dust.
• Scale Down – How many of you own a digital scale? How many times have you, your friends/family, your significant other stepped on it? Yep, ew. Wipe it.
• Get Re-Organized – Let’s be real. It only takes about two loads of laundry before you realize you’ve hung about half your clothes inside out, they’re on the wrong hanger or in the wrong spot.
• Chemicals – Where do you keep all of your cleaning products? Wherever they are, make sure they’re not expired or leaking. Certain chemicals mixing is NOT a good thing. It only takes a few right ones to create one bad one.
By room, here are the few things you should do at least EVERY 6 MONTHS:
• Clean your Oven – There should be a self-cleaning mode. However, if you’d rather your energy bill not be ridiculous, do this! First make sure your oven is NOT hot & NOT on. // Depending on your oven, I found this article by the great Martha Stewart, try this.
• Clean your Dishwasher – Dishwashers are really just gross to me. But, I loathe doing the dishes. Sooo… here’s a little trick. Have you ever cleaned out your filter? If I’m being completely honest, when my husband said, “we need to clean the filter.” I replied, “I’m sorry, the what? There’s a filter? I thought it was just a drain.” WRONG-O. // Same like the bathroom sink & the washing machine… gotta clean that filter. After you clean the filter, spritz some lemon juice in there, turn it on hot, sanitize/clean or just heavy depending on your appliance & then once it’s finished, actually WIPE IT DRY, then let it sit for the day.
• All about that Base-board – Take an old sock, spray some Pledge Multi Surface Antibacterial , slip the sock on, take your toe & glide. No bending down, easy as can be.
• Vacuum those Dust Bunnies – Just like high shelves, dust bunnies collect under the bed, dressers, nightstands, etc. especially if you have carpet. Everything should be moved & vacuumed under.
• Flip It, Flip It Good – That little crick in your neck… it may be your pillow, or the way you’re sleeping BUT it could be because your mattress needs to be flipped!
• Medicine Labels – When was the last time you checked those?! Just like perishable items, these too need to be tossed. I know, I know, some will say to keep them for a year longer. NO. Keeping them doesn’t do anything but prolong whatever you are trying to get over.
• Face It – Alllllrighty, this might get depressing. All those nice little make-up, creams, oil samples that you get, if you haven’t used them, toss them. If you have OLD like we’re talking more than a year old mascara, eye cream, eye shadow, eye liner, TOSS IT. This can all lead to serious eye infections. Which are NO joke. If it’s not worth losing an eye over, toss it.
• Re-Organize – Seasons have changed (hopefully), if you’re in Texas… they’ve changed. So, time to move Spring/Summer up & Fall/Winter down or vise versa. That way, your clothes have room to breathe, be wrinkle-free & you’re not constantly searching through all seasons to find an outfit every morning.
• Missing a Pair – Every so often, lets say 6 months… I’ll check underneath or behind the washer for those inevitable missing pair of socks! Do all washer/dryers turn into sock eating monsters at night?! I DO NOT know where they go! So, I always check here first. Sometimes it’s a success.. others… not so much.
By room, here are the few things you should do at least ONCE A YEAR:
• Throw it Out – Old cutting boards, rusting utensils.
• Plastic Ware – If the ware has a tear, toss it. Missing lids/bottoms, toss it.
• Wooden – If your wooden utensils are splitting, that’s only a harbor for germs. Toss them.
• Blankets – When’s the last time you washed those snugly blankets? Start a load! ( I would do this about every 6 months depending on the use, etc. but a least once a year is good!)
• Bedside Hording – Once again, if you or your significant other is anything like mine & keep EVERYTHING known to man in your bedside table… it’s time to play basket toss. // I try my absolute hardest to make it a year… but again, sometimes my “Monica Geller” side gets to me & I’ll come knocking on the door asking if I can clean it, because I can’t sleep.
• Cabinet Clear-Out – Once again, this is the time when you should go through your cabinets clearing all that has expired or leaked, broken ponytail holders, empty bottles, etc.
• All about that Brass – If you have a shower that has brass or even sliver sliding doors that screech every time you open or close them, I have just the trick for you! Pine Sol, take a little bit on a rag, wipe & it’s, like the Tin Man “as good as new.”
• Donate – Y’all, I am the worst at hording my things. I HATE giving them up or tossing them. But, I have created a 1 year (very lenient) rule. If I haven’t worn it in a year (or two, haha) I will donate it or give to girls I know younger than me.
• To the Back, to the Back – Pull out the washer & dryer (JKKK…. have your husband, strong significant other or even the handyman help you! Unless you’re Super Woman & can do it yourself.) wipe down the piping, check underneath them to make sure nothing is stuck that could be potentially hazardous.
FINALLY, what you’ll NEED to do during your Spring Cleaning:
Touch It Up!
I know there are about 50 other things that could be added to this list, but this is to get you going & to keep you from having to do ALL of it at once.
Now if you have a maid… all of this isn’t irrelevant. Some of these you can do to help her/him out! Who doesn’t love a little teamwork!
A few last little tips before cleaning:
- I ALWAYS take a Zyrtec beforehand. This eliminates the sneezing, runny nose, & itchy eyes from moving furniture, dusting, etc.
- Always clean out your vacuum, detangle hair, etc. that way it’s working at it’s maximum strength.
Lastly, I am not sponsored by any of the brands that I have listed above. I personally love them, have had great results & use them religiously. (: