I am going to be honest with you here…I have never actually done a real spring cleaning in our home! I mean, I’ve cleaned, scrubbed, wiped down, dusted and mopped most of the things in our house at various (and multiple) times throughout the year, but I have never done what most would consider, spring cleaning. Every year, Springtime rolls around and I am so excited to be able to finally enjoy being outside without freezing, that everything inside kind of gets forgotten about!
Things are going to be different this year! This January I chose a big word of the year to focus on and this year it is the word intentional. So in keeping with that word, I am going to be intentional this spring about giving our house a good cleaning. I know that as soon as warmer weather arrives (which I hope is soon!) I want to be all done decluttering and purging most of the areas in our house so that I can more effectively give things the good, deep cleaning they deserve…and need!
I don’t want to have to try and clean around a bunch of clutter or waste time cleaning items that we never use, so this winter I have been getting rid of our unused stuff left and right! I am close to being done my big decluttering marathon and I hope to be completely finished by the end of April. Hopefully by then the weather will be warm enough to open all of the windows, let in the fresh air and start cleaning.
I am doing it this way so that by the time I start my spring cleaning, all I will have to do is worry about the actual cleaning part and not the tidying up and decluttering part. I want to be fast and efficient at the whole cleaning part so that I can quickly move onto enjoying the nicer weather after a long, cold winter!
In order to help me stay focused and on track, I made a room-by-room spring cleaning checklist. It will be helpful when it comes time to clean because everything I need to do in each room is already listed out for me. And breaking the tasks down room-by-room will help to not get overwhelmed at seeing the huge list of things to clean! Then, for each room I listed the order in which I want to complete the tasks; starting at the top of the room and working my way down. I don’t want to spend time cleaning the counters and floor and then dust the light fixtures, getting dust all over the perfectly cleaned counter. I would not be a very happy lady!
I also listed the rooms in order of how I will be cleaning. I wanted to tackle the hardest rooms first, when I would hopefully have the most energy! So, I will plan to start with the kitchen and bathroom. But this list can be done in any order you want; just pick what makes the most sense to you. Also, you may have rooms in your house that are not on this list, but hopefully you can use what is here to help guide you as you clean any room in your house.
I hope that this spring cleaning checklist is just as helpful to you as I think it will be to me. It addresses the main rooms inside of a home, but if you also wanted a list that covers the outside of your house, there is a great one at Yet Another Mom Blog that I think you will find useful.
Do you have any tips for making spring cleaning a little bit easier? If so I would love to hear them! Happy spring and happy cleaning!