Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be a horrible chore and it also doesn’t need to take days to complete. Try to start making cleaning a priority and you can see how much it can change your mindset. It will also help keep your house clean and organized all the time. I love spring cleaning because I feel way more motivated than usual to deep clean my house and get rid of a bunch of crap cluttering up my house. Today I am going to be sharing my spring cleaning list, cleaning supplies, and hacks to make spring cleaning a breeze.
What is “Spring Cleaning”?
Spring is usually a great time to do deep cleaning because winter just ended and you want to get a fresh start to the year. So it’s called “Spring Cleaning” because you just deep clean in spring!
My Spring Cleaning list
-Clean out fridge and freezer
-Wipe down all kitchen shelves
-Flip mattress and mattress topper
-Clean out basement
-Wipe down mirrors and windows
-Wash down dog crate
-Wash and vacuum the car
-Vacuum and mop the entire house
-Disinfect washing machine
-Vacuum out dryer vent
-Clean out shoe closet of old shoes and dirt
-Clean front door (outside and inside)
-Wash couch cover
-Organize closet/donate clothes
-Throw out old hair, makeup, skin products
Tools you can use to help clean your house
-Vacuum: You definitely 100% need a vacuum to be able to clean your house effectively. I use my vacuum at least 3 times a week. I am looking into getting a new one that is easier for me to move around the house and take up less storage space.
-Cleaning sprays: There are so many specific cleaning sprays out there and it is so important to make sure you are using the right ones. Window/glass spray, disinfection spray, and kitchen cleaning spray are just a few that come to my mind. Also check the chemicals that are in the sprays if you’re allergic or if there are any other chemicals you don’t want to have in your house. I try to find more natural/less chemical products to use because it is better for your skin and the environment.
-Swiffer/mop: I LOVE my Swiffer. I use it to mop up my house at least once a week. I also have special Swiffer pads that I use to sweep up dog hair when I don’t feel like dragging my vacuum around the house.
-Disinfecting wipes: I use these every single day for quick cleaning of kitchen and bathroom surfaces. I know these day’s its hard to find some so I haven’t been using as many. I opt to use my disinfecting spray instead.
-Cleaning cloths: I use reusable microfiber cloths. They are used for wiping windows, kitchen/bathroom counters/ kitchen table, and kitchen cabinets.
-Gloves: Gloves are probably one of the most important things you will need to use when cleaning your house. You don’t want to touch all of these chemicals with your bare hands.
spring cleaning hacks
Clean at the right time of day
I feel like I am the most productive in the morning. Cleaning in the morning and then finishing a couple hours later can make it easier for you to clean. Also, try to plan your cleaning day on a sunny day. If it’s raining, it can change your attitude towards cleaning. When you have plenty of natural sunlight coming in, it will make you happy and motivated to clean more.
Listen to fun music
Listening to your favorite music can help you get pumped and excited to clean your house. I love singing and dancing in the house while I am cleaning and I noticed that I tend to clean a lot more. Plus, it’s nice to hear something other than your vacuum for half of the day. My dog (Nova), she barks also where people are outside so having music playing distracts her from the noise outside and muffles her if she does bark.
Clean one room at a time
Trying to deep clean your entire house at once is not a good idea. Try to complete one task (cleaning windows, counters, etc) or clean one room at a time (living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc.) I find cleaning by room is easiest for me. That way when I find things around the house that belongs in another room, I can put it in there and organize it when I get there. I also do a bit of task cleaning before hand. I mainly collect laundry from the bedroom and bathroom to wash and pick up tea cups to bring to the kitchen.
Don’t forget the little things
Spring cleaning isn’t just cleaning the main parts of the house. Take some time to look through all of your old clothes, shoes, makeup, skin care products, medication, hair products, accessories (hair tools, jewelry, scarves, hats, etc.) and other small expired products. These little things can add up to a lot if you don’t clear them out every once and a while. I also look through all of my dog toys and treats during this time. I was so surprised when I looked through Nova’s treats that there were so many empty bags and even a few expired treats. I ended up throwing a few chewed up toys away because they were just falling apart and I didn’t want her to end up choking on something.
Here is a post my friend wrote for more spring cleaning ideas and tips! “13 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life”
Don’t forget to take a break and eat a snack
Cleaning can definitely wear you down so don’t push yourself too hard. Set simple goals throughout the day to make sure you get your whole house cleaned by the end of the day. Take a break after every couple of tasks, drink some water, and eat a snack. For me, drinking a smoothie, eating fruit or a granola bar, and sitting down even for just 15 minutes helps me get back my energy so I can keep cleaning.
Work from top to bottom
Your floors will end up getting covered in dirt, food, dust, or anything else falling from shelves and cabinets. Working from top to bottom will make sure that you aren’t cleaning the same area repeatedly. My floors also end up more dirty while I am cleaning because I usually end up wearing my outside shoes while I am running around because they are more comfortable and they don’t slip off like my house shoes. So cleaning the floors is the last on my to-do list!
I really hoped you enjoyed my blog post about spring cleaning and I can’t wait to get cleaning! Let me know what you think down below in the comments 🙂