I have a huge confession to make– I’m 28 years old, and I never really understood the “spring cleaning” mania that sweeps the internet (and now, Pinterest) every year.
But now that I have 4 MESSY MESSY boys who have been sick off and on most of this winter? I GET IT. Call me a believer. I feel the need to air out and clean everything in sight, almost nonstop. It’s driving me nuts. I clean the kitchen baseboards, which reminds me to polish the hardwoods, which reminds me that the carpet smells bad over there, which reminds me that we need to clean under the couches…
So, to keep my mind from spinning out of control, I’ve compiled a list of “Must-Dos”, room by room. Please please PLEASE feel free to leave advice in the comments– like I said, I’m very new to “spring cleaning”, and know there must be easier or better ways to do things. If you want to see some of the cleaning methods I have pinned, you are welcome to see my “Around the House” board.
Scrub/clean the couches
Wipe down the baseboards and window sills
Beat our rug, let air freshen outside
Wash all pillow covers
Clean out/declutter bookshelves
Polish the wood on the piano (no idea how!) and get it tuned
Clean the windows
Rotate our toys
Clean the outside of the kitchen cabinets, using a degreaser
Seal grout on my backsplash (still haven’t done!…)
Clean out the fridge and organize with baskets DONE
Clean out the pantry and organize with more baskets
Add microwave DONE
Do a cleanout rinse of dishwasher
Clean our stainless sink
Get hard water deposits off of glasses
Replace our 8+ year old pots and pans with a greener alternative (something we’ve wanted to do for a while…should we go copper? Stainless? All cast iron?)
Touch up paint
Deep clean the floor
Organize DIY tools
Organize school papers and books into hutch
Do a clean out rinse of washer
Update filing system
Weather stripping under door
Lost cause while the boys are living here. Maybe. Probably. Should I even attempt it?
Upstairs Master Bedroom:
Clean our mattress with baking soda, let air freshen
Clean out closet and sell or give to thrift store DONE!
Clean out shoes and give to thrift store
Collect dry cleaning/tailor items and take them in
Clean out accumulating cosmetics and medicines
Wash/whiten our pillows
Planter boxes on balcony
Boys Upstairs Bedroom:
Organize their summer clothes DONE!
Switch out sizes in the drawers
Wipe down walls and baseboards
Clean mattresses with On Guard oils DONE
Get AJ a toddler bed?
Take a pumice stone to mineral deposits in toilets
Clean shower heads with vinegar and lemon
Take an eraser to areas of walls and baseboards
Deep clean shower and floor
Make a homemade diffuser using my EOs
Add another planter bed with silver sage and lavendar DONE!
Till the soil in our garden beds
Plant seedlings in cups (although nothing’s happened yet…) Sow lawn seed over bare patches Add paver stones and pea gravel to our pathway DONE Replace any dead plants in other garden beds
Power wash/sweep deck
Frame and add our garage door
Give away old toys
Organize our garage (halfway done as of yesterday!)
Consolidate our DIY materials and tools
Consolidate the kids art supplies into ONE container
All right guys, I really mean it– you will NOT be insulting me if you tell me how I could be doing any of this better. Please, leave me as many tips as you can. I will be eternally grateful!
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