Ah, spring…you have finally sprung!!
The snow and ice seem to be distant memories (at least this far South) and there is enough sunshine to make us hopeful that warm weather is (semi) permanently around the corner. We’ve actually had some nice warm days, but the rain is keeping it from really feeling like spring.
Along with warmer weather and more sunshine, spring brings new life. It also brings about the compulsion to clean. Apparently, people have been doing this since before history was really even recorded. Whatever our reasons, spring cleaning is not a new thing!
Although I make no claims to be an accomplished housekeeper, I’ve done my share of spring cleaning in the past. Our house is far from filthy, but it is messy a lot of the time. One of our goals this year is to pare down and reorganize, so that these cleaning frenzies are not so complicated! The winter weather wasn’t very cooperative, but hopefully spring will give us a little bit more to work with.
Spring cleaning varies from year to year and I’m always willing to try out new tips. Typically, the closets get cleaned out, old paperwork gets shredded, walls get wiped down, and our front porch gets a good scrubbing. Last year, I shampooed carpets, but a week later you couldn’t tell they had been cleaned at all. (Personally, I’d like to rip the carpet out and put some nice wood down. It would probably be super cold in the winter though!)
This year, I intend to wash walls and windows, scrub all of the vents and returns and cover them with wax (I’ll let you know if that works), organize my paperwork, and clean the carpets again. I just started using essential oils, so I’m probably going to try adding some Thieves oil to the water of the carpet cleaner instead of the solution you buy. I’ll let you know how that turns out!
If you need some spring cleaning tips from people who are better at it than me, I’ve put together a great roundup from some very generous bloggers:
Spaceships and Laser Beams has an awesome list of spring cleaning ideas–everything from cleaning and decluttering challenges to cleaning your toaster, windows, or dryer ducts!
If you need spring cleaning tips for the bathroom, Mama of 3 Munchkins offers some easy tips to help your bathroom shine!
Sometimes you need ideas for cleaning every room in the house. What’s Up Fagans? has an awesome round-up of tips and tricks for deep cleaning everything!!
And if you need something to keep you on track, they also offer spring cleaning checklists and safety tips.
Hopefully, you’ll find some great tips to inspire your spring cleaning adventure! My only other advice is not to try to do it all at once and not to do it all by yourself. Set a timer, work in small increments, ask for help, and take a break if you need one. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t all get done. The thing about cleaning is that there always seems to be plenty of it to do!!
What are your best spring cleaning tips?