Freshen Up Your Home with These Spring Cleaning Tips!

There’s no denying it, we’re a busy family. Between working, kids, coaching sports, life in general… we don’t have time for a marathon spring-cleaning session. A couple years ago we decided to break up our spring-cleaning into three steps: Purge, Organize, Clean. From start to finish it takes about a month to complete our spring-cleaning (working on the weekends only). Once completed, it feels great!

Purge:

  • I purge everything! From clothes, home décor, paperwork, everything.
    • Usually I start with the kids’ clothes. I have them try on all of their spring/summer clothing and sort into three piles: Keep, Sell or Donate. You can see more on how we save money by selling clothes here.
    • Next, I go through the basement and look at what we have down there. I go through the same process separating into three piles: Keep, Sell or Donate.
    • Lastly I go through paperwork. This is the most tedious by far, but it’s important. I file what needs to be filed, and I shred the rest. Since most of our files are online, I clean up emails and spread sheets too.
      • Note: Buy/Sell/Trade sites are wonderful for selling the items online. You could also have a garage sale. Whichever you choose, get it scheduled quickly so the clutter doesn’t hang around. This spring we sold all our items on a local Facebook B/S/T site and made over $600!

Organize:

  • Now that I know what we’re keeping it’s time to sort through the pile.
  • What you’ll need is some totes, duct tape and a sharpie.
    • I start by going through the items that are already in a tote, and make sure the tote is labeled.
    • Next, start with the items furthest in the back; these are the ones I usually “forget” about when I get tired (hehe).
    • Once all the totes are packed and labeled, it’s time to stack them. I always store the nostalgic items (things from my childhood, pictures, etc.) furthest back.
      • Note: I always date the labels. There’s no reason to go back through every year, unless the totes been touched. Some of ours have a layer of dust an inch thick!

Clean:

  • Now its time to clean. This is the last step, and the step you’ll enjoy once it’s done. Generally I have a list of what I clean daily, weekly, monthly and twice a year. First, I go through my twice-yearly list, then my weekly clean. That way I know it’s all done in one shot!
    • Kitchen:
      • Remove everything from cabinets and wipe out shelves
      • Wipe inside and outside of cabinets
      • Remove everything from the fridge and freezer
      • Throw out anything expired, wipe inside and outside
      • Clean dishwasher inside and outside (use a dishwasher cleaner)
      • Clean the stove inside and outside (not the self clean feature, I do that monthly)
      • Move appliances and clean behind them
      • Wipe down walls
    • Living Space:
      • Move furniture and clean behind/under
      • Wipe down walls
      • Clean carpet and rugs (with a carpet cleaner if applicable)
      • We have hardwood floors so I usually finish floors with a polish/hardwood cleaner
      • Remove and wash couch cushion covers in the washer/dryer
      • Re-stuff batting and upper couch cushions if needed (once a year)
    • Bedrooms:
      • Move beds and clean/vacuum underneath
      • Wipe down walls
      • Go through closets – should be easier now that you purged 😉
      • Clean carpets/rugs (we have hardwood floors so I usually finish the floors with cleaner)
    • Kid’s Space:
      • I usually recruit my kids’ help with this part!
      • Clean toys that you are keeping with a beach/water solution and send stuffed animals through the washer/dryer.
      • Organize with totes or storage bins (our kids have a tote under their beds they keep toys in, we have a storage bench for games and toys in their living room)
      • Wipe down walls and all furniture (I use a bleach/water solution as much as possible – kids are gross!)
      • Move furniture and clean behind/under
      • Clean carpet and rugs (with a carpet cleaner if applicable)
      • We have hardwood floors so I usually finish floors with a polish/hardwood cleaner
      • Remove and wash couch cushion covers in the washer/dryer
      • Re-stuff batting and upper couch cushions if needed (once a year)

 

Outside and Cars: Trent and I usually divide and concur on spring-cleaning. Outside yard work and cars are on his to-do list. Here’s his usual list:

  • Outside/Yard Work:
    • Clean up debris from the winter
    • Clean dog poop from the back yard (we have three dogs so I clean the yard weekly, but in the spring we go through and make sure it’s all cleaned up)
    • Air rate the front and back yard
    • Spread fertilizer on the grass (make sure you do this right before it rains so you don’t need to water)
    • Clean up flower beds and re-spread mulch
    • We hire someone to power-wash the house or rent a power washer (once a year)
  • Cars:
    • Go through a check-up list: spark plugs, wires, brakes, tire pressure, fluid levels
    • Change oil – take to a business to do so, or do it yourself (Trent usually changes ours)
    • Wash/wipe down/vacuum inside and outside of the car
    • Clean out the trunk – I always forget things in here. Last week we found a 12 pack of coke… We’re not big soda drinkers.

 

Spring-cleaning takes me about a month – working on the weekends only. It’s not the quickest timeframe, but I know once completed I can rest easy for the next five months.

How do you spring-clean? What’s your list of chores and to-dos? Comment below with your tips and tricks!

 

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