Spring is finally here, and it’s time for spring cleaning! It’s quite a gradual process at our house, as my cleaning time is limited to our son’s naptime lately. But we’re making progress, and it is worth it – not only do I enjoy having a cleaner home, I can also serve my family and guests by getting the house in tip-top shape.
Spring cleaning is a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are so many tips out there for making it easier on the busy mom. I’ve made a list of tips that I’ve found helpful in my spring cleaning. I hope you find them helpful too! 🙂
- Start with the project that has been bothering you.
You know the one I’m talking about. Maybe it’s the stains in the bathroom or the dust in the living room. For me, it was the windows in my breezeway. They were still grimy from last summer, and the screens were dusty too. Starting with a project that has been bothering you will be energizing as you see your progress. It’s great motivation to keep going!
- Move through the house systematically.
Having a system will help as you deep-clean. I’ve been cleaning each room in my house clockwise, room by room, east to west. Again – it’s motivating to see where you’ve been and where you still need to go.
- Have the radio on as you clean.
Spring cleaning is work, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Having something to listen to will help pass the time. My favorite lately has been Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s radio program Revive Our Hearts, but it doesn’t have to be the radio – try an audio book, a favorite CD, or a movie soundtrack. It’s amazing how fast the time goes when your hands and your mind are busy!
Things tend to accumulate over time, and it’s often so gradual we don’t notice the clutter. Look at your home through the eyes of a guest, toss the unnecessary, store away the seasonal. Be ruthless! Your house will have a fresh, spacious, new feel when you’re done!
- Get creative with your tools.
There are all kinds of fancy tools for cleaning today, and you can buy them if you want. Just know that you don’t have to! An old toothbrush works great for cleaning corners and crannies and a lint roller will help with the lamp shades. My favorite “new” tools are my vacuum attachments. That horsehair brush is designed for dusting – use it! It works on window screens, ceiling fans, vents, you name it!
- Be smart with window washing.
I’ve heard a couple great hacks for this chore lately! For example, washing windows on a cloudy day will leave you with fewer streaks than a sunny day might. Washing one side of the glass horizontally and the other side vertically will help you know which side of the glass that one stubborn streak is on. Wash and polish your windows with old rags instead of paper towels – it will save you a fortune in paper towel rolls!
- Don’t forget!
I remember walking into a restaurant and noticing the thick layer of dust on their ceiling fans. There’s a big problem with that! But then I came home and noticed my fans for the first time. Gross! Don’t forget the little things like that – ceiling fans, vents, light bulbs, books… They collect dust just like everything else!
- Spring clean the yard.
Catch up on the yard work while you’re at it. Clear away the dead leaves from winter and pull the weeds that have sprung up early. The lawn will look tidier when you’re done, and your plants will thank you for the room to grow!
- Maintain the clean.
Once your house is deep-cleaned, make some light cleaning part of your schedule. Make time to walk around the house and pick up clutter every day. Rinse and polish the sink after dishes are done. Spin around the living room with a dust rag once a week. The massive cleaning projects will be few and far between if you make the little routines a priority.
- Spring cleaning is work – and that’s okay!
Cleaning the house does take time and energy, and your work might not get noticed. That’s okay! Maintaining a home isn’t about me looking good. It’s about loving your family and caring for the things that you own. And if you are a Christian, it’s about honoring God with the home that He has given you.
It’s amazing how tired you can feel at the end of the day. Just remember it’s worth the effort!
What about you? Have any fun tips for me? I would love to hear about them!