Originally, spring cleaning was a grueling ritual made necessary by long winters of heating with wood, kerosene and candles that left a layer or soot and grime throughout the home. Today, spring cleaning is much less an onerous chore and more an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in, and make our homes clean, happy and efficient spaces.
I *LOVE* spring cleaning. And this year, I'm cleaning for all it's worth, partly because I'm a crazy hormonal pregnant woman and partly because I anticipate that once these twins are born I won't have time to clean for approximately 18 years!
I couldn't find any spring cleaning checklists that embodied my enthusiasm for the ritual, so I've created my own and I'm sharing it with all of you.
Click Here for my very thorough spring cleaning checklist. ( Even if you aren't an insanely hormonal pregnant woman with an insatiable desire to scrub everything!)
Before you begin, Here are some extra spring cleaning tips:
- Set aside at least a week for a thorough spring cleaning. Work from one end of your house to the other.
- Plan some easy meals for the days you will spend cleaning. Consider using your slow cooker. A crockpot full of stew at the end of a day of intense cleaning is a beautiful thing!
- As you clean, keep a list of any jobs you notice that need to be done around the house: little paint touch-ups or a pillow that needs to be mended. Don't get distracted by these chores during your cleaning, save them for when you are done. (Or else you may never be done!)
- Keep another list of things you notice you need. Especially when you clean out your fridge and pantry, you will probably become aware of some supplies you are out of or running low on.
- Take an empty laundry basket and pile in it anything you need your hubby to sort through (miscellaneous receipts you're not sure you need to keep, random bolts and screws you've found in his pocket a year ago but you're afraid to get rid of because if you do he's sure to come to you tomorrow asking if you've seen that little bolt that is vital for something or other, that singing Christmas tie you're really hoping he'll finally part with... you get the point!) Ask him to sort through the basket when he has a chance.
I'd love to know if you do use my check list, and also if you think of something I've forgotten!