After what felt like an endless winter here in North Dakota I am so excited we are finally warming up enough to open up the windows even for just a couple hours each day. If you don’t live somewhere where you basically hibernate for multiple months of each year because the air can kill you then you let me tell you, the air gets stale in your house. You don’t totally notice it as it happens over time but man when it gets warm enough to get some fresh air in there you better believe our windows and doors fly open so we can get that fresh air running through the place.
I’m not normally a big cleaner, I honestly just don’t enjoy doing it at this point in my life and make 1,001 excuses to put it off. When I was in college it was my favorite way to procrastinate on studying so I cleaned ALL THE TIME. Over the last year or so I’ve been working on a great schedule to stay consistent though(see The Busy Girl’s Guide to Homemaking for some tips) however when spring comes around it’s time to get into those coat closets, under the stove, and all those corners around the house I don’t normally hit up on my schedule.
When I look at everything that needs to be done around my house I can easily get overwhelmed since there is a LOT that normally needs to really be deep cleaned this time of year. I know that I am not the only one that struggles with getting all the spring cleaning done this time of year so I wanted to share some of my favorite stress free spring cleaning tips with everyone.
Make a list of what needs to be cleaned in every room.
For me this involves taking a notebook and standing in each room and taking a page to write down everything I need to get done, what needs to be organized, things I may need to buy for said room, etc. This way I have a comprehensive list for that room all on one page. Then I head to the next room, turn to a new page, and do it again until I have hit every room in the house.
Focus on one room at a time.
Pick a room to start with to completely knock out. I usually start with the cleanest or neatest room in the house so I can get it done quickly and build some momentum(think Dave Ramsey’s snowball effect but for spring cleaning). This way I am feeling motivated to keep going instead of just doing a little from each room and not seeing any real results.
Declutter and purge your stuff
As you are going through this is a good time to get rid of those things you no longer need and are just taking up space. Maybe it’s a toy from Christmas your kid played for once that they really no longer need(or in my case dog toys for my furbaby) or old mail, paper, receipts, etc. This one usually ends up being my biggest project overall as in the winter my office is super cold so I don’t sit in there and the room ends up becoming my “dumping grounds” for anything I plan to look through later. In other words, there is mail, magazines, things to file, and so much more piled on my desk right now.
Start at the top and work your way down
When it is time to tackle any room start at the top and work your way down. Get rid of any spider webs in the corners, clean off the ceiling fan blades, and work down from there. This way you can avoid dust falling from your fan onto those clean floors which you would then need to clean again.
Spring cleaning can be a huge job and take a lot of time. Be sure to set up some sort of reward for yourself even if it’s just a fancy coffee from Starbucks or a relaxing bubble bath at home!
With these 5 stress free spring cleaning tips I hope you are able to knock this out quick so you can enjoy the nice weather in your area. I know I am aiming to get everything done by mid May so I can enjoy going to the lake as much as possible this year!