Both i Dream of clean and Spring Cleaning 365 are designed to provide step-by-step guides to help you clean, organize, and simplify your home. My goal is to make your home life as easy as possible…especially during the Spring Cleaning season!
Today we’re going to discover how to make the most of this Spring Cleaning season.
I like to think of Spring Cleaning as the time of year we clean and organize all the things we put off the rest of the year. You know, the things we don’t do when we’re cleaning up the house on the weekend.
- clean windows
- remove bugs from light fixtures.
- scrub tile grout
- clean tracks of the sliding glass door
- dust the ceiling fan
- clean the washing machine
- clean out the dryer vent
Basically, the things we ignore on an everyday basis where we’re just trying to get everyone fed, out the door on time, and of course show some love in the process.
Some of those areas might occasionally get cleaned throughout the year, but they probably don’t get cleaned during our regular weekly routine. You know the routing where we’re just trying to get the laundry done, kitchen clean and the house picked up.
But spring cleaning is different.
Spring cleaning is kind of like the nesting phase of a pregnancy. Where getting your home in order becomes one of the most important things to cross off your list.
I think one of the reasons we get that way is because we want things in order so we can enjoy and relax during the new season upon us. So, when your in the mood to Spring Clean, you want to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get on with your life!
That brings us to…
What is the best way to get ready for a spring cleaning session?
I’m sure you don’t want to spend every waking hour for a week cleaning. So in order to have an efficient Spring Cleaning session, you need to make a plan. That way you can get it clean and get it done!
You can print it.
Or you can take advantage of it’s editable capabilities and fill it out online.
1. Schedule your Spring Cleaning session.
The first thing you need to do is figure out WHEN you can Spring clean.
Schedule. Schedule. Schedule. This seems basic, but it really does help when it comes to getting prepared, figuring out what to do with the kids and getting in the right mindset. Choosing a concrete day (or days) to spring clean is important. If you already know when you want to clean, fill out your document and put it on your calendar.
Keep in mind that the day (or days) you Spring Clean will vary based on what your particular schedule.
We are all in different lifestages and have different responsibilities but, just like anything else, when you really want (or need) to get a project done, you find a way to make it happen.
Depending on your schedule:
- You might need to schedule 1 hour of spring cleaning every night for a week.
- Another option is to schedule a couple of days to clean while your kids are at school, at a friend’s house or playing outside.
- Your best option might be to work on a weekend.
Figure out an option that works for you and get it scheduled.
2. Figure out where your kids will be.
If you have kids, the next thing to figure out is what they will be doing while you’re focusing on cleaning.
- Will they help?
- Will they go to a friends house?
- Will you need a babysitter?
- If they are old enough, can they just go play outside?
- Can you trade weekends with another mom.
- Will your spouse to watch them while you clean? (This is a good option but I personally find it a million times better to work together as a team.)
- Should you take a day off work while they are in school?
- Can you break your rule of “little-to-no TV” and let them veg out for a day?
This will look different for everyone, but it’s important to figure out. That way you can focus and not be distracted on your cleaning day.
Preparation is the key to an easy Spring cleaning session.
Once you figure out when you’re going to Spring Clean and what you’re going to do with the kids, there are a few things you should do prior to your Spring cleaning day. If you do these few steps, so you can spend day tackling all of those things that you never get around to doing instead of just maintaining.
The night before…
1. Pick up before you clean.
You are probably well aware that picking up isn’t the same as cleaning. The night before your big day, go room-by-room to quickly put items back where they belong. This way you’ll be able to spend your time CLEANING the next day instead of regular maintenance.
If just the thought of picking up is stressing you out, then you might need to join us for the next round of “CLEAR THE CLUTTER.”
Just keep in mind that having fewer possession on surfaces (the floor, counters, and tables) will make your Spring Cleaning day MUCH EASIER.
2. Wash, dry, and fold all of your laundry.
The next thing to do the night (or day) before is to wash, dry, AND fold all of your laundry. That way you can use your baskets to haul supplies or out-of-place items during your big day. Plus your washer and dryer will be available to clean sheets, blanks, stuffed animals…basically any of those items you don’t wash on a regular basis.
3. Wash, dry, and put away all of your dishes.
Just like the laundry, you will probably want to to wash the dishes, dry them and put them away. That way, if you have a dishwasher, you can use it to deep clean a items like small trash cans, plastic toys, baseball caps, or one of the other random items that can be cleaned in a dishwasher.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you’ll still want to clean your dishes so you can deep clean the counter and sink.
4. Gather your supplies.
You’ll also want to Gather your supplies. Just get a bucket, a laundry basket, a box…anything that can hold ALL of your cleaning products. Keeping your supplies contained will allow you to easily tote them along with you. Plus you won’t waste time running up and down the stairs or going back and forth between the room you’re cleaning and the area you store your cleaning supplies.
I usually suggest just using the products you have at home right now…so even if you don’t love them, you can at least use them up. BUT I know it’s nice to get suggestions too. If you don’t have many cleaning products, or want to know what I like to use, you can see my favs here.
5. Put together a playlist.
The last thing to do before your big cleaning day, is to figure out what you want to listen to you while you’re Spring cleaning!
I personally like to listen to podcasts or audiobooks when I’m cleaning. It kind of makes me feel like I’m being ultra productive — learning while getting a clean home.
However, music may be more of your thing. If so, that’s fantastic. A little pump up music can definitely go a long way when it comes to getting and staying motivated!
Which brings us to the next section…
On your big Spring Cleaning day, you’ll want to do everything you can to be full of energy. That way you can work quickly and be done with it!
You’ll notice on the printable that there are several things you should do ON your big spring cleaning day to get – and stay – motivated.
1. Raise the blinds and turn on every light.
Light can immediate lift your spirits and give you some natural energy. The same thing happens when you turn on your pump up music (or your educational podcast 🙂
2. Then, work top to bottom, and left to right.
Cleaning your room systematically will keep you focused and enable you to work efficiently.
3. Keep a laundry basket and trash bag with you.
That way you can fill them with items you run across that don’t belong in the room, all while staying focused.
4. Finish one room before moving to another.
I’m bad about getting sidetracked. But when it comes to Spring Cleaning efficiently, it’s a good idea to stay focused and finish a room completely before moving on to another.
5. Work your plan.
And finally, work your plan. That brings us to the seconds worksheet.
Make a checklist to use during your Spring Cleaning session.
To move quickly and efficiently during your Spring Cleaning session, you’ll want to make note of specific areas you’d like to clean in each room.
Just like the other printable, you can print it or you can take advantage of it’s editable capabilities and fill it out online.
Look around each room and determine what specific areas you absolutely don’t want to miss while you’re cleaning. These are the items you don’t clean very often. Here are some ideas:
- Cleaning the washing machine.
- Clean the dryer vent.
- Clean under the washer and dryer.
- Condition leather furniture.
- Clean the bathroom vent.
- Clean the refrigerator coils.
These are just a few ideas. For a more comprehensive list, go to The Ultimate Spring Cleaning checklist. You’ll find hundreds of ideas (as well as step-by-step instructions to clean each item.
The real way to SIMPLIFY Spring Cleaning.
A HUGE reason Spring Cleaning can be difficult is because the focus should be less about cleaning and more about cleaning out.
Most houses have way too much stuff. Not because the occupants are trying to be hoarders. But because they rarely get rid of anything once they’ve brought it into their home.
Few of us have been wired that way.
Instead, most of us just shove things into closets. We move into bigger houses. We buy quantity instead of quality.
clearBut all of that stuff just causes clutter-induced stress. I’ve covered the concept of clutter-induced stress in-depth in this video series so I won’t go into it here.
But I will say that using the motivation you have during the Spring Cleaning season to clean out your home will be well worth the time.
If you want personal help from me to systematically clear out all the clutter that’s holding you back, join me for the next round of CLEAR THE CLUTTER.
During the course you’ll get:
- a gameplan to figure out where to start
- advice on how to set an achievable goal
- step-by-step instructions to work quickly and efficiently
- motivation to change your mindset about “stuff”
- group accountability
- access to a secret Facebook group of like-minded individuals
- Q&A times that will be guided by your specific hangups and questions
- and much, much more…
You could hire someone to come clean your house one time for between $100 -$200…or you can spend a fraction of that to deal with the heart of your dirty house… you can finally get rid of all the stuff that’s really keeping your house a mess.
Class size is limited so I can give personal attention to each member so if your are remotely interested, don’t delay.
As soon as you register, you’ll get access to a “Quick Start” guide to help you begin your simplification journey right now.
Here’s what some of my previous participants have had to say…
I didn’t really think we had all that much stuff, but now that I’m streamlining, I realize how much we’ve accumulated over the years. …I look at the areas I’ve already tackled and they look so clean and serene!
My stress has significantly decreased. My living room, which was my first priority, didn’t seem all that bad, but now that it is super clean and super organized and I can find everything that I want, I love, love, love being in there. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you, Christine. You have changed my life. I am so grateful for what you do. The world needs you. Keep at it
My stress level is down a lot in the areas I have decluttered. It’s even down a little in the areas I haven’t touched because I know we can do it. I just need to get back on the wagon and do it! The decluttered spaces also make it easier to do day-to-day cleaning which is something we haven’t been able to do in ages. I see a light at the end of the tunnel…It’s still far away, but I know it is there and we can do it.
Using this system for the first item ever I have been able to keep things cleaned up.
I feel that we accomplished a lot during the course… We got all the areas that we use on a daily basis cleaned out and working properly for us, that was huge. Now our living areas are clean, organized and enjoyable! Our toddler is also on board with cleaning up and keeping things where they belong, it’s amazing!
If you want to do some serious Spring Cleaning this year…
Join us for the next Clear the Clutter! I can’t wait to personally work with you!