February 25th, 2013 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
I like to start my Spring Cleaning in March, because I know once the snow starts to melt and the days get warmer I like to spend more time outside.
First, I collect supplies for the job. Here is a basic list:
- Microfiber cloths
- Dusting spray or furniture polish
- Trash bags
- Baking soda
- All-purpose cleaner
- Kitchen cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
- Sponges and scrubbers
- Paper towels
- Glass cleaner
- Broom and dustpan
- Vacuum cleaner
- Mop or other floor cleaner
- Containers marked ‘Donate’ and ‘Sell’
Feel free to use your favorite store bought or homemade cleaner; whichever will help you get the job done is the best!
Once you have this done, it’s time to make your list of what needs to be done and where it needs to be done. I consult my favorite cleaning/organizing experts on the web for lists. My favorites include: Organized Home, Lil Blue Boo, and She Knows. I print these out and pick out the items that apply to my house, then I customize them. For this I go around room by room and write things that need to be done. Here are some examples of special tasks that need to be done in my house this spring:
- Paint Walls and Ceiling
- Change all hangers from little to big
- Sort through books
- Go through Recipe Box and sort/organize recipes
- Clean out Photos
- Catch up on Photographing Kids School Work
- Price items to sell at consignment sale
- Sort through old toys
- Organize and rearrange books
These are only a few of the items I want to tackle this spring. It is going to be a busy time, but the end result is a huge payout. While spring cleaning I also want to do some major decluttering! I’ve hit that time of life when I really need to simplify. There is a great series on A Bowl Full of Lemons that goes through things to think about when organizing and decluttering each room. I see a lot of trips to Goodwill in my future!
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.