Spring has sprung. Trees and flowers are blooming, the grass is beginning to green, and my allergies are driving me nuts! I seriously feel a sneeze coming on as I type these words. Yes, Spring has definitely arrived.
When the weather starts to change, and it’s nice outside, we love to throw open our back patio door… aaannd maybe open some windows. And just feel the breeze float through the house. It freshens everything up, and the dogs love the fact that they can bounce from inside to outside without anything stopping them. I love it. But there is one thing that I’m not a big fan of… the dust! Oy, you would think we lived in Oklahoma or something. Those breezes that pass through the house are dirty and definitely leave their mark throughout the house. I really don’t mind, but this exact routine always makes me think about cleaning. Deep cleaning. Spring cleaning.
And hence my list! As you may have read from my last post, I was a list makin’ fool this weekend. Among many of my To-Do’s was “Spring Cleaning.” Instead of listing everything that pertained to “Spring Cleaning,” I decided I would just take it as I went (ya know, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself). So logically thinking, I figured if I did a little here and a little there over the next few weeks, I will have completed every possible entity of “Spring Cleaning” and maybe ever without getting overwhelmed. Because let’s face it. Spring Cleaning can be prettyyyy daunting. Especially when you have a million other things on your To-Do list. Ladies and Gentleman… prepare yourself for BEAST MODE. Duhn duhn duuuuhhhhhnnnnnnnnn!
Okay, so here’s the plan. I am going to clean little by little…focusing only on my weekly goal each week. For this week, my Spring Cleaning goal is bedrooms. This may be easier for me than many, as we do not own a McMansion. Or half of a McMansion. Or a quarter McMansion. This makes my goal much, much, much more doable. We have three bedrooms – our master bedroom plus two others. See, very realistic. So here’s the plan. I am going to deep clean each of these babies. Here’s my game plan:
Tackle the time-consuming cleaning projects on the weekend, and try to keep the momentum during week-nights after I get home from work.
Seems simple, doesn’t? Well, we will see.
Now insert the wonderful world of Pinteret and all the super cool people out there who blog about Home Improvement and daunting cleaning tasks. I found a TON of information from bloggers out there. Some cleaning tutorials made me squirm. Some cleaning tutorials made me gag. But they all encouraged me to hop onto the cleaning train. Um, choo choo?
Anyways, here is a list I have compiled for this week’s scrub down. Most tasks are clickable, and will take you to a super cool, super informative blog that gives you the low down. For this weekend I tackled the time-consuming projects like freshening the mattresses, washing sheets, and washing allllllllllll of our pillows (this literally takes like a million years, but soooo worth it!). Of course, since my bed was going to be oh-so-clean I HAD to clean that dusty ole ceiling fan hanging over it… I mean I was not going to go to all of that trouble cleaning the mattress, sheets and duvet just to wipe a bunch of dust on it later on in the week. Just didn’t seem right, does it? So I got that out-of-the-way as soon as I stripped my bed. Aaaaaaaand, since we have two windows on each side of the bed, I figured I should dust those blinds while I was at it. So I knocked that out as well. See where I’m going with this? I basically started right in the middle of the bedroom and worked my way out in various ways. Strip bed, wash sheets and duvet cover, dust ceiling fan and blinds on windows, dust light fixtures/lamps/night stands, freshen bed and then start the pillows.
People, please freshen your mattress and wash your pillows (you’re supposed to do that 3 times a year…did you know that?)…. I slept like a little baby last night.
Okay, Okay, Okay. THE LIST:
Spring Cleaning – Week 1 (Bedrooms)
- Strip all Beds and Wash Sheets, Pillow Cases, Shams, Blankets, Comforters, Duvets, etc.
- Clean/Freshen Mattresses
- Rotate/Turn Mattresses
- Wash Pillows
- Dust Bedroom Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fans
- Clean and Dust Lamp Shades and Lamp Bases
- Clean Blinds and Wash Curtains
- Clean Windows and Window Sills
- Dust/Polish Furniture (Headboard, Footboard, Nightstands, Dressers, tc.)
- Clean Mirrors
- Dust Pictures and All Wall Decor
- Dust Baseboards
- Touch-Up Paint on Baseboards, Doors, Door Frames, Trim, etc.
- Clean Door Knobs and Light Switch Plates (Mr. Clean erasers work like a champ)
- Organize and Clean Out Nightstands
- Organize and Clean Out Dressers
- Organize and Clean Out Closet (donate, donate, donate)
- Clean Under Each Bed
- Vacuum Floor and Rugs
- Spot Clean Stains and/or Shampoo Carpet
Oh. My. That was exhausting. Yikes, if typing the list took that much energy…how am I going to finish what I have already started? Oh yeah, BEAST MODE. Bring it on, dust bunnies.