Who does not love spring time?
The flowers, the sunshine, the melting snow, and all the newness of the world seems so alive!
Spring is also a great time for spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning has many benefits such as:
*Decluttering of your home
*Organization of your belongings
Below are my best and most effective tips for spring cleaning.
1. Create a List of Zones
Every room in your home is a zone.
For example, the bedroom, living room, and kitchen are each a separate zone. A large area, such as a garage or full basement may need to be broken up into two different zones. Write these zones down on a list.
2. Determine Your Cleaning Schedule
Let’s say that you have 12 zones, and plan on doing one zone daily; this would give you 12 days of spring cleaning. Now you need to determine the time each day that you will be spring cleaning. Do this when it best fits your schedule.
Be realistic about this and don’t overextend yourself, it is easy to get too gung-ho and think that you can tackle the entire house in one day. This will result in becoming burnt out and not completing your spring cleaning.
On your calendar and schedule include the following:
- Time of day to clean, ie : 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. spring cleaning in the Master Bedroom
- Days you will be cleaning
- How long per day you will be cleaning (how many hours a day)
- Starting and ending dates
3. Make it Visible
Post your zone list and cleaning schedule in a highly visible place so that it can be seen.
Hiding on the back of your child’s closet door probably won’t work well, but putting in the area where you eat breakfast certainly will.
4. Prepare Yourself
The thought of cleaning is often overwhelming to many, let alone the thought of actually doing it. As a homemaker, it is our responsibility to ensure that our home remains a haven. In order to have it remain a haven, we must remain motivated to clean our homes. Dirty homes more often than not lead to a chaotic and stressful environment that breeds sickness and lack of sleep. In the long run, a dirty home costs more money and time for your time as well.
5. Prepare the Cleaning Solvents and Gather the Necessary Tools,
*Stock up on the proper cleaning supplies such as a multipurpose cleaner, window cleaner, vinegar, and so on.
*Keep the solvents and tools close by and in a convenient location so that each day you can just grab them and go.
*Wear an apron with pockets. This has been the biggest time saver for myself. Often when cleaning I will see the missing piece to puzzle or game, coins, or other random loss toys and I can just place them in my apron pockets until I am done. Then I can place them in their proper spot. The apron pockets also have ample room for holding tools, a small spray bottle, and a few cleaning rags.
6. Don’t Waste Time, Instead Plan Your Route
You are only given so many hours in a day, thus it become imperative that you spend them wisely. Don’t fall into the time suck that many do by allowing distractions to cause you to lose your focus, and eventually your momentum, which results in nothing becoming accomplished.
Click below for a list of the 8 Biggest Time Wasters for Homemakers.
*Instead of becoming distracted, devise your route as to how you will clean each zone.
*Work from top to bottom: Ceiling, lights, walls, fans, to the floor.
*Create your system: Dust, wipe, scrub, rinse, and in some cases dry off with a clean microfiber cloth.
Before you begin cleaning in your designated zone for the day, declutter the zone.
*Pick up visible trash
*Have a trash bag handy to put trash into
*Go through drawers, boxes, totes, under beds, shelves, and such. Every single major area should have a quick once over.
**This is not the time to go through clothing or file drawers, which is too time intensive for now, but that is covered more in detail in my seasonal chore chart.
If you looking for more tips on how to declutter click on the following links below:
Titus 2:5 calls women to be ‘workers at home.’ We are to be ’employed’ at home. Because we are employed managing our homes, we must not sit idle. In Proverbs 31:27, it states that “She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
By managing our homes we are bringing order to our homes. By bringing order, it is then that our homes become a place of tranquility and peace. Our children and husbands can relax and feel loved. How do we make our homes tranquil and peaceful?
By establishing routines and schedules our homes become organized and clean. An organized home is uncluttered.
Disorganization tends to breed chaos, which causes stress. Stress then can easily overwhelm us and in many cases almost causes a paralysis of sorts, which prevents us from even attempting to clean or organize our homes.
The central aspect of becoming organized is to put things back in their place.
**Everything should have a home**
Read below on how to become organized:
*Pray for each zone that you are cleaning it. Pray for peace and love to fill that space.
*Pray for the hearts of the ones that will fill up that room.
*Pray that the Holy Spirit becomes a discerning voice in their life.
*Pray for inspiration as you work along, pray for contentment in what you are doing. Not many may appreciate the hours that you spend on your hands and knees cleaning, but know that the Lord sees your hard work and dedication. You will be blessed.
10. Stay Motivated and Encouraged
It is easy to look at a large or even small house and easily become discouraged at the thought of starting a spring cleaning routine, let alone completing it. However, below are a few ways to stay motivated as you work along.
*Enlist the help of your children
*Keep the music on
*Open the windows to let that fresh air in
*Listen to an encouraging podcast or sermon as you are working
*Pray as you work along
*Promise yourself a reward when you are done for the day
*Take a picture of your progress as you work along. Compare before and after pictures.
*Realize that you are working for the glory of God and that there is a greater purpose in this.
*You are doing this because you love your family.
11. Visualize the End Product
*This tip is simple because you just have to imagine how clean and fresh your house will be when you are done.
*Having the spring cleaning schedule posted will allow you to see the end date and stay motivated as well.
12. Follow these Tips and Tricks for a Super Clean House
By now you have probably figured out that is not a get ‘er done spring cleaning list, instead, it focuses on more how to become better organized and prepared for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning involves your mind, body, and spirit. It can be a tough job, and I am not promising an easy-to-do list, but one that focuses on a good work ethic and logically preparing yourself to look ahead for your household.
“The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts.”
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
*Use natural ingredients whenever possible
*Use multipurpose cleaners
*Eat a hearty and healthy meal prior, one that will sustain you for the task ahead
*This is the time to go a little deeper than your normal daily, weekly, or monthly cleaning chores. For example, pull out the refrigerator and clean behind and underneath it, as well as the washer and dryer. Pull everything out of your cupboards and pantry and clean them thoroughly, too. Move your furniture and clean under them if you never include this in your regular cleaning routine.
*Don’t forget to clean your ceiling lights and fans. Using a ladder remove all the parts and pieces, and the ones that be cleaned immerse in hot soapy water. By the time you are nearing the end of cleaning that particular zone, the fixtures should be clean.
*To clean walls: First take a broom or duster and wipe in a downward motion. Then using a spray bottle of cleaner, spray along the top near the ceiling, and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. By now the all you need to do wipe down with a microfiber cloth or a Swiffer-type broom.
*To clean mop boards or trim, use the same method, but instead you will be on your hands and knees.
*Wash the windows inside and out as well, this gives the finishing touch to each room.
*Wipe down all wood furniture and polish
*Thoroughly vacuum each cushion on a couch or chair and also inside the couch with the vacuum attachments, too.
*Clean cobwebs out of each corner and hard-to-reach areas with a long-tailed feather duster.
*Use a steam mop if you have access to one in areas with large amounts of tile to save time.
*Hang out blankets, rugs, and pillows for the day. Shake off the winter debris and dust, allowing them to freshen up in the sunhine.
*Clean air vents