Spring Cleaning

The dreaded spring cleaning is upon us. So I figured I would share my spring cleaning plan which has taken me ten years and wisdom from my grandma to get down to my perfect system.

Since I am a stay at home mom who also home schools two of my kid’s organizing is the only things that keeps me sane. I have an AM and PM cleaning list, weekly and monthly list. Now most of my spring cleaning objectives are on one of those list but with extras included. Actually Spring cleaning for me should be called seasonal cleaning because I do this every time we change seasons.

The whole point of the list is to stick to each room until it is complete. I usually say two days for each room, because I have a lot of laundry to do in almost every room, with bringing out spring clothes, rewashing them, putting winter items away and still doing at least a load of laundry a day to keep up with our regular laundry demand. I still do my daily AM and PM cleanings, and overall this is basically just adding my weekly cleanings in with my monthly list as well. This is how I break everything down:

A.M. Cleaning
  • Make Beds
  • Tidy bedrooms
  • Tidy bathrooms
  • Load of laundry
  • Sweep floors
  • Dishes after breakfast
P.M Cleaning
  • Tidy kitchen
  • Dishes after dinner
  • Wipe down counters and stove
  • Pick up living room
Day One and Two: Master Bedroom
  • A.M cleaning
  • Change sheets
  • Clear clutter
  • Wipe down all surfaces (stands, lamps)
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards, doors and knobs, light switches and outlets
    • This is the time I will take decor down and wash/ put away and “re-decorate”
  • Clean windows
  • Clean fan
  • Dust ceiling
  • Organize closet
    • Put away all big coats, snowsuits, gloves, boots
    • Create list of all clothing items that maybe needed
    • Bring out spring clothes- wash them (this is normally what takes the full two days) and get rid of anything you didn’t wear last spring or no longer fits.
      • Some will be donated, some will be used for crafts and anything stained or raggedy is cut up and used as rags for cleaning.
    • Anything that is in my closet that I don’t or won’t use such as old wall decor, flowers, curtains etc will be donated.
    • Wash any spring kitchen supplies
  • Flip/ rotate and clean mattress
  • Wash all big blankets and put them away (unless still needed, in which this happens in Summer cleaning)
  • Wash curtains
  • Wash rugs
  • Dust and wash blinds
  • Vacuum
  • Shampoo carpet
  • P.M cleaning
Day Three and Four: Kids Bedrooms

Same as master bedroom but I organize the toys that are allowed in there, wash what needs to be washed, and donate others. I also rotate toys out and bring “new” ones in. When it comes to clothes and I know they wont fit into them the next year, I normally store the to small/ to big clothes in my closet since I have three girls. I still even have baby outfits, even though we don’t plan on having any more kids. I normally pick out three shirts that would be to big for arts and crafts, my oldest normally get my husbands old shirts for art class. I also look at what they have for the upcoming season (cause I buy things the year before sometimes) and make a list of what other clothing items are needed.

Day Five and Six: Kitchen / Hallway
  • A.M cleaning
  • Deep clean counters
  • Clean stove and oven
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean out trash can
  • Wipe down all surfaces (toaster, lights, racks etc)
  • Clean walls and baseboards, light switches, doors and knobs, outlets
    • This is also the time I might take pictures down and replace with different decor
  • Clean windows
  • Wash curtains
  • Wash rugs
  • Clean fan and lights
  • Dust ceiling
  • Dust and wash blinds
  • Clean off breakfast table and clutter
    • Clean chairs
  • Disinfect sink
  • Clean fridge and reorganize, through out all old products and leftovers, like the mustard I always buy but we never finish ?!, etc
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean out pantry
  • Clean out cupboards of expired cans and boxes
    • Wash them down
    • Wash the appliances I had to have but don’t use ha ha, yes I am talking about you Mr. Sandwich Maker
  • Make a list of everything is needed, including cleaning products
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • P.M schedule
Day Seven and Eight: Living Room/ Dinning Room
  • A.M schedule
  • Clean up clutter and toys
    • Wash toys
  • Vacuum and Shampoo couches and chairs
  • Wipe down all surfaces (lamps, stands etc)
  • Clean table and re-decorate (remember flowers from bedroom?)
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards, light switches, doors and knobs, outlets
  • Clean pictures/decor and re-decorate as needed
  • Clean windows
  • Dust and wash blinds
  • Wash curtains
  • Wash rugs
  • Clean fan and lights
  • Clean TV, and computers (laptops, electronic devices, etc)
  • Sweep/vacuum
  • Mop
  • Wax
  • P.M schedule
Day Nine and Ten: Bathrooms / Laundry Room
  • A.M schedule
    • Bathroom
      • Clean counters
      • Clean sink
      • Clean mirrors
      • Clean toilet
      • Clean trash cans
      • Clean tub and shower
      • Wash walls, doors and knobs, light switches and outlets
      • Wash rugs
      • Clean windows
      • Wash curtains
      • Organize closet, get ride of old towels and linens
      • Clean out drawers and cabinets and reorganize
      • Clean pictures and decor/ Re-decorate
      • Make list of products needed
    • Laundry room
      • Clean washer
      • Clean dryer
      • Clean trash cans
      • Wash laundry baskets and bags
      • Clean shelves and go through products
      • Wash walls and baseboards, light switches, electrical outlet
      • Go through products make lists of what is needed.
  • P.M schedule
Day Eleven and Twelve: Outside Work

These days is dedicated to doing all outdoor chores such as cleaning off the patio, and entrance way. Clean up the yard from what the snow may have covered, check out all equipment like lawn mowers. Cleaning out a shed or garage and reorganizing it. Clean and washing vehicles as well.

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