The weather is starting to warm up which means you know what’s right around the corner, spring cleaning! The burning question is, how to make spring cleaning easier but still effective.
Does the thought of spring cleaning conjure up thoughts of hours spent scrubbing toilets, tubs and ovens or having to do a deep clean of everything?
Or maybe it’s the opposite, thoughts of opening the windows and a fresh, warm breeze coming in.
No matter which it is, we’re done with putting it off, crank up the music and get yourself ready so you can enjoy the fresh, warm air that’s about to take over until…the pollen hits!
Facts About Spring Cleaning
I came across these statistics on Sparefoot and found them super interesting. According to Sparefoot:
- 78% of Americans do some sort of Spring Cleaning
- more than 50% of Americans dread it more than taxes
- 81% of dads get kids involved
- 67% of moms get kids involved
- 73% say kids help
I’m not a huge fan of cleaning but absolutely nothing is worse than doing my taxes.
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What is a Deep Clean?
Personally, deep clean means something different to everyone. Does spring cleaning mean deep cleaning?
In my mind, a deep clean is for things like the oven or the refrigerator or even cleaning out the washing machine. The places that get full of dirt and grime and require some extra elbow grease to remove.
Let me share a bit more.
With the refrigerator, not only are you pulling everything out of the fridge and scrubbing off the dried on lord knows what, but pulling it away from the wall and cleaning behind.
Cleaning the coils, wiping down the sides and the top, cleaning inside the freezer. All the fun stuff!
Same with the oven, yeah, apparently we have the clean the inside as well. Please whatever you do, don’t use the self cleaning feature. It can emit smelly fumes that can be very harmful to humans and pets. It also eats up a lot of energy since you have to run it at a high temperature for an extended period of time.
Pull it away from the wall and clean behind. If you’re like me, you’ll find socks, hangers, lint, all sorts of things. Cleaning this guy out is going to depend on the type you have so best to pull out the manual or go online.
Deep cleaning is also something I do once a quarter with my microfiber cloths to freshen them up. Can’t clean with dirty cloths.
What Does Spring Cleaning Mean?
When I think of spring cleaning, I think of opening the windows, letting warm air come in and doing a bit more cleaning than the weekly chores.
You know, the things you don’t normally do but should probably do more frequently.
These 35 Spring Cleaning Tasks will help get your home ready for spring without spending hours doing it.
For me, spring cleaning also involves some random things like dusting walls, who knew walls got dusty? Next time you’re down on the floor doing pilates and the sun is shining just so, you’ll see it too.
How Do You Clean Walls?
It’s super easy when you have the right tools. A simple dusting rag isn’t going to cut it. The wall is huge and the dusting rag is small. You’ll be at it for hours.
I find that using my microfiber mop works best. The handle extends 6ft so I can easily get behind the bed and up to the ceiling.
How Do You Clean Hard to Reach Places?
Rather than stacking up chairs or dragging out a ladder, hard to reach places like the top of door frames, fireplace mantles, tops of bookcases, corners of the ceiling, ceiling fans, etc are easy to reach and clean with with my mop handle and dusting wand.
I’ve also been known to use the mop handle and dusting wand (together) outside to clean out the spot where the dryer vents outside the house as well as using it wet to clean the top of my minivan.
Sure you may have to pull out books or decor items off a book shelf but isn’t this a good time to be decluttering anyway?
How Can I Make Spring Cleaning Easier?
If you’re like me, the thought of spending hours on a Saturday cleaning is right up there with going to the DMV.
Instead, make a list of everything you need to do, so you don’t do it twice, hello mom brain, and then break it into smaller chunks.
Sign up for my simple spring cleaning checklist to take the overwhelm out and make spring cleaning easier. The checklist gives you small and big tasks to do so you can fit them in when you have time.
I mean seriously, it doesn’t take long to wipe down all the light switches in the house. Better yet, send your kid around the house with a damp microfiber cloth and have them do it.
When you involve the kids (job depends on age), things will go a lot faster and you’ll be teaching them life skills. See, you are an awesome mom!
So open the windows, turn up the music and get to it. The pollen will be here before you know it, what are you waiting for?
Comment below and let me know if you look forward to spring cleaning or you dread it ever year.