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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide & Checklist

Hi friends! Thanks for joining me today. Today I’d like to walk you through some tips that I have learned through the years to really help with spring cleaning.

These tips are sure-fire ways to tackle spring cleaning early and with much success.

In addition, I also have a free printable spring cleaning checklist for you – just for stopping in today!

So grab some of your favorite tea or coffee, cozy on up, and let’s go through the top spring cleaning tips right now!

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide & Checklist

1. Start Early & Have a System

This probably goes without saying, but if you want to be successful with your spring cleaning, you must start early (as in prior to summertime) and also have a system to your cleaning.

The best system I know to use is utilizing this free printable spring cleaning checklist and simply breaking it into however many days you want to spring clean. It’s that easy.

You can use pretty highlighters to chunk off certain portions of the list or simply just divide and conquer using nothing more than the list and yourself…up to you!

2. Get Everyone Involved

Spring cleaning – and cleaning in general – is not meant for just one person in the house; in fact, that would be totally unfair (not to mention sexist) if done that way.

Instead, employ your spouse and children to help you with spring cleaning.

For instance, you can give your kids (no matter their age) one or two tasks from the list to tackle while you are tackling something else on the list. Maybe you want to have them go through their toys and choose the ones they no longer play with for donation.

Or maybe you want to have your toddler on hand to help sort your living room laundry (pillow cases etc.) while you are high dusting.

Whatever it is, make sure everyone is involved. It’ll help get things done faster and more efficiently.

3. Use an All-Natural Cleaner

This is my favorite tip – because honestly, it’s the easiest one of all (plus it’s clean & green!)

I like to use the Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living for this. We’ve been using this mixture for years now and it truly does clean anything – I mean anything (tough stains, grease, dust…you name it).

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All you do is mix the amount of Thieves Household Cleaner with water (mixture amounts are on the THC bottle) and poor into a glass spray bottle.

I always label my bottle “Multi-Surface Cleaner” but you can label yours whatever you would like.

You can use this mixture anywhere and everywhere in your house. Bonus: it smells amazing!

4. Clean as You Go

This is a tip I learned from my mom years ago – and I still use to this day.

It’s simple: clean as you go, so that when it’s time to clean, you don’t have much to do!

For example: squeegy your shower glass every single time you take a shower, rather than never doing it and having so much mold and mildew built up you can’t hardly clean it even with the toughest cleaner out there!

Another example: tidy things up at the end of each day – don’t wait until a specified day during the week to do this – do it as you go along.

This will help so much with spring cleaning because you should be able to start with a pretty clean slate (no pun intended) rather than catching up as you’re trying to spring clean.

5. Make Everything Smell Better

This is a tip I have used for years and is one that, while not fully necessary, is just a little icing on the cake when it comes to cleaning.

It’s kind of like the mentality of lighting a candle at the end of the day once everything is clean – it just gets you in a good mindset.

My favorite way to make things smell better is by getting a cotton ball and dropping just a couple drops of my favorite essential oil onto it and then placing the cotton ball wherever needed.

The best places to place the cotton ball? In trash cans, laundry baskets, shoes, closets – anywhere that has an odor or can sometimes have an odor.

Voila! Now everything smells better and you’re just that much happier about cleaning and having a fresh slate in doing so.

6. Specific Areas – According to The Experts

For specific areas, I want to refer you to the experts! These are the places I go to find out exactly how to clean specific places in my house. I think you will enjoy the ease of the guides they have as well as the wealth of resources they offer.

  1. Cleaning Your Shower by Real Simple (Number 10)
  2. Cleaning Between Oven Door Glass
  3. How to Clean Your Dishwasher by Good Housekeeping
  4. How to Clean Your Flat Screen TV by Consumer Reports
  5. How to Clean Your Washing Machine by Apartment Therapy
  6. How to Clean Your Oven by Cooking Light

7. It’s Ok if You Don’t Do it Perfectly

Coming from a perfectionist herself, let me leave you with one final tip for spring cleaning: it’s ok if it’s not perfect.

It’s ok if you can’t seem to get the motivation to start cleaning in a timely manner. It’ll come.

It’s ok if you start a task and then get distracted by something or someone. It’ll happen.

It’s ok if your house does not seem to be “Martha Stewart Ready.” It doesn’t have to be.

Give yourself some grace. Do the best you can, and know that there’s always tomorrow. It’s just spring cleaning, for crying out loud – it can wait if it has to – or you can postpone until a better time. No problem.

Free Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

I know what you’re really here for (haha) – the spring cleaning checklist!

Well, here it is – in all its glory. I took a long time to get this together when I made it earlier this year. I know you will love it.

If you like the looks of this checklist, make sure you check out The Busy Woman’s Planner on Etsy – there is so much more where that came from! It’s perfect for a busy mom or woman and it’s all via an instant download so you can print it today!

You can also check out my Free Resource Library by going here. Lots of other checklist and to do lists there for you to print right now.

Take Aways

Remember friends, one thing at a time – don’t try to overwhelm yourself with spring cleaning. Do a little each day and before you know it your entire house will be sparkling!

Make sure you check out the links for the “experts” I consulted for specific areas – there is a lot of good information there that you will like.

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Thanks so much for reading, friends. As always, take care!

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Margaux
6 months ago

We use a fabric shower curtain liner which means it is washable. After almost two years in our house I finally washed it with bleach and it turned out great!

Kari
Kari
6 months ago

I absolutely agree that you should clean up as you go, especially at the end of the day! Waking up to a disaster never puts me in a good mood to start the day, so I don’t even go there!

Stephanie
6 months ago

These are some great tips. Now that my kids are home we’ve been cleaning one room at a time together. It makes cleaning go by much faster and it is enjoyable to do together. Thanks for the tips!

– Stephanie | http://www.snippykit.com

Kendra
6 months ago

This is great! We love Thieves cleaner so much! It was the only cleaner we trusted to clean up after our dog’s siezures.

Jen @ Jen Bradley | MOMS

This is awesome! I’m currently hosting a Quarantine and Clean spring cleaning challenge in Facebook. I’ll share this post with them!

Danielle
6 months ago

Love these tips on spring cleaning. I haven’t delved yet into my spring cleaning but I will keep these tips in mind.

Laila Schell
6 months ago

These are great tips. I’ve heard some awesome things about the Thieves cleaner!

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