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I mentioned in my last post about keeping our home clean that I would also do a second post talking a little bit more about deep cleaning. There is just something about spring that makes you want to open up the windows and just refresh everything, isn’t there?! I am so glad it is getting warmer here.
I admittedly haven’t had a large block of time to do a deep spring cleaning this year but I have been trying to knock out some of the overdue jobs here and there. This weekend we plan to tackle power washing our deck and cleaning up our garage (a space I tend to ignore when it’s too cold to be in it for more time than I have to), these are things that always need to be done once the weather starts to warm up.
I mentioned in my previous post that I try to just keep up with general cleaning tasks on a regular day to day basis. I keep a mental list of rooms that need a deeper clean and when I get the time, I tackle them. I saw this strategy on A Bowl Full of Lemons where she uses cleaning cards to track her deep cleaning tasks room by room (she is incredibly organized!), you can get her book on cleaning here FYI.
I mostly keep these need-to-do tasks in my head, so I don’t know that I needed to write up the cards as the tasks are fairly straightforward. I do think the simple task of creating the cards did help me organize the process a little better, and of course you can refer to them whenever you feel like giving a room a full deep clean as you need to.
One cleaning rule of thumb is to start high with dusting and cleaning so that the dirt falls to the floor, so I always start with those jobs and work my way down. Once I have dusted, cleaned and wiped everything down, then I finish the space off by vacuuming my floors. I use my new Oreck Elevate cordless vacuum which makes this simple. (You can read all about my new vacuum in this post here).
As I shared in this post, the Oreck Elevate is cordless with a long-lasting battery (up to three hours). It is also self-propelled and picks up 99% of dust and allergens which is so important at this time of year. It has made cleaning my house so much easier! Without a cord to deal with, it’s so easy to grab it and clean up each room. This is a great time to invest in a new vacuum, you can get free shipping right now here too!
This is also a great time of year to tackle all those cleaning tasks that need to be done only a few times a year. Around here, that is our window sills and door jambs. They accumulate so much dirt and debris over the winter! I typically use my steam cleaner to blast out the dirt then wipe them down, but a wet sponge works fine too.
I also switched out our heavy bedding and retired our electric mattress pad (the saving grace of winter, IMO). If you use the same pad all the time this is a good time to wash your mattress pad along with pillow shams, duvet covers etc. (this is my favorite fabric softener for towels and bedding). I always give our mattresses a quick vacuum with my Oreck once the sheets and mattress pad are removed to pick up all the dust, pet dander and other allergens from the surface of the mattress itself.
It feels so good to get these tasks done, just in time for a fresh new season to arrive. We love to keep our doors and windows open at this time of year, I think the Germans have it right when they promote airing out your home any chance you get (see this post for more on that!).XO,
Shelby T. says
Great ideas, Amy. My husband and I are preparing to knock out some heavy duty cleaning this summer, so this blog post will be a huge help for us.
I am glad it was helpful! XO, Amy