Love Or Hate It ~ Spring Cleaning Foolproof Plan – by Eliza

Love Or Hate It ~ Spring Cleaning Foolproof Plan – by Eliza

Spring Cleaning Foolproof Plan

Spring Cleaning – you either LOVE IT OR HATE IT – Which one are you?

Do you F.E.A.R. “Spring Cleaning”? Are you a procrastinator? Do you talk yourself into leaving it for the Fall?

I like the acronym F.E.A.R. – Face Everything And Rise. By tackling your ‘Spring Cleaning’ one step at a time and having a Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan to follow, you can easily get things done without stressing!

Spring is finally here … and I have a glorious week off from my full time job…It’s time to relax and rejuvenate and the best way to do that – for me – at least is to get the Spring cleaning out of the way!

How about you? Does clearing the CLUTTER and cleaning help you REJUVENATE AND RELAX!

What CLUTTER – You may ask?

Take a Look at the Rooms in Your Home – Do they look anything like the following:

  • Living room, Den, Kitchen, Bedrooms, Bathroom – are there dust bunnies in the corners or under furniture and beds; crumbs or popcorn kernels down couch cushions… ya how did that get there? Must have been all those movies on the blistering cold winter nights!
  • Checkout the Closets … out with winter clothes, pack them away; make room for Spring clothes; toss or use as rags any torn, worn out items to make way for a few new purchases; consider donating items that are still in good shape to charity
  • Magazines and Books Piling Up – recycle, take to Senior’s residence…
  • Black Stuff/Grime / Soap Scum buildup on bathroom tiles and shower door (I have a recipe below for that)
  • Dirty Oven … If you are like me I often forgot to self clean for a few months or it’s too cold to open the windows so I put it off
  • Air Ducts and Furnace/Air Conditioner Filters (good time to change before you need the air conditioner)
  • AND MORE… you may want to make a LIST

What about Technology?

Have you considered Spring might be a good time to clean up computers, tablets, laptops, cell phones etc…

  • Computer desktop / hard drive – do your updates, check on expiry dates of software, antivirus programs; clean that keyboard, and monitor
  • iPad or tablet – remove apps that you no longer use, update software, clean glass and case
  • Cell phone – update your contacts; review your cell phone plan; take your phone out of its case and give everything a good cleaning

How About Your Vehicle – Car, Truck, RV…

This can either be a do it yourself project or perhaps you would prefer to take it to your favorite car wash / detailer and have them do a thorough job. Once it’s cleaned professionally then it is easy to keep it clean with minimal effort.

Negative Thoughts

You may not have thought about your thoughts as something you should ‘Spring Clean’. I find it’s great to check-in with myself every so often. Even though I have my usual routine of mindfulness and meditations, I like to reflect several times a year – Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter.

For instance, am I procrastinating over ‘Spring Cleaning’? Am I allowing my thoughts to play out in my mind and overwhelm me making the ‘Spring cleaning’ harder than it actually is?

Tara Brach has a great acronym that I find fits so well at these times of the year – It is called F.E.A.R. – Face Everything And Rise.

Truth is we all get overwhelmed! Sometimes ‘the job’ just seems too big.

Those negative thoughts start creeping in and you may feel You Are DOOMED!

WHAT TO DO?

Take the FEAR out of ‘Spring cleaning’ and do as Tara suggests – Face Everything and Rise (F.E.A.R) (I’ve included this as my affirmation for this article!) If we allow those negative thought to overwhelm us to the point that we are stressing our bodies and our minds, we are essentially seeing things that may not be true. Or you could if you let it.

Once those negative thoughts start they seem to cycle and eventually you end up talking yourself out of Spring cleaning. You might even make yourself sick with those thoughts so as Tara suggests… we should let them go. This can be done through mindfulness and meditation. If you want to find out more about mindfulness checkout my previous article on Mindfulness Tips.

So How Do You Get Started With the Task of Spring Cleaning?

START by making your Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan. I suggest making a checklist too. That way you can check things off as you go.

Possible Items for this list: Checkout my Room by Room List (feel free to copy and print it off)

Room By Room

Make up your All Purpose Cleaners

Gather your tools: step stool, micro cloths, pail, squeegee or newspaper, vacuum, rags, boxes labeled Recycle, Garage Sale, Charity, garbage bags….

 

Living Room

– Pick up garbage


– Box items into Recycle, Garage sae, Charity

– remove rugs – clean – store for next year if you swap winter weight to summer weight

– dust / wipe everything down top to bottom (microfiber cloth) light fixtures, walls, paintings, coffee & end tables…

– clean blinds with old sock (see below)


– wipe down doors, knobs, sills

Den

– Pick up garbage

– Box items into Recycle, Garage sale, Charity

– remove rugs – clean – store for next year if you swap winter weight to summer weight rugs

– dust / wipe everything down top to bottom (microfiber cloth) light fixtures, walls, paintings, coffee & end tables…

– clean blinds with old sock (see below)

– wipe down doors, knobs, sills

– TECH – computer, laptop, tablet, keyboard, monitor

– Cell phone

 

Bedrooms

– Pick up garbage

– Box items into Recycle, Garage sale, Charity

– remove rugs – clean – store for next year if you swap winter weight to summer weight rugs

– dust / wipe everything down top to bottom (microfiber cloth) light fixtures, walls, paintings, coffee & end tables, baseboards…

– clean blinds with old sock (see below)

– wipe down doors, knobs, sills

– rotate mattress, vacuum

– exchange heavy blankets for lighter ones

– clean pillows

Bathrooms

 

– discard old cosmetics

– replace first aid supplies

– dust and wash light fixtures, shower doors, exhaust fan cover, wall, door, baseboards

– check & repair caulking if needed

– polish fixtures (bounce sheets work well)

Kitchen

– dust / wipe everything down top to bottom (walls, cabinets, doors, sills, baseboards, top of cabinets

*Unplug appliances before vacuuming or cleaning

– Refrigerator – vacuum coils, under fridge, wash floor while you have it pulled out

– wipe down the inside and outside of the fridge

(I use 2 tablespoons of baking soda to about 1 quart of hot water)

– Defrost freezer – wash inside and out with baking soda solution

– Microwave – microwave a cup of water and vinegar for a minute or two and then wipe down the inside and outside

– Dishwasher – run a cycle with vinegar then a second cycle with baking soda

– Descale your coffee pot – run ½ to 1 cup vinegar and 8-10 cups water through a cycle then run a couple of cycles of plain water

– Stove/Oven – run your self-clean then wipe clean; remove stove fan filter, wash and replace

– Clean out the junk drawer

Basement

– Pick up garbage

– Box items into Recycle, Garage sale, Charity

– remove rugs – clean – store for next year if you swap winter weight to summer weight rugs

– dust / wipe everything down top to bottom (microfiber cloth) light fixtures, walls, paintings, coffee & end tables…

– clean blinds with old sock (see below)

– wipe down baseboards, doors, knobs, sills

Closets

 

– Box items into Recycle, Garage sale, Charity

– wash, dry clean winter clothes before storing for winter

– wipe down closet doors

Windows

– do not wash windows if the sun is shining directly on them as heat from sun may dry solution causing streaks

– wipe down windows with vinegar mixture (equal parts vinegar and hot water)

– use squeegee or newspaper to dry

– vacuum screens and wipe down with microfiber cloth

Vacuum all rooms and flooring

 

Flooring, vents

Steam clean carpets

Washer & Dryer

– Clean the insides and outsides with recipe below for General All Purpose cleaner

– Vacuum under the appliances as well as the dryer vents

(toss any garbage that may have accumulated)

Smoke Detector

Replace batteries twice a year Spring Forward / Fall back

Put on your favorite music; take breaks; get EVERYONE in your household involved; and don’t forget to make it FUN! I love to have Essential oils diffusing as I work – whether it’s tidying or cleaning..

TIDY FIRST THEN CLEAN!

Nothing makes a space feel unhealthy and busy as a cluttered room, so ditch the clutter just as you might ditch a bad habit. Aim for clean surfaces and sight lines.

First I go around the house with a garbage bag and pick up garbage and items that cannot be recycled. This is then taken straight out to the trash can.

Next I like to go around the house – room to room – with a laundry basket picking up all the items that I think should go to recycle. (You can also give your husband or kids baskets too.)

These baskets can then be sorted into boxes – Garage Sale, Recycle, Charity etc. In our house, we have a rule that everyone gets to look through the items before they are removed.

Any item that someone wants to keep has to be justified and then that person has to find a place to keep it which sometimes leads to other items being discarded.

Our household motto: “Everything has to have a place”!

Also if something new is purchased or brought into the house – something has to go! This helps keep down on clutter.

You may want to invest in some extra storage units… like the Furinno 3X2 bookshelf that comes in many different colors to match your decor.

I like to tackle the closets after the rooms are done. With the closets I use a similar method – I lineup boxes instead of baskets – label them Garage Sale, Recycle, Charity, Rags etc. and I have a garbage bag for items that cannot be used or recycled.

If there are other people in your household – these basket(s) and boxes can be then looked through and organized into boxes – garage sale items, recycle items, charity items… etc.

Okay… now things should be looking fairly clear of CLUTTER! I love it when rooms are DECLUTTERED and sight lines opened.

NOW IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON TO THE CLEANING

I’m a very GREEN person when it comes to cleaning – I prefer not to use chemicals and try to use natural products like vinegar, water, baking soda, and essential oils.

Music on – check

Essential oils diffusing – check

Typically, I do one room at a time. When I clean I move from top to bottom of a room. Dusting light fixtures, pictures, shelves, blinds, tables etc. (I use a microfiber damp cloth.)

Once the dusting is done then I will pull out the vacuum and vacuum furniture, vents, carpets and or hardwood floors.

Once one room is done I move on to the next. Once all rooms are dusted and vacuumed, I tackle windows. Lastly I wash all the floors.

SOME HELPFUL CLEANING TIPS to help you with your Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan:

Newspaper is awesome for leaving a streak- free clean window with no paper towel residue. OR I also use a squeegee.

Clean oil with oil: Oil stains clean-up nicely with a lightly oiled rag.

Clean hard water stains on bathroom taps with vinegar soaked towels – leave for about hour – rinse – see them sparkle!

Or if you prefer you can rub freshly cut lemon on your taps, rinse and voila you have shiny, sparkly fixtures. Your bathroom will smell fresh too!

Dryer sheets buff out water stains on mirrors; water spots shower doors; remove stubborn toilet ring; dust baseboards; place in corners of basement to keep spiders at bay… not scientific but I swear it works!

Dishwasher run a cycle with vinegar then second cycle with baking soda.

To remove dirt, stains from your microfiber couch apply some Rubbing alcohol with a spray bottle. (check an inconspicuous spot to ensure it doesn’t stain your fabric.)

Then use a clean white cloth or sponge to rub the couch. The dirt and grime will come off on the sponge. You may need to replace the sponge a couple of time or rinse it out.

Allow your couch to dry, and then use a stiff bristle ‘scrub’ brush to fluff up the fibers. Your sofa will look like new!

Clean blinds

A new clean paint brush works well, if it’s just dust on the blind and the dust is not glued on!

Socks for Cleaning

An old sock with vinegar and water will do the trick to get your blinks looking clean again. Put equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl and dip in the sock, wring it out. (you can wear cleaning gloves under the sock to protect your hand from the vinegar if you want). Wipe down your blinds with your sock on your hand.

Clean Your shower while you take a shower … how easy is that!

Put equal amounts vinegar and Dawn dish soap in dish wand like this one.

Wipe down the shower walls, door. Shower and rinse.

Cleaning recipes:

Furniture Polish; use coconut oil: You’ve heard about the health benefits of cooking with coconut oil and using it for your skin, but you may not have heard that you can use it to polish furniture. A little goes a long way and it’s an all-natural alternative to “lemon” Pledge.

General All Purpose Lemon Cleaner: I use the following cleaner to spray counters, cabinets, sinks, toilets, and anywhere else. Place all the following ingredients into a spray bottle.

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon natural dish soap (NOT castile soap)
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops melaleuca or tea tree essential oil

Or if you prefer the smell of Orange – use the above recipe but substitute 30 drops of orange essential oil instead of lemon. Either of these General All Purpose Cleaner: Lemon or Orange-infused vinegar: will leave your house smelling clean – no more Clorox or Pine Sol smelling up your house with chemicals.

Minutes

It only takes minutes to make either your lemon or orange-infused vinegar cleaners.

Adding essential oils to your all-purpose cleaner will not only make them smell wonderful but oils like lemon and orange will dissolve grease. Other essential oils like lavender, tea tree, cedar, thyme and frankincense can kill germs on counter tops, and other surfaces.

Speaking of kitchens, you have usually two big items to tackle – Fridge and Stove.

Pull these out from the wall and vacuum and wash the floors

Use Self-clean feature for your oven. Wipe inside clean once it’s finished. Wipe down the surfaces with your orange-infused vinegar.

Fridge: Remember to vacuum the back of your fridge when you pull it out. Removing all the items makes it an easier move… Toss old food items, check expiry dates.

Wash the inside of your fridge with your orange-infused vinegar. I find a bit of baking soda will clean any stains.

Diffusing Essential oils:

Diffusing… anything that motivates you … I love to diffuse lemon, grapefruit and eucalyptus essential oils. I love how they energize me and leave the room smelling citrusy fresh.

Plants: Spring cleaning is a perfect time to give your plants some special attention. Transplant if needed, check on food and fertilizer needs… (I keep a list of what each plant needs on a popsicle stick that I put in my planter.)

Plants not only look great and make your space feel more welcoming, they help purify your air and remove toxins from your environment.

Each Spring I try to add a new plant to one of the rooms in my home. I’m not very good at remembering to water plants upstairs in the bedrooms so I’ve been purchasing a few succulents to try. So far so good! Succulents are so low maintenance they practically take care of themselves.

While you are at it you may want to change your batteries in your smoke detectors too. Often I go by the time change – when we have to put our clocks ahead for Spring or back for Fall.

AND IF YOU REALLY HATE TO CLEAN… and you can afford to…May I suggest you hire someone – life’s too short to stress yourself out!

Some of you are probably saying – Oh you forgot the garage… I didn’t forget… I think that just well maybe a whole new article!

I hope you found my tips and Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan interesting and helpful. I would love to hear what you do for Spring Cleaning. Do you have any tips or tricks? Leave me a comment or two below!

Quote: A place for everything, everything in its place. by Benjamin Franklin

Affirmation: F.E.A.R. Face Everything and Rise by Tara Brach

Until next time,

Cheers, Eliza

P.S. Please Remember: If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor or other healthcare professional before using essential oils.

Information found on my site is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health and wellness decisions based upon your own research and in conjunction with your physician or other healthcare professional.

Essential Oils are potent and considered ‘complementary and alternative’ medicine. if you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.

Some essential oils like lemon and grapefruit are considered to be phototoxic. This means that you should avoid the sun or cover up as necessary when using these oils.I

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

Statements and products on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Just a reminder keep in mind essential oils are absorbed through your skin so special attention should be taken when mixing your cleaning products.

Please test any fabric or surface before using your home-made cleaning products to check for staining.

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6 thoughts on “Love Or Hate It ~ Spring Cleaning Foolproof Plan – by Eliza

  1. Eliza you are so motivating – I don’t know how but now I feel inspired to get started with spring cleaning in my own home! I love your idea about using a sock for the window blinds, I never though of that one before and it’s such a simple idea – also the need to vacuum behind the fridge – it’s not just the floor behind the fridge but there are vents on the fridge itself that collect dust and end up inside and can block the drip tray (I know this as I had a service call on my 6 month old fridge and the repairman showed me that!). Thanks for your natural cleaning product recipes too, I really don’t want to be using chemicals in my home at all. Music, oil diffuser…I’m onto it! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

    1. Hi Lindsay, I’m so glad you enjoyed my article and found it motivating. Spring Cleaning has always been hard for me to start. But once I get going I love how it feels to have everything clean and put away for the year. Typically I only do a thorough clean once a year.

      I love using old socks to clean my blinds. I don’t know about you but my washing machine seems to eat socks. So I usually have a few that I can use to clean my blinds and it is so easy! Glad you loved the idea.

      I can relate to the expensive fix for refrigerators. I had a similar experience – now vacuuming the fridge and keeping it clear of dust is a must!

      If you get a chance to try out any of the cleaning recipes, I’d love to hear how they work for you.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Cheers, Eliza

  2. Hi Liz,
    I enjoyed reading your article. I ran across it at a perfect time! I started spring cleaning yesterday and reading your article has kept my motivation up. I have another full day of Spring Cleaning tomorrow!
    I liked your ideas about cleaning other things besides your house. Things like the computer and getting rid of all the unnecessary files that are cluttering up the hard drive, cleaning up the cell phone as well. You also mentioned cleaning our thoughts….that is so great. I love it!
    I actually enjoy sorting and tossing stuff, it feels so good! I have a huge pile to give to charity and a rather large pile of stuff in the garbage bin at the back of the house. I hope the garbage man takes it all! LOL
    Spring is a time of renewal of mind, house and space. It has really been a therapeutic time for me..tossing out the old and welcoming in the new ( and/or actually appreciating the good stuff that was there before but couldn’t be seen through all the clutter. Right?)
    Thanks again for your awesome article!
    Enjoy your Spring Break!
    Angela

    1. Hi Angela,
      Glad you enjoyed reading my article. I think the month of March is a wonderful time to start spring cleaning. It always feels like a time for new beginnings for me. Opening windows, tidying, de-cluttering, and cleaning away the previous year’s ‘stuff’ gives me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I so agree that it is therapeutic for me too!
      Reading articles online, writing in my blog and chatting with wonderful folks like you all help to motivate and inspire me to clean! Generally I’m not one who likes cleaning, but once I get started it feels so good! Like a heavy weight being lifted. I love the clean spaces and sight lines that I now have in my home.
      This year I wanted my spring cleaning to include other things as well as the usual making my home decluttered and fresh smelling after the long cold winter we’ve had. Naturally, I turned to cleaning the technology and my other interest – my mindset.
      I think every little bit we do helps our mindset and the renewal process and can lead to wonderful changes in our health and wellness!
      Good to hear that you are on your way to renewing your mind, house and space!
      I so agree with you about the garbage – I have quite a bit outback too! LOL
      I feel for the garbage men at this time of year. I’m sure their load doubles.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Enjoy your Spring cleaning!
      Eliza

  3. What an insightful article. I am culprit of procrastinating when it comes to cleaning so I end up leaving everything for last minute.
    I think having a Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan will help me a lot since it can be systematic.

    I also love the fact that you mentioned the spring cleaning of the mind because that is where spring cleaning or any major task starts.

    1. Hi Thabo, Glad you found my article insightful. I can so relate to you being a ‘culprit of procrastinating’ when it comes to cleaning. I often leave my cleaning to the last minute. I find I like to host a family Sunday dinner at least once a month as then I’m forced to at least tidy up and clean the major parts of the house – family room, kitchen and bathrooms. LOL
      Being a creature of procrastination myself, I have found that having a ‘Spring Cleaning Foolproof plan’ helps me get started. Once I’ve started then things all fall into place and it feels so rewarding to look at the new reclaimed clean and tidy space I’ve now created.
      This year I wanted to make a special effort to work on the ‘spring cleaning of the mind’. I have just started blogging and have taken some time, this Spring to look at goals, my mindset and how to effectively communicate my ideas to all those you read my Blog.
      I love sharing my tips and helping others.
      Hope my article helps you with your Spring Cleaning this year – whichever area you decide to work on – mind, home, space!
      Thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed reading your comments.
      Cheers, Eliza

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