Are you overwhelmed by the long and arduous “Spring Cleaning” lists you see on Pinterest? You want to do some Spring Cleaning, but you don’t have the time or energy to check off the hundreds of boxes on that downloadable list? Us too.
We eventually ditched the long lists and started to Spring-Clean a better way. The results were big, and the list was small. Get ready for a simplified yet effective spring cleaning process that you’ll love.
Start On Your Porch
Get a notebook and pen and walk out to your front porch. Trust us, do it.
Now, open the door, step into your home, and pretend you are a friend coming to visit. Walk through your main areas as a guest would.
What stands out to you as far as cleaning goes? Are the horizontal surfaces covered in a layer of dust? Are those baseboards looking grubby? Can you see the kid’s handprints going up the staircase wall? Are your windowsills a bug graveyard?
Make Your Own Spring Cleaning List
Write down all the things that really stand out to you. Continue into every room and write down what needs your attention.
Once you’ve finished, give yourself a high-five because you just did something super productive (go you) and then prioritize the list you just made.
We put the main areas of the house first because that is what most people see and where our family spends our time together. Put the most noticeable items at the top and work your way down.
Once you have gotten the main area list done, go to the private area list and do the same thing. If you want to group things, such as dusting the whole house, feel free to do it, but remember that smaller bites are easier to swallow.
Keep the Process Simple, Quick, and Easy
Don’t overthink this process. It should only take a few minutes and was designed to keep your spring cleaning simple.
Sometimes just getting started can feel a little daunting, so here is an example of the main area Spring Cleaning list we made and use year after year:
- Dust Entry Way and Staircase
- Wipe The Walls Going up The Stairs
- Clean The Patio Doors
- Sanitize The Baseboards
- Dust The Blinds
- Vacuum The Window Tracks
This list is not a traditional (or long) spring cleaning checklist, but our time and energy will not go as far as those lists do, so the most important things are the ones that get done first. If you have more time, feel free to add more to the list.
Tag us (@wholehomescenting) in your spring cleaning before and afters, and we will celebrate right along with you.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Bonus: Once your home looks clean and refreshed, help it smell the way you want it to with a Whole Home Scenting Diffuser.