Spring cleaning has officially begun in our house. We both spent all day Sunday cleaning and cleaning some more. I hate the process of spring cleaning, but love the end result. It feels so great to walk into a room and have it be clean from floor to ceiling. It makes me feel so calm. I decided to split our spring cleaning into two parts, so it wasn't as overwhelming. Before I set out on this mission, I needed a plan (me, needing a plan-never...)
Part one included the living room and bathroom.
Click here for a copy of the spring cleaning checklist I used. Please feel free to print off the checklist and use it for your home.
I wanted to share a few tried and true tips with you:
First, have a reasonable goal of what you want to accomplish. If you set out with an overambitious goal, you will feel overwhelmed and probably won't complete your project (trust me on this one...I always think I can accomplish so much, but there is this thing called time that tends to get in the way). One thing that helps me when trying to complete household missions is to create a list of future projects, so I don't get distracted with what I'm currently working on. How many times have you started with one project only to end up in the middle of 12 more? (Please don't tell me I'm the only one who does this...) Today, I was so tempted to fix our window track problem (not totally sure why), but instead I stuck to my plan and jotted it down on my "future project list". I was able to stay focused with the task at hand and give my OCD a little break (the verdict is still out if it's OCD or ADD).
Then there is my baking soda and essential oil mixture, which I love. It really can't get any simpler and it makes everything smell so nice. I previously posted (click here to see that post) about using this mixture as an air freshener, however, today it served a different purpose.
Since I was given the mission of cleaning the living room, this involved cleaning an area rug. I was looking for ways to clean/deodorize an area rug a few years ago and found this is what worked for me. Please keep in mind that my area rug is from Target and it not a priceless heirloom. I bring the rug outside and spray it with one part water and one part vinegar. I leave it to dry outside (and air out) before returning it inside, typically for a few hours. After that, I return the rug back inside and sprinkle some baking soda and essential oil mixture over the rug and let sit.
If it looks like this (basically, a mess), then you're doing it right. I usually leave the mixture on there for about an hour and then vacuum. It leaves the living room smelling like lavender and the rug free of odors.
The hubs got the pleasure of cleaning the bathroom. It was great giving him a checklist; he cleaned everything I wanted him to and did a great job at it! He used a combination of vinegar, Dawn dish soap and hot water, which worked wonders on the shower. After he was done cleaning, I snuck in to add some more lavender to the bathroom (I love the smell of lavender and can't seem to get enough of it lately.)
I added a few drops of lavender essential oil to the inside tube of the toilet paper roll. We have a small bathroom and don't really have extra room for a diffuser. Now, we have a simple, yet effective way to dispense essential oils. So simple and it works great!
Do you have some cleaning tips? What have you found works best for you?