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Top Spring Cleaning Tips to Clean Like A Pro

It’s almost officially spring but the weather is feeling oh so spring.  For some reason that elicits all sorts of internal brain sensors that I need to clean, just me?  Why don’t we do it in the dead of winter when the weather is awful?
Anyway, a heart wants what a heart wants so spring cleaning it is.  If we are going to go to all the work of cleaning, I want to do it as simple as possible with purpose so I don’t have to do it again for a while!  So, I am sharing my top spring cleaning tips so we can do it once and do it right!  Are you ready?

Top Spring Cleaning Tips to Clean Like a Pro

Make a List

Start by making a list and do a little every day. The fastest way to lose steam with a big project is bite off more than you can chew.  My mantra is little by little progress adds up.  Break down a big project into bite-size pieces by putting a few cleaning to-do items on your daily list.  If you need motivation, try my #1 productivity tip and set a timer. Read more here.

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Delegate Tasks

You aren’t the only one living there and someday those tiny people are going to have homes of their own, it’s good to involve them in the cleaning process.

Declutter first.

You don’t want to clean and organize things you don’t need.  You might even start your cleaning list with areas you want to declutter.  Grab a garbage bag and a laundry basket and toss what you can donate in the laundry basket and toss what’s trash in the garbage bag.

Struggling with decluttering?  Check out this post for how to overcome those decluttering excuses.

Make a cleaning basket full of supplies.

If you have multiple levels keep one on each floor with your favorites ready to go.  Things like toothbrushes work for tiny corners, grout, and toothpaste and other stains.  Just make sure you store it separately.  Keep your cleaning basket simple by buying multi-purpose cleaners that do double duty!   Check out what I keep in my cleaning basket in this post.

Be Strategic with Your Cleaning.

There’s nothing worse than working your bottom off and then seeing a mess where you just cleaned.  Work your way from top to bottom and work your way out of a room. So for example dust those blinds and ceiling fans, shelves first, then wipe down surfaces like mirrors and counters.  Finally, vacuum and mop yourself out of that room.

Practice Daily Cleaning.

Get into habits of daily cleaning, a little every day means less BIG tasks to do! For example when cleaning the kitchen after a meal, put the dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down the counters and appliances and vacuum the floor. Clear the clutter daily and you won’t have a task that feels monumental later.  Ask yourself, “what can I do today that I will thank myself for tomorrow?”

Now Let’s Talk Specific Spring Cleaning Tasks…

Paper Clutter.

Why is there so much paper in the world?  Take time to sort your mail and shred sensitive items.  This is a great task delegated to older children (remember to delegate).  Get in the habit of sorting mail before coming into the house and depositing junk mail into the recycling bin.
Make sure you have a filing cabinet to easily store papers you need to keep for taxes.
For more information on how to declutter and organize kid’s school paper, check out this post.

Dish Clutter.

It’s time to make room again in our cabinets so we can easily access the things we do use.  I added this lazy susan to my top corner cabinet so I can easily access all my travel cups/bottles.  Clean out those free water bottles and cups you seem to collect and make a drawer for your kids to easily and independently grab their own dishes.  Check out this post to create a kid dish drawer.

Closet Clutter.

I asked for Scott’s help one Sunday afternoon and it was more fun because Daddy makes everything funny and wrangling little people and trying on clothes is a 2 person job!  We took all the clothes out of the drawers and closet and wait for the pain of it — tried it all on!
I even make them try on underwear.  No one wants really tightie non-whities!  Then we sorted — donate, save for hand-me-downs, and toss (no one wants stained or items with holes).   I then create a list of items each kid needs for summer.
For more help cleaning out your closets,check out this post.

Mudroom Clutter & Winter Gear.

Spring is a great time to wash all the winter gear and stow it away.  I pack it in a Rubbermaid container, labeled with my favorite label maker and then store it in our basement storage room.  We also go through the shoe totes and try them all on so we know what we need for new shoes!
I also look for the end of season sales on winter gear and stock up for next year.  We love Lands End for winter gear.  It’s a little more pricey but wears really well and I normally get 2 years out of it!

Bedroom Cleaning.

In the bedroom, we switch out our favorite flannel sheets for a more seasonable cotton set.  We rotate the mattress too because they say its good to do that.   We do this for all of our beds.  We all love flannel sheets :).  I, of course, dust and vacuum too for good measure.

Outdoor Cleaning.

On a sunny spring day, you can move your spring cleaning outside.   It’s time to put the swings back on the swing set, put the patio furniture back on the deck, sweep out the garage and get ready for lots of outdoor play.

Want More Help with Spring Cleaning Ideas?

Download your seasonal cleaning checklist by signing up here.  The checklist goes room by room so you don’t forget a thing!  Signup here.

Remember This…

It didn’t get dirty in a day, take 20 minutes every day (set that time trick, read more here) and knock a few seasonal cleaning items off your to-do list.  Before you know it, you will have made great progress.  It’s amazing how motivated you get once you start and see you all the progress you are making.  Happy spring decluttering and cleaning.

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Best Cleaning Products for Housekeeping

It’s spring and for some reason, this season triggers my mind to clean all the things!  It could also be that I have been nesting as we prepare to bring our son home from China (read more about that here).  Yes, I can confirm you nest when you adopt too!  Whatever the reason I am in major cleaning mode.  I thought I would share my favorite cleaning supplies and how I use them around my house.  If you have a favorite, make sure to sound off in the comments.

SOS Clean N’ Toss Pads

These are so versatile and might just be my favorite cleaning tool.  They are perfect for cleaning grout and tile in my shower, scrubbing toothpaste out of my ceramic sinks and getting baked on food off my stainless steel pans in the kitchen.  The SOS clean n’toss comes with dish soap incorporated and are perfect for one time cleaning.  You can find them here.

Thieves Cleaner

This is my go-to all-purpose cleaner.  I use it for my counters, windows, mirrors, and hardwood and tile floors.  I mix 2 capfuls of thieves cleaner in a spray bottle and fill the rest with water.  Don’t let the cost deter you, it lasts a long time.  I have had the same bottle for over a year.  You cannot beat the smell and it’s all-natural!

Mr. Clean Eraser

Every mom’s best friend is the eraser.  I’ll never forget when I was pregnant with Lucy and quite sick, Vera took a purple sharpie one afternoon and made art all over the house.  Thankfully, Mr. Clean Eraser to the rescue.  I’ll grab one seasonally and just touch up all our woodwork and it’s perfect for soap scum on fiberglass showers and baths.

Baking Soda

I sprinkle baking soda in the sink, around the tub drain or on my stainless steel pans and apply some elbow grease.  It works like magic.  I also keep baking soda under my sink, in my freezer and fridge to absorb all those unwanted smells!

Microfiber cloth

This 2 cloth combo pack is all I use to wash mirrors and windows.  I also use a microfiber cloth daily on my counters along with my thieves cleaner.  You can boil them occasionally to get out added dirt but I usually wash them with free and clear detergent!  Just an FYI, for toilets or wiping up after cutting meat, I always use a paper towel paired with the Thieves cleaner.


This might be the most random tool I have in my cleaning supplies tote but it’s so useful.  Save your old toothbrushes or the extras you get at the dentist for tight spaces around the sink or tile grout.  Pair it with a little bit of baking soda to get into those hard to reach places.  Just make sure you keep it somewhere other than your toothbrush holder!

Cordless Vacuum

It’s insane how much I love my vacuum.  I asked for it for my birthday and I unashamedly admit its one of my all-time favorite gifts.  I vacuum all the time with 3 kids and it works so well.  I generally do a quick vacuum sweep after each meal to take care of crumbs.  There is a regular suction setting and a max setting.  The max setting has great suction for wooden floors.  The battery power lasts between 8-15 minutes but I do use it for most of my vacuuming needs.

Microfiber Dust Mitt

I use the dust mitt to dust everything from ceiling fans to shelves, blinds and those pesky little wooden treads on my stairs. The words of my realtor still haunt me that I would loathe dusting them, indeed I do but the dust mitt makes the process go much more quickly!  I use this one and wash it when I am finished.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

When it comes to toilet bowls, I go with a bleach toilet bowl cleaner.  Call me crazy but I just want to kill everything in there.   My favorite is the lysol brand and I usually get a two-pack, one for each floor.  I just got new toilet bowl brushes at IKEA for 99 cents, Dollar Tree has them as well.  I swap them out on occasion,

JR Watkins Dish & Hand Soap

If you have followed me for a while, you know I love JR Watkins products.  Not only is the packing just beautiful, it smells delightful too.  It also lathers great and a little bit goes a long way!  I love to wash dishes with this soap and net (and put it in the dishwasher at night to clean).

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Like I said before, this season just makes me want to clean all the things so I created a complete cleaning checklist by room.  Since deep cleaning a whole house takes some time I broke it down by room and the whole process can be completed in an hour a day for 7 days.  Join my email list and get access to this printable as well as the rest of my printable library.  Sign up to get your copy here.

Cleaning Product Organization & Storage

I am all about making things as simple as possible and the same is true when it comes for my cleaning routine and go-to products.  I put together 2 cleaning totes with all of my favorite cleaning products so it’s easy to grab and go when I need to clean.  I house one tote under my kitchen sink for main floor cleaning and the other tote in my laundry room upstairs.

Simple + Purposeful Cleaning Routine

If you have a home, cleaning just comes with the territory.  If you have to clean, you might as well use the best cleaning products!  Now, back to work to cleaning I go.  I need this house spic and span before we head off to China.  What are your go-to cleaning products?  Do you have a cleaning schedule?  I generally clean when guests are coming over so the company is a great reward after the hard work!

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life.
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