With the change of seasons a deep clean is always necessary. That ritualistic act of dumping the winter gear into a laundry basket to be washed and put away feels liberating. Sure it adds to the never ending laundry pile, but it also gives us that freed up space that we all desperately crave during the colder months! And how about that moment the kitchen windows are finally swung wide open and the air gently flows and swirls from the kitchen to the living room? Glorious.
When it comes to doing the actual “deep clean” though, it can spiral out of control in a matter of hours and you wonder why you ever started in the first place! Most days I buzz around from room to room “surface cleaning” which really just looks re-arranged and left in a slightly better state than it was when I first walked in. The tough jobs are usually left for the big spring clean! BUT when we’re spring cleaning it’s hard not to want to tackle everything at once and I think as moms, since we’re constantly multi-tasking, we unknowingly “multi-task” every single area of our home at the same time! We walk through bedrooms and somehow simultaneously gather dirty dishes, organize shelves, put away laundry dust the blinds, water the plants, feed the dog, feed the kids, re-heat a coffee then wonder why it looks like we did nothing all day. Sound familiar?
Here’s how I tackle my spring cleaning:
1. Start with a clean(ish) space. To do any sort of “deep clean” or spring clean, I need to start with a clean house. Sounds ridiculous but if I really want to do a good job scrubbing down my kitchen, organizing pots and pans, cleaning the fridge, etc., then I need to have room to work, have an empty dishwasher and a sink full of hot water. I can’t get in the right mindset if I have lunch boxes, papers and dirty dishes all over the place! So tidy up everything first before you start THEN get to work. If I’m deep cleaning a bedroom I always put fresh sheets on the bed first so I have a nice big space to organize my clothing on then when I’m done my bed is already made.
2. This one is SO important. Pick just ONE room to tackle a day. When I start a project in every room of the house and I end up feeling overwhelmed and ready to give up within an hour. Stay on track, have a plan for ONE space and don’t end your day without completing it.
3. Set out a donate/toss box. Force yourself to find at least 10 items to part with from each room. We really do hang onto too much stuff and just end up constantly re-arranging and moving around things we don’t truly need.
4. Your saving grace of the day will either be your slow cooker or your BBQ. Plan to use one so you don’t have to worry about spending an hour prepping dinner.
5. Have a supply of snacks ready to go for the kids to keep them happy and full while your work. And don’t forget to feed yourself…a hungry mama on a cleaning mission is never a good idea.
6. Set a timer to go off every 30 minutes so you can give yourself a quick 5 minute break and sip some coffee and check your email/instagram/facebook. It helps to walk away from a space for a few minutes then get back to work with fresh eyes.
7. Keep it simple and use natural cleaners so you don’t end up with a headache or feeling nauseous. For nearly every cleaning job in my house I use a variation of vinegar/water/dish soap. Find an empty spray bottle and use simply fill halfway with hot water, top it off with vinegar then add a tbsp of dishsoap. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for good measure. Swirl it around and you have yourself a hard-working all-purpose cleaner.
Even better, clean with just water! Frigidaire has a new anti-smudge technology that resists those little fingerprints and is easier to clean than traditional stainless steel surfaces! With a simple swipe of a damp rag over my stove, dishwasher and fridge and I’m left with gleaming appliances and a little extra spare time! You can see the collection here.
Disclosure: I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.