Early Spring Cleaning

8 Mar

My husband was out-of-town this weekend, so I stayed in Friday/Saturday night and got lots rest and relaxation. I woke up Sunday morning ready to go. We had a fresh coat of snow on the ground, but the sun was shining so beautifully. I opened the blinds in every room so I could enjoy every ray of light.

Now, I keep up on my house cleaning chores, but there is something about the bright sunshine beaming in the windows that makes you really notice the spider webs, the dust on the back of the leather couch, and the dust bunnies in the corner.

This was the perfect time for a light spring clean. I set the TV to the 80’s music channel, cranked up the volume and went to work.

  • Vacuumed around light fixtures, behind the TV and plants, and along the ceiling for spider webs
  • Scrubbed the creases of the stairs with a TOOTHBRUSH
  • Wiped down the floor boards
  • Used furniture polish on the all over the house, making the floor very slippery in a few spots =0)
  • Wiped puppy smudges from all windows that he has access to
  • Decided the plant in the bedroom, which is fake, needed to be cleaned
  • I even used a wet rag to wipe down the walls

I felt very accomplished when I was done for the day.  Hopefully this very long winter with end soon. That one day of sun has me inspired. Spring is almost here. Walks outside, windows cracked, fresh smells! Oh – How I am patiently waiting!

What else do you do to keep the house clean?

XOXO – Elizabeth


7 Responses to “Early Spring Cleaning”

  1. Jessica March 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I pay a housekeeper to clean my house every other week. With 2 kids, 2 dogs, and homework I cannot keep up on the house cleaning so I pay someone else to do. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife March 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      That would be great.. a house keeper. We have discussed that in the past, but had completely slipped my mind until you just brought it up! ha

  2. Polish Mama on the Prairie March 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I enlist the help of my children, who can match socks, carry objects from room to room, wipe a surface with a microfiber rag, etc. It’s not child labor, it’s not taking their childhood away from them, it’s a learning experience and gives them something to be proud of by helping a grownup and boosts their self esteem and feeling of self worth. It also teaches spacial understanding, matching, patterns, hand eye coordination, etc. In other words, I don’t need a lot of toys for my kids, I just have to give them something to do.

    I also use microfiber rags all over the house and am in love with them! I use white vinegar on a lot of stuff instead of bleach. I use hydrogen peroxide on stains. And I work in 15 minute increments on everything I do, thereby blocking off time that something needs to be done.

    It’s not for everyone, but it works for me.

    And I know the feeling, yesterday I reorganized my pantry (and since I am a food hoarder of sorts, that’s a lot of food), which I do every 3 months checking expiration dates, loading bags for donation to local food bank, and rotating what’s oldest to the front.

    • Single Life 2 Married Wife March 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      I remember those days when we did all the running for our mother. ( I am one of four girls) I like the microfiber rags idea! maybe catch a little more of the dust =)

  3. This Italian Family March 14, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    This is our first spring in a house and it is amazing how much more there is to clean in a 3000 square foot house than there was in a 400 square foot apartment, haha! Glad you got motivated so early on! 🙂

  4. classycareergirl March 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    I REALLY need to do some spring cleaning! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. marsea March 27, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    My idea of cleaning is to sweep the room with a glance then shut the door and leave it.

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