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The edge comes off the morning air, green buds peek out to say hello, and everything feels fresh and brand new.
Cliches are often cliches for good reason. Spring cleaning is one of those that just fits. This time of year urges you to roll up your sleeves and tackle some projects! Unfortunately, inspiration can turn into exhaustion if you don’t have a plan, though!
You’re busy and every moment matters! Today I’m sharing tips on how to knock out your spring cleaning in less time. This is all about working smarter and not harder by organizing and grouping time. Stick with me! At first, it might seem counterintuitive. Why waste time creating lists or spreading out cleaning over a few weeks?
Invest just a little time now for hours of benefit for years to come! You’ll be able to use these lists the entire time you stay in your current home. Plus, never again will you waste time spinning your wheels or wondering where to start. Also, it might feel like it saves time by doing all the work in just a few days, but it really doesn’t. When you work for hours on end you’re likely to get distracted and work more slowly. By spreading the work out over several days, or even several weeks, you’ll be saving tons of time in the long run. Plus, you’ll actually make it through all the tasks, not crash and burn somewhere in the middle.
First things first! Before you get started, you want to make sure you stock up with all the cleaning supplies you need.
How To Knock Out Spring Cleaning In Less Time
Check & Stock Up On Supplies
Set your timer for 10 minutes and take a peek at where you store all your cleaning supplies. Bring a pen and paper. Go through and tidy by type, noting which bottles are nearly empty or what you’re out of. Also, make note of what you already have duplicates of. My rule of thumb is to have 2 of each item so that I never have an “oh no” moment, which wastes time in an unplanned trip to the store. This is also a great time to take note of what other household essentials you are in need of–like paper products, trash bags, and plastic bags for storage.
Once the timer dings, you’re done! If it was really a mess in there, just remember that you’ll deal with it later!
Look! You just started your first spring cleaning task and didn’t even realize it.
Next, it’s time to head to Dollar General and stock up! Right now, they have an amazing deal where you can get Spend $15, Save $5 instantly on participating products. There’s a huge variety of cleaning supplies and household staples that are included in this deal! I always love to wait for sales like this and then stock up. Go here to check out all the details and see all the items that are included in the Spend $15, Save $5 deal! It’s running from February 18th-March 18th, so make sure you do this soon!
The key to buying cleaning supplies is to use trusted brands that do most of the work for you.
I purchased these for our house when I stocked up this time:
- Clorox® Clean-up® Cleaner with Bleach (So perfect for bathrooms!)
- Clorox® Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2 ct. (For me, the throw it in and forget it until next time ones are the best! Put a reminder in your calendar for 6 weeks out.)
- Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes (Tip: These little guys can be used for SO MUCH! Think beyond the kitchen counters with them. They’re also perfect for scrubbing grime off of baseboards and hard to reach floor corners. Don’t forget to hit up all the doorknobs, too!)
- Pine-Sol® (This is hubby’s favorite cleaning supply ever. He just loves how it smells, and I love how it cleans our hard surface floors!)
- Glad® Trash & Food Bags (The last thing you want is to get halfway through cleaning and realize you’re out of trash bags. Stock up now! Also, grab food storage bags while you’re at it as well! They’re located together and it makes sense to stock up at the same time.)
- Sparkle® Paper Towels (Sometimes you just NEED to use a paper towel for a job. I always keep these on hand and they’re a must before you tackle heavy duty cleaning.)
- Angel Soft® Bath Tissue (Another one of those items you do NOT want to run out of. While you’re deep cleaning your bathroom it’s a great idea to stock up for awhile on this.)
- STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover (Our puppy Thomas + our cream colored carpet in the bedrooms makes this product a must! It’s also amazing for cleaning out those kid-related messes that are bound to happen to carpet!)
- all® Laundry Detergent (As I’ve shared before, I absolutely love this detergent! So perfect for our entire family. Another one of those “good to stock up on to save time and money” items!)
Now it’s time to come up with a game plan!
Every house is different, so take my lists as your starting point and then customize them for your home! It is so simple to tweak a few rooms and cleaning items, and you have the perfect custom plan for your own home. I’ll take you through step-by-step, but don’t worry–I have the Master List for you to customize and print out later on!
Create a Master Spring Cleaning Room List
First, start off by listing out every room of your house. Don’t forget to also include any other areas that you have that aren’t really rooms, like entryways or closets. For example, this is our house:
- Master Bedroom
- Master Bathroom
- Kid’s Room 1
- Kid’s Room 2
- Guest Bathroom
- Living Room
- Front Porch
- Back Porch
- Laundry Room
Now go through the lists and brainstorm every possible thing to deep clean this room. Include odd once-a-year tasks, like cleaning jewelry or polishing silver.
Tip: Don’t get distracted by decluttering and organizing.
Especially if you’re like me, you enjoy organizing far more than you enjoy cleaning. That means that when it comes to spring cleaning, you’re far more likely to get caught up in sorting through drawers than you are scrubbing. Right now, we’re NOT going to focus on getting your house clean and decluttered! Having an organized home is vital to peace and happiness. However, it’s *not* what we’re focused on today. This is all about the cleaning in spring cleaning. So as you make your list, don’t add in tasks like sorting through drawers or getting rid of things. That is a different list and task entirely!
It’s true, though, that you can’t deep clean a messy room. My tip for this is when you start your time (more on that later) take the first few minutes to pick up *quickly*. If there are piles of things like clothes, run them to the laundry room, or if there are stacks of paper or odd items that don’t belong anywhere, gather them all up together. Put it all in one place to sort through *later*.
Create Detail Cleaning Tasks
- Master Bedroom
- Treat Stains
- Vacuum Carpet (move nightstands and quilt rack to vacuum behind)
- Detail Dust all surfaces including Fan
- Wipe Down Blinds
- Wipe Down Doors (don’t forget knobs!)
- Wipe Down Baseboards
- Clean Windows
- Clean Jewelry
- Master Bathroom
- Clean Sinks & Counters
- Scrub Soaking Tub
- Scrub Shower
- Wipe Down Cabinets
- Remove & Clean Rugs
- Wipe Down Toilet
- Sweep Floors
- Mop Floors (getting into all the corners)
- Wipe Down Doors & Switch Plates
- Clean & Dust Picture Frames
- Wipe Down Baseboards
- Restock Paper Goods
Customize My Template
Don’t want to start from scratch? I make it easy for you! Go Here for my entire list template! Click On File, then Hit “Make a Copy”. Rename it whatever you’d like and save it to your Drive! Now you can customize it, using all my rooms and tasks as a starting point.
Once you’re through, you can use it to stay on task online, or print it out to reference as you start your cleaning.
Schedule & Batch Time
You could take a weekend and knock out every single room and task with the help of your family, but I wouldn’t recommend that! You’ll end up exhausted. Worse than that, in a few weeks, the dirt will start to build back up and it won’t even seem like you did it.
You may have heard of batching or rotating spring cleaning, and that’s exactly what I’d suggest! Now, this will look different for everyone. Some people do well when they work for 10-15 minutes every single day in one room. Or maybe you like to work a little longer, but not as often. In this case, you might do 30 minutes on Saturday morning. I’d suggest trying both out, or some combination. The smaller chunks of time add up to big results. You’ll start fresh each time so you’re at your best and less likely to get distracted or tire out.
Now put that time into your schedule. It’s not hard to do something for 10 minutes a day, the trick is to actually DO IT. So put it on your schedule until it becomes second nature.
Again, this will take a bit of moving around until you find what works best for you. At one point, I tried to fit in my time after dinner. I quickly I found it was too hard to do it then. Often, by that point in the evening, all I wanted to do was relax and hang out with my family. Now I’ve moved it up to my lunch time break. Since I work from home, this gives me a great way to move around a little and get away from my desk mid-day, while accomplishing something. It also is much easier to knock out quickly when I’m the only one at home!
Brainstorm times that would work well for you. Maybe it’s as part of your morning routine, when your baby is napping, or right after you get home from the day.
I hope these tips will help you on your way to a Spring Cleaning Schedule that saves you time and money! Don’t forget to head to Dollar General to stock up on all these great cleaning products and household goods & save with their Spend $15, Save $5 deal!