It’s that time of year again, spring or more specifically, spring cleaning time. In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 things we all avoid cleaning, how to clean them, and why spring is the perfect time to take care of those items. I will also share with you some cleaning tips to help you get through the overwhelming spring cleaning time of year.
Since spring cleaning is a huge chore that frankly, we probably would all want to avoid if possible, I created a free complete Spring Cleaning Checklist you can use to help you get through all of the cleaning that needs to be done.
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Before I share the free Spring Cleaning Checklist and the 10 things that never get cleaned I want to answer some questions about spring cleaning that I get asked all of the time.
You might have some of the same questions.
If you struggle with creating a plan when it comes to cleaning I have a few resources that might help below.
What is the importance of spring cleaning?
What’s the deal with spring cleaning anyway? I get this question all of the time. It’s quite simple. We only have so much time to tend to the daily stuff. I don’t know about you but I rarely think about flipping my mattress or the dust piling up on the coils of my fridge.
Days go by and the dust accumulates without a thought from me.
So when spring comes around I like to take care of things that I usually don’t think about. This way I know these chores are being taken care of at least twice a year (because I do the same thing in the fall).
Spring is also a great time to un-winterize your home. Windows can be opened, dust can be taken care of, and you have more daylight to enjoy your home.
Why is spring cleaning so stressful?
I think that we add more stress than is needed. We put time limits on ourselves and we also don’t give ourselves a break.
You don’t have to get all of the cleaning done in one day or even one week.
The spring cleaning can take as long as it needs to take. The important thing to think about is how great you’re going to feel when those things get done.
Do you ever have something on your to-do list and it just sits there and sits there until one day you decide to get it done.
Once it’s done you feel great, right?!
Another thing is we tend to see the list of chores and think that it’s going to take a year or two to get through.
The reality is, a lot of those chores on your spring cleaning list don’t take much time to take care of. It’s just that paralyzing feeling you get when you look at a list that’s a mile long.
Take it one chore at a time, one day at a time to get through the spring cleaning.
What are some efficient systems for spring cleaning?
All over Google and Pinterest, you can find blog posts written about how to spring clean your home in a day and even in 2 hours.
Those might be great for some but probably not for most.
The idea of completing spring cleaning in 2 hours is great but if you have 50 things that you need to do the chances of that happening are quite slim.
If you do a big deep cleaning once a month and do a maintenance clean 4 times a year you might be able to get through the spring cleaning in a day. However, I find that the “stars need to align”, the kids need to be on a different continent, and technology needs to be unplugged for this to happen for me.
What I’m saying is, it’s possible but you might be setting yourself up for failure before you even begin.
What I’ve found that works the best is scheduling out 3-5 spring cleaning chores for about 10 days. By doing this you are able to keep up with your daily life and get the spring cleaning done.
I will be holding a 5-day spring cleaning challenge that you can join if you’d like some extra cleaning tips, learn how to create a spring cleaning schedule, and have a chance to clean with me. You can sign up by clicking the button below.
Those three questions are the most common questions I get about spring cleaning. Now I’d like to share the 10 things that we tend to forget to clean.
When was the last time you cleaned your window sills? Moisture and dust build up there which leads to mold growth and dirt.
This is a very simple thing to clean. Grab a damp rag with some bleach water and a butter knife. Wrap the rag around the butter knife and slide through the sills. This will disinfect and clean your sills.
This is something I like to do twice a year.
We open and close them every day but do you clean them? I just purchased this handy little tool that helps with the cleaning blinds and now I clean them once a month. I got this one here and I love it.
It makes cleaning the blinds so simple. It takes me about 10 minutes to clean all of the blinds in my home now. For an $8 investment, I couldn’t be happier.
This blind cleaner has three prongs and you slide it in slots and it cleans the front and bottom of each blind.
Clean blinds mean less dust which in our home means a healthier family.
Below is a photo I took of my cleaning caddy with my blind duster inside.
I used to forget to clean my light fixtures. The only time I would clean them was when I needed to replace the light bulbs. Now with light bulbs that last 10 or more years, this is something that I’m sure we’d all forget to do.
This is a very simple chore. Unscrew the glass part of the light fixture and then add it to a tub with warm soapy water. Allow it to soak for a little while so the dust and dirt can loosen.
Rinse, dry, and replace. Simple as that.
I don’t know how food and dirt get into the silverware organizer but it does. This is so simple that you can have your dishwasher do the work if you want.
Empty your drawer organizers and add them to the dishwasher. When it’s clean, put it back. If you’re feeling a little adventurous you could even declutter the drawer while you’re putting stuff back.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “How am I supposed to clean my mattress?” It’s quite simple. Twice a year I like to vacuum the mattress to remove dust then I rotate the mattress.
Dust builds up in places you just don’t think of. By washing your bedding once a week and vacuuming under and around your bed regularly it will help keep your mattress cleaner. Just add vacuuming your mattress to your list twice a year to keep you and your family healthier.
Couch & Chairs
Couches, recliners, and chairs need to be cleaned too. Each spring I like to pull off the cushions and vacuum that area. We have a microfiber set so I scrub it with rubbing alcohol to remove stains.
For other fabric couches and chairs pull cushions off and vacuum and then spot clean any stains.
For leather couches and chairs follow the same as above but you’ll want to treat your leather twice a year to make sure it stays in tip-top shape.
For chairs that cushions don’t come up just vacuum the best you can.
Appliance Filters, Coils, & Their Insides
I’m sure this might be one of the most neglected things on the list. This does sound like a giant chore but it really isn’t.
Dishwashers, washers, fridge, and dryers all have filters nowadays that need to be cleaned out. I do recommend doing this 4 times a year as filters get clogged and gross. The longer you wait the longer it takes to clean.
Most filters are cleaned by running under water and removing the “gunk”. This is a perfect time to replace the water filter in your fridge too.
When you’re cleaning your fridge it’s the perfect opportunity to clean the coils in the back. Just take the vacuum to the coils to remove the dust build up.
The insides of the appliances need to be cleaned too. There are some amazing products on the market to make this part super simple for you. There are washer cleaner and dishwasher cleaner that you can buy. It’s a run it and forget it way to clean (which is one of my favorites).
However, there are a few appliances you will have to use a little elbow grease to clean the dryer and the fridge. Unfortunately, there aren’t magic elves available to clean those appliances for us yet.
If you have forced air running through your home your vents need to be cleaned. This is very simple. Pull the vents up and add them to a soapy water mixture and allow to soak for a little bit.
Scrub (if necessary), rinse, and dry. Simple as that!
All of the drains in your home need to be cleaned. What I like to do is sprinkle a little bit of baking soda down the drain, then I slowly add some white vinegar. This will bubble up. Once all of the baking soda has been dissolved I add a tea kettle (about 2 quarts) of boiling water to the drain.
I repeat this process for all of my drains.
The garbage can is a neglected can that can hold a lot of bad bacteria. The easiest way to clean your garbage can is to add hot bleach water and allow the “gunk” to loosen up. Then you can take it outside and spray it out with a hose.
You might need to grab a scrub brush and rubber gloves to get your garbage can completely clean.
Okay, that was my list of 10 things you never clean but should. Before I let you off to your own vices I wanted to share a few tips with you to make spring cleaning a little easier.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Create a cleaning schedule
I live by schedules. If I didn’t have a schedule for things like cleaning then I could never get through what needed to be done.
I wrote a step by step blog post about putting together a cleaning schedule that you can read here.
The great thing about having a cleaning schedule is that you can modify it so you can have time for the spring cleaning you want/need to do.
Join the spring cleaning challenge
This year I’m hosting a 5-day spring cleaning challenge. This challenge will walk you through everything you need to do to start your spring cleaning spree.
Joining a challenge will help build up the motivation to get going and you can also learn some awesome tips along the way.
What we’ll be covering in the challenge is:
Creating your spring cleaning schedule
Your must-have tools and supplies
Decluttering and spring cleaning
And so much more!
There’s also a private Facebook group you can join while I go live each day talking about that days “challenge”.
The challenge starts live Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. If you join after March 27th no worries, you’ll still enjoy all of the benefits minus the daily live discussions.
Yes, it’s officially Spring and with that means a laundry list of chores. My hope with this post is that you were able to learn a few things about spring cleaning and what areas that most people do forget.
With a little bit of planning and support from others, you can successfully spring clean your home without added stress that you might be putting on yourself.
By joining the 5-day Spring Cleaning Challenge you’ll have the tools you need to know where to start, where to start, and how to find the time so I really hope you decided to join the 5-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge with me!
Have an amazing day!