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Dust. Dirt. Every. Where. I. Look. There are days when surviving my daily cleaning chores are almost too much to handle, so how do I conquer a deep clean in the spring? Simple. I break down the big job into tiny manageable tasks that don't overwhelm me. With a five bedroom house to tackle the job can really seem BIG, so it's the little things that can make all the difference.
Starting with all my cleaning gear. If you're going to give your house a good cleaning you have to have the right stuff. My cleaning stuff seems to walk off and end up in several places around our house, so my first task is get it all together.
1. Gather all your cleaning supplies so you can see what you have and what you need to buy. I use rags for some jobs, but then I have to have a roll of paper towels so I can keep the dust from flying around plus the really nasty stuff can go straight to the trash. My Spring Cleaning shopping list includes Viva® Vantage® paper towels. These paper towels really know how to work! If you've got layers of dirt to scrub then they're the right towel for the job. When it's time to stock up on supplies we know we can find all our Spring Cleaning Supplies at Walmart.
After remodeling our entry foyer, kitchen, music room, and living room there was dust everywhere. My house would NOT have passed a white glove test. Being pregnant and huge at the time meant that we just cleaned enough to get by. Now that I'm ready to get our house back under control I'm doing a declutter phase.
2. The junk has to go! This is probably the hardest step for me, so I work on one thing at a time. Starting with toys, I worked with the Booper to purge out the toys he no longer plays with and not just make space for new things, but really clear space for playing. Once we hauled off all the toys, I moved on to clothes. I use the 3 pile system. 1-Keep, 2-Donate/Sell, 3-Throw Away. I've found it works best when I immediately take the items straight to the donation bin, that way I'm not tempted to dig back in the bag!
3. One at a time. I get easily distracted if I do it any other way, so I have to just work one room at a time. Plus this keeps all your supplies in one spot so you're not running back and forth. Instant gratification is a great motivator! When I flutter from room to room I don't finish strong, but if I start in one room and work until it's done I can see the results. Results are inspiring! Not just for me, but the Booper will see me in a room cleaning and suddenly I have a helper so bonus tip: GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED that is if they're old enough. When I use Viva® Vantage® the Booper can be a helper and with the Choose a Size I know he's not wasting.
Surviving #SpringClean16 is easier for me if I have the right supplies, go one room at a time, and work until it's done before moving on. What is your best tip for spring cleaning? Do you have a routine that keeps you on track? Feel free to share your favorite tip in the comments below! Check out more great cleaning tips on my #SpringClean16 Pinterest board.