A basic spring cleaning plan

Daylight Saving Time in the United States begins on March 10. This is typically the time that people are not only advancing their clocks forward, but also likely thinking about spring cleaning. There are still several weeks before spring actually arrives, so this an oportune time to make plans for what chores you will do around your home.

But, before you dive headfirst into a cleaning frenzy, figure out how you’ll go about cleaning all your living spaces. Create a plan of attack now as you’ll find this very helpful when it’s time to execute it. Keep in mind that you’ll need to unclutter before begin cleaning. It will be difficult to clean rooms that have blocked pathways or a large number of items without designated storage places (especially if you have to move furniture). Once the clutter has been cleared, your plan should include:

  1. Priority areas. No matter how small your home may be, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to clean it all in one weekend. Start thinking about specific rooms (or appliances) that you’d like to work on first, and focus on one or two tasks per room. That doesn’t mean you can’t work on other things, you’ll just be giving your attention to the most important items first. For example, if something is broken and would need to be used often (like your heating and cooling system), it should go to the top of your list. And, of course, you should immediately take care of issues that prevent a room from being used safely.
  2. Specific cleaning days. To stay on top of all your cleaning tasks, try scheduling your spring cleaning activities on specific days and be realistic about how much time you’ll have to work on each area of your home. Use a checklist so you don’t forget to do something. It might also be a good idea to print your list and post it on the door of the room where you’ll be working. This will help you remember the things that still need to get done, and if you assign tasks to others, include names next to specific items so that they know what they’re responsible for.
  3. Cleaning supplies. Will you be making your own cleaning solutions or buying something already made? Do you need special cleaners for particular surfaces? Do you prefer green cleaners? Before you go shopping (or create you own special mixture), check your cabinets to see what you already have (check for cleaning cloths, too) and what you’ll need to acquire.
  4. Other tools and supplies. You may need to borrow, rent, or buy tools and equipment that you don’t use every day, like a ladder to reach high ceilings, long dusters to reach behind and under appliances, or air filters (be sure you have the right size). As you walk through each room, make notes of things you need to help you get the job done.

7 Comments for “A basic spring cleaning plan”

  1. posted by Damian on

    I think that scheduling times for a major spring cleaning is a good idea. Just saying “I’m going to spring clean the kitchen this week” means it’s likely to not get done. At the same time you need to be realistic as you say in order to avoid being overwhelmed.

  2. posted by Kari on

    I’ve been following along (at least by reading…) a blog called “Spring Cleaning” and subtitled “One Task. Each Day. All Year.” http://springcleaning365.com/ The idea is to work on one thing each day instead of trying to tackle a major spring or fall cleaning. Perhaps smart for those who can find 5-30 minutes more easily than scheduling a weekend or something like that.

  3. posted by Jennifer. montague on

    Great idea, just thinking about organizing And I will be using your ideas it is to do while it is still cold. Thanks. ..

  4. posted by Dede on

    Checklist. Checklist. Checklist. And make one that is specific to each room. Then save it and use it as a starting point again in the fall or next spring. I keep mine in a folder on my computer and it is so helpful. When we start cleaning, I post the list on the fridge so everyone–kids included–can see what needs to be done and sign up for their “favorite”. I love checking things off because it shows me that progress is being made, especially for those days where I feel like I haven’t done anything but really I have.

  5. posted by Melissa A. on

    What if decluttering is part of your spring clean? ;) I have lived in this apartment for a year and half. Things did not go well at the beginning. A spring clean would be great, but I am still at the decluttering and organizing stage.

  6. posted by Kate on

    I have a 3-day spring cleaning scheduled for April. Day 1 is sorting, organizing, purging, decluttering, including a trip to Goodwill. It also includes any other errands like shoe repair, drycleaners, etc. I’m already gathering stuff to toss.

    Days 2 & 3 are actual deep cleaning days. In years past I’ve done this part in one day but as I get older, I am finding that way too tiring. So this year I’ll deep-clean two rooms/areas each day, roughly. This includes all the cleaning I’d normally do plus things like cleaning the oven, windows, laundering the curtains, etc.

    My big secret for a successful Spring Cleaning is to be prepared and have some treats! For me that includes some fun, splurgy stuff for dinners, some good &/or trashy movies saved up, lovely bath stuff to soak away the grime each night, fresh flowers, and some new fun downloaded music to work to. Oh and wine & chocolate can’t hurt!

    I have several people in my life who have said things like “But your place is already clean, you don’t need to do that.” Hmm. I’m sure the fact that I do ‘spring clean’ once or twice a year, has nothing to do with the fact that my place is clean, eh?!

  7. posted by Krys on

    I like the idea of setting priority areas – that way, if life intervenes before I can get through everything, at least the most important jobs get done. Thanks for the idea!!

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