Easy Spring Cleaning Ideas & a Free Spring Cleaning List
Spring. The flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are getting new leaves, the days are getting longer, we can enjoy outdoor activities. Spring is lovely. But there is also the dreaded spring cleaning. The once a year task to completely clean and refresh your home. Today, I am sharing a simple spring cleaning plan to keep you on a budget and on task to complete your spring cleaning quickly.
When I hear the words “spring cleaning” my first thought is to hire a cleaning service, but for me that’s not in our budget. Even though spring cleaning is not one of my favorite tasks, I can do it on a budget and with help from my family. Let’s make a plan of action, so you can get your spring cleaning done.
Many times we avoid spring cleaning because we feel overwhelmed. The task is too big or it will take us too long. We just don’t even want to get started. Don’t let overwhelm and avoidance be your excuse to skip spring cleaning. We’ll break it down and make a plan to complete your spring cleaning. You can start with this FREE spring cleaning checklist and weekly planner.
When should you start spring cleaning?
There is no right or wrong time to start spring cleaning. But as the weather starts to warm in early to mid-March is a great time to get started.
Depending on your schedule, you will want to make an action plan to give your home a complete top to bottom cleaning (even places no one sees – like on top of the refrigerator).
Simple Spring Cleaning Tips on a Budget
Do Your Spring Cleaning According to a Schedule
Using the Free Spring cleaning checklist and weekly planner you can decide all the tasks you want to complete as part of your spring cleaning and then make a schedule.
The weekly planner allows you to divide each of your tasks by week. You could do all the kitchen tasks on week 1, all the bathroom tasks on week 2, etc…. Or you could do all the dusting tasks on week 1, the mopping and window cleaning on week 2, it’s all up to you. The weekly planner is designed so you can design a spring cleaning plan that will work for you.
Where do I start spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning is a top to bottom and room to room cleaning.
Don’t know where to start? Get our Smart Mom Home Cleaning Checklist. This planner includes complete checklists to clean every room in your home.
Enlist Help from Your Family
After you have your list of tasks and weekly/daily plan set-up, you can start enlisting help from your family (Hint: the Smart Mom Home Cleaning Planner is perfect for giving kids a cleaning checklist to follow).
Give your children age-appropriate chores they can complete. Even your younger children can do simple chores like wipe down fingerprints off the doors and walls. Ask your older children to be more involved.
Mom should not do all the housework. Children live in the home, participate in the family fun activities, and they should learn to help with the home cleaning, too. When they complain, you can say it’s part of being in the family, you help other family members when needed.
Outsource/Hire Help (if needed)
Some tasks may be more than you can do (like pressure cleaning the outside of your house or fence). When needed, outsource the tasks you just cannot do. This doesn’t mean you have to hire a high dollar professional, most spring cleaning tasks could be completed by high school or college kids on break. Ask your teens and college students in your church or neighborhood if they would like to earn a little cash helping you with some of your spring cleaning tasks.
Some tasks you might outsource:
- Mowing/edging your lawn
- Planting new grass
- Weeding your flower beds
- Cleaning up your garage or shed
- Babysitting your small children so you can do your spring cleaning
Include Spring Cleaning in the Weekly Declutter/Organize Your Life Project
Each week on the blog, I have been sharing a task to Organize Your Life. As you complete each of these tasks, you can also include a complete deep cleaning with the project.
For example, when I decluttered and organized my bathroom and master bedroom, I also did a thorough cleaning in each room. If you are working on a declutter or organizing project, include your spring cleaning as part of the project.
Designate One or Two Days During Spring Break as Spring Cleaning Days
Maybe you just want to get all your spring cleaning done in one big day or two of cleaning. Designate a day or two during spring break as “spring cleaning day”. Everyone has to help and do cleaning chores. If the whole family pitches in with the cleaning, you should be able to get so much more done in less time.
After your day or two of cleaning, you can have one or two days of spring break fun. You can go to parks, play outside, go to a movie. Pick a favorite family activity to do as a reward for all the hard work on spring cleaning.
If you don’t have time during spring break for a cleaning day, set aside a day on the weekend. Saturday can be the cleaning day and Sunday can be the fun day!
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming or take days and days to complete. Start with the spring cleaning checklist and weekly planner, set-up a plan of attack, enlist help from your family, outsource tasks you are not able to do, and include spring cleaning in all of your decluttering and organizing projects.
What spring cleaning tasks do you love? What spring cleaning tasks do you hate? What is your best tip for completing your spring cleaning?
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