March 7, 2011

Spring Cleaning: Week 3

Welcome to week three!  If you're starting now don't worry.  Go back and begin with week one and go from there.  Accomplish what you can. (I'm a bit behind myself so I'm catching up a bit this week.)

Tackle the chores a bit at a time...like doing all closets on the list at one time, all ceiling fans on the list at one time, etc.  Break it up into doable lists. Go through and decide what you need to get done this week and divide it up into however many days this week you have time.  A lot of the items on the list are done on a regular basis on the Motivated Mom's Planner.  If you've been keeping up with that then you don't have to do as much. *wink*  Go HERE to order the planner.  It's only $8!

I have the entire five week Spring Cleaning Check-List over HERE for you to print out.
I'll go through the list and share ideas for this week's chores...
Living Room

    declutter room & closets (armoire, etc.) -- use 3 trash bags to divide up clutter (trash, donate, keep) and work around the room clockwise from the door

 clean ceiling fan  -- if your ceiling fan is really dusty then you may want to use the hose from your vacuum to suck off  excess dust before you use a damp rag (I save old towels and dish rags as they get unsightly from the kitchen and bathrooms cut them up to usable sizes)

 wash quilts/throw (store for fall ...assuming it's warm enough where you are.  It just snowed the other day so they won't be packed away just yet.) -- air dry your quilts and throws outside if it's a nice day

 vacuum corners/ceiling -- work from top to bottom

 vacuum valances -- (wash if needed)
  
   clean light and ceiling fan

   vacuum lamp shades 

 clean off and dust or vacuum furniture

 vacuum under furniture and baseboards

   organize cd's and videos

   sort through books and magazines
  
 wash windows -- I use either the blue ammonia product or vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  I like to spray the window, wipe the window with crumpled up newspaper to loosen the dirt then wipe with a sheet of paper towel, then spray again and use a squeegee as a final non-streak step.  It really doesn't take as long as it seems and it has quite the nice result.

    vacuum floor 

  wash marks from walls -- You can use either a Magic Eraser or some baking soda/water paste on a dampened rag to wipe away difficult marks.  Be sure to follow after with a clean damp rag...both processes leave a residue.
Kitchen

  declutter room -- use 3 trash bags to divide up clutter (trash, donate, keep) and work around the room clockwise from the door
  declutter counters -- wipe down everything with a warm damp rag
  clean light and ceiling fan

  vacuum corners and ceiling

  vacuum valances  --  (wash if needed)

  wash cupboards

  wipe down appliances

  clean the top of the refrigerator

  clean out the refrigerator and wash

  clean mixer and other counter top appliances

  clean and organize cupboards (break this down however you need to) 

  clean and organize drawers (you have my permission to skip the junk drawer *wink*)

  clean the top and inside of microwave

  clean and organize shelves

  wash trim and walls -- Use either a Magic Eraser or some baking soda/water paste on a dampened rag to wipe away difficult marks.  Be sure to follow after with a clean damp rag...both processes leave a residue.

  sweep and scrub the floor  -- Use a rag, an old toothbrush, a bowl of steaming hot water, and some elbow grease.

  wash windows -- I use either the blue ammonia product or vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  I like to spray the window, wipe the window with crumpled up newspaper to loosen the dirt then wipe with a sheet of paper towel, then spray again and use a squeegee as a final non-streak step.  It really doesn't take as long as it seems and it has quite the nice result. (Don't forget to take the screens out and give them a good scrub.  You may have to wait for a really nice day to take them outside or if they are small enough they can bathe in the tub. )



This post is part of Homestead Barn Hop.



7 comments:

Holly said...

You've really inspired me! I haven't gone to the extent you have, but I have been tackling small areas, corners & drawers. :) Holly

Deborah Jean said...

This is a great list! We've been picking away at things too... still need to do more.. Yesterday I organized our bathroom closet and created a recycling center inside. Yay! Its finally out of the kitchen and out of sight! We just remodeled our kitchen in November so most of my spring cleaning is done in that area.
Deb ( from the hop today) Planting Dream Seeds

End of Tenancy Cleaning London said...

I read this post and I will definitely go back and read the previous two. Thanks for these useful post which gave me a lot of ideas how to handle the spring cleaning at home. Regards.

Carmen said...

Aw, thanks so much! Happy Cleaning! :)

Blessings!

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

I too have started my Spring cleaning. Next week it is getting ready for a much needed garage sale.

You have a lovely blog~ I found you from The Homestead Barn Hop. I am going to peek around a bit.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings~
Carrie

Spring Cleaning London said...

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Great work done by author. I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

SparingChange said...

I am tired just looking at the list! Bless your heart. Great blog.

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