March 14, 2011

Spring Cleaning: Week 4

Phew!  We're more than half way done, right?  Well...I...um, am not. I have gotten behind between various appointments, ill children, being ill myself, and all of life's other items.  But our homes don't have to be perfect so I'm settling with doing things on the lists that have to get done.  This week one of those absolutes is the string of cobwebs between the wall and ceiling of the living room (which, if you've been following along, was a task for last week).  Plus I've been saved by the fact that a lot of the items on my list are done on a regular basis in 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!


So if you're starting now, don't worry.  Go back and begin with week one and go from there.  Accomplish what you can. 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 the time. 

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...
 
Downstairs Bathroom
 
Vacuum ceilings, corners, baseboard, and floor 
 
Sort through drawers and medicine cabinets -- check for expireds and ask your local pharmacy where to dispose of meds.  They are harmful for the ground and water table...especially if you have well water!

Clean lights -- make sure to wash light bulbs when they are cool. If you use a damp rag and they are hot they will burn out.  Not that I'd have any experience or anything.  *wink*

Wash sink and toilet -- I use baking soda and vinegar!  Natural and inexpensive!

Wash 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.
 
Scrub tub -- again...baking soda and vinegar

Scrub floor -- I use a wet, hot rag and a toothbrush if needed.  (Make sure it's an old toothbrush that has a strip of tape or something to distinguish it from the currently used ones. Again...not that I'd have any experience at. all. )

Downstairs Hallway (this is adjacent to our laundry room, bathroom and playroom)

Vacuum ceilings, corners, baseboard, and floor
 
Clean lights -- make sure to wash light bulbs when they are cool.
 
Vacuum hampers
 
Wash cabinet, walls and trim --again, Magic Eraser or some baking soda/water paste on a dampened rag
 
Scrub floor --again, wet hot rag and a toothbrush if needed. 

Laundry Room
 
Declutter room -- use 3 trash bags to divide up clutter (trash, donate, keep) and work around the room clockwise from the door
 
Vacuum ceilings, corners, baseboard, and floor
 
Vacuum  dryer vent -- This needs to be done twice a year not only to prevent fires, but also so your dryer won't waste energy.
 
Wash appliances -- add 1/2 c. vinegar to a quick wash cycle in the washing machine to give it a good cleaning (I use vinegar as my fabric softener!  1/4 c.)
 
Wash walls  -- again, Magic Eraser or some baking soda/water paste on a dampened rag

Pantry
 
Clean out pantry -- check for expireds
 
Clean shelves
 
Vacuum corners and floor
 
Vacuum curtain (wash if needed) -- our pantry "door" is a curtain
 
Reorganize
 
 
This post is part of Homestead Barn Hop.


1 comment:

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Your house is going to be so clean, even if it does take a little longer! I've been good about certain areas of the house but it's definitely time for some spring cleaning in the other areas. I need to get on it!
Thanks for linking up again!

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