It’s spring! Or, at least, we keep getting glimpses of spring and soon enough it will be here to stay. For many of us as women, spring awakens dormant desires to clean, clean, clean. It would be interesting to know what causes this internal urge we all seem to get around the same time of the year! I know it has kicked in around here, so today I would like to share some little things I have been implementing over the past few months.
First, one of my goals for this school year has been to pass on more responsibility to the girls. Their activity schedules are getting to the point where they affect my ability to keep the house in order, therefore, they need to help pick up the slack. We have implemented the Thursday Clean Up, which is either a quick sweep through the house with light dusting and bathroom cleanings or it might be a lengthier, more thorough cleaning of each room. It honestly depends on what we have time for and how bad the house is. Either way, we go into the weekend with the house presentable and me not panicking if we randomly decide to have friends over at any point during the weekend.
Second, for the past few years I have done a top-to-bottom scrub down of our house every spring once school is out for the year. Last year, however, it took a toll on me and took a lot longer than I really had time for, so this year I am trying something different that I am hoping to maintain throughout the year. Along with our regular weekly cleaning, we are deep cleaning one room/zone each week. This includes, but is not limited to, dusting ceilings/corners, washing all trim/doors/baseboards, washing windows, and other things that don’t get done during the once a week sessions. Based on the number of rooms/zones we have, we could potentially do the whole house once each quarter. However, I know that there will be weeks/seasons when we can’t do this. So I’m hoping that by being faithful when we have time, we can clean each room to this greater degree at least twice a year.
Third, with the girls taking on more of the cleaning, I have been trying out some home made household cleaners. This is mostly because my girls really enjoy spraying the Windex and Pledge and excessive use of those can do damage to the budget! One very simple product that we use during our weekly cleaning sessions is the dry microfiber cloth.* While I feel like it tends to leave some dust behind, it really does a great job for everyday-type cleanings. (*I am not promoting this particular cloth; I’m simply including the link as a reference.)
As for actual cleaners, I really like this granite cleaner recipe found on Tip Nut. I also like several of the recipes at Mormon Chic, especially the window cleaner (plain club soda!) and the all purpose household cleaner. I am learning that with the homemade cleaners you may have to do some extra polishing (and don’t let your cloth get too dirty/wet) to get a nice shine. However, especially with the club soda glass cleaner, I am much happier with the end result than I am even with Windex. Another great, simple product that I have come to love is plain vinegar and water. I am amazed at how my chrome fixtures sparkle after this!
Well, that’s it for my house keeping tips for today! Happy Spring Cleaning!