Okay ladies, it’s officially my real favorite time of year – spring cleaning!! As much as I love fall and all of my sweet dessert-flavored home scents, there’s nothing like putting out a fresh linen candle while you super deep clean every corner of the house. Y’all know what I mean? Maybe? Kinda? Or am I just crazy? Aaaaaanyway – for my fellow spring clean freaks, let’s jump into everything from dust bunnies to some window cleaning. If you’re a southern native like myself (Thank you, NC!) it’s probably getting warm enough for spring cleaning now, but for anyone up north this can wait until your weather warms up a little!
The first thing I love to do while I spring clean is open all of the windows. This is slightly more convenient if it’s sunny outside, but I’m the type of girl who loves a little bit of rain so even if it’s a light drizzle outside I still love to open the windows! It gives the house a light and airy feel, plus it gives a super fresh outdoor smell (it’s an extra bonus if one of the neighbors is mowing the grass – LOVE that smell!). Personally I start with the windows, mirrors, and all glass decor first. Take your Windex and wipe away all of that muddy winter guck! If the weather’s nice enough, be sure to step outside and hit all of the out-facing sides of doors and windows. This is where all of that mud and nasty stuff from rain and snowstorms will stick, and you wouldn’t believe what a difference it makes to scrub that stuff off!
Next, I hit the dusting. Now I’m a clean FREAK, so I typically do a light to medium dusting session every week or two. This just entails lightly going over things that are super visible or high traffic, like the mantle or the top of the TV stand. But the whole point of spring cleaning is to reeeeally get everything clean and detailed, so spring cleaning dusting means taking EVERYTHING out and giving it a little love from the Pledge bottle. The first chore my momma ever gave me was to take all of the little decor and trinkets off every shelf, get in every nook and cranny and dust my life away. Which was super annoying at the time but now I’m grateful for it! This dust session should also include ceiling fans. I keep my fan spinning nonstop year round so I never get a chance to see just how much dust has collected but boy oh boy does it get a LOT. I actually recommend cleaning your ceiling fan every 4-6 weeks to keep it clean and prevent dust particles from floating around.
The main point of spring cleaning is declutter. That messy corner of stuff you’ve kind of just piled up because it’s been too cold to do a anything with – it’s time for her to evacuate the household. Start with 3 trash bags labeled “Trash,” “Keep,” and “Donate.” If you’re a hoarder like I am then you really have to sit down and have a Come To Jesus moment with some of those things you KNOW you need to trash, even if you think you *may* need it again one day. I do this with household items but also with clothes! The rule is if you’ve gone an entire year without wearing something, it’s time to go your separate ways. Donate it to a thrift store or sell it on a secondhand app like Poshmark or Mercari to get a little bang for your spring-cleaning-buck. I try to go through every room of the house and find at least one thing I can throw out or donate just to try and declutter as much as possible. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to have even just one less thing taking up pointless space in a room!
Once all of the clutter is gone, I move onto the more tedious things like deep cleaning the shower and wiping down appliances, baseboards, and the insides of cabinets. For this I just take a small drop of Dawn Dish Detergent and add it to a cup/bowl of warm water and wipe everything with an old rag. If you’ve learned anything from this blog, please, PLEASE, let it be to wipe down your baseboards. I feel like they so often get neglected but it makes the world’s biggest difference to have nice, clean white baseboards! It brightens up the room and just takes away any type of dingy or dusty feel. If you have smaller furniture against the wall, it wouldn’t hurt to pull it out and clean the parts of the baseboards that are normally hidden as well. If you’re in a bind it’s perfectly acceptable to just hit the visible parts but don’t forget – spring cleaning is about the tiniest details! I also make absolute sure to scrub the base of the toilets and the little nooks with a small and cheap toothbrush.
Lastly, it’s time to sweep and mop! The reason you do this very last is simple and I learned it the hard way more than once. If you clean your floors first and then continue to walk all over them as you clean everything else and dust and declutter, it undoes your work, even if you’re barefoot or you think you’re not getting anything on your nice shiny floors. Trust me – save yourself the headache and just do this LAST! The same goes for vacuuming. I walk all over the place back and go back and forth a million times while I clean, as well as dancing around the floor (Don’t judge, girl – you know you do it too). There’s been so many times I’ve mopped first and tried to be SO careful and end up having to go back over the floors afterwards because they’re not as shiny and clean as they were to begin with!
I know it’s a little early to be talking about spring cleaning since it’s still winter but… is it ever really too early for cleaning? Answer: NEVER. Now, go throw on your oldest t-shirt and sweats, tell Alexa to play some Beyonce and get to cleaning! It makes you feel so much better and so much more organized and comfortable in your own home. Even if you’re not a cleaning addict, you’ll be so grateful you did it afterwards!