When Spring comes around I always love doing a big Spring cleaning and clean-out. I have especially felt the desire to do it this Spring since having my baby. I get so tired at the end of my pregnancy that I am not the best cleaner! So today I have some great tips for Spring cleaning. I am happy to be helping with a Mr. Clean “Clean Free Weekend” promotion. I get to try out the latest Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle products in my house. I also get to give a great Mr Clean package to one of my readers! (Read on for more details).
Spring Cleaning Up & Cleaning Out
I like to start my Spring Cleaning by cleaning out. Then as I get areas cleaned out I can clean them up as I go. I have been slowly working through an area in the house each week. If you just do a little each day it really is not an overwhelming project. I cannot spend my whole day cleaning since I homeschool my kids, but I can do it bit by bit. Also, if you spend a little more time during the week cleaning, then you can have time off on the weekends to play!
As far as cleaning out goes, I have a rule that if I have not used it or worn it in a year, then it is probably time to get rid of it! I’ll be honest, I do not always follow that rule, but I try hard to stick to it.
I started in my bedroom. I had to shift my clothes for the season change as well as for the size change since I just had a baby. As I got rid of maternity, and pulled back in some of my regular clothes (those that fit) I cleaned out the ones that I knew I did not want anymore. I also sorted and reduced my shoes. I got rid of any winter shoes that I did not wear this year. While you are in the bedroom, pull of the curtains and dust ruffles and wash them.
I did the same things in my kids’ bedrooms. I also needed to rotate their clothes for the seasons. The clothes that we no longer needed, or that the kids do not like, I added to the get rid of pile. I helped them clean under their beds and in their closets, since that tends to be where the most mess builds up in their rooms. Wipe down doors, walls and baseboards in each bedroom. Dust!
Under the bathroom sinks it seems to always get extra messy. I like to sort and clean out under the sinks as needed. I tend to hang on to things that I do not really need for way too long, so I am making myself get rid of the little samples and things that I will likely never use. Throw out old make-up and old nail polish that you never use anymore. The bathrooms always need a good scrubbing in all areas, too. I am using my new Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle in there and I really like it! I can always use a few extra muscles when I scrub my tubs and sinks. There is a special formula just for the bathrooms!
I love giving my kitchen a good scrub down. I usually do an intense clean about twice a year where I really do everything and make it all sparkle. Organize the pantry shelves and wipe out the shelves as I go. Clean out under the sink. Clean out the oven. Clean out the fridge and wipe out the shelves and drawers. Wipe down the cabinet doors, the refrigerator and dishwasher. Clean out the ‘junk drawer”. File or throw out all of the papers. Mr Clean’s Liquid muscle is doing a great job in my kitchen as well. It is a concentrated formula with 2.5x more power in every drop and can be used in any area that needs cleaning.
I tend to keep my main living room quite clean since it is what people see when they come into the house. There are still some great ways to freshen it up, though. Wash the curtains. Wipe the baseboards. Vacuum under the couch. Wash the windows inside and out. Dust all of the spaces.
Sort and clean out old toys that are no longer payed with. I often give my kids a half rule when the toys become overwhelming. “We have to reduce this box by one half.” It tends to work well for them. Also, if you give them a purpose in cleaning out their toys (donating them to charity for children who do not have any toys) they are more willing to part with less-used toys.
Also Clean the baseboards and windows. Dust and clean any other needed surfaces.
Does your garage tend to build up more junk during the winter? We store our bikes and outdoor toys in there through the winter so it is always nice to pull those things out when the weather warms up. Then my husband and I can sort and clean out in the garage. This is where I tend to pile my things to get rid of as well. So, I save cleaning it for last. Sweep it out and wash down the floor. Fill up your car with all of the things you have chosen to get rid of and drive them to your local donation center.
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This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mr. Clean. I was provided the featured product free along with a gift card to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.