Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Guide: Indoors
I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
~Nancie J. Carmody
I Spent Hours Finding The Best Guides So You Don’t Have To
There is a lot to do in a deep spring home cleaning. So much so that you may find yourself searching for the best ways to go about it. There are so many blogs and websites on the internet that have checklists and tutorials and all sorts of things to thoroughly clean for spring, but which one should you choose?
I’ve taken out the guess-work and did a lot of browsing to find the best guides for each room for you. Look no further for your room-by-room spring cleaning guide for indoors (there will be a “Part II” next week for the outdoors); read on for a round-up of the best of the best.
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Room by Room Spring Cleaning
The Living Room
A nice living room can make a house feel like a home. Our living rooms are often the most-loved and busiest rooms of the house. They receive the warm laughter of friendly visitors, keep us warm against the cold, they welcome home our family, they support us in our creative endeavors and cradle us as we wind down our days.
Unfortunately, self-cleaning living rooms have yet to be invented. Katie B. of Housewife How-To’s puts it very clearly, “Whether you call it the living room or the family room, or have one of each like we do, something about sofas and lounging attract clutter, dust and dirt.” I like her Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist best out of all of the others I’ve seen; following it will leave you with a thoroughly cleaned living room, but isn’t unending like many out there.
You might think deep cleaning the bathroom calls for setting a longer timer, but because it is such a small room you will find your progress much faster. I don’t know about you, but I find that pretty rewarding.
I like How To Deep Clean Your Bathroom by Jenn over at Clean And Scentsible. It really covers all the bases. She even gets into the nitty-gritty of cleaning up after young boys, in case it applies to you. She utilizes a steam cleaner to make quick work of it, but also breaks it down for those of us who don’t own one. I like the order in which she cleans, the easy homemade cleaners she suggests and there is something so refreshing about the look of her blog that actually makes me want to clean. I’ll have to go there more often; my wife will thank me.
The Dining Room
To be honest, there aren’t a lot of blogs that feature a great guide to deep cleaning the dining room. Maybe there are a lot of very dirty dining rooms out there in the blogosphere?
I came across this one several times and while I liked what they did (they took 5 days to get through the whole room, so they’re thorough, but it took them 5 or 6 blog posts to do it), I wasn’t sure how that would fit in with this round-up. I really hemmed and hawed over this one; I just couldn’t leave you with one of the other sub-par guides out there. So I’m linking you to the last day of their Dining Room Deep Cleaning guide where they link all the other days of their series onto the one page for you so you won’t get lost. See? I’m thinking about you!
I’m being sneaky. Well, I suppose telling you I’m sneaky isn’t very sneaky. I had you clean the dining room first so that the kitchen, in comparison, would look terrible and demand cleaning immediately. See? Sneaky. You’ll thank me when your kitchen is clean in half the time.
Ruth from Living Well Spending Less writes in How To Deep Clean The Kitchen, “The scariest part of conquering that kitchen chaos is not knowing where to begin. …Luckily today’s checklist breaks the whole process down for you, section by section, in a way that can be done all at once (if you really want to) or just a little at a time, without completely disrupting your life.” I think we can all appreciate that. This time there were many guides to choose from, but this one was crisp and to-the-point and includes a nifty checklist you can print out and take with you.
“We all tout the importance of keeping our kitchens and baths super clean, and free of toxins and harsh chemicals. But what about the place we spend a third of our day: the bedroom?” Asks Rachel Wray Thompson of Apartment Therapy in The Ultimate Guide To Green Cleaning Your Bedroom. It’s a good question. I like this guide because you can follow it and get the job done, or you can click the links to get really in-depth tips or if you’re not sure how to complete a certain task.
The Laundry Room
And now that you’ve cleaned all your kitchen linens, clothes, drapes, rugs and anything else you came across in your sparkling home, it’s time to clean the laundry room with Prime Parents Club’s Spring Cleaning Your Laundry Room. I like that this is a quick deep clean. Get in, get the job done, get out. Who wants to spend forever cleaning their cleaning appliances?
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