Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Cleaning Part 1

This weekend, the whole family worked on spring cleaning our house. We did all three bedrooms and the living room top to bottom. That includes walls, curtains, windows, shelving, linens and carpet. We finished everything except for reassembling one shelving unit. Not bad. We were so busy, I only got before and afters of our room:

Before:



After:


Spring Cleaning Tips:

1. Set aside a good hunk of time and involve everyone. I personally made a declaration to my family that this was spring cleaning time and ALL were expected to participate. It ended up being really good clean fun (pardon the pun).

2. Grocery shop, bank, do bills and everything else you need to make sure that the cleaning is uninterrupted time.

3. Have all of your supplies assembled ahead of time including sponges, buckets, squeegees, furniture polish and cleaning solution. I personally clean everything (windows, walls and carpet) with a mixture of one gallon of hot water, 1/4 cup vinegar and a drop of dish liquid.

4. Make sure your vacuum and carpet cleaner are in fine working order because they will be working as hard as you are!

5. Utilize either your crock pot and/or freezer cooking meals while you clean. You don't want to waste time in a long involved meal or worse, eating out! You need energy from a good home cooked meal AND it is cheaper! Check out my list of crockpot meals here for ideas.

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13 comments:

cat said...

Good going Susie - that is a lot of cleaning for a weekend. I find it so har with the littlies.

Deanne said...

Great job and EXCELLENT tips! We will be doing a major in-depth spring cleaning next week. I believe that's why kids have spring break right? So that they can help spring clean their homes? Yeah, that's our plan. Well, my plan but they will all be volun-told to help. :)

Amy said...

Great job! I needed this inspiration. I have LOTS to do!

Alicia said...

Great job! I just started spring cleaning this week, too, but I'm the only one tackling it because hubby is in school and my son is only 1! He did try to help with the dishes after lunch today, though...

Visiting from Tackle It Tuesday!

Amy said...

Want to come and do my house? Have a great day..

Tricia said...

Looks very good. I love that tips under your post. Spring cleaning is always a time to get tons done... Thanks!

EmmaP said...

this reminds me of growing up. that is EXACTLY what my mom used to have us do too! I remember washing walls every Spring.

blueviolet said...

It looks perfectly fresh and wonderful for Spring. I like your crockpot idea, because you're right. You'd be pooped after all that cleaning.

Michelle said...

Nicely done! I love that you use vinegar and water. SO much better than the chemical smell when you're done. And it really works great, doesn't it?

Alicia said...

What?? You have a list of crockpot meals????? I am so there!!

And btw..the room looks great!

Jolene said...

Love it and the tips!!! I also need to check out the recipes. Thanks for sharing.

MommyLES said...

Those are useful tips, I might try to do that this weekend with my kids. I wish I can be as successful as you!

mommytoalot said...

Super job.
I too find it hard like Cat said with all my littles..especially with being on break


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