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I absolutely do not like cleaning, but I can’t stand living a dirty home. I’m quite sure those pretty cleaning schedules on Pinterest are just designed to make me feel bad about my house. They include things like scrubbing your baseboards on Mondays. Seriously, who has time for that? I get about one day into these ridiculous schedules before I give up completely. That’s because those pretty cleaning schedules weren’t made for lazy girls. We all know that spring cleaning comes every single year, so if you’re only going to deep clean once a year, you better make it count! So I put together this lazy girl’s guide to spring cleaning your home, even if you don’t feel like it. Put on your rubber gloves and let’s get started!
One of the biggest things you can do to ensure a successful spring cleaning is by planning in advance. Make sure you have everything you need on hand from cleaning products to paper towels. If it helps, organize them by room and load up your cleaning caddy to carry around from one to another.
Make your Bed
Before you roll your eyes and skip this one, hear me out! Making your bed is a crucial step in cleaning your home. When you make your bed it will make your whole room look just a little cleaner, even if there’s a massive pile of laundry waiting by the door. Your well made bed will draw your attention away from the pile of laundry to focus on the bed. This takes less than a minute to do and has a big visual pay off.
Do the Dishes NOW
Whether it’s one dish or a sink full of them, do your dishes until your sink is completely empty. A sink full of dirty dishes will multiply, if it hasn’t already, and when they do it will feel like an overwhelming task to do later. Do yourself a favor and empty that sink pronto!
Wash your Sheets
When was the last time you changed your sheets? If the answer was less than a week ago, skip this step. If not, you know what to do. Give your sheets a good wash and then make your bed with fresh scented sheets.
Go Through your Closet
Open up your closet (dresser drawers are included in this) and go through each item of clothing. Donate anything that you haven’t worn in a year or longer. Take everything out of your closet and set it on your bed, and go through each item one by one. Your closet will be a little more organized, and you might even be able to make some money off of your old clothes!
Mop and Vacuum the Floors
Go through each room and either mop or vacuum the floors. For floors with tile or hardwood, you may need to go over them a few times to really clean them.
Clean and Organize your Kitchen Cabinets, Pantry, and Fridge
Start by going through each one of these areas and throwing out anything that has expired. If it is going to expire soon, bring it closer to the front so you won’t miss it, and make sure you can easily see the expiration date. After you’ve taken out anything that’s expired, go through and wipe down each surface. Take the time to add liners to your shelves, or use spice organizers to hold some of your smaller items.
Scrub that Tub!
Take a sponge and your shower cleaner and really give your shower or bathtub a good scrub. If you have tile in your shower, use grout cleaner to get in between each of the tiles.
Clean the Surfaces
When you are cleaning each room, be sure to wipe down or dust every surface in your home. This includes kitchen counter tops, sink counters and ledges, night stands, dresser, etc. Dust off each of these areas, then give them a good wipe down with a cleaning wipe.
Get Rid of Anything You’re Not Using
As you clean each room, don’t forget the items within the room. If you find items that don’t hold sentimental value or that you don’t use anymore, feel free to put them in a box to be donated or sold. This will help clear the clutter in your home and help you organize.
Spring cleaning your home doesn’t need to be a season long event with printables to check off and long days scrubbing the floors. Focus on just one area of your home at a time, and work your way through each room.