Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Cleaning: Room One- the center of the family

You know, every other year I have LOVED spring cleaning.  But I honestly have to say, I feel like I just don't have the energy.  I am sure a lot of you are with me.  Either way, I really do feel that it's something that has to be done.  Because no matter how much we stay up on our housework (or not) there will still always be things that we neglect doing.

I am hoping that I can provide a plan that you guys can follow at your own pace.  I'd like to, for the next few weeks, post one room a week.  You can either take care of that room in one day, or like I will, focus on that room for the whole week...doing it little by little.    I know that sometimes I am in the mood to just keep going, and others I want nothing to do with a broom!
So, stay tuned every Monday for a new room, but for today...

Let's start with the kitchen:

organize cabinets

:make sure to throw out any old food that you haven't use in about 6 months, and that you honestly have no intention of using any time soon. Donate it! There are plenty of people who would appreciate this tremendously.

-be sure to put whatever you use most towards the front of the cabinet, and everything that you do not use too much towards the back.

- put like things together, it will make it look better and also help with organization.

-don't forget,before putting everything back in the cabinets you are going to want to wipe down the cabinets.

-Refrigerator

-This was my least favorite. It's likely that you have at some point in the past year had some old food sitting around...therefore you will be left with a smelly gross refrigerator. Now is a good time to empty the whole thing, scrub down the shelving and the drawers and only put in the fresh food. Also, put a box of baking soda in there if you don't already. For this I used baking soda and White vinegar, your food is going to be in this place so you don't want to use anything too harsh

-Go in the freezer and take out anything that you don't think you will defrost.

Toaster Oven and appliances

-This is one of the hardest things to clean! But once it's finished put some aluminum foil under the rack to catch any future crumbs.

-wipe down the microwave

-Use a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the coffee pot, run a cycle with this and then do about 2-3 follow up cycles with just plain water.

Floor/Bases

-I LOVE Mr. Clean white sponges, I used them to go around the base of the kitchen )if you have white base boards) and cleaned up. They are sparkling! We usually forget this spot in the kitchen, but it definitely makes the floor and walls look better. If you have white walls, touching up with this is great.

-Next, really scrub the floor, use cleaning supplies if you usually only use water.

Windows

-Wipe these down, both inside and out.


Why not sanitize that gross garbage can, ugh, yeah who wants to do that? But you'll thank yourself later, we don't realize how smelly this can actually get.


finally, clean the sink and counters...baking soda and white vinegar will do the job.



Next, we'll focus on the living areas and dining room.

16 comments:

  1. Well, you've got me in the cleaning mood... too bad now I have to go to work! :)

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  3. You know, I keep thinking about just saving up and, once a year, hiring someone really good to come in and clean every nook and cranny...then I can maintain the rest. Is that evil? I hate cleaning!

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  5. I'll bet your kitchen is the favorite room in the house right now. :-)

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  6. I'm glad you have a plan! Spring cleaning, hearing someone say that makes me cringe LOL! I'm so tired! I think focusing on one room at a time is a good plan.

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  7. Ladies, it is true I have a plan...that was a big step...my husband would be much happier if I actually instituted the plan, haven't gotten there yet! Hoping tomorrow!

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  8. Following from Connect MEme Monday- Totally needed the Spring Cleaning motivation today! Thanks!

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  9. Oh yea I have finaly found one other CRAZY lady who like Spring Cleaning too!!! I hate doing the windows though- that is hubs part ;-)Followin now from Connect MEme Monday- stop by my place when you can!

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  10. I like the idea of doing one room a week! Then you can really de-clutter and get it super clean. I need to get on that toaster oven!

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  11. Just found your blog through POM meme monday! Thanks for the inspiration! Maybe I'll actually tackle that pantry this week :)
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  12. I started deep cleaning about a week ago. I get a room done and start on another and the first one gets dusty. lol. I love love love the feel of clean.

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  13. I didn't do the windows...otherwise, I'm following along. Spring cleaning can be fun for me once I get into the swing of it.

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  14. Oh I LOVE this! Thank you for posting. Keep 'em coming!!

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  15. Man, please don't remind me. I so don't want to tackle the tasks but know I will feel much better after I do. I'm with you, what I'm really dreading is the trash can...yuck! PS Welcome to SITS!
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