Most people carry out one major deep clean of their homes in the spring — the big spring clean!
But as busy moms, that isn’t always possible. You have to fit it in cleaning time wherever you can. And taking one glance at suggested house cleaning lists is enough to make anyone cry. Let alone someone who has kids to wrangle too.
Getting the big clean done isn’t necessarily about getting it done all in one go. It’s about having a great plan of action and tackling the house room-by-room.
Here’s your one-stop guide on the 6 easy steps to getting the house sparkling clean as a busy mom with a busy schedule.
1. Make a plan to clean your home
No-one makes a plan of action quite like a Mom. And it shouldn’t be any different when it comes to cleaning your home. Figure out what’s top of the list for you and what can be put off to another day.
Think about what your cleaning style is. Do you like to blitz the whole house in one day? Are you a one-room a week person? Maybe it’s best for you to just do 20 minutes whenever you can fit them in.
Do it whichever way you want, as long as it suits you and your schedule.
This could mean just setting aside 15 minutes to do one particular chore at a time and over several days, your house would be much cleaner than it was and it’s so much more manageable this way!
2. Cleaning the bedrooms
Bedrooms, especially kids’ bedrooms, can cause a lot of stress. You don’t want to finish a hard day of cleaning and end up in a room that looks like it was struck by a bomb.
That’s why it’s a great idea to start here. That way, you can finish the day by climbing into fresh, clean sheets. There’s nothing better!
Curtains and rugs can hold onto a lot of dirt and crumbs. Stick them in the washing machine if you can.
It’s also the perfect time to clean the mattresses. Get into all the little corners with your vacuum and then leave them to air for a couple of hours. You’ll be thanking yourself in a few years when you don’t have to replace the mattress early.
3. Cleaning the bathrooms
The dreaded bathroom. The least fun room in the house to clean. But it’s definitely the most rewarding. Clear your pampering products out and get the rubber gloves on; it’s a big one!
The key to cleaning bathrooms is to let them soak. Apply your chosen cleaner to tiles, baths, toilets, and drains. Then let it sit for a while. Giving it time on the surfaces means it’ll do most of the hard work for you. When you come back to it, you’ll only need to do half the amount of scrubbing.
Remember to throw plastic shower curtains in the wash – they love to hold onto grime. But don’t forget to chuck some soft bath mats in with it, so your washing machine doesn’t get damaged.
4. Cleaning the kitchen
The core of the home – the kitchen. This room will likely be the hardest because it’s the most used. To get through it, put your favorite playlist on and sing at the top of your lungs. It really helps you push through!
Your kitchen will likely get a decent clean once a week purely because that’s where you prepare food. It needs to be clean.
So when carrying out a whole home cleaning, you want to think about the areas you don’t clean regularly. Go for the top of cupboards, inside the oven, your refrigerator. And it’s a great time to do some organization too.
All of us have tins of food hiding at the back of cupboards and pantries that haven’t seen the sun for years. It’s time to let them go.
Check out these 8 easy steps to organize your pantry cabinet. You can grab a free printable kitchen organization planner, too!
5. Cleaning the “forgotten areas”
These aren’t specific rooms, but they are areas that you should be hitting on your whole home rundown. The flooring is a great area to get sparkling. Whether it’s wooden or carpet, go for a deeper clean than usual. Get the steam cleaner or the mop out and get to work.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to disinfecting your house to protect your loved ones from viruses.
Don’t forget about windows and doors either. The insides probably get cleaned pretty regularly. But when was the last occasion you thoroughly washed them from outside? Do get the hose out and make those exterior windows shine!
6. Check the appliances
Doing a full clean of your house is an excellent opportunity to check that everything in your home is in working order. Many times overlooking some minor issues can result in much bigger problems later on.
Having a quick rundown of what’s in working order and what isn’t means you can quickly tackle the ones that need replacing or repairing. And getting them fixed isn’t as much of a hassle as you would think.
Many companies offer comprehensive repair services, with some even offering 24 hour Air Conditioning Repair. What’s not to love?
Remember, carrying out a whole home cleaning doesn’t have to be stressful! Setting aside small pockets of time to tackle the cleaning of one space at a time will make the cleaning chores more bearable with effective results!
Happy spring cleaning!