The birds are chirping and the sun is out and my van is now turning yellow, which means it’s time for spring cleaning. I love spring cleaning! I know, I must be crazy, but there is just something about the act of spring cleaning that makes me feel good. I feel organized, lighter, and I even like cooking and cleaning more when my house looks good. Even with my kitchen floors a mess from remodeling, (no, we haven’t even come close to finishing the kitchen floors) and I need to repaint the kitchen cabinets and I still need to get all the trim work finished, and I’ve noticed the ceiling needs to be repainted, I still feel better.
There are tons of things I’ve noticed I’ve got to do by spring cleaning. I think a lot of things we overlook because we get so used to them and simply ignore them over time. This year is the first time in years that I’ve done a true deep cleaning of just about everything in my kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I spring clean just about every year, but have I really deep cleaned?
This spring, I’ve decided to challenge myself. I gave myself the challenge of doing a very thorough deep cleaning of each room of my house and as I go through each room, make a list of things that need to fixed, finished, or changed. I’m going to purge and get rid of anything that is broken and can’t be fixed, anything that I don’t use, and anything that I don’t like. I’m no longer going to display items that I’m not really crazy about just because someone gave them to me.
I’m going to clean, really clean each, and clean every nook and cranny. I’ll be posting my lists of what I’m tackling in each room and those may even be broken down by what I’m cleaning. For example, I’m currently in the kitchen, and yesterday I did the windows. So I’ll make a post about how and what I used to clean my windows. I know all of this may sound boring to you. But, I have found out that I’m learning about myself as I continue through this project. So far, I’ve found out that I don’t like a lot of stuff sitting around. I honestly thought that I liked having lots of decorations, but I don’t.
As I clean and purge, I have found out that I’m really more of a minimalist than I ever thought. I’m more of a clean freak than I ever thought. I’ve also discovered an effect on my mood that I didn’t plan on. I’m less stressed when I walk into my kitchen. Even though I’m not finished with the kitchen yet, and the sink is overflowing from last night’s supper, I’m actually less stressed about it than I would have been a week ago. I think because now when I walk in, I don’t see all the clutter, all the dirt, and all the dishes and I’m not as overwhelmed. Not to mention, my body is so sore. I mean, I’m on a heating pad each night to sleep and taking Tylenol. Who knew spring cleaning could be this much of a workout? Boost!
I know, there are tons of spring cleaning checklists on Pinterest. But, I bet none of them are going to be as detailed as mine. As I work in each room, I’ll post the list and as I work on each item on the list, I’ll post more details, including products that I’m using, tips, and links. I’ll also post about any decorating that I do also, I already have several DIY crafts for the kitchen!
Spring cleaning can get mundane and boring at times. To make it a little more fun, try these ideas:
- Crank up some music
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to a book
- Call a friend while you clean
- Enjoy the quiet?
For my master list for a super deep cleaned kitchen printable, click here!
Need a cleaning checklist for your kids or teens, click here!
Check out my tips for deep cleaning your ceiling fans!