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Spring Cleaning 2014

LOVE ProjectAnaleisa LathamComment

One of my March LOVE Project Goals is Spring Cleaning. 

GROSS!

Let's be honest - who out there actually likes cleaning? I mean sure, I like my house to BE clean, but the actually ACT of cleaning...no. thank. you. But alas, it must be done. 

I've been brainstorming the quickest way to get it done, and I'm happy to say that I finally have a plan. It comes in (3) parts.

PART 1:
Starts here with this list (below) from Mimi+Meg:

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Rather than spending hours upon hours cleaning all the nooks and crannies, I'm going to de-junk. My list of places to clean in my house isn't as clear cut as Mimi+Meg's but using the general idea is enough to get me started.

PART 2:
Ya just can't get away from some good old fashioned elbow grease. Here are the areas of most need (aka that don't already get done regularly):

  • Windows and window sills (thankfully I can reach all the tops of the windows and the bottoms tilt out so this should be a piece of cake)
  • Light fixtures (planning to run them all through the dishwasher)
  • Baseboards (LEAST favorite job EVER!)

PART 3:
Over the years I've gone back and forth between using a weekly cleaning schedule and neglecting it. I usually jump on the bandwagon around this time of year when the Spring Cleaning monster rears its ugly head. I'm happy to report that this year is no different! I am taking a trip on that train again in hopes it might not derail this time! 

I spent some time searching and searching for the perfect list. (You can see some of the ones I found on my Spring Cleaning Pinterest board.) And then I had a revelation...how in the world can I use someone else's cleaning list for my house when my house is so vastly different? I need to make MY OWN list that fits ME and MY schedule. 

So, I made my own list. And here it is:

(The plan is to print this off, make it a little less boring (you know, craft-it-up) and hang it in the Kitchen. Also, in case you're wondering, I have a Roomba, affectionately named 'Rodney' who vacuums for me while I am away. He's a real pal and has saved my OCD-Cleaning life on more than one occasion.)

There you go. That's my plan for getting my house all spruced up for Spring/Summer/the entire year ahead. 

What does your Spring Cleaning look like? 
Do you have a weekly cleaning schedule that you follow? how did you tweak it to make it work for you?