Spring cleaning tips
Growing up there was always a Saturday that momma called Spring Cleaning day. It was more than just the regular Saturday chores, but a day that we moved furniture and cleaned all those places that “nobody would see anyway”. We would usually ask her, “Who is coming over?” Here reply was “no one, it is just something we need to do”.
I noticed that as a momma of my own household, I enjoyed Spring Cleaning. There just seemed to be something inviting to the change of seasons that would prompt me to do deep cleaning. When I would announce to friends that I was cleaning out a closet or moving furniture to clean, they thought I needed to get a life.
I decided one day to research on the phrase “Spring Cleaning”. With the internet readily available, I no longer have to go a library and find a book on the topic. I was able to do a search. I found out that in the Spring, after the houses had been closed up all Winter; there needed to be a cleaning of all the soot that had accumulated on the walls and furniture from the stoves and candles used to light the homes and keep them warm. One would think that with modern electricity and heating systems that “Spring Cleaning” would no longer be necessary, but have you ever looked behind your bed?
Now, I am a professional home organizer, who helps people to organize all spaces in their homes. People think that because I am an organizer that my house is spotless, not! I do know how to put things away quickly and then be able to retrieve them or remember where I put it away, but that has nothing to do with cleaning.
I usually try to do a deep cleaning in the Spring and the Fall. I am amazed at how much dust and dirt accumulate behind beds and furniture. That doesn’t even include the windows and baseboards. Today, is a gorgeous March day and I am doing my Spring Cleaning. As I clean behind furniture and on the walls and window sills, I feel that I can breathe better! Two days ago, I cleaned the outside of my kitchen cabinets and front door.
Here is how I get this accomplished:
- Make a list of what you want to deep clean.
- Schedule time on your calendar to do the cleaning.
- Remove the excess clutter so that you can get to those “unseen places”.
- Have a rag with your favorite cleaning product. I like the disposable kind.
- You don’t have to do everything all in a day, but by just taking 30-45 minutes each day for your home, you will be amazed at how clean your house will be and feel.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker