Stop Spring Cleaning! Clean Before The Holidays Instead.
Spring cleaning is the term we all know about and dread. The idea that once a year we have to clean our house from top to bottom is a daunting task even if you like to clean.
The problem is we don’t need to be cleaning our house from top to bottom once a year. If you deep clean once you should not have to again. For some people, though it’s not realistic for them to maintain things, so you don’t have to deep clean anymore.
It is entirely possible that you will never have to spring clean your house never again or deep clean it if you have the right tools. The principle that if you start doing something on a more consistent basis, you will get faster at it.
I used to thoroughly clean my kitchen once a week and wipe up a couple of times a week, and even the wiping up took me so much longer than it should have. A thorough cleaning could take an hour or two. Once I started wiping down the kitchen, counters, cabinets, and stovetop every single day it got to the point where I can clean my kitchen three minutes flat
I also find it’s much easier to do it every day in 10 minutes than it is to spend one day a week spending most the day cleaning my whole house.
It seems like most people are spending a good chunk of their time before Thanksgiving cleaning and cooking. The fact that you’re trying to do both at the same time is exhausting.
If you’re preparing for the holiday season ahead especially for Thanksgiving, you should split the deep cleaning work for three weeks and make the first week the easiest one.
I think the kitchen is the simplest room to clean because most people don’t have a lot of clutter in the kitchen other than old food in the fridge. Most of us don’t hang onto spare kitchenware. We don’t need to organize the drawers because we usually arrange these things naturally. We use dividers for utensils. It's effortless to clean because you remove the items from drawers and cabinets then wipe it out and put it right back. There’s not that much to declutter.
That’s not to say you don’t need to purge anything from your kitchen. We all end up with extra Tupperware lids and additional cleaning products under the sink. The pantry needs to be cleaned out once a while, but for the most part, most of the work to be done in the kitchen is very streamlined.
I also recommend that you purge at least five items from each closet and the reason for that is very simple the holidays are coming. You may have to hide gifts or to make room for new things. With the holidays coming most of the people purge our outdated or no longer fits winter clothes and seasonal items or jackets. With winter coming homeless shelters or thrift stores could use those types of things.
Don't sweat it if your closets are disorganized. Just start with a few items a week. It will begin to come together over time.
I get it it’s not realistic for life people to do all this extra work. That’s why I am emphasizing if you make a priority to get it done slowly. Then spend a week or two doing these things at least a few times a week until it becomes part of your routine. Some of these tasks are so easy, and it eliminates the need to spend the one day you should be relaxing cleaning your whole home.
To be frank, most of us that blog or vlog about cleaning have problems as you do.
Honestly, if you clean your kitchen every evening or in the morning it can change your life. Take the time to wipe the countertops, wipe the front to your cabinets and drawers. Give your range a quick wipe. If you do that on a daily basis after a couple of weeks, you can get your kitchen clean so much faster. I also recommend a few times a week spraying some cleaner and wiping the sink out.
Two days a week I lift everything off the kitchen of the countertops and clean under them. But you get so fast wiping the counters down it only takes a few minutes.
I recommend wiping the bathroom bathrooms every day. Wipe the counters, sink, toilet, the door if it gets dirty too. Don’t worry about scrubbing out the bathtub and don’t worry about scrubbing out the sink. You can get away with doing that weekly.
Dusting is another thing I think a lot of people overlook. I wet dust once a week, and I make it a priority to dry dust once or twice a week.
Something that needs to be done pretty much every day and it’s a big job for some people is your floors. Run the vacuum and use bare floor mode on your vacuum cleaner on uncarpeted areas. Its faster than sweeping.
I don’t prioritize picking up toys or things left around the house. For the most part that doesn't take a long time and my priorities are to make sure my kitchen and bathrooms are clean. I straighten up my couch at night and fluff the cushions and pillows for better wear and to make the room look neat. These are things I decide that I’m going to time myself for I give myself a short amount of time to tackle it. I can delegate this to someone else, so I try not to let it stress me out.
The thing is when most people do a deep cleaning of their homes they are wiping down the cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen. They’re cleaning the baseboards in their house. Clearing cobwebs from the ceiling. If you get a telescopic duster or a Swiffer with an extendable pole on it, you can quickly do this once a week, and then you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees with a wet rag and clean the baseboards once or twice a year.
You could also get an attachment for your vacuum cleaner and use that to clean your baseboards once or twice a week.
I find that quickly cleaning every day is better than spending my entire Saturday or Sunday cleaning the house. I still clean on the weekends but its minimal.
That’s the thing about deep cleaning people are cleaning things thoroughly that don’t get cleaned. If you do most of these things a few times a week, it never gets dirty enough to need a good scrubbing.
You can download and print a weekly list of what to clean in November. I honestly think if you break things up and get your house in order now the holidays will be less stressful and your home can and will stay clean.