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Spring Clean My House : the Living/Family Room

We are on our last zone in the house for our Spring Clean Challenge

We have cleaned the Kitchen

We have cleaned the Bathrooms

We have cleaned the Bedrooms

Now we are on to the Living/Family Room area.

 

Whew!  It has been a lot of work but it feels great to have it all clean before summer hits with the kiddos. 

 

[[ read all about the spring clean my house challenge here ]]

 

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By now you know the drill!  Grab your supplies and do a quick 15 min pick up of the room so you can clean it all.

 

Spring Clean My Living/Family Room Checklist ::

  • wash curtains
  • dust ceilings, walls, baseboards, picture frames
  • wipe down light fixtures and light switches
  • dust and wipe down blinds
  • clean windows and window tracks
  • wipe down furniture
  • wipe down t.v.
  • vacuum/clean furniture
  • vacuum floor
  • steam clean carpet

 

Here is how I do each task….

 

Wash Curtains ::

I do this first so they are clean and dry to hang back up when I am done cleaning the room.

 

Dust ::

Grab your favorite duster (I like swiffer with the extended handle) and start at the top of the room.  Go around the ceiling, corners, walls, all the way down to the baseboards.  Move furniture out from the walls to get behind it.

 

Window ::

Wipe down the mini blinds if you have them.  Then wash the window, tracks and window sill.  I spray my natural all-purpose cleaner, Basic H,  and even use q-tips to get in the track and remove the gunk.

 

*** check the laundry and put in dryer ***

 

Furniture + Knickknacks ::

Again, I use the natural all-purpose spray, Basic H, and wipe down everything!  Remove stuff from furniture first to wipe down and then clean each item before you put it back. Vacuum couch cushions.

 

Floor ::

Vacuum the WHOLE room.  Move furniture to make sure you get it all.  Use the hose to get in all the corners. Then take the time to mop or steam clean the carpet.

 

Lastly, put everything back and enjoy your hard work!

 

Check out these cleaning posts too ::

How to safely clean your TV

5 Steps to a Neat[er] House

 

Next, follow me on facebook to get my latest cleaning tips!  Leave me a post on what you are cleaning.  I would love to hear and cheer you on!

Happy Cleaning,

Claire

 

 

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Spring Clean My House: the Bedroom

How is your spring cleaning going?

So far we have cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms

{ If you are just joining the Spring Clean My House Challenge, read this post first to catch up. }

This week we move on to the bedrooms!

Spring Clean My Bedroom

I don’t know about you, but mine seems to need a big dusting.  I try to keep up with it to keep the dust allergy on the down-low and this checklist always helps reduce it big time!

 

So grab your supplies and get ready to spring clean the bedrooms!  Start with a 15 min clean up.  Pick up stuff off the floor, clear off dresser and night stand so you can deep clean faster.  I love baskets to help contain stuff I need to go through later.

 

Spring Clean My Bedroom Checklist ::

* wash curtains

* strip/wash bedding and linens

* dust ceiling, walls, wall decor, baseboards, door frames, light fixtures

* dust and wipe down mini blinds

* clean window, tracks and window sill

* wipe down lamps and knickknacks

* wipe down furniture

* flip/rotate mattress

* vacuum/steam clean carpet

 

Ok.  We are ready to tackle it! 

 

Curtains + Bedding ::

Start by stripping the bed(s) and window treatments.  Have your kids help with this, especially in their room.  I do this first so I can get the massive laundry pile going while I clean the rest of the room. 

 

Dust ::

Grab your favorite duster (I like swiffer with the extended handle) and start at the top of the room.  Go around the ceiling, corners, walls, all the way down to the baseboards.  Move furniture out from the walls to get behind it.

 

Window ::

Wipe down the mini blinds if you have them.  Then wash the window, tracks and window sill.  I spray my natural all-purpose cleaner and even use q-tips to get in the track and remove the gunk.

 

*** check the laundry and get the next load in! ***

 

Furniture + Knickknacks ::

Again, I use the natural all-purpose spray and wipe down everything!  Remove stuff from furniture first to wipe down and then clean each item before you put it back.

 

*** check laundry and get the next load in! ***

 

Mattress ::

Vacuum the mattress before you flip it then do the other side.  It will help remove dust particles!

 

Floor ::

Vacuum the WHOLE room.  Move furniture to make sure you get it all.  Then take the time to mop or steam clean the carpet.

 

 

The last step is to put the furniture back, remake the bed, hang the curtains and get a good dust free sleep that night!

 

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Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

 

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Spring Clean My House: The Bathroom

Last week we deep cleaned our kitchens and now we are moving on to the bathroom.  The kitchen is definitely the hub of the home, but the bathroom is right up there as most used.  It can also be a hang out for germs! 

{ If you are just joining the Spring Clean My House Challenge, read this post first to catch up. }

This week we are deep cleaning the bathroom and getting rid of the icky germs and soap scum.  It honestly is my least favorite space to clean, but the space I most want clean when I use it.  lol  Does that make sense?

Spring Clean My  Bathroom

To get your bathroom sparkling clean again, just grab your supplies and follow the checklist below!

Spring Clean My Bathroom Checklist ::

* wash shower curtain, window treatment, towels and rugs

* dust { ceiling, walls, light fixtures, cabinets }

* wipe down walls, door and light switches

* clean mirror

* clean countertops

* clean/shine sink and faucet

* wipe down cabinets { use a small brush or toothbrush to get in the crevices }

* clean and disinfect toilet

* clean shower/tub

* clean floor

 

When I clean a space in my home or when I owned my housecleaning business, I found the fastest and easiest way was to clean top to bottom. 

Let’s go through the checklist together……..

 

***Begin with a quick clean up.  Put away items and clear off the counters.  Put the shower curtain, window treatment, towels and rugs in the washer before you begin cleaning to save time. ***

 

Dust ::

Get your duster (my favorite is the swiffer with the extended handle) and start with the ceiling.  Work your way down.  It will go super quick!

 

Wipe down the walls, door and light switches ::

I have 3 boys.  Picture muddy and greasy fingerprints everywhere and …ahem… missed potty shots.  Need I say more?

 

Clean mirror ::

Simple.  Spray with natural window cleaner and wipe with a microfiber cloth.  (THIS ONE is my favorite because it leaves NO streaks.  LOVE!)

 

Clean countertops ::

Spray and wipe down with a natural cleaner.

 

Clean/Shine sink and faucet  ::

I use a natural scouring paste with a sponge to get the gunk off.  Use a small brush to get around the drain and around the faucet.  Rinse well and buff dry with a microfiber cloth to get it shiny. 

 

Wipe down cabinets ::

Spray with a natural cleaner.  Use a small brush to get in the cracks.  Wipe dry.

 

Clean and disinfect the toilet ::

I use my favorite non-toxic disinfectant for this tough job.  Squirt some in the bowl.  Spray the seat out and the whole outside of the toilet.  Remember I have boys!  Then scrub the inside and the seat hinge (again I use a small brush).  Then wipe down the seat and outside.  I like to just use toilet paper for this and flush it away.  It goes pretty fast that way!

 

Clean shower/tub ::

Remember we are deep cleaning.  Take the time to get rid of the soap scum!  If it’s got a lot I use the natural scouring paste with a stiff brush.  For the door use a good scrubbing sponge.  Let the paste sit for 20 min before you begin scrubbing.  For basic cleaning, I use a natural cleaner in the degreaser formula.  Spray and scrub with a sponge.  Rinse well.  { for shower doors with water spots, check to see if they are etched in the glass.  unfortunately these can not be cleaned off.  you need a new door }

 

Clean floor ::

I like to wash the floor on my hands and knees.  It will get it the most clean.  Don’t forget the baseboards!

 

Check out a few of my bathroom cleaning posts ::

Remove soap scum from the shower

How to clean the shower

Organic Cleaning

 

Next, follow me on facebook to get my latest cleaning tips!  Leave me a post on what you are cleaning.  I would love to hear and cheer you on!

Happy Cleaning,

Claire

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Spring Clean My House: The Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the home wouldn’t you agree?  This is the first zone we will tackle and conquer in our Spring Clean My House challenge.  If you are just joining us, read this post first to catch up.  We are going to spring clean the kitchen so it will be a functioning, clean and healthy kitchen.  Pick a day of the week (or several) that work for you and go through the checklist.

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen

 

Spring Clean My Kitchen Checklist::

* dust { top to bottom. ceiling. corners. cabinets. walls. light fixtures }

* wipe down cabinets + backsplash

* clean oven and stovetop

* clean and shine sink

* clean the microwave

* wipe down countertops and backsplash

* clean dishwasher

* clean fridge – in and out

* sweep and mop floor and baseboards

 

To make this easy and simple, follow the checklist in order.  The natural flow of it will make the best use of your time and get you a sparkling clean kitchen in no time!  Let’s go through the checklist together….

** Begin with a quick kitchen clean up.  Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and clear off the counters. **

1. Dust ::

Grab your duster and a stool and start at the top.  Dust the ceiling, corners, light fixtures tops of cabinets, the front of the cabinets, the top of the fridge, etc.  You get the idea.  This will go super quick!

 

2. Wipe down the cabinets ::

Grab your natural cleaner and microfiber cloths or paper towels and start spraying.  Be sure to get in the grooves of the cabinets.  We are deep cleaning and this is the time to do it.  If you need, grab a toothbrush to get in there. 

 

3.  Clean the oven ::

This is a good time to start your self-cleaning oven (if you have it).  When it’s done and after it’s cooled off, I go back and use a natural scouring paste to remove any gunk that didn’t burn off.  Paste it on and let sit for 20 min before wiping off.  Then I spray with my favorite natural all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime and get it shiny.

 

4.  Clean the stove top ::

While the oven is self-cleaning and/or the paste is sitting, we are ready to tackle the stove top.  Multi-tasking is the name of the game! These must be handled with care depending what your surface is made of.   Be sure you are using a safe product to avoid scratching.  Let your cleaner sit for about 15 minutes if the grunge is stuck on.  Gently scrub in circles with a microfiber cloth.  Wipe it clean.  Good as new again! 

 

5. Clean the microwave ::

Wipe down the outside and inside, including the turntable.  For stuck on grime, spray and let it sit for a few minutes.

 

6.  Clean the sink ::

Get your hot water on, a sponge and a good small scrub brush for this task.  Remember we are deep cleaning so this is the time to get the grime out around the edges of the sink and faucet.   Scrub good in all the little nooks and crannies around your faucet.  It is crazy what can live there?! Don’t forget the outer edge of the sink too.After the sink is scoured and scrubbed, you can clean out the garbage disposal by putting cut up lemons in it or pour baking soda down it and run HOT water over it.  It will be smelling fresh again and look shiny.

 

7.  Wipe down the countertops and backsplash ::

I spray down an area and move things stored on the counter as I go.  It seems to make it go pretty fast.  Get in those corners and edges to give it a good clean.

 

8. Clean the dishwasher ::

Wipe down the inside and remove any ‘gunk’ at the drain. Run it empty with a cup of vinegar sitting on the top rack. Wipe down the outside.

 

9.  Clean the fridge – in and out ::

Wipe down the top, sides and front.  Use a small scrub brush or toothbrush to deep clean the cracks and water dispenser.  For the inside, I like to go shelf by shelf.  Remove all the contents.  Throw out expired foods.  Wipe down the shelf and put the food back in.  Take the drawers out all the way to get them clean the best.

 

10.  Sweep and Mop the floor and baseboards ::

The best way to really clean your floor is on your hands and knees.  I only do this when I am deep cleaning.  For daily cleaning I use an O’Cedar Mop.  Don’t skip this last step.  You will be so glad to have your floor so clean.  This is the time to get in the cracks of the baseboards, get in the corners and even behind the fridge.

 

Other posts to check out  ::

How to clean the kitchen sink : Video

How to clean wood floors safely

How to clean the oven

 

The next step is to …..

Follow me on facebook and twitter (@clairesHH #springcleanmyhouse). 

Post a picture and share what you have cleaned.  I can’t wait to see!

New zone next week.

Happy Cleaning!

Claire

 

I use all natural cleaners because chemical based cleaners are harmful for the air inside your home and for your body.  They have been linked to autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and even cancers in young children; not to mention making you just plain feel sick with a headache. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not chance something as precious as my child’s life, so I use natural products that are safe and effective.

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Spring Clean My House: Get Ready!

I love spring time because the sun starts shining and flowers start popping up and it reminds me of a new start!  A new beginning and the chance to start fresh.  I like to jump on the feeling of motivation as quickly as possible (it could be gone quick!) and get started on cleaning my house.  A clean space and home is energizing and gives me a clear mind.

 

I hope you will join me on my newest challenge ::

Spring Clean My House

 

It will be Simple.

It will be Easy.

It will be Fun!

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{{ Be sure to get my Daily Cheat Sheet printable here. }} 

 

However, deep cleaning I do not do as regularly.  I would rather be playing with my kids, spending time with my hubby or you know…Starbucks and shopping.  Time to get it done and prepare the way for summer vacation with the margaritas kids.

 

Let’s get started! 

 

Here is the plan ::

::  We are starting April 8th and will be tackling one zone a week.

::  Each Monday I will post the zone and checklist for the work to be done during the week to sparklize (yes. it’s a made up word) your space.  Here are the zones we will conquer together…..

 

1. Kitchen

2. Bathroom

3. Bedrooms

4. Living/family room

 

::  Take a ton of before and after pictures to share with us on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!

 

Here is the tools checklist ::

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. duster {I use swiffer}

. microfiber cleaning cloths

. all-purpose natural cleaner {I use this one}

. safe disinfectant {I use this one}

. natural scouring cleanser {I use this one}

. paper towels

. garbage bags

. microfiber mop {I use the O’Cedar spray mist}

. small scrub brush {I use a toothbrush + OXO SoftWorks}

. broom

. vacuum

. carpet cleaner {borrow or rent if you don’t have one}

 

{{ Click HERE for a printable tools checklist }}

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If you want to use the same natural cleaners I do, go here to order 🙂 

 

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Read this too!  :: How I clean natural for pennies , How to Clean Natural

 

I am so excited for this!  It’s going to be FUN!

Leave me a comment to let me know you are spring cleaning with us.

 

See ya here Monday with the Kitchen Checklist!

xoxo,

Claire

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