Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's that time again

So, remember my love of all things organized? Well, I love all things clean too. Not always do I love the cleaning process, but sometimes I get crazy and that happens. I love the finished product enough to keep me truckin through the chores I don't enjoy at least.

I am a clean person. However... imagine the cleanest person you know, multiply that times 1,876 and you will have my husband. He is a freak. He is OCD about it in the most loving sense of the word. It is not beyond him to, after I have already cleaned the kitchen, call me back in and show me the spots I did not get on the counter. If I don't fold his shirts the 'right way' when doing his laundry it is not beyond him to re-fold them. He is constantly teaching me the 'best' way to pour/fold/wipe/put away/get out.

So, it is with appreciation for my husband that I am going to be cleaning our house this week. Spring Break used to mean beaches, friends, and doing a whole lot of nothing in my college days. Now Spring Break means Spring Cleaning. Ugh. I feel like such an adult.

Just in case there's anyone else out there who is in spring cleaning mode, I'm putting up a list of what I'll be doing as well. It'll be fun- we'll be cleaning buddies!

Spring Cleaning Checklist 2010, baby!

* Clean out Fridge and Freezer. Take out contents (put in a cooler if needed) and wipe down with a solution of 2 Tbs baking soda per 1 quart hot water.
* Move fridge forward and clean underneath it
* Clean microwave. Put a microwave safe bowl with water and lemon juice and heat it to boiling (2-3 minutes) ; the steam will loosen particles and the citric acid will cut through the grease.
* Scrub kitchen appliances, cabinets, and backsplash
* Take cushions off of couch and vacuum each part
* Bring cushions outside and hit (is there a more technical term?) to freshen and loosen dust
* Dust bookshelves. Remove books and decorations from each shelf to get every space
* Wipe down walls and baseboards with a mild soap and warm water mixture (make sure wall paint can handle water)
* Vacuum or dust blinds and curtains, ceiling fans, and crannies to get rid of dust and cobwebs
* Replace cold-weather clothing in closets with warm weather wear
* Put any clothes you haven't worn in at least 1 year in a Goodwill pile
* Go through toiletries and make-up and toss anything too old
* Remove lint from clothes dryer hose
* Re-stock first aid kit
* Reseal grout
* Deodorize carpets: Sprinkle about 1 Cup of baking soda or cornstarch per room. Vacuum after 30 minutes
* Clean windows and window screens. Windex always works wonders, but here's another solution: 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water; Mix the ingredients in a bucket and use to scrub windows.
* Organize files in home office. Make sure policies, contracts, etc. are in place and up to date.
* Scrub bathrooms
* Clean gutters
* Sweep/Dust/Mop floors

Okay, that's good for me. It's time to get cleaning!


  1. Sarah - you go girl. This is a great list, but I can't believe you are going to finish it in a week. And Clean Gutters??? Really? I've never done that in my life. Love the baking soda on carpet tip and I'm going to do that one today.
    Happy Cleaning!!
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  2. oh love some of the cleaning tips! hope you've planned well so you're not cleaning the gutters in the snow :-)

  3. Are you saying its wrong to go behind people and redo things? Or to point out when they've missed something? lol My husband has pointed out many many times that I do exactly that. I can't seem to help myself.

    Good luck with your spring cleaning!

  4. wow.

    can i hire you to do my house next?

  5. Call me crazy! I did a little bit yesterday, I'm doing a little today, then tomorrow my whole day is devoted to cleaning... I'm kind of excited about it even. Except the gutters- the ladder and getting pine needles and whatnot job will be left to the husband :)

  6. Wow, this is awesome! Thanks for posting your list. I am the type that needs to have something to look at for direction so this is perfect! Happy cleaning. :)