Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning Tips

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Cleaning never has and likely never will be “my thing”.

I don’t enjoy it in the least.  I often find the activity so unpleasant that living in relative filth doesn’t even really get to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a totally disgusting human, and I don’t make my children live in squalor.

It’s more that I outsource the tasks whenever possible, and I’ve done a pretty spectacular job at instructing my children on how to clean pretty much every single thing.  You know, so I don’t have to.

Don’t look at me like that.  With your judgy ‘she’s-lazy’ eyes.  They like doing it and it’s like building a life skill or something.

There are times during the year, however – spring being one of them – that I just absolutely have to get my hands dirty.

I do it right though; no wasting time, no dallying about, just getting to it on the few things that matter.  Just, quick and easy spring cleaning for me.

Expert Non-Cleaner Spring Cleaning Tips for Those Who Hate Cleaning

1.  Focus on the big stuff.  Like the pantry, and the closet, and the mini blinds.  Stuff that gets neglected most of the year because it has a door, or is up high and relatively out of sight.  The closet is actually my favorite because it usually ends in a shopping trip of some sort.

2.  Do the windows.  Clean those bad boys, let the sun in, and without actually doing much else, everything suddenly looks cleaner.  Or, dirtier, depending on who you are.

3.  Take care of your floors.  Winter weather is all coated up on those things.  Get it off now so you don’t feel icky when you’re enjoying barefoot time this summer.  Plus, musty smells like to settle into your carpets and your hardwoods, clean them and the entire place will smell fresher.

4.  Use the right products.  Honestly, you can make your own.  A little vinegar and water is all it really takes.  Personally, I enjoy a little lemony freshness (if I’m going to be stuck cleaning, I want it to smell like I’ve accomplished a miracle when I’m done), so add some lemon to that mixture and you’ll be good to go.

5.  Don’t forget outside.  The outdoors needs some cleaning up too.  Even if your thumbs aren’t green, the walkways need sweeping and the gutters could probably use a good cleaning out.  Take a walk around the perimeter of your house.  Look for loose boards and broken bits.  Check the yard and see what was washed away and destroyed during the bad weather season.  If you’re me this is all really just a reconnaissance mission because all of the outside work will be delegated to your husband so you can focus on planning what you’ll buy to enhance your spring wardrobe getting the inside in tip top shape!

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Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning Tips

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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  1. Grace says:

    i enjoy the freshness of spring and actually like spring cleaning when it does not involve my spouse telling me we nee to throw everything of mine away…

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