Spring is right around the corner (yay!), and millions of people will embrace the wave of nicer weather and take the opportunity clean out their homes. Just like the beginning of the new year, the month before spring is a great time to hit 'reset' and get ready to head into the new season feeling energized and refreshed.
If you're anything like me you're always cleaning and organizing. I've been organizing my home since 2018 began and I'm constantly minimizing the number of "things" I own, but I rarely give my house a good, deep clean. I certainly keep it dusted, vacuumed, and cleaned, but I mean 'remove the bottom of the fridge and vacuumed under it', clean.
I've often talked about turning 35 right after the new year and how I'm just really approaching this year differently. From my style to my decor, to organizing my home, self-care, and taking on big life changes, I'm taking control in my 30s and giving my home is good, deep, spring cleaning is going to be just the thing to do so that I can feel at peace heading into March and April.
When you sign up for my spring cleaning checklist I'm going to send you a PDF of a laundry list of things to do. We're talking deep cleaning your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, garage and car, plus a page with all those other to-do's that are necessary for the smaller parts of your home.
Before you begin your weekend of cleaning you'll want to make sure you have everything you need to actually clean your home.
Here are a list of my favorite supplies to clean with. I am in the process of switching all my household supplies to non-toxic, so you'll see some of my favorite healthy items, some that I currently use, and some that I'll be using as soon as my current stock runs out.
- All-Purpose Cleaner - We use this Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Cleaner and LOVE it. It cleans everything, including tough stovetop stains. Sold from both Amazon and Target.
- Laundry Detergent - We also stick with Seventh Generation for our laundry detergent. It's gentle on the clothes as well as the environment. Sold from both Amazon and Target.
- Dryer Sheets - We use Method for our dryer sheets, and these are carried by both Amazon and Target.
- Hand Soap - Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap is found throughout our house, and though I like all the scents, the Basil is my favorite. Sold from both Amazon and Target.
- Dusting Spray - I currently am finishing up a can of Endust, but I'm going to try this natural Puracy brand next time. Bonus - it's safe for pets in addition to being all natural.
- Window Cleaner - I'm also finishing up a bottle of Windex right now, but will try this Native Organics all-natural window and glass cleaner when the Windex is gone.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner - I was a Lysol user, but I've now switched over the Seventh Generation for my toilet bowl cleaner.
- Shower Cleaner - I'm finishing up a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles, but will be trying this Greenerways Organic Shower Cleaner next. Full disclosure, I don't have tile in my bathroom so I can't speak to how well either clean in between tile.
- Disinfectant Wipes - I'll be trying out these Seventh Generation Disinfectant Wipes in my car this spring when I give it a good cleaning.
- Vacuum - I'm a Dyson pet hair vacuum girl myself, but I know that they can be pricey. While I haven't used a Shark before, I've had people rave about it, and the price point is a little easier to take as well.
- Paper Towels - I just Target brand paper towels and find they work great and are cheaper than Bounty or another name brand, but just use what you're already using.
- Rags - Gather up old t-shirts or towels, or you can grab a 25 pack of shop towels to use on Amazon for only $11.
- Mop + Cleaner - I use a Swiffer Wet Jet and it's not only great to use on tile and hardwood, but it's footprint is small, making it easy to store.
- Broom - Grab your broom and make sure to have a wide-mouthed one if you have a garage that needs to be swept out.
- Energy Efficent Light Bulbs - Make sure you know what watts and quantities you need, then switch all your light bulbs over to energy efficient.
Last but not least, be sure to grab any bins and drawers you need to organize the various items in your home or garage. You may end up with what seems like a mess as you're going through the process, but it's all for the greater good, so be sure to have what you need for storage on hand to make the process go smoothly.
Once you have your supplies and your checklist in hand all you have to do is pick the right weekend to dedicate to cleaning. While the cleaning itself isn't necessarily "fun", it's completely worth having a nice, clean home when you're done, and you'll be glad you did it!
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