Did your spring cleaning go off without a hitch this year? If not, join the ranks! Not to worry: there’s still plenty of time to whip your house (and life!) into shape, any time of year! I’m definitely not a know it all when it comes to organization, so when attempting a big job like this I like to look to the pros. Those who make lists. Those who create organization challenges and stick to them. Those who know what it takes to keep a home organized! If you like lists, need some help staying on track, and want to spiffy up your home, look below for cleaning tips from the pros!
1. Holiday Sparkle has a 21 Day Organization Challenge. The list is broken down by day into areas or items that need cleaning and organization. There’s usually a fairly heavy work-load day followed by a lighter day of work. You can find the list and a free printable checklist here.
2. Good old Martha Stewart. Who better than the homemaker extraordinaire herself to tell you how to clean your home? On her website, she shares a “Spring Cleaning Checklist” – which is really so much more than that. There are tips and tricks about cleaning almost everything, from ceilings to grout lines. She lays things out in a table first in generalizations and overall tips and then breaking it down into rooms. Find her charts here.
3. The girls at Homeketeers put together a 30 Day Organization Challenge. Each day they posted a specific task to be completed along with some inspiration, photos and tips for accomplishing the task at hand. They covered your general high clutter household areas (linen closet, front closet, fridge, pantry, etc) as well as items (toys, digital photos, jewelry) and your life (organize your Christmas!). Plus, there are lots of printable checklists. Worth checking out here.
4. If you’d like some quick tips and a handy list of how to QUICK clean your house, you can print the “Top to Bottom Cleaning Checklist” from iMom. This list is a clear-cut break down of how to clean each room most efficiently (i.e. from TOP to BOTTOM). It’s basically a cheat sheet for cleaning, so none of us will fail. You can find the easy to handle list here.
5. Over on Country Chic Cottage, you can find a handy guide called “30 Minutes a Week to a Cleaner Home.” The general idea is that each week you DEEP clean something that desperately needs it – i.e. the things you don’t generally do weekly. There’s a printable list that breaks the cleaning and organizing down into manageable chunks by week. It might take 52 weeks to complete the whole thing, but when you work in 30 minute increments it’s not so overwhelming! Print out the list here.
6. You also don’t want to miss the “Thrifty Tips for Spring Cleaning and Organizing” on Remodelaholic. There are great ideas for several DIY cleaners and super frugal storage and organization DIY’s. See the list here.
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com