Welcome to week 2 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge! Since you’re reading this, that means that you survived last week which was all about de-cluttering your space. Congratulations!!! (If you’re just joining us, click here to read part one) De-clutters was an essential first step in prepping our homes for the deep cleaning we’ll be doing over the next few weeks.
Here are a few of my favorite before and afters from last week:
Michelle from Home for Now showed us how to de-clutter and organize using baskets.
Rachel from Atwell Adventures organized her impressive DVD collection.
Weren’t those transformations amazing? Hope your spaces came out well too!
Now, let’s get started on this week’s challenge!!!
Week 2: Deep Clean-Up High
I’m splitting the deep cleaning portion of the challenge into 2 zones: up high and down low. Up high includes anything and everything that extends above your head. Here are some things that you may want to focus on:
1. Light fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Now that warm nights are ahead, those ceiling fans are going to be used more than ever. Dust and scrub these fixtures to ensure that they sparkle and shine. You may even want to invest in an extendable duster to facilitate your reach.
2. Walls and Doors
These are probably the most neglected surfaces in the home. Show them some love this week and remove any smudges or hand prints.
Let’s give our windows a good wash. Take down all blinds and curtains to make sure you’re getting every corner. Don’t forget to clean the windowsills and tracks as well!
4. Blinds and curtains
Since we’ve taken them down to clean the windows, we might as well clean our window treatments while we’re at it! However, before you just toss them in the wash, make sure you read the labels. Many fabrics are dry clean only.
These are just a few suggestions on where to start this week so don’t feel limited to these areas. Wall mounted TVs, fireplace mantles, and the tops of kitchen cabinets are other spots you may want to touch. Just use this rule of thumb: if it’s at eye level or higher, clean it 🙂
Do you need a good all-natural wall cleaner recipe? Here’s one of my favorites courtesy of The Natural Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier:
All Purpose Citrus Wall Cleaner
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup vinegar
- 6 drops orange, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake vigorously before each use. Lightly spray the affected areas of your wall and wipe with a clean damp sponge.
*Although this formula should safely clean your walls, test in a small area before your first use.
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Good luck this week everyone! Please keep me posted on how your week is going. We all need a little motivation to keep us going!!