Hopefully spring has been as lovely where you live as it has been in Cincinnati. February felt like the end of March, and March felt like April. All of this nice weather means our windows have been open a lot, and open windows always make me want to clean things. I don't mean dust (I'd rather do anything in the world besides dust!!). I mean deep cleaning - through things away - make your closet no longer a death trap cleaning. I'm not sure why... maybe it's just the smell of fresh air?
When we first moved into this house, my mom bought me this book:
Does anyone else have it? I'll give it a so-so review. There is a lot of good information, but I'm also more likely to google than to open this bad boy (in all 744 pages of its glory). My mom, who has a spotless house every day, all the time, didn't find too much use for it, but that's probably just because she could have written it.
There are some pros to it though, and my favorite part is Martha's suggested cleaning schedule. Some of them are a bit "Marth-y" ("Rotate the books in your library to prevent warping and sun damage"), but most if it is legit.
To prevent you from having to read a 744 page book about Martha Stewart, I've created a spring cleaning checklist. You can download it as a printable by going here. Since spring cleaning is about the only cleaning I can get excited about, I like to harness that positive energy into a sparkling, less stuff, oasis. Or a version of my home that is slightly better than what it was a month before. I have realistic expectations.
Here's a preview:
There are some things I include on this list that Martha wants me to do more often (wash pillows), but girl, I'm busy. I do the best I can.
If you are more like Martha than me, you might need to follow some of her other suggestions and clean down your ovenS, replace your heavy drapes and rugs with lightweight ones (WHO DOES THIS??), reseal your stone surfaces, and polish your metal door. Oh Martha. It's so cute that we pretend that you do any of this at any of your homeS. We know you have people.
Do you spring clean? Is there anything I left off of my list?
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