A Spring Cleaning Schedule Busy Mom’s Can Actually Stick To

It all started in my backyard, having a conversation with my neighbor about cleaning our houses. Both of our families are currently on a budgeting track and she had recently stopped paying for a weekly cleaning service. And then she began noticing the cleaning that had been neglected, starting with the dust collection on her blinds. Naturally, I had to check mine. Thus kickstarting my ass into spring cleaning mode.

If you don’t know, I am a stay at home mom to two toddlers (4 and almost 3). My weekly goal is to tackle one chore a day. For example: Monday I dust and vacuum the 2nd floor, Wednesday I clean the bathrooms, Thursday I dust and vacuum the first floor, and every day I try to do one load of laundry. It works for me and it spreads out the cleaning so that I’m not spending hours on one day. Instead I spend and hour, sometimes 2, on a daily basis completing one task. But, I don’t deep clean on a regular basis. Think baseboards, blinds, grout, etc.

That is where, I think, spring cleaning really got the name. It’s about this time of year when we’ve all been stuck inside for months, with next to no motivation for anything, that we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thus, spring cleaning.

As I said, I am not a cleaning day person. So I am not putting aside a weekend to complete all the spring cleaning. Instead I have broken up my house into sections I want to complete deep cleans in. I know I will quickly loose motivation and then be burnt out, and we don’t want that.

If you are anything like me, this is a spring cleaning “schedule” you can easily stick to. And when I say schedule, I use it loosely. Because this isn’t a schedule so much as a way to break up your house into digestible chunks. You can do this in a week, or take the next three months to check each area off your list.

As you move through each room, take as much time as you need. Maybe you only have the time/energy to complete one room a day. Or even half a room. The bottom line is this, we aren’t moving on until the room is completely done. Go at your own pace! It could be one category a week. It could be one room a week! Whatever is going to work for you and your schedule, without sacrificing the cleaning.

Cleaning Checklist

Here is the basic checklist for each room you tackle:

  • Dust all surfaces using a microfiber cloth and Vinegar solution (1 part vinegar, 1 part water). This includes bookshelves, bedposts, and the sides of nightstands/dressers.
  • Clean all baseboards and blinds using the vinegar solution
  • Clean fan blades
  • Wash all bedding and blankets
  • Spot clean any stains in carpet
  • Declutter! In bedrooms this means clothes, toys, books, blankets. In the kitchen or living spaces, what do you never use? What is broke? Get rid of it all. The less you have, the easier it is to keep spaces clean and tidy (especially in the playroom!)
  • Clean windows including glass and the track. So much grime gets stuck here! I used the vinegar solution here as well.
  • In the kitchen, clean inside and outside of appliances. Yes, take EVERYTHING out of the fridge and wipe that sucker down, you won’t believe what sits in your fridge if you aren’t doing this regularly!
  • Sanitize toys.
  • Vacuum.
  • Mop hard floors. I LOVE my steam mop!

I always leave vacuuming for the end (the exception being the bathrooms!). This way I am collecting any dust that has fallen while cleaning other pieces of the room.

Here is a checklist for bathrooms:

  • Clean baseboards, showerhead, top edge of shower wall, light fixtures
  • Vacuum
  • Clean as normal
  • Declutter and check towels, does anything need an upgrade?
  • Clean/dust anything that sits on the counter
  • Replace toothbrushes!

Remember This!

Spring cleaning is a time to get your house back to ground zero. Focus on the things you don’t clean on a weekly or monthly basis. The baseboards, the fans, the inside of the fridge. And then, declutter. Spend the most time in decluttering mode. Have you even opened this box in storage in the last year, or three years? Do your kids need 700 toys? Do you need 8 different knives in your kitchen?

In December of 2022 I cleared out my kitchen and cleared off the countertops. We were constantly dropping things on the kitchen counter and letting it sit there for days, weeks on end and it drove me insane. The truth? Clutter attracts clutter. Once I cleaned off my countertops, it was so much easier to keep the clutter at bay. We didn’t want to drop things on the counter because it was already clear.

My biggest project right now is going through the kids toys. They have so much freaking stuff, and they don’t use half of it. Instead, it just moves around my house in a constant state of mess that I am spending so much time picking up daily. Kids don’t need a million and four toys. They play so much better when their choices are limited. If you don’t believe me, start a toy rotation. Keep 5-10 toys out at a time for two weeks, and then check back in. Have they been playing more? Is the mess easier to handle?

The same goes for YOU and your closet. How many outfits do you realistically wear in a month. 5? 10? Trim stuff down. Stop holding onto the jeans that fit you four years ago because they might fit again. Donate and then, when you do get back to those size, treat yourself to a new pair! I am still working on my basics wardrobe, I started this fall, and its not easy to do but I know its going to be worth it!

And finally, if you aren’t already, go follow @JillComesClean on Instagram for some daily cleaning motivation. This mama knows her stuff and will have you cleaning something DAILY in no time.

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