Did you read yesterday’s post? Did it make sense? Did it sound hopeful?
Today we will walk through a session of how I keep my house spring clean. Seeing an example will give a better idea of how this method will serve you as you clean your house within your schedule, so here goes!
First, gather the supplies you will need. I like the double sided tote shown here because it can hold supplies and soapy water in one container. I’m not sure I’ll need all of this, but I don’t mind bringing it along. I don’t normally use rubber gloves for cleaning windows, but I know there will be need for them when I do the threshold. Not shown is a roll of paper towels.
This is the front door to my house. We know it is early spring because the tulips in the yellow pot have faded. We know there was a recent cold snap because the geranium is not in its plant stand. You see the trees across the street from us, reflected in the glass of the front storm door. What you do not see is how dirty the glass and the frame are. They really distract from the beauty outdoors with smears and dusty rain spatters. The first step is to spray the glass with window cleaner and wipe down with paper toweling. This huge expanse of glass is hard to make clean-looking, so I am not afraid to spray some cleaner and change paper towels often. I found that spraying the entire door-sized window and wiping quickly, from the bottom up, works best. Then I repeat. After that, open the door and do the inside the same way.
Since the storm door is aluminum with a baked-on paint-like finish, I spray the frame with glass cleaner, too, and wipe it down. I am always amazed at how dirty doors can be, by the handle or knob. I notice a couple screws missing, and list them for replacing, later.
Next is a close-up of the intricacies of this door. It needs a new coat of paint as the dark green is too heat-trapping for this western exposure. We do not have the paint, yet, so I guess it will keep until the weather warms more. Therefore, I will clean the scrolling designs, which tend to fill with road dust. I use the window spray, again, because in these tight designs, rinsing off soap would be difficult. I use an old toothbrush to scrub gently on the knocker, without any cleaner.
Before going indoors, I notice the threshold is rather dirty. Using warm, soapy water and a scrub brush, I work on the concrete surface and the metal parts. The rubber strip gets a careful wiping with a sponge. I wipe off as much as I can and make note of the tiny crack forming, so we can make repairs.
Inside, the door is not so intricate, but is a flat white, needing washing often. I note the door has not been painted correctly, needing white on the edge, instead of the green. Then I begin at the bottom, using a spray, again.
By this time, a half-hour is nearly over, so it’s time to put things up. What? It doesn’t seem like much? You’re right, using this method makes Spring Cleaning not seem like much, at all.
I’ve been working hard all week and tomorrow is my usual day off, so on Monday, we’ll do this closet, by the front door.
See you then!
6 thoughts on “Spring into Cleaning with Ease!”
Yes – I read the last one – and have just been thinking that I need to do an audit of domestic to-dos.
It’s the half hour I am struggling to find. I need about an hour a day to keep the house moving on. An additional 30 mins for a structural cleaning seems unlikely!
Where I could probably use advice is how to get my two year old, five year old and 7 year old to help rather than hinder – I find that I lose patience too quickly – and, against my better judgement – I am tempted to send her off to watch TV and let me “get on”.
So – child deployment strategies welcome!
I wouldn’t try to spring clean if I were moving. That’s taking on more than is possible. I’d wait until I was situated, maybe try it for later. It is an on-going program, a half hour every day, like exercise.
But when you add to that a few very young children, you have every right to feel overwhelmed. These are the times when a neighbor would help out and If we were not half a nation apart, perhaps I could come over and babysit while you scrub doors.
I hear you, though and will be certain to include suggestions about children very soon, okay? Okay!
Thanks. I’m sure if I could be a little more patient with my children that would help for a start.
(We’re not moving – I just meant moving the house on as is getting the daily round of things done – dishes, laundry, beds, kitchen, kitchen, kitchen, shopping, laundry etc…)
A-a-ah! Patience! My favorite lesson! 😉 You are right, though. One thing more important than a clean house is a patient mom. Another thing more important than a clean house is teaching your children how to clean, and that cleaning can be fun.
Okay, so you are not moving. Sorry about the mistake.
If you are not striving for perfection, I would totally agree that your main goal should be to teach your little ones how to clean. Believe me, it pays off in the end. For instance: just this weekend, because we were having company, a couple of my grown kids stripped and remade six beds Yea! But, more on children, later
fabulousl. i love how you break a task into tiny pieces so that anyone can manage it.
Me too! Ha! It comes from running a school for 25 years! 🙂