This post for Spring Cleaning Tips was sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have a confession to make. My house has felt completely out of control since I had my baby over a YEAR ago. I never felt like I could catch up. I knew that having one more child would divide my time even more, but I didn’t anticipate how much. If my house isn’t clean, I’m completely stressed out, so I’ve been stressed for a year and I could not understand WHY I couldn’t stay on top of things.
I finally realized the problem and decided to fix it.
You see, this is the first house that our family has stayed in for longer than 2 years. Every time we moved, I would purge. I never really did a Spring Cleaning because I didn’t have to. Since I’ve been in this house, I’ve deep cleaned and gotten rid of unneccessary items, but not to the extent I did when I would move. Everything is building up, nothing has a place and since I spend all my time putting things away, I didn’t have the energy to deep clean. Well, that’s changing!
I started with my bedroom because that is the one place where I can relax…and if it’s messy, I’m restless. I didn’t just clean my bedroom, I cleared out the closet and all the storage space!
Master Bed and Bathroom Spring Cleaning Tips
Tip One: If it doesn’t fit, throw it out
I cleared out everything in my dresser, closet and under the bathroom cabinets. I’m not very organized, so I always end up cramming everything where it shouldn’t go. The way I solved this was to get rid of anything I don’t need, until everything fit. I realized I wasn’t wearing so many of my clothes or any of my makeup because I couldn’t find it! It was kind of like shopping for free!
Tip Two: Break it up
If I start cleaning, I can’t stop, except I have children and they make me stop. I also get tired because when I’m taking a “break” from cleaning…it’s not really a break with kids. You don’t have to do everything in one day. I think doing one Spring Cleaning task a day for 2 weeks is better than burning yourself out before you have a chance to finish your house. I cleaned out my dresser one day, the bathroom cabinets the next and finished off with my closet. The rest of the house seems less daunting when I think of it that way.
Tip Three: Label ALL the Things
My husband about fell over dead when he saw my closet. It has NEVER looked this good. The reason I think this will stick is because I separated every type of clothing and labeled all of them. They look so pretty I want to always have a clean closet! Plus, since my husband does laundry (I know, right????!!!) the labels will be helpful for him when he puts my clothes away. I also organized everything by color, but knowing me…that won’t last long! lol
To make these, print them out and cut. I used a 2″ hole punch to cut out the hole, but you can also use scissors.
Tip Four: Keep Cleaning Supplies Accessible
The best way to deep clean your house is to not have to deep clean your house. I didn’t follow my own advice this year, but maintaining a clean home is the easiest way to get ready for Spring Cleaning time. Keep your cleaning supplies accessible. I always have plenty of paper towels and cleaning products in each bathroom so I don’t have to carry everything from room to room. I keep clearners, Cottonelle® and Scott® Toilet Paper, and Viva® paper towels under the sink and by the toilet.
Cottonelle® has CleanRipple Texture, which is designed to clean better than the leading national value brand. Scott® 1000 bathroom tissue is handy to have with kids because it’s a quality product that lasts! It even takes my son a while to go through those 1,000 sheets.
Having some Viva® paper towels on the sink is great because I can wipe it down really quick if I spill makeup or splash water. Viva® paper towels are super durable like cloth, so I can use them for tough cleaning jobs, too! You can purchase these products at Walmart in the cleaning aisle. There are so many different options. Use Viva® Vantage® for cleaning your faucets or any stainless steel items. You can also use Viva® Towels for dusting (something my closet desperately needed!)
Tip Five: Keep hydrated and take care of yourself
Cleaning can be tough on your body, so take care of it! Keep a water bottle close by and use a padded mat to cushion your feet and knees while you’re cleaning on a hard floor. Start off your day with a healthy breakfast to keep your energy levels up.
What Spring Cleaning tips do you have?