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How To Turn Spring Cleaning Into an Enjoyable Seasonal Ritual, Plus A Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

Tackling Spring Cleaning Room by Room
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A Case for Spring Cleaning with A Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist, Waiting On Martha

Spring cleaning has always gotten a bad rap.  The annual chore of purging the whole house, whether you secretly enjoy it or not, brings about the connotation of an overwhelming slew of dirty work.  But when we actually take a second to think about it, cleaning gives you a huge sense of accomplishment, and it can be incredibly meditative and regenerative.  

A good cleaning works to clear the space, and it encourages a calm, peaceful and healthy (literally) environment.  It can also help extend a feeling of contentment with what you already have, decreasing your likelihood of spending money on things you don’t need. 

So this year, instead of moaning and groaning about it (and putting it off) I’m embracing this springtime ritual. In fact, recently, I have basked in glorious Sundays inside, where I have cleaned the house for a busy week ahead. I’m finding that the “reset” feeling is priceless, and it’s gotten me to understand the joy that Marie Kondo taught us

While spring cleaning can be great, I also understand it can be overwhelming.  So to help you get started we at Team WOM got together and created the ultimate spring cleaning, printable, checklist.   This spring cleaning checklist should quiet that feeling of where to start and make your home easier to navigate; breaking it all down room by room.  Find our printable checklist HERE.

Along with checklist I’ve also highlighted a few additional tips for those hard to clean spaces and places.  Tips like how do you actually clean your wood cutting boards, a breakdown of expiration dates, and the easiest way to tackle your blinds. And if you’re looking for some organizational inspiration make sure to check out our previous posts on linen closet, laundry room, and bathroom organization.

Lastly, I urge you to do your research and consider making the switch to non toxic cleaning solutions.  Switching to non toxic cleaning solutions is not only one of the healthiest things you can do for you and your family, it’s also the least expensive in the long run.  Cheers, Kat

P.S. While you’re degreasing, decluttering, and cleaning from top to bottom why not rid it of some bad juju with our DIY smudge sticks while you’re at it? 

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End-Grain Cutting Board in Walnut

Williams-Sonoma, $169.95

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As you’re sanitizing your wood cutting boards, stay away from the dishwasher. Instead, be sure to immediately rinse with hot water and soap, letting it dry properly and thoroughly. 

And did you know?  You can bring an old cutting board back to life and remove stains with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and half of a lemon. Scrub all over with the lemon, then let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. If it’s a little stinky, spritz the board with white vinegar and a drop or two of lemon essential oil

Bamboo Blind 2-Inch Slats in Pecan

Overstock, $47.99

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When you tackle the blinds and curtains around the house, remember to vacuum horizontal ones across the slats, not up and down, and starting top to bottom.  Team WOM swears by the Dyson Cordless Vacuum with all sorts of detachments perfect for cleaning blinds, sofas, cars, etc. 

If you’re dusting vertical blinds, brush downward.  These motions will help ensure the blinds do not become damaged or unhinged during the cleaning process. 

2 Tier Acrylic Tower

The Container Store

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As you’re decluttering and cleaning the bathroom, pay extra attention to expiration dates on beauty products and pill bottles.  This is a great time to purge unused and expired items that are taking up precious space below the sink. Here’s a great breakdown of common expiration dates to keep in mind (it’s pretty mind blowing if you haven’t thought about it!). 

St. Honore Soap Dish

One Kings Lane, $12

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Don’t forget about sanitizing the most-used items in the bathroom like soap dishes and toothbrush holders.  These items can catch and store moisture (which is never good) and should be cleaned more frequently than you probably realize. 

Try to limit the amount of water collected by wiping down frequently after uses.  When you deep clean, soak them in hot water in the sink, or run them through the dishwasher. 

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Featured image, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

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