Now that the weather is starting to turn warm, my thoughts have turned to putting away all the heavy blankets, opening up the windows for fresh air, and rotating all my short-sleeved tops into my closet.
And there’s another thought lurking too…one that I don’t want to really think about, because I’m dreading it. It’s Spring Cleaning.
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Does anyone else shudder a little bit when thinking about cleaning their house for spring? Ugh, I know I do!
Just the thought of how much work goes into cleaning my house from top to bottom makes me want to hide. Or at least consider how much the dust on the curtains will show to any guests that might visit over the next few weeks.
But guess what…spring cleaning isn’t really as bad as we all think. There’s a way to do it that won’t overwhelm you, but will allow you to have that freshly clean home that you can be proud to show to even the pickiest mother-in-law 😉
Where did the idea of Spring Cleaning come from?
So why do we even have to do spring cleaning anyway?
According to Country Living, spring cleaning was needed during the 1800s in order to clean the soot from kerosene lamps, which burned all winter, off the walls. (I say Thank Goodness for electricity!)
Religious culture also played a part in the annual cleaning tradition. Before Passover, Jews clean their kitchens from top to bottom in order to rid their homes of any bread made with yeast (even the crumbs have to go!), and Christians clean the altar on Maundy Thursday. It was natural to continue the cleaning tradition at home.
Today it seems like a good idea to do a big cleaning in the spring in order to get rid of any dust that has settled throughout the winter, and to freshen the home after having it shut up for so many months.
What does it mean to deep clean your house?
Spring cleaning really just means that you give your home a deep cleaning in the spring. But what is a deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning simply means to clean your home from top to bottom, especially the areas of the house that don’t get cleaned regularly.
For example, I bet most of us don’t even take notice of our baseboards, let along think to wipe them down regularly. But they actually do accumulate dust over time.
Curtains aren’t washed every week…at least in my house they aren’t! But they can also gather a lot of dust (or finger marks from tiny little hands) and need to be washed occasionally.
In the spring, when the sun starts to come out more often, the dirt and dust in our homes start to stand out more. And since it’s warmer, it’s a good time to open up the windows and air out the house a bit, hence, a good time to deep clean.
How can I make spring cleaning easier for myself?
Thinking about deep cleaning the whole house can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you are already having a hard time keeping up with regular cleaning during the week.
That’s why I love using a planner to help me space out the cleaning, so that I can do a little bit at a time.
I really love the Ultimate Cleaning Guide by Ruth Soukup that is in this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
Not only does this guide give you helpful planning sheets that let you plan out cleaning tasks that are compatible to your schedule, but she also gives you advice on the best store-bought cleaning supplies, as well as recipes for homemade cleaners.
But if you’re the kind of person that just wants to be given a plan to follow so that you don’t have to think about how and when to clean something, this guide includes that too, along with a decluttering guide.
To involve your kids in the cleaning, there are some great printable chore cards included that you can give them each day so that they know which chore to do.
The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle isn’t just about cleaning
But as good as the cleaning resources are in this year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, there are so many more resources in there to help you make your home the best it can be for your family.
Curious what the bundle includes?
When you buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, you’ll get access to:
- 62 eBooks…including my Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids ebook!
- 30 eCourses, videos & audio files
- 34 printables & workbooks,
- and 3 membership sites
all centered around homemaking: budgeting, faith, family, home management, kitchen, intentional living, self-care, time-management, and work-at-home resources.
There are also some pretty amazing bonus items that come free with the bundle too, like craft kits for your kids, books for your kids, skin care products, a calendar app, journaling products, coloring pages, and more.
The best thing about this bundle, however is the price. For 129 products, including 441 recipes, 3,100 printables, and 7 bonuses, you pay less than $30. Yep, $30!!
I’ve been using the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for years now and have gleaned so much wisdom from it. I trust the quality of this bundle so much that I was willing to contribute my own products to it in order that I can help bless other moms.
Happy Spring Cleaning!