Is It Finally Spring?!

Spring has sprung for most of you, but for those of us in the Upper Midwest, we are still waiting for the snow to melt!  Neighbor Jenny did say she had Tulips coming up so that can only mean that spring will at some point show up here!

With the arrival of spring, there comes many great things.  The grass turning green, warmer temperatures, having the windows open and my all time favorite…spring cleaning!!!!! NOT! Who in their right mind looks forward to spring cleaning?  Or cleaning of any kind for that matter!  Not I said the little chic.  I was talking to a girlfriend the other day, and she was saying how she has a list on the side of the refrigerator that lists all the rooms of her house and what needs to be done in each room.  As she accomplishes one thing, she marks it off the list so she can see her progress and how far she has left to go.  (I suppose it helps her feel like it’s all worth it.)  She was about half done during that conversation we had and was spending this week finishing it.  The WEEK!  Cleaning!  I told her she was a rock star and could come do my house next 🙂

Well, that got me thinking about my own routine and what everyone else does.  Do you spring clean?  Do you dedicate a whole week (or a certain # of days) to it and go balls to the walls or do you just do a little here and there and get done about July?  I don’t dedicate a whole week to cleaning.  I don’t have a list that I mark off.  I just clean as the year goes. If one day my closet has finally gotten the best of me, I’ll take the time and clean it out.  If I finally notice all that dust on the ceiling fan, I will give it the old elbow grease.

And actually, the ceiling fan in my bedroom is what made me think it was maybe time to set up a spring cleaning routine!  While I was off of work a couple weeks ago, I was bored so I cleaned our bedroom top to bottom and let me tell you, for a fan that is NEVER turned off it sure did have a lot of dust on it!  Today when I was cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast, I decided I would clean the whole kitchen.  Have you ever looked in your toaster?!  I mean really looked at it?!  WHOA!  It’s amazing there aren’t more house fires every year!  So, I cleaned out the toaster and started on the refrigerator which I know has needed to be cleaned for awhile.  I took out every shelf and drawer, washed them up, washed the inside of the fridge, threw out a bunch of stuff, and now it looks like we have a brand new refrigerator! I did all around the outside and even moved it to sweep and mop behind it.  (It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.) It took me a couple of hours to accomplish all that so I decided to brake for lunch and write about it!

What’s your routine if you have one?  I decided I’m going to get as much done as possible as quickly as possible!  It might not last for next year, but at least I’ll have a clean house going into summer!  Now, back to the grind because my cupboards are calling 😦

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9 Responses to Is It Finally Spring?!

  1. Jenny says:

    Nope no spring cleaning here… I just clean as I feel like it through out the year. No routine either. Yes its amazing how much stuff falls inside the toaster. I clean the traps alot cause they’re always full of crumbs. Now that the fridge was mentioned I really should clean mine! I’m sure its very dirty. I just hate cleaning!!!

  2. SKL says:

    I actually like cleaning, but I have very limited time for it, so I do a little here, a little there. Unfortunately, that means I pretty much never have a time when I feel like all my spaces are clean. (And even if I did, I live in a house with others who will never take care of their spaces, nor their clutter stashes in the common areas.)

    I mentioned my closet a couple months ago. I got the itch to clean it, and I was amazed at how much stuff is in there that I never use and most likely never will. I got rid of a huge bag over the course of weeks, but there is still a ton of unused clothes in there. Same is true of various other spaces. I look forward to going back and clearing out another big pile of stuff, but it may be a long time before I have both the opportunity and the energy for it. I mostly clean as I go, a little here and a little there, so that enough gets done to prevent all-out chaos.

    One thing about Spring – you open the windows and all that fresh, fragrant air comes in – and the contrast with the dust and closeness of cold-weather living is stark. So I can see why people feel like cleaning more in the Spring.

  3. Laura says:

    I *should* have a list like your friend does. I have terrible ADD or something like it. I can’t seem to focus on one task long enough to finish it (of course, there are others that I focus on to the detriment of everything else). Cleaning is one of my least favorite things to do, so it always gets shoved way down on the list. I do try to do a little every day, to at least keep up with stuff around here. And I fantasize about going through the house, room by room, and just clearing out everything that’s taking up space that doesn’t belong there. We could probably set up a second household with all the extraneous stuff we have laying around!

    Every year, I promise myself that I’m going to go through everything and weed out ruthlessly (there are still boxes, unopened in the garage, that haven’t been unpacked since we moved here in ’05). Maybe this will be the year! Unfortunately, there are also tons and tons of things that are always popping up that need to be dealt with NOW… like I realized over the winter that our fencing is not going to hold up for another summer, so now I have to buy new wire, and replace a couple acres of board fence. Which means that the Spring Cleanout has just dropped another notch on the list.

  4. Phyllis says:

    I don’t have a routine for cleaning either. This year I’ve got 3 3/4 rooms done with all the walls washed, wood cabinets in kitchen washed and polished. I usually do things as I notice they need to be done. My mental list is really long this year for the simple reason that I’ve had a house full of people living with me and now I’m by myself. I find it impossible to get anything done with a houseful of people. My next BIG accomplishment will be to patch cracks that have developed in a couple of ceilings. I’ve already looked up the “how to” info on google. Now it’s getting the stuff needed and figuring out how to do it safely. I DO NOT want to chance falling again while doing anything. I spent the last 4 yrs waiting for bones to heal properly in one leg so I’ve got to be more careful since it’s still not as strong as before. It’s coming along nicely though and I’m thankful for all the stuff I can finally do again.

    My bedroom closet is the biggest challenge, and I keep putting that off. No matter how often I go through it, the dang closet is always out of control. 😦

    I figure if I do a little at a time all this stuff should be done by 2013. LOL! 😀

  5. brittany220 says:

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  6. Joy says:

    I’ve usually been the type that I do certain things each day but others only once a week or once a month. I used to clean a lot more than I do now. It’s a lot harder when it’s you alone and you don’t have kids anymore and things don’t get nearly as cluttered and messy but you also don’t “deep” clean as much because things “look” clean. It’s hard to explain. I can’t even say how often I dust but it’s not nearly as much and I used to do it. I really go “balls to the walls” and get it all done at once.

    I know what it means though, spring cleaning. For me when I get the spring itch I want new plants or I like doing my windows so everything seems bright. This year is so different because of the way we’ve been living with the house torn apart. I feel like it’s never going to be done and with that and working around my mom’s schedule, this year is different from any other I’ve ever had. I’ll be so glad to get my flooring in. I’m not sure how we’re going to empty the house tonight though. Remodeling is a NIGHTMARE!!!!! I hate it and hope to never have to do it again.

    I like “spring cleaning” in part because I like putting out my spring, Easter and summer decorations. That’s what I really like.

  7. Nikki says:

    I clean just about every day of my life. I go through my closets whenever I feel like it needs it. Spring cleaning for me, is straightening up the yard, putting my spring decorations up. Getting any clutter out of the house that I missed. My laundry room seems to fill up with odds and ends. Boxes, cat liter containers, laundry soap bottles.

    But actual “spring” cleaning…I enjoy the most because my windows are open, and I air the house out after a very long winter! LOL

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