Spring Cleaning Tips For Busy Families

Spring Cleaning Tips For Busy Families

Spring Cleaning time again? try this to get it done in no time!

There’s nothing like a beautiful spring morning with the sun shining through your windows to highlight every damn spec of dust and cobweb in your house! I guess that’s where the term spring clean comes from as the rest of the year everything seems relatively acceptable. I’ve tried convincing myself that when my children make patterns in the dust on the TV stand this counts as creative development.

It’s not a good thing though and as much as try to convince myself other wise, after a long damp winter my house is in dire need of a spring clean. ** Humph **

Bearing in mind that I have a toddler, dog, pre-teen and teenager, as well as a Mum in a Nutshell, a small business to manage and a social life (of sorts) eating away at my day this leaves very little spare time to do the much-needed dust down. So I’ve been on a mission to plan the perfect spring clean for a busy family. I’ve narrowed the necessities into small bitesize chunks which can be done over 2 weeks, giving a 10 step spring clean.

Wash the carpets

This gets my number one spot for the simple reason being as much as a hoover gets rid of the surface dirt lord only knows what my bonkers sprocker picks up on his daily dog walk not to mention what we all praise through.

I hoover daily, don’t allow the dog or shoes upstairs and am 75 % wooden flooring downstairs, but once you actually see what comes out of your carpets it makes you realise how much t needed it! I  use the Vax Dual Power Reach Carpet Cleaner .if you would like a recommendation.

At first glance, it looks like an ordinary upright vacuum cleaner. Making it easier to store, that's quite a big factor for me as there's very little storage space left in the Nutshell crib. It works by filling the upper tank with water and cleaning solution (which is provided) and running over your carpets with the solution and then again with the suction switched on. It as simple as that. If you're wondering whether washing carpets is really necessary, surely a decent vacuum cleaner will do the job effectively, just by going over with a Vax Duel Power pro will let you know all you need. It's actually quite embarrassing when you see the colour of the liquid being lifted from what you think is a perfectly clean carpet. To think that my toddler plays on that, and the Tween and Teenager will lie down and watch movies. I always like to think I'm a clean person and I can keep the wooden floors hygienic with a mop and steamer, but just seeing the difference that a carpet washer makes has made me realise that all was not as it seems!

This is just from my front door lobby area and runner!

Clean food cupboard shelves

Also checking best before dates and returning them back in some sort of logical order i.e:things that you don’t use so often on the top shelves and those with a longer best before date at the back. I keep rice, pasta and lentils in a wide, shallow plastic container to catch any runaways, so give that a wash too. You’ll be surprised how many spices and herb pots are out of date but don’t throw them away. Click here for a handy idea of how to reuse them.

 Empty the fridge

Taking everything out, I wipe down every shelf, taking the door shelves out and washing them in hot soapy water. I keep open jars in my fridge so check the dates of everything before returning. I also give the seals a wipe through.

Pull out the beds and vacuum clean

Have you actually seen how much dust gathers there? I also vacuum the mattress’ and wipe down skirting boards behind the beds while I’m at it. Throwing everything in the washing machine and turning the mattresses. (That’s a comedy YouTube video on its own.) It’s also a great opportunity to air them out.  Memory foam mattress, like my Leesa one (can’t recommend this enough for comfort) don’t need turning over, instead I turn it top to bottom. Don’t forget that pillows need replacing every 2 years and mattress every 8, so if you’re due a new one, nows the time to look.

A review of a Leesa memory foam mattress, click here to learn more about the convenience of buying a mattress in a box;

Put duvets and pillows outside in the sun to air

We have a super king bed which means our duvet is huge and heavy so I rest it on open window cill to air it through. The smaller ones I can wash in the machine and hang on the line.  Older pillows are replaced and the rest washed.  The feather ones are stacked in an open window for the day.

Wipe down the dining table chairs

Our slate top table gets a battering and has buffered any spillage and stain known to man but the chairs and bench often gets over looked when I’m clearing up the meal spills. So I wash down the backs, legs and seats with hot soapy water.

Wash down walls where mildew has formed

With the house pretty much shut down for the Winter, there’s usually a spot in the house which shows sign of mildew or mould. In our case this is the bathroom. Giving it a wipe down with diluted sterilizing solution and leaving to dry with the windows open usually gets rid of it.

Move the sofas

and vacuum the hidden flooring, whilst also reclaiming a small Lego factory, half a dozen odd socks and the Teenager’s mobile phone. Would it be too sad to admit that I get quite excited wondering what I’m going to find?

Wash the curtains

If they’re washable obviously. I have been known to chuck some ‘dry clean only’ curtains in the tumble drier with a laundry fresher sheet then hang them on the line on a bright sunny day. If you’re not as daring as me then do the sensible thing and take them to the dry cleaners or buy a dry clean kit which you can do at home. Steaming them to remove dust and any other nasties in  the air is also an option. if you don’t have a steamer, use your iron

Hold a toy amnesty

By throwing out any broken ones, recycling old ones they’ve out grown and washing down the ones you’re keeping. This is always a dangerous one to do with children present as you’ll find they suddenly want to play with everything you get out and need to keep them like their life depends on it. I’d advise doing it when they’re not around.

Failing all this you could always just book a 2 week holiday and pay someone else to come and do it while you’re away.

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19 Comments

  1. 5th May 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Thank you, it definitely feels better once it’s done doesn’t it!

  2. christina
    5th May 2015 / 3:34 pm

    I am tired just reading that list, lol! But you are totally right, it all needs to be done and it makes a huge difference!

    • 5th May 2015 / 4:16 pm

      That’s why I try to do it over a few weeks with plenty of biscuit & coffee breaks

  3. 5th May 2015 / 6:05 pm

    I’m impressed, there are some pretty big jobs on that list! Not sure my spring cleaning will stretch quite so far! Although, I do need to do a huge clear-out of toys so think that might be the big job we tackle. x

    • 6th May 2015 / 1:57 pm

      I just keep reminding myself that its only once a year. It doesn’t seem so bad that way!

  4. 5th May 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Love a good cleaning related post! Makes me want to whip out my cleaning bucket! 🙂 xx
    Pinned on pinterest x

    • 6th May 2015 / 7:27 am

      Hope it helps Michelle. I have to plan everything or it never gets done!

  5. 7th May 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I LOVE a good old Spring Clean. I actually did my eldest daughters bedroom yesterday and our living room this morning! Took about 2 hours to do each room. I was so shocked on how many things were under the bed and under the sofas! And the amount of dust too!

    Although I hate housework, I do like keeping on top of the housework after a good spring clean.
    These are great tips!

    • 7th May 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks Beth, it’s amazing how long you spend doing it. I get carried away once I’ve got the music gloves on!

  6. 7th May 2015 / 7:10 pm

    What a fab post Ali, gotta love breaking things into bite sized chunks! I admire your determination to get all that done over two weeks. I spend every spare second writing, but really should have a good spring clean 🙂

    • 7th May 2015 / 10:16 pm

      It’s because I would rather be playing around on my blog than cleaning that I have to be so disciplined! The cobwebs annoy me when I try to write.

  7. 10th May 2015 / 9:41 am

    I’m an odd one in that I really enjoy cleaning – disinfecting, getting rid of dust, and scrubbing. Tidying up, though, is an enormous challenge for me. So, instead of spring cleaning, I do a spring tidying, which then lets me clean the house top to bottom… I even vacuum the tops of the exposed beams in my living room. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • 12th May 2015 / 9:42 am

      I’m more of a cleaner than a tidier, my husband’d good at doing a minesweeper of our living room.

  8. 16th February 2016 / 12:26 pm

    The spring is coming 😉 Thanks for such a wonderful step-by-step cleaning “tutorial” 😉 Plan to follow it on the next weekend.

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:54 pm

      I just don’t have the time to manange it all in one day. Time is so precious and I’d much prefer spending it with my kids than cleaning so by doing a little each day it doesn’t seem such a chore.

  9. 16th February 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I am going to be following this to the letter. It is that time of year where the sunshine is showing up every spec of dust and spider web that has appeared over the winter

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:22 am

      I’ve just started on it, my windows were awful after all this rain and as for the cobwebs! They appear in a flash don’t they and I only tend to notice when I have friends / visitors unfortunately. Must look up more!

  10. 18th February 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I LOVE a good spring clean!!! Funnily enough my clear outs usually happen just before Christmas, but I love having a good sort out at spring too 🙂 Fab post! Just makes me realise how *much* there is to do!! 😉

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:30 pm

      that is a good time to start so you can make way for all the Christmas goodies heading everyone’s way. I’m a sucker for sticking to getting everything ready for spring and love de cluttering in the new year.

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