Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bedrooms Sping Cleaning List

I don’t know about you, but I love to slide into bed, after I’ve just put clean sheets on the bed! I love that crisp feeling, so much so that I change my sheets quite often. Spring Cleaning your bedroom is a great way to declutter your life. It will make your rest more tranquil, and make getting ready for work, school, or where ever you need to be, a snap! Grab those kiddos, get the book on CD playing and let’s clean!

Dust down the ceiling and corners of walls. These walls should only need a dry dusting, with either a microfiber cloth, or Swiffer dusters. If there are scuff marks on the walls, then use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to erase them!
Kids can take a microfiber cloth and help you dust the walls! Make is a game. See who can get the most dust bunnies, or make their cloth the dirtiest the fastest! It will also help you, because you won't have to get down on your knees to clean the bottoms of the walls.

Dust and clean all art and photographs along the wall. Use caution when cleaning framed pictures. Don't spray the cleaner on the art, as it could seep behind the glass and destroy your art work. Spray your cleaner on a microfiber cloth and clean.
Kids can help you dust the pictures, too. If you're worried about them breaking the glass, then have them help you squirt the solution onto your cloth. Remember, you’re not just trying to Spring clean your house, you're also trying to teach them to clean and spending time with them!

Dust and clean the ceiling fan. I find that taking a pillow case, and sliding the blade into the pillow case, and gently rubbing the pillow case against the blades is enough. You don't have to worry about the dust going everywhere; it's all trapped in the pillow case! If you need to wash the blades, pouring something like Lysol multi-purpose cleaner in a bucket, and diluting with water is perfect too.  Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
Obviously, there really isn't much that the kids can do on this one. Having your child on a ladder, trying to help clean the blades is not a good idea. But, they could help you dry the light fixtures, or hand you the towels to dry them (if you don't want them helping around the glass).

Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer's directions. Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing.
Kids love to help vacuum. If you think they can handle the attachment by themselves, then let them! If they don't have the dexterity to handle it, then help them do it. Spray some glass cleaner on the windows and let them clean it off!  
Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, pillows, etc.  Flip and rotate your mattress. Sprinkle some baking soda on your mattress and vacuum to freshen. Spray some lavender water (1 c. of water and 5 drops of lavender oil in a water bottle) on the mattress and let dry. Clean out under the bed and clean floors. Put clean sheets and blankets on.
Kids LOVE to spray things out a squirt bottle! Let them have charge of spraying the lavender water on, just make sure they don’t spray too much!

Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks.  Dust, using a microfiber cloth or Swiffer duster, all the lamps, their shades and stands. Use a vacuum and it's attachment to clean the shades if necessary. Clean all the knickknacks on the tables and shelves.  
Your kids can help you clean any non-breakable items. 
Dust down all dressers, chests, and nightstands. Clean any mirrors. Polish or wax any wood that needs it.
Kids can help you dust! Have them clean the mirrors, after you’ve sprayed the glass cleaner.

Clean flooring. Dust and mop for hard floors. Professionally clean carpet, or vacuum and spot treat for mildly soiled floors.
The kids can help you vacuum and mop
Use a 4 container method to go through your closets. The bins (or bags) should be Trash, Give Away/Sell, Storage, and Keep. Really go thru your clothes. If it’s too ratty and torn to wear, then throw it away! If you haven’t worn it in a year, then give it away (if it’s in good condition!). Put the seasonal clothes that you don’t need right now in storage and put away the stuff you’re going to wear in the keep pile! Your keep pile shouldn’t be the largest one, though.
Trust me, your kids will love helping you go thru the clothes! They can help put the clothes in the proper piles, help put stuff away and clean out the closet!

Do this to all the bedrooms. It may take longer to do the kids’ rooms, because they will want to play with EVERY single piece you clean, but that’s OK! Tomorrow, I’ll detail how to clean up the outside!

Until Next Time,

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