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Spring Cleaning: Tiny Things That Make a BIG Difference

March 27, 2013

The tradition of Spring Cleaning finds its roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz.  This is the deep cleaning a house receives before the observance of Passover.  The house is practically turned upside down to ferret out any leaven.  In a Jewish household every cupboard is emptied, ever cushion checked under, every piece of furniture moved for a thorough cleaning.  Over time this found its way into the greater culture as “Spring Cleaning.”  And what better time for a deep clean anyway?!  We’ve been spending a lot of time indoors over the winter and concentrating on various projects and so many different holidays.  Spring is a perfect time for making all things new and freshening up!  That way you can rest in the knowledge that the house is deeply cleaned and decluttered, freeing you to really enjoy the sunny outdoor months!  More time for gardening, grilling out, taking walks, and all that is lovely about Spring and Summer.

For a busy household like ours we are often in maintenance mode.  We get the bathrooms cleaned, sheets changed, floors mopped weekly, right?  But there are those other jobs we hardly ever find time for.  They are little things, but they make a huge difference!

This doesn’t need to be a burden on the homemaker.  Everyone can get in on the Spring Cleaning action–from the oldest to the youngest!  Here are a collection of jobs appropriate for even the little members of your household!

1. Clean out the silverware drawer.  It’s amazing where crumbs hide!

2. Dust (and clear off if that ends up being a place you stash stuff) the top of the refrigerator.

3. Disinfect door knobs and light switches.

4. Carry all the houseplants outside and fertilize them with some fish emulsions.  (You really do want to do this job OUTSIDE.)

5. Organize the cupboard or drawer where you keep the reusable plastic containers (aka Tupperware).  How does that place get disorganized so quickly?!

6. When the kids aren’t looking sort through all their “art work” and school papers.  Keep what’s sentimental and toss the rest.  Just don’t let them see you do it!

How Daja keeps her seven kids' masterpieces contained.

How Daja keeps her seven kids’ masterpieces contained.

7. Deodorize all the drains (bathtubs and sinks).  Here’s how I do it:

  1. Put one cup of baking soda in the drain.
  2. Add one cup vinegar.  Let set for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour boiling water in the sink until it is all rinsed away!

8. Match all the unmatched socks.  Am I the only one who has tons of socks in a basket “to be matched”?  Match all of them.  Any left over?  THROW THEM AWAY or add them to the rag bin.  (Save the cute ones so the little kids can make sock puppets.)

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Daja and her endless supply of socks. Nine people times two feet times seven days in a week. You do the math. That’s a lot of socks in the week’s laundry!

9. Empty the crumb tray in the toaster.  Let your little kids feed the crumbs to the birds!

10. Dust the baseboards.  Good job for little people who don’t have to bed down quite so far.

11. Go through the spice cabinet and toss everything that is expired or has sat there so long it no longer has flavor.

12. Vacuum under the couch cushions.  Whatever lose change you find is yours!  Finders keepers!

13. Change everyone’s toothbrushes.

14. Clean all the brushes and combs.  Fill a sink with hot soapy water and a few drops of tea tree oil.  Let them soak for about 30 minutes.  Then, using a comb, scrape them all clean of fuzz and hair.  Dry on a towel.

15. Clean out under everyone’s bed.  Might find some long-lost treasures.  At the very least you can sweep or vacuum up all those dust bunnies!

16. If your house is anything like ours DVDs and CDs are chronically in the wrong case or worse in no case at all.  This is a good job for a child.  Return all the discs to the correct cases.  Then place neatly back on their shelf or drawer.

17. Clean out your purse, wallet and make-up bag.

18. Launder and put away all the winter blankets, coats, hats, etc.  (Assuming Spring has actually come to your neck of the woods!  If not, review our tips for staying warm!)

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19. Launder all the bed pillows.  Or if it can be worked into the budget, it may be time to replace them with fresh pillows.

20. Sort through the children’s books.  Consider donating the books they have outgrown to the local library or another family with young children.

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

(Linked to Wise Woman Link-UpHope In Every Season Link-Up, Natural Living Link-Up)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Reckards permalink
    March 27, 2013 7:48 am

    Thanks for the tips! We are in the process of moving, and are getting rid of everything! It’s a great feeling this time of year, to make a fresh start. It should make our new home less challenging to keep clean and clutter free. Your ideas are good reminders of how to delegate to the kids. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Georgina permalink
    March 27, 2013 7:52 am

    Love your posts. You and Kristina get it…the life of a mother 🙂 Adding photos when possible make the readings even more real! Thank you.

  3. lostinavalonor permalink
    April 3, 2013 1:22 pm

    Great list of tips—thank you! I like the one about feeding the toast crumbs to the birds. Sweet!

    Thanks for linking up. I’ll have the new party up later tonight!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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