My Family’s Spring Cleaning List

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Spring is here, which means it’s time for my family to do some spring cleaning! We’ve spent so much time indoors the last few months and our home is overdue for a little tough love.

At first glance, my home doesn’t look very dirty. Despite having two energetic kids, I’m pretty consistent about things like wiping surfaces, vacuuming floors, cleaning toilets, and daily tidying. My spring cleaning list is dedicated to more tedious or time-consuming tasks. These are things that need to get done, but may not always be convenient or top of mind.

If the thought of spring cleaning makes you anxious, you are not alone. The physical act of cleaning brings me absolutely zero joy, but I remind myself that the end result is always worth the effort. To make this process less overwhelming, you can spread the tasks out over several days or weekends. Don’t pressure yourself to get it all done in a day!

Living Room Furniture

Between two messy little ones, a cat, and binging TV series with my husband, our sectional gets a ton of use. Twice a year, in the spring and fall, we pull out our upholstery cleaner to give it a thorough clean.

Carpets

Just like our couch, the carpet gets deep cleaned twice a year. We have a lightweight carpet cleaner so that we can do the job ourselves. My kids and I love walking on a just-shampooed floor!

Windows

I clean slimy fingerprints from the inside of our windows pretty often, but I use this time of year to wipe away months of dirt, dust, and pollen that have accumulated on the outside.

Fans and Vents

I honestly don’t think to look up most of the time, but I make an effort at least twice a year to dust our fans and vents. This helps them to continue working properly and give us the best air quality inside our home. My cordless vacuum with the brush attachment is great for this job.

Under Large Appliances

Have you ever seen an under appliance duster? It’s fantastic for reaching those forgotten spaces beneath the fridge, oven, washer, and dryer.

Declutter Clothes and Shoes

Heading into a new season is the perfect time to get rid of clothes and shoes that your family no longer wears. Whether you have items your kids have outgrown or pieces that don’t suit your style anymore, make plans to donate or sell them. It’ll feel amazing to have the extra closet space!

Declutter Toys

While you’re decluttering, you should definitely decide which of your kid’s toys they’re ready to part with. Those Christmas toys they barely touched? The one-eyed bunny with the stuffing falling out? That tunnel they’re too big to crawl through? All of that can go!

Maintaining a home is hard work, but there’s nothing like relaxing with your loved ones in a freshly deep-cleaned home!

What’s on your spring cleaning checklist?

 

 

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Tasheena is a California native who moved to Columbia in the Fall of 2018. She has been married to her college sweetheart since 2013 and together they’re raising two feisty little girls. Tasheena has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor degree in Child and Family Science. She worked as a kindergarten teacher until her second daughter was born in 2017 and she transitioned to life as a stay-at-home mom. Although being home full time has its challenges, she loves being her girls’ first teacher and experiencing the world their eyes. Tasheena enjoys yoga, impromptu dance parties, exploring the community, solo trips to the grocery store, and sharing pieces of her life on her blog, The Cinnamon Mom. With so many transplant families in Columbia, she hopes to share a newcomer’s perspective and connect with more mommies in the area!

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