Spring is here… somewhere, under all this snow. 😉 When that spring sunshine finally arrives, it naturally prompts us to ditch the gloom of winter and freshen up the spaces in which we’ve been hibernating. It also highlights the dust bunnies and dirty window blinds I’ve been steadfastly avoiding. It’s a great time to give your home a good, deep cleaning and we’ve created a free printable spring cleaning calendar so you don’t miss any important cleaning tasks this time of year; plus, we’ve loaded up this post with cleaning tips to get the most done in the least amount of time so you can enjoy that hard-earned clean home of yours!
The free printable calendar not only gives you a starting and ending point, it is arranged in a way that maximizes your time and minimizes your effort, because #efficiency. If you want to cut to the chase and download it ASAP, click on the image below. Otherwise, keep reading for our favorite cleaning tips to help you make the most of your printable spring cleaning calendar.
Cleaning Tip #1: Clean Top to Bottom
We learned this lesson from the nurses in the NICU after our daughter was born: when cleaning, always go from the cleanest area to the dirtiest. Otherwise, you’re spreading dirt into clean areas. Turns out, that life advice applies to your house too. When possible, start in the cleanest section (the top of the room) and move downward to the dirtiest (the floors.) The spring cleaning calendar does just that– starts with the upper tasks like ceiling fans and windows and then moves downward to the dirtiest towards the end of the month.
Cleaning Tip #2: Work in Zones
Some items you should clean all together (ie, if you’re working on windows go ahead and knock out that task for ALL windows in one day.) But some spaces you’ll want to clean in zones, such as the bathrooms and kitchens. Those spaces don’t mix well, eeek! So we’ve arranged the calendar so that you’ll work through the kitchen tasks in one week, and bathroom tasks in another time slot.
Cleaning Tip #3: Have a Fully Stocked Cleaning Bucket
All the speed queens and efficiency experts can appreciate this tip: put everything you need in a bucket to cart from room to room. That way, you don’t need to take breaks to grab cleaning products, they’re all in one spot. When done for the day, stash it away, and when you’re ready to clean pull it out again.
Cleaning Tip #4: Natural is Best
A recent study found that cleaning products caused as much damage to your lungs as a 20-cigarette-a-day smoking habit. Seriously. There’s literally no reason to do that to yourself. Below are a few of our favorite toxin-free cleaning recipes you can make using supplies you probably already have in your home. Or use the already made concentrated Thieves Cleaner. The Young Living Premium Starter kit now comes with Thieves Cleaner samples and several oils you can use to make your own DIY cleaners too!
How to Use the Free Printable Spring Cleaning Calendar
- Click below to download and print it out.
- Work through it, ideally every day if possible, or cluster several tasks on a few longer-working days if needed.
- Enjoy your hard work and now clean home!