April 8, 2015
Week 1: Spring Clean in 30
It’s officially spring cleaning season and this past week A Bowl Full of Lemons and I kicked off our “Spring Clean in 30″ Challenge! We are completing 30 cleaning tasks (each under 30 minutes) for the next 30 days and sharing daily on Instagram. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can find out what we’ve been cleaning each week by way of a weekly update on the blog. If you have an Instagram account, follow us at @cleanmama and @abowlfulloflemons to see our daily tasks. We would love for you to join the challenge and share and tag us, using the hash tag #springcleanin30. Grab the FREE checklist here! And go here to see all the tools I’ll be using this month as well.
Here’s an overview of what we spring cleaned this week:
- Day 1: Dust all edges and corners at the ceiling level
- Day 2: Dust all edges and corners at the floor level
- Day 3: Dust or vacuum vents and change filters
- Day 4: Vacuum edges (where the floor meets the baseboards)
- Day 5: Wash baseboards
- Day 6: Clean front and back door
- Day 7: Wipe switch plates
Day 1: Dust all edges and corners at the ceiling level. This is one of those tasks that moves quickly and and is a great start to get you going. It also produces a lot of dust you never knew you had 🙂 I love using this filament extendable duster to get into all the nooks and crannies. I shake the extendable duster outside as I’m working and rinse/hand wash when the duster looks like more dust than duster.
Day 2: Dust all edges and corners at the floor level. Using the same process and duster I used for the ceiling, I quickly dusted the lower edges and corners in the house.
Day 3: Dust or vacuum vents and change filters. Depending on how dusty the vents are, I either use a filament duster or my vacuum cleaner with the hose/brush attachment to get into the vents. This is also a great time to change those furnace filters.
Day 4: Vacuum edges (where the floor meets the baseboards). This is easily accomplished with your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment.
Day 5: Wash baseboards – check out this post for some great tips on how to clean baseboards and other woodwork.
Day 6: Clean front and back door – use a microfiber cleaning cloth and a small bucket of castile or dish soap. Dip your cleaning cloth in the solution, wring it out and wipe from left to right and top to bottom, alternately you can follow the method in this post for baseboards too.
Day 7: Wipe switch plates – use a disinfecting wipe or rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad or cloth and work quickly!
Follow along on Instagram or check back here next week for another set of cleaning tasks. Happy Spring Cleaning!
Revisit the Spring Clean In 30 Challenge here:
- Week 1: Days 1 – 7
- Week 2: Days 8-14
- Week 3: Days 15-21
- Week 4: Days 22-30
I’m trying to establish a cleaning routine. Since some of the tasks you are doing for Spring Cleaning are in your rotational tasks, when would you incorporate these tasks back into your rotational cleaning?
First of all – LOVE your daily cleaning tasks that you post on IG. Getting me on track, hoping it just becomes a habit before too long. I’m trying to follow along with the Spring Clean in 30 Challenge as well. I did wonder why you didn’t line up tasks though – for instance yesterday for the April schedule we were doing sheets but TODAY for Spring Clean we are vacuuming and rotating mattress. Well who wants to do that after they have remade the beds? For example, Day 28 should line up with a regular Wednesday vacuum day and Day 9 should line up with a Tuesday. Maybe you did it the way you did for a reason but I don’t understand what that might be. Thanks for all you do to keep us cleaning our homes!
Becky SaysPost author
Thanks CJ, glad the cleaning routine is working for you! Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons and I are doing the challenge together and we put the tasks together in the order that they are in to be most beneficial to both of our readers and to work well for getting everything spring cleaned in an efficient and effective way. That’s the reason 🙂