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April 23rd, 2010 06:50 PM
janedi Do you tackle it all at once? Or do a room a day? What works best for you? What do you consider spring cleaning....cleaning everything that doesn't move? :-)
I'm fairly newlywed here and my mom never really did spring cleaning....so I need advice!
April 23rd, 2010 10:08 PM
mom2one I'll be the first to confess... we've been married 5 years and I've never done a complete spring cleaning. :eek: My mom was never a big house cleaning person, either.
April 23rd, 2010 10:29 PM
lovinglife Moving! :) We've moved so often I rarely have to worry about spring cleaning!
April 24th, 2010 10:43 AM
naters My theory: If it's dirty, clean it. If it's clean, why bother going to all that trouble of pleasing other people!!
April 24th, 2010 11:03 AM
jimmysgirl
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naters wrote:
My theory: If it's dirty, clean it. If it's clean, why bother going to all that trouble of pleasing other people!!


So true!! I've been married 6 1/2 years and never spring cleaned. I did wash the walls off in the living room and hallway one time, but that's it!!! :) I always say that I don't believe in spring cleaning. There's much better things to do with my time.
April 24th, 2010 11:07 AM
Momof2
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naters wrote:
My theory: If it's dirty, clean it. If it's clean, why bother going to all that trouble of pleasing other people!!


I love that! If I 'have' to do something, it is a JOB!! But, when I see something's dirty, i clean it. Much easier, and mostly stress free. :)
April 24th, 2010 02:48 PM
Ozarkmama Well, now, I will say that I ENJOY spring-cleaning! :) I just love going through my house and cleaning it all. It feels so fresh, and also is my time of the year to re-organize everything. When I'm done, I feel like I have a fresh start, just like everything about spring feels like! I personally like doing one room at a time, then I can mark that one off as finished.

But, I'm also relaxed enough about it, that if springtime comes and I'm extra busy (like having a small baby), I can let go what I don't get done for another year. And, I also couldn't care less whether other people spring clean or not! :)
April 24th, 2010 03:05 PM
rachi882
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Ozarkmama wrote:
I can let go what I don't get done for another year. And, I also couldn't care less whether other people spring clean or not! :)


I enjoy being around people like you. :)
April 24th, 2010 07:36 PM
eldmon2008 I try to get through my whole house at least once a year or it would be AWFUL. Spring is a great time to get everything organized and clean:) I usually go room by room. Often I'll do the drawers and closets one day then the walls and furniture the next day or something. That way I still have plenty of time to take care of Makayla and make supper without getting to stressed out!
April 24th, 2010 11:53 PM
heart@home After being married for 8 years I still have no clue what works for me. Often I begin spring cleaning and never finish. Then the next year I start at the other end, it seems the middle never gets touched. I am REAL bad in finishing!!!!!!
April 25th, 2010 03:50 PM
Meadowlark I used to do everything (drawers, closets, windows, walls) in several days time when we lived off the farm, in a smaller house. That method doesn't work for me anymore. Having lots of outside work, a busy toddler, and an ordained husband means I needed to find a method where I can keep up with cleaning, and do it efficiently.
Since moving to a farm house, I've changed (and relaxed!) my "deep cleaning" methods. I like to go through closets and drawers in Jan-March (give or take :) ), then later on when it's warmer I wash windows and walls, if need be. The windows can always use washing, the walls I do quickly and only if I think they need to be cleaned. I wash curtains in the fall because they don't get dusty through the winter like they do in the summer.
It's been a change for me to do things this way... I'm naturally goal oriented and like to finish jobs completely, in a short span of time. But I found I get much less frustrated at this season in my life if I work at projects in small increments of time. Which means I might organize one dresser, or even one drawer at a time. Before I clean the basement I'll have been working at it in bits & pieces in the weeks (or months) preceding... one or two boxes at a time. The actual cleaning isn't such a huge process then, because the organizing's done.
I know this drawn-out method would drive some people nuts, because it's not done quickly and all at once, but for now it's what works for me. It saves myself and my family a lot of frustration. :)
Just a side note here, but I wonder if people used to faithfully do spring and fall cleaning because of hosting church in their homes?

April 25th, 2010 05:46 PM
loving6kids
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Ozarkmama wrote:
Well, now, I will say that I ENJOY spring-cleaning! :) I just love going through my house and cleaning it all. It feels so fresh, and also is my time of the year to re-organize everything. When I'm done, I feel like I have a fresh start, just like everything about spring feels like! I personally like doing one room at a time, then I can mark that one off as finished.

But, I'm also relaxed enough about it, that if springtime comes and I'm extra busy (like having a small baby), I can let go what I don't get done for another year. And, I also couldn't care less whether other people spring clean or not! :)


I totally agree here, I dont always get it all done but I try and sometimes I have to give up in the spring but then I try to pick up in the Fall before the snow sets in. Happy Cleaning :)
April 25th, 2010 06:31 PM
mygirls I do it by the room... start off in a tearing hurry and get a pile done.... for some reason the kitchen gets done last and sometimes it might be a month later. :) But I love the feeling when I know it is all sparkly clean. I get all kinds of notions in between to scrub something or other. But have no problem if others don't.... I don't have to live in your house so it doesn't bother me :) and Spring, Fall, whenever the urge strikes! (or just move!)
April 25th, 2010 11:01 PM
Momof2
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heart@home wrote:
After being married for 8 years I still have no clue what works for me. Often I begin spring cleaning and never finish. Then the next year I start at the other end, it seems the middle never gets touched. I am REAL bad in finishing!!!!!!


You know, that may be why I don't like to start big projects like spring cleaning...I'm notorious for not finishing big proects. Those of you who really clean, I love coming to your house. :) It's the kind that smells and looks really clean. And I go home thinking I really should spring clean...the mood soon leaves, though. :)
April 26th, 2010 07:43 AM
miss mom I learned this spring why I don't do a thorough cleaning. (At least I found a reason and excuse finally!) At the first sign of heat, like a month ago, we opened the windows. As soon as everything was coated with yellow pollen, I mean everything was coated in 30 min, then we started thinking that it was time to shut the windows and turn on the a/c. I had the biggest mess in here and had to do a "spring cleaning" when I should have been doing garden and outside work.
Seriously, I have never been a annual/bi-annual cleaner. (I do TRY to clean what is dirty but even then I fail.:) )
April 26th, 2010 03:52 PM
amoshaun My method is this: have a baby every couple of years and when the nesting instinct kicks in, clean up a storm. :) Otherwise I mostly just maintain! I sometimes get sudden urges in the middle of the winter, spring, fall or summer to start organizing. I try to go for it when that urge hits because I am another one of those who does not do well with big, long projects.
April 26th, 2010 04:54 PM
ewaldro That's funny Shaunda. I end up doing a thorough cleaning about every two years. The only problem is that I had a lot of back pain with my last pregnancy, and I don't want to be moving furniture around when I'm pregnant. So I'm aiming to get it done while I'm not. :) I usually burn out on it about halfway through, and that's why I'm sitting here on this message board instead of cleaning. :(
April 26th, 2010 05:31 PM
grandmotherlois I used to house clean spring and fall when the children were small and I was busy. Now I have a lot more time but not the energy to do it. I think the older I get the less I clean. I can always blame it on my aching back, but one of these days I just might start again.
April 26th, 2010 09:55 PM
Jarby
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amoshaun wrote:
My method is this: have a baby every couple of years and when the nesting instinct kicks in, clean up a storm. :)

That's me! ;)
April 26th, 2010 11:15 PM
amyjane30 I don't spring clean. I clean whenever I'm getting overnight guests....which lately is ALL the time. So I clean FAST under pressure so the deep cleaning never happens and so my house feels dirty and stinky and half done all the time....I wish I did do sping cleaning and I wish I would have a precise clean house all the time.... Any volunteers? :)
April 27th, 2010 08:54 AM
ervro I'm another one that hates big projects like spring cleaning. :( I have oh-so-big-intentions. But then after getting 1 or 2 rooms done, the intentions and the mood are gone! :(
When we have company, then I hit it hard and try to make everything presentable....
May 12th, 2010 02:17 PM
naters
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naters wrote:
My theory: If it's dirty, clean it. If it's clean, ....



WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT??? Since I've started cleaning this year.... let's just say I have yet to find a clean spot in this house:(
May 12th, 2010 05:41 PM
eldmon2008 ^^^^ Thats funny. I have been s.l.o.w.l.y. working my way through the house and wondering how on earth some people never houseclean!! Do you just clean deeper every week or what? There is always dirt and disorganization here even though I go through our cabinets and drawers more then once a year. Maybe I'm a freak about it though, who knows! I don't like when spring cleaning has to run my life for a month though ( don't worry, it doesn't!)
May 21st, 2010 03:36 PM
rallyjan Oh, please, don't look too hard of you come to my house! I was taught to religiously spring and fall clean. I remember coming home from school and mom would have me clean out a certain amount of cupboards every afternoon. Oh, I don't clean out my cupboards now UNLESS they really need it! Every once in a while I get the inspiration to clean up areas that I notice are collecting extra dust. Like I see the bathroom shower curtains are dusty, so I wash them. Or see old food stuff collecting in the pantry, flour or sugar that happened to spill a little, etc.
I generally clean up extras as I go, and seldom ever really deep clean. That can get pretty frustrating when you have children constantly interrupting or getting into things that you got down to clean. Having less belongings also helps to simplify cleaning, although I haven't quite attained that yet! Drawers and closets get sorted as needed, but don't look too close in the meantime! ;)
I do work on keeping our main living areas cleaned up on a daily/semi daily basis. But the dusting certainly doesn't get done every week. :D And my husband doesn't notice, and doesn't want me to stress out over keeping everything dust free when he knows that there are other things that need to be done.