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How to Get Ready for Spring Cleaning

If you’re ready to get your house cleaned up after the long winter, but don’t know where or how to start, keep reading!  I have a brand new kit in the shop – perfect for stepping up your cleaning game this spring.

The perfect companion to your spring cleaning is a plan.  Clean Mama’s Spring Cleaning Kit is complete with cleaning recipes, checklists, and a guide to help you along the way.  Here’s how I put mine together.  It’s just what I need to get ready to spring clean.

Full Kit - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitStart by printing out the kit.

Spring Cleaning Kit in a Binder - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitPlace any pages in your homekeeping notebook or binder that you’d like to reference.

Trim and Laminate - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitTrim pages that you’d like smaller (I laminated them for extra durability).

Mini Checklists to Make Spring Cleaning Simple - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitMake mini-books for referencing recipes and checklists.  This kit makes it super easy to get your checklists ready.  You can print and slip the checklists into a binder or trim them and make adorable checklists for your cleaning.

Cleaning Recipe Cards and Mini Checklists - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitGather your cleaning supplies and tools.  Put your tools together in a caddy so you have everything at the ready for your spring cleaning.

Kids Cleaning Checklists - Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning KitHave kids?  Get them involved by making a mini-cleaning caddy.  Add dusting tools, microfiber cloths, a spray bottle with a non-toxic cleaner or even just plain water, and a checklist.

Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit

CLEAN MAMA’S SPRING CLEANING KIT includes 10 pages:

• Spring Cleaning Kit COVER (with cleaning icons)
• GUIDE/INSTRUCTIONS – guide to fitting spring cleaning into an already busy schedule
• ONE MONTH OF SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST – want to tackle a little bit every day?  This full page checklist is perfect and includes my proven process for getting the cleaning done in minutes/day over the course of a month.
• MINI CLEANING CHECKLISTS (3 pages/ 9 checklists) – Supplies, Ingredients, Simple Checklist, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Living Areas, Utility, and a Blank Checklist.  Perfect for spring cleaning (or anytime!)  Print and trim (print on cardstock and laminate for extra durability) or keep as a full page.
• ESSENTIAL CLEANING RECIPES – My 5 favorite DIY formulas for spring cleaning – your house will smell lemon-y fresh!
• MINI CLEANING RECIPE BOOK (2 Pages) – trim and assemble your own mini recipe book to keep on your cleaning caddy, print on cardstock and laminate for durability (as shown in images)
• KIDS CLEANING CHECKLISTS (1 page/ 3 checklists) – want to get the kids involved?  Print out the kids cleaning checklists and make a mini spring cleaning bucket and they’ll be cleaning right along with you! 

Clean Mama’s Spring Cleaning Kit is available in my shop!

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Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle

THIS BUNDLE HAS ENDED.  Today is an exciting day!  We’re kicking off spring cleaning with an amazing bundle sale!  I am so excited to introduce you to this amazing sale AND to introduce my brand new Spring Cleaning Kit that’s included!  Read on for all the details and to purchase – act fast, this sale is over on 2/28/15!

Spring is arriving & it’s time to open up the curtains and freshen up our homes. With the help of a brand new wildly popular printable bundle, you’ll be able to accomplish all of these spring cleaning tasks right along with us! Clean Mama & A Bowl Full of Lemons have partnered again with several creative & fabulous bloggers, to bring you everything you need to spring clean this year. From tons of cleaning recipes, checklists and outdoor cleaning tasks, to chore charts, closet purging & natural cleaning guides, you’ll be all set and ready to conquer those dust bunnies and overflowing closets. It’s all included in this one of a kind cleaning bundle. From February 20th to the 28th, you will have a chance to purchase this exclusive bundle. You don’t want to miss out on this 85% off sale. For only $20, it’s definitely a good thing.

 Spring Cleaning Bundle

 

 

What’s included in our Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle?

You will receive 9 printable pdf kits (169 pages) including a 9 session video series in this unique bundle sale – all for only $20. The digital files can be printed out & used to get your home in tip top shape for spring time (or anytime of the year).

  • A Bowl Full of Lemons – 2015 Spring Cleaning Kit
  • Clean Mama – Spring Cleaning Kit
  • iHeart Organizing – Donation Printable Kit
  • Clean & Scentsible – Outdoor Cleaning Kit
  • Organizing Homelife – Chore Charts for Parents & Kids
  • Country Chic Cottage – A Guide to Natural Cleaning
  • i Dream of Clean – The Ultimate Guide to Simplify Your Closet (9 Session Video Series)
  • Simplify 101 – How to Organize your Closet
  • A Slob Comes Clean – 28 Days to Hope for your Home (E-Book)

 

2015 Spring Cleaning Bundle

 

 

How much does the bundle cost?

The 2015 Spring Cleaning Printable Bundle is only $20. That’s an amazing 85% off the retail cost of the kits!

How long is the bundle for sale?

The bundle will be available from 8am EST on 2/20/14 through 11:00 pm EST on 2/28/14. There are no exceptions.

Details about each kit:

Listed below are the pictures, details, and links to the 9 exclusive kits within the Spring Cleaning Bundle Bundle. If you have any specific questions about a kit, please email the blog associated with the kit. For general Bundle questions, you can contact us at springcleaningbundle at gmail.com. Please look at the FAQ page before emailing with questions. All kits are pdf files and will be sent to you in a zip file, once payment has been made (instant download). All files are 8.5 x 11 inches unless stated in the description.

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A BOWL FULL OF LEMONS 2015 SPRING CLEANING KIT

 

Spring Cleaning Printable Kit via A Bowl Full of Lemons Spring Cleaning Printable Kit via A Bowl Full of Lemons

 

SPRING CLEANING KIT (10 Pages)

A $10 Value

The Spring Cleaning Kit includes an organized set of checklists that take you room to room, so you can complete your spring cleaning one check at a time. You can also print out the cleaning caddy recipe cards & make your own cleaners, to save money!

A Bowl Full of Lemons Spring Cleaning Kit includes:

  • Cover Page
  • 8 Cleaning Recipe Cards (Front & Back) 2 pages
  • Family Chores Checklist (Blank)
  • Cleaning Caddy Checklist
  • Detailed Bathroom Checklist
  • Detailed Kitchen Checklist
  • Detailed Living Room Checklist
  • Detailed Bedroom Checklist
  • Weekly Cleaning Checklist (Blank)

Blog: www.abowlfulloflemons.net

Shop: http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/printables-shop

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CLEAN MAMA SPRING CLEANING KIT

Clean Mama's Spring Cleaning Kit

Cleaning Recipe Cards and Mini Checklists

 

SPRING CLEANING KIT (10 Pages)

A $10 Value

Clean Mama’s Spring Cleaning Kit is the perfect solution for your spring cleaning, but you’ll probably want to use it year-round! This printable kit includes pages for your homekeeping binder or notebook and functional mini cleaning checklists sure get your home tidied up in a hurry. You’ll also find 5 essential cleaning recipes that you can print and trim to create a mini recipe book or use the full page version. A simple kids’ checklist page (with 3 mini checklists) is perfect to get the little ones involved too! The colors are Clean Mama aqua and black to coordinate seamlessly with a variety of planners, binders, and decor. You’ll love the simple and straight forward format and chic cleaning icons! Simply print off the pages and get ready to tackle a little bit every day and move forward to a clean and organized home. Spring Cleaning shouldn’t be difficult….use this essential kit to make it simplify your routine.

Clean Mama’s Spring Cleaning Kit includes:

  • SPRING CLEANING KIT COVER (with cleaning icons).
  • GUIDE/INSTRUCTIONS – guide to fitting spring cleaning into an already busy schedule.
  • ONE MONTH OF SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST – want to tackle a little bit every day? This full page checklist is perfect and includes my proven process for getting the cleaning done in minutes/day over the course of a month.
  • MINI CLEANING CHECKLISTS (3 pages/ 9 checklists) – Supplies, Ingredients, Simple Checklist, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Living Areas, Utility, and a Blank Checklist. Perfect for spring cleaning (or anytime!) Print and trim (print on cardstock and laminate for extra durability) or keep as a full page.
  • ESSENTIAL CLEANING RECIPES – My 5 favorite DIY formulas for spring cleaning – your house will smell lemon-y fresh!
  • MINI CLEANING RECIPE BOOK (2 Pages) – trim and assemble your own mini recipe book to keep on your cleaning caddy, print on cardstock and laminate for durability (as shown in images)
  • KIDS CLEANING CHECKLISTS (1 page/ 3 checklists) – want to get the kids involved? Print out the kids cleaning checklists and make a mini spring cleaning bucket and they’ll be cleaning right along with you!

Blog: https://www.cleanmama.net/

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CleanMamaPrintables


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I HEART ORGANIZING DONATION PRINTABLE KIT

 

I Heart Organizing I Heart Organizing

 

DONATION PRINTABLE KIT (8 Pages)

A $10 Value

Decision making can be challenging during the sorting and purging process of any organization project. This kit will provide you with tools to ease the pain and help you sort quickly, and the colors may even keep a smile on your face while you work! The kit provides a a room-by-room checklist, sorting labels, donation tracker, donation resources and references along with a checklist of questions to ask yourself throughout the process. With these printables, you will be well on your way to a clutter free home!

The I Heart Organizing Donation Kit includes:

  • Room by Room Declutter Guide
  • Donation Guide (3 pages)
  • Donation Tracker
  • Cut the Clutter Questions
  • 4 Sorting Signs

Blog: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/IHeartOrganizing

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CLEAN & SCENTSIBLE OUTDOOR CLEANING KIT

 

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OUTDOOR CLEANING KIT ( 6 Pages)

A $10 Value

The Outdoor Cleaning Kit has everything you need to get the outside of your home looking just as good as the inside! It comes with six colorful PDF printables including checklists to keep you on track and easy to follow DIY outdoor cleaning recipes. Up your curb appeal this season and transform your outdoor spaces into a beautiful retreat!
The Outdoor Cleaning Kit Includes:
  • 2 outdoor spring cleaning checklists
  • 1 outdoor spring maintenance checklist
  • 6 DIY outdoor cleaning recipe cards

Blog – http://www.cleanandscentsible.com

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ORGANIZING HOMELIFE CHORE CHARTS FOR PARENTS & KIDS

 

Printable Chore Charts via Organizing Homelife
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CHORE CHARTS (6 Pages)

A $15 Value

Organize your entire family with this chore chart kit. Designed for children, teens, and adults, you have several options to suit your needs. Parent/adult/teen charts have four columns for each day of the week. Organize chores, meals, calls, things to buy, school, sports, and much more. Print out a new schedule each week or laminate and use repeatedly. Use a wet erase marker and wipe clean each week. The kids’ chore charts include matching sheets of “sticker” designs. Print out on sticker paper and use a 1” circle punch to make your own stickers. Or, laminate the whole page, punch out the designs with your 1” circle punch and use sticky tack to use again and again. Alternatively, the charts can be laminated and checked daily with a wet erase marker.

The Organizing Homelife Chore Chart Kit Includes:

  • A weekly chore chart for moms/adults – 1 in black and white and 1 in color
  • A weekly “construction” theme chore chart for boys
  • Boys page of stickers
  • A weekly “butterfly” theme chore chart for girls
  • Girls page of stickers

Blog: http://www.organizinghomelife.com

Shop: http://www.organizinghomelife.com/printables-shop

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COUNTRY CHIC COTTAGE GUIDE TO NATURAL CLEANING

Country Chic Cottage Your complete guide to natural cleaning picture

YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO NATURAL CLEANING (11 Pages)

A $1.99 Value

Get all of The Country Chic Cottages natural cleaning ideas in one BIG printable book. Print this complete guide to natural cleaning and keep it as a handy reference around your home.
The Natural Cleaning Guide Includes:
  • 225 ideas for using vinegar, cream of tartar, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, steam, baking soda, corn starch, salt, and rubbing alcohol to clean.

 

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i DREAM OF CLEAN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CLOSET

 

I Dream of Clean

 

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CLOSET (9 Session Video Series)

A $39.99 Value


SIMPLIFY YOUR CLOSET is a 9 session video course (90 minutes) designed to help you PLAN your ideal wardrobe, STREAMLINE your current closet, and CREATE outfits that fit you and your lifestyle. Instructions for accessing the video course will be given in the PDF file included in the bundle. This file includes a direct link to sign up for the online course, which must take place by March 15th.

Blog: http://www.idreamofclean.net

Shop: http://idreamofclean.net/simplify-your-wardrobe

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SIMPLIFY 101 HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET

Simplify 101

Simplify 101

 

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSETS (67 Pages)

A $19 Value

At simplify 101 we believe life is more fulfilling (and fun!) when youíre organized in a way that’s just right for you. We offer online classes that make getting organized easy and affordable. They’re designed to help you create customized organizing systems that cut clutter and reduce stress, giving you more time for what matters most to you.

The How to Organize Your Closet printable pack includes:

  • Everything you need to transform your closet from chaotic and cluttered to functional and fabulous.
  • Includes all written lesson materials, questionnaires, organizing checklists & planning forms delivered as colorful, printable, & editable pdfs.
  • 69 pages in total / 2 lessons of easy-to-implement content from simplify 101’s class “Organize Your Closet.”

Disclaimer: The printable bundle does not include online class features such as MP3 audio files, access to the simplify 101 community forum, access to online class videos, or access to class materials on the simplify 101 website.

Blog: http://www.simplify101.com/organizing-blog/

Shop: http://www.simplify101.com/shop/online-classes/how-to-organize-your-closet/

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A SLOB COMES CLEAN 28 DAYS TO HOPEA Slob Comes Clean FOR YOUR HOME E-BOOK

 

 

 

28 DAYS TO HOPE FOR YOUR HOME E-BOOK (52 Pages)

A $5.00 Value

28 Days to Hope for Your Home, an e-book by Dana K White (“Nony” of A Slob Comes Clean) guides even the most overwhelmed homemaker through the development of four basic habits that will get (and keep) any home under control.

28 Days to Hope for Your Home includes:

  • 28 days of specific instructions to help you develop four basic (but essential) home management habits.
  • Insights into why these concepts seem foreign to you.
  • Practical tips to keep you from giving up.
  • Bonus sections with realistic strategies for laundry management, meal prep, and decluttering.
  • More than 45 pages of all new, exclusive content!

Blog: http://www.aslobcomesclean.com

Shop: http://www.aslobcomesclean.com/28-days-to-hope-for-your-home/

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Important Details:

  • If you have any questions or issues with your Spring Cleaning Bundle, please visit the FAQ page. Look over the questions and answers on the page BEFORE emailing. If you have not found your answer on the FAQ page, please email springcleaningbundle at gmail dot com. To ensure that your question is answered in a timely manner, please take care to email at the “Spring Cleaning Bundle” address (not our personal blog email address). Please note that due to high email volume, we will do our best to respond within 24 hours – thank you for your patience! When emailing, please include a copy of your Paypal receipt and highlight your issue in the “subject” line.
  • The Spring Cleaning Bundle is an exclusive sale & only available from 8 a.m. EST on February 20th to 11:00 p.m. EST on February 28th, 2015. There are no exceptions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE BUNDLE WITH ANYONE ELSE. It is intended solely for the person who purchased the bundle. Please be respectful of the authors’ copyrights.
  • After purchasing, you will automatically receive an email (to the email address you provide) containing the download link. Please check your spam or promotions folder, if you cannot find the email.
  • Please download and back up your Spring Cleaning Bundle AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT. You only have 5 download attempts to access your files. The download link expires on 3/15/15. After that date, we will not be able to provide new links to download. Please remember to back up your files. We are unable to send you copies of the printable bundle that have been deleted or lost. We will not respond to those emails.
  • Due to the digital nature of this sale, there will be no refunds & no exceptions.
  • If you have any questions or issues with a specific printable included in this bundle, please contact that author directly.
  • The bundle is provided as a zip file. Please read the download directions on the FAQ page, if you are unsure of how to download a zip file, BEFORE attempting.

 

Disclosure: This is an affiliate post. If you purchase a bundle from my link, I will receive a percentage of the sales. Thank you for your support!

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Spring Cleaning Bundle FAQs

FAQ PageTHE BUNDLE SALE HAS ENDED.  Are you experiencing troubles or do you have questions about The Spring Cleaning Bundle?  Take a look through these frequently asked questions. Please look over the questions and answers on this page BEFORE emailing. If you have not found your answer on this page, please email us at springcleaningbundle@gmail.com. To ensure that your question is answered in a timely manner, please take care to email at the bundle address (not our personal email address).  Please note that due to high email volume we will do our best to respond in 24 hours – thank you for your patience!

I paid for my bundle but haven’t received it. What do I do?

  • Check your spam folder and double check your receipt to see what email address you used.
  • You will receive 2 emails from ejunkie – one is a thank you email with a link to this FAQ page and the other is the email that directs you to your download screen.
  • If you have not received your bundle and you have a paypal receipt that says PAID please forward your email to springcleaningbundle@gmail.com and we will respond within 24 hours. Thank you!

Important Details:

  • The Spring Cleaning Bundle is only available from 8 a.m. EST on February 20th to 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, 2015.  There are no exceptions.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THE BUNDLE WITH ANYONE ELSE – it is intended solely for the person who purchased the bundle. Please be respectful of the authors’ copyrights.
  • After purchasing, you will automatically receive an email (to the email address you provide) containing the download link. Please check your spam folder if you cannot find the email.
  • Please download and back up your Spring Cleaning Bundle purchase. You have 5 download attempts to access your files. The download link expires on 3/15/15.  After that date, we will not be able to provide new links to download. Please remember to back up your files. We are unable to send you copies of the printable bundle that have been deleted or lost.  PLEASE take responsibility for your purchase and back up your files!
  • Due to the digital nature of this sale, there will be no refunds.
  • If you have any questions or issues with any of the printables included in this bundle, please contact that author directly.

You will receive your Spring Cleaning Bundle as a ZIP file. Not sure how to open a ZIP file?

You need to open and save the zip file in order to see the nine amazing printable tools.

  • PC – right click on the folder and select open – you should see the digital items in an open folder. Save to your computer or cloud storage and enjoy!
  • MAC – save the zip to your desktop or downloads folder. Double click on the zip file and it should automatically extract the files. If it doesn’t automatically extract/open, open with your zip application or converter.
  • iPad – download WinZip from the app store (free) and then open in iBooks or Kindle App or alternatively you can open the zip on a computer and attach and email the pdfs to yourself and open and read using your favorite app on your device. Here’s a great tutorial on how to get pdfs on your iPad or Kindle!
If you still don’t understand how to do this, please use your favorite search engine and look up “how to download a zip file” on your specific platform before emailing us.

Some Printable Tips:

  • Did you know that if you have a tablet, like an iPad you can use printables paperless with an app like Notability that lets you digitally write on your pdfs? If you have a Kindle you can use Note Everything for a similar result.
  • Most of the printables in this kit are formatted for 8.5×11 and aren’t designed to be reduced unless you have a printer that can accommodate – here are two posts that give a little more explanation.   RESIZING    2+ TO A PAGE 
  • You need Adobe Reader to access the printables. Make sure that you have the most updated version – FREE – here:
    get.adobe.com/reader/
  • If the printables look different than what you thought you purchased, make sure you don’t have them in ‘preview’. Some platforms default to preview instead of Adobe Reader.
Thanks for your purchase!!  Enjoy your Spring Cleaning Bundle.
~Becky & Toni
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Sneak Peek : Spring Cleaning Bundle

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I am so ready to open up the windows and do a little spring cleaning and I have the perfect thing to get prepared!  The SPRING CLEANING BUNDLE – it’ll be available this Friday (February 20th) and it’s available for one week only!  If you’ve taken advantage of the 3 other bundles that Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons and I have put together you know that it’s a great deal and something you don’t want to miss!  Sign up for here for emails so you don’t miss out on this one! 

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Getting Ready for Spring with Aprilaire

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Disclosure: I am an Aprilaire Ambassador and this is a sponsored post from Aprilaire – I am receiving Aprilaire products and compensation in return for this post and promotion. All opinions (as always) are my own.  You can read my full disclosure statement here.

Getting Ready for Spring - 7 Musts for Spring Preparations via Clean Mama

This year I’m so ready for spring.  It’s been a long winter in the Midwest and I’m ready to have the windows open and let all that spring air in.  If you’ve been following along with my spring cleaning series you know that there are lots of things that we can be doing to prepare our homes for this season.

My musts for spring preparations?

  • clean carpets – I spot clean the carpets and this year I am having them professionally cleaned.
  • completely dust the house – top down (ceiling to floor) dust removal, including blinds, windows, doors, and trim
  • launder all bedding and rotate mattresses
  • wash throw blankets and throw pillows
  • wash or vacuum vents
  • vacuum and wash baseboards
  • get rid of allergens – dust, pollen, etc.

One thing that I am especially excited about this spring is that I have Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifiers on my furnaces.  So the spring cleaning task of ‘get rid of allergens’ is taken care of for me.   We’ve seen such a difference in our air quality and I’m especially excited to see how well the whole system works once the windows are opened up.  Typically when a person does spring cleaning, the intention is to get rid of dust and any remnant of winter.  Spring cleaning is especially effective for dust and allergen removal, but not every speck of dust can possibly be removed.  This is where the Aprilaire system and products come in to play – they take care of all that dust that is stirred up in spring cleaning and remove it from the air, creating a breathable home.  I love that!  When we had our kitchen under a mini-renovation, I turned the air purifier on constant clean to ensure that the adhesive smell was minimized and to keep the dust out of the air.  I cannot tell you what a difference that made – it was instantly less stinky and the dust wasn’t everywhere.  We have the air purifiers set to cycle every 30 minutes but there are settings for allergies and constant cleaning.  This is great for this time of year – constantly cleaning allergens out of my home?  Sign me up!

I can tell you that I have experienced this firsthand over the past few months – my kids have been healthier, the house hasn’t been nearly as dusty, and I can already tell that this allergy season will be much easier to tolerate.  Instead of flying around the house, dust and pollen has a place to go.  I can open my windows and not worry about pollen and allergens being trapped inside my house.  My Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifiers have that spring cleaning task taken care of for me.  If you have any questions about Aprilaire or the air quality in your home, I encourage you to consult a local Aprilaire Comfort Advisor and see what they suggest for your home.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Maximize Your Time and Minimize the Fuss – Spring Cleaning with Clean Mama

Maximize Your Time and Minimize the Fuss - Spring Cleaning With Clean Mama

If you’ve tackled all the spring cleaning tasks on your checklist or only one or two, there’s plenty of time to continue with your spring cleaning.  I thought it would be fun to round up a few past spring cleaning posts and posts from this year to get you inspired to continue on your spring cleaning ‘adventure’.

Have you ordered my book The Organically Clean Home?  It’s perfect for spring cleaning!

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too! Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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Spring Cleaning Challenge : Closets

5 Simple Steps to Clean + Organize Any Closet via Clean Mama

It’s Day 3 of the SPRING CLEANING CHALLENGE!  Are you ready to spring clean a closet (or two, or three)?  Here’s my quick and easy way to make your way through WHATEVER you have piled up in that closet.

  1. COMPLETELY EMPTY THE CLOSET:  Yes, moving stuff around will get this task done, but I find that without completely emptying the closet out I am not able to really clean it.
  2. SORT CLOSET ITEMS INTO 4 PILES:  keep, toss, donate, relocate.  Be ruthless with your sorting – weeding out unnecessary items will make it easier to put your closet back together.
  3. CLEAN THE SPACE:  No special cleaning supplies are necessary, a microfiber cloth, cleaning rag, or paper towels are all you need to take care of the shelves and crevices.  Dampen your cleaning cloth with water or use a gentle all-purpose cleaner if necessary.   Vacuum out any crevices you can’t wipe down and finish the space by vacuuming the floor – give it an extra run through to make sure you got all the edges and corners.
  4. GROUP THE ITEMS:  Put your keep pile in front of you and group like items together.  Grouping items together in a closet keeps it looking tidy and it is so much easier to find what you need, when you need it.  The whole point of organization, right?
  5. CONTAIN:  Add boxes, bins, and baskets if necessary to contain like items and to give your closet that spring cleaned look and feel.  Look around your home and see if you have any extra containers that you can repurpose for your closets.

Simple Steps to Clean Any Closet via Clean Mama

That’s how I spring clean my closets – here are a few posts from the other bloggers in our Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Here’s a summary of the challenge…

2. Take pictures of your work and share them with your challenge co-hosts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Use #SpringClean2014 so we can comment, share, and celebrate with you! Here’s how to find us:

3. Enter to win these amazing tools to keep your organized!

 

The Spring Cleaning Challenge official rules can be found here.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning : Washing Windows

Today I’m sharing my favorite method for washing windows and how to use these window washing tools.  This method really is the best – it’s quick, easy and will make your windows shine!

The Best Way to Wash Windows via Clean Mama

The first step to this process is to gather your supplies and get everything all set up.

Set Up for Washing Windows via Clean Mama

(I have all these supplies in my Amazon shop if you’d like to see them or grab them for your own windows. )

The Best Way to Wash Windows via Clean Mama

Next, you want to put 1 teaspoon of dishwasher powder in a shallow container and add warm water to the powder (so it dissolves).

Step-By-Step Method for Washing Windows via Clean Mama

Then you want to get started with your windows (one at a time).

Don't Forget to Wash Your Window Sills and Casings via Clean Mama

Finishing touches?  Here are two ways to make sure your windows are extra bright and sparkly.

 

In case you’re wondering…..

  • Q: Do I ever spray a window or two and wipe clean or do I always use this method?
  • A: I spray a window or part of a window ALL THE TIME.  This method is for seasonal window washing, when you have a house full of windows to wash and you want to move it.

My book, The Organically Clean Home has 3 different recipes for cleaning and washing windows and mirrors – here’s a peek at my favorite all-the-time window and mirror cleaner and you can go here to grab the full recipe.

Sneak Peek Peppermint Window and Mirror Cleaner via Clean Mama

Go here to purchase The Organically Clean Home.

The Organically Clean Home - Clean Mama

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

 

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Spring Cleaning : Carpet Cleaning (2 Ways to DIY)

Clean Your Carpet - 2 Ways to DIY via Clean Mama

If you could only do one Spring Cleaning task, what would it be?  Having the carpets cleaned (whether it’s done by me or by a pro) is my top priority for spring cleaning.  With children, pets and those random spills and drips, our carpets can take quite a beating.  It doesn’t have to be difficult to remove stubborn spots and giving our carpets a little refresh.

How about mixing up our own carpet cleaners – one for the SPOTS and one for general, ALL OVER carpet cleaning.

I like to start by tackling the individual spots and stains first, followed by a general carpet cleaning. The first step is to mark just what needs attention and take care of a little spot treatment. Be sure to do this in the daylight hours so you don’t miss anything.  I like to walk around with little Post-It notes to mark the spots.

Use a Post-It Note to Mark Stains On Your Carpet via Clean Mama

After you have marked what needs some individual attention and spot treatment, it’s time to get out the cleaners. Really, the ingredient list doesn’t get much easier and is two things you probably already have on hand: white vinegar and baking soda.

All You Need Are 2 Ingredients to DIY Your Own Clean Carpets via Clean Mama

The key to this cleaner is to apply the two in the correct order: vinegar followed by baking soda. Pour a small amount of vinegar on the stain, followed by a sprinkle of baking soda. The vinegar works to saturate and soften up the offending mark while the baking soda does the lifting and deodorizing. Together, they bubble a little and work as a team to lift the stain to the surface. If you have a minor stain you can just leave the mixture until it dries and vacuum it up, or you can let it sit for 30 minutes or so and rub or blot up the stain with a damp cloth if if’s a little more of a stubborn stain.  Let it dry thoroughly and then vacuum. That’s it! I have found this concoction to work wonders on all sorts of stains, from pet to food and goodness-knows-what.

Step by Step Carpet Stain Removal via Clean Mama

After spot-treating and vacuuming up the residue, it’s time to freshen up your carpets with an all-over cleaner. Again, this is simple: vinegar is the only (yes, only!) ingredient besides water. You may want to check out your local big box store for an economy size jug of vinegar since you will be using a fair amount of it.  Our local Costco carries a 1.32 gallon jug of white vinegar for under four dollars. Can’t beat the price!

I have the BISSELL Pro-Cleaner steam cleaner and love it.  It works perfectly for area rugs, the stairs, and hallways, as well as tackling a room or even the whole house. If you need to get your whole home done in one day, professional carpet cleaning is always an option, but I love this cleaner and method to fluff up and deodorize our carpets. The beauty of vinegar is that it leaves no residue behind and brightens and removes light staining or discoloration like a champ. Unfortunately, a lot of commercial cleaners leave a tacky or sticky residue on carpet fibers that attract more dirt and dust and make all your hard work pointless.

Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar and pour in your carpet cleaner’s reservoir tank.  Clean your carpets as per your cleaner’s instructions. Yes, vinegar might leave a temporary pickle smell in your home but it dissipates and disappears as your carpets dry.  I can’t take credit for this concoction – it was my professional carpet cleaner that let me in on this little-known secret concoction.

It doesn’t get much easier to clean your carpets than that!  Two household ingredients are all it takes to freshen, brighten and clean your carpets.

To get a version of this recipe and many more amazing cleaning recipes, tips, and tricks, check out my book, The Organically Clean Home.

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This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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Spring Cleaning : Assembly Line vs. Room by Room

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What’s the best (fastest, most efficient, most effective) way to approach spring cleaning?  Should you go room by room cleaning it top to bottom?  Or is it better to take it one task at a time (wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, vacuum all the corners, etc.) for the ultimate efficiency?  Ultimately whatever gets you to get the cleaning done is the most effective method.  No magic solution, just whatever motivates you.  My preferred method is to do spring cleaning assembly line style – wash all the baseboards, wash all the floors, dust all surfaces, wash all the windows….  But if you follow me on Instagram you saw last week that I was working on the master bedroom.  I tackled this room and didn’t move on to any other spring cleaning until it was finished.  Why?  Because I tend to save the master bedroom and bathroom until last because no one sees it, but this year I started with it and it REALLY needed to be spring cleaned.

Today I’m going to share with you how to spring clean a room, any room in the most simple, effective way.  Don’t think that this has to be completed in a day – if you only have little spurts here and there, just complete as you can.  If a task doesn’t apply to your specific room, just skip it.  You can go here to grab my FREE spring cleaning checklist.

  1. Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the washing machine if they are washable.  Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang.  This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away.
  2. Wash any pillows.
  3. Rotate/flip mattress and sofa pillows.
  4. Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first.  Dust walls if you need to.  Then move to dust and polish flat surfaces.  Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
  5. Vacuum or wash vents.
  6. Vacuum corners and baseboards.
  7. Wash baseboards.
  8. Vacuum floors.
  9. Wash floors.
  10. If you’re cleaning a bathroom, move on to clean the tub, shower, toilet, sink.

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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Spring Cleaning : DIY Cleaning Products

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This month and next is all about spring cleaning and getting your home tidied up quickly and easily with as little fuss as possible.  This week I’ve shared a FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist and some great tools for a spring cleaning bucket.  Today I’m sharing a couple simple, natural ingredients to have on hand to whip up cleaners for your spring cleaning.

The Best Ingredients to DIY Your Spring Cleaning via Clean Mama

I love making my own cleaners – it’s easy, cheap, and they work!  I can mix up a little concoction for just about any cleaning conundrum with a couple simple and natural ingredients.  Today I’m sharing a couple of my favorite ingredients that I use to make cleaners specifically for spring cleaning.

Ingredients to DIY Your Spring Cleaning Products via Clean Mama

Curious about what products I use to make my spring cleaning products?  I have all of these products linked in my Amazon shop if you want to purchase them.

  • Borax
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • Baking Soda
  • Spray Bottles
  • Bar Castile Soap
  • Baking Soda Sprinkle (baking soda and essential oils – I use this ALL the time for a sink scrub and a carpet and mattress freshener – you can see the original post here)
  • Essential Oils
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Liquid Castile Soap – Citrus is my favorite!

I’ll be sharing more recipes to DIY your spring cleaning products this month, but if you can’t wait, you can also see this round-up of cleaning recipe printables and this round-up of cleaning recipes and labels.

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too! Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

If you like making your own cleaners, you’ll love my book, The Organically Clean Home!

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Spring Cleaning : Gather Your Tools

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Even if you’re not ready to jump on the spring cleaning train quite yet, you can still print out your FREE checklist and take inventory of your tools.  I like to keep things as simplified and easy as possible when it comes to spring cleaning.  I don’t have a full day or two to devote to just spring cleaning but I do have little chunks of time throughout the course of a month or so.  In order to keep it easy, I put all the tools together for my spring cleaning and then I just grab the tools, my favorite cleaners and I can clean when I have a couple minutes.  You can totally do that!

Here’s my little spring cleaning bucket:

Get Ready for Spring Cleaning - Gather Your Tools via Clean Mama

 

And the fabulous tools all tucked inside:

The Best Tools for Spring Cleaning via Clean Mama

Take inventory of what you already have on hand and if you need anything from the store to add to your spring cleaning bucket, jot it down on your list.

Here are links to the tools I love in case you’re interested (you can see more of my favorite tools in the Amazon Store on the sidebar – I earn a small % of sales from your click – thank you!):

Now don’t you feel accomplished and like you can do a little spring cleaning this year?  You’ll be so glad you did!

 

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

This post is part of a spring cleaning series – go here to see all the posts.

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FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist

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I’m a big fan of spring cleaning in March.  Why?  I like to get it out of the way early so when the weather gets nice (we live in the midwest, so it takes a while) we can head outside and enjoy the much-awaited spring weather.  This year I’ll be doing the majority of my spring cleaning in March and finishing up in Mid-April.  If you want to follow along and get some spring cleaning done around your home too, start with this FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist.  Print it out and put it somewhere where you’ll see it and be reminded of your list and you can work on it when it works for you.  It’s divided up into 3 sections – do one section or all three – any way you look at it you’re making progress and getting your home ready to welcome spring.  (If you’re new here, you might want to grab March’s FREE cleaning calendar too – you’ll see a lot of the spring cleaning tasks in the rotating cleaning section.)

FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist via Clean Mama

Go here to grab this FREE printable in my shop or go here to grab it in googledocs.

 If you like this checklist, you might want to grab the free fall cleaning checklist and free winter cleaning checklist that match this free spring cleaning checklist.

Fall + Winter Cleaning Checklists via Clean Mama

 

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(If you like this free printable  you’ll love my shop!  The printables pictured is from The Simplified Life Cleaning Kit – perfect for getting your cleaning in order!)

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

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Spring Cleaning with Clean Mama

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Ready for a little (or a lot) of SPRING CLEANING?  How about a simple and do-able approach to spring cleaning?  Little by little we’ll be tackling the spring cleaning through March and April.  Every spring cleaning tip will have at least two approaches to get it completed – one if you have a little time and one if you have a lot of time.  You’ll be maximizing your time and minimizing the fuss – how’s that for a clean and tidy home?

Spring Cleaning with Clean Mama will start with a great spring cleaning checklist tomorrow (for FREE!) and then we’ll work our way through it with great how-tos, DIY cleaning recipes, and tutorials.  Don’t worry, Start Here. will still be going on simultaneously and those tasks will be easily incorporated into the spring cleaning.  You’ll notice that the rotating cleaning tasks are all on the spring cleaning checklist.  Haven’t snagged your FREE March cleaning checklist?  Go to this post to grab it.

Ready?  Pin this post to remind yourself and get ready for some Spring Cleaning with Clean Mama – I can’t wait!  And if you haven’t signed up for my posts in your inbox (see the sign up box on the sidebar) you should totally do that.  Can’t wait for tomorrow?  Go to my spring cleaning pinboard to see some spring cleaning goodness.

I’m using the hashtag on Instagram #springcleaningcm for my spring cleaning tasks and you can too!  Follow me here!

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Spring Cleaning My Closets + The Spring Cleaning Challenge

I’ve teamed up with some amazing cleaning bloggers to bring you a Spring Cleaning Challenge!  If you missed the details or need a refresher, check out this post and join us!  We have rounded up some awesome prizes, including a customized closet organization system valued at $1000!!   You can enter the challenge below!

Today I’d like to share my final spring cleaning project – closets!  Closets tend to get neglected at my house, but I had had enough and needed to bring a little order to the spaces.  I followed a simple formula of 4 easy steps and worked quickly to tackle 4 closets over the course of a weekend.  (This is not an organizing post, this is a clean out the closets post.)

Take a couple minutes to make a plan of attack – make note of any changes and what you might need to spring clean your closet(s).  Grab your supplies – garbage bags, vacuum cleaner, bins, baskets – gather your supplies and get started!

Quickly go through your closet(s) and move unwanted items into 4 categories – toss, sell, give away, relocate.

Once the purging and relocating has taken place it’s time to arrange clothing in a way that makes sense.  Group like items together – pants together, shirts together, and so on.  You can get as organized as you’d like – in rainbow order, separated by lights and darks, by season, etc.  When I went through my kids’ closets I packed away outgrown clothes, grouped clothes by season and together – shirts, dresses, etc.  The point is to make things easy for them or me to find and put away.   We also store some toys in their closets too so storage/organization is necessary.  Here are a couple after shots of my kids closets.  Now that I have the closets all cleaned out and everything is in the appropriate places, I can decide if different or better storage is needed.

 

 

Once you have everything sorted and put away, it’s time to clean it!  Wipe down what needs it, dust as necessary, and vacuum.  I found that I could do most of the work with my vacuum cleaner and the hose attachment to get in the corners.

So how about you?  Any closets need some spring cleaning?  What are you working on for the Spring Cleaning Challenge?

Be sure to show us your progress by linking up pictures to Pinterest or Hometalk.  We can’t wait to see what you’re cleaning!  And don’t forget to come back here (see below) and enter to win some amazing prizes! The challenge will end Sunday, the 14th.  Happy Spring Cleaning!

Check out what the cleaning bloggers are spring cleaning this week:

Monday: iDreamofClean

Tuesday: A Real-Life Housewife

Wednesday: Clean Mama

Thursday: Clean and Scentsible

Friday: Ask Anna

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