Spring Cleaning

It was a gradual occupation; no storming the beaches or knocking down doors. They showed up here and there, congregating in corners, under tables, and sometimes, right out in the open. Occasionally there would be a skirmish and we’d beat them back, congratulating ourselves on a battle hard fought. They always come back for more though, somehow advancing despite the chemical warfare we possess. The endless battles are taking their toll, however, and I’m beginning to see them in my dreams: Dust bunnies. Cobwebs. Hair-ball tumbleweeds. Clutter. Blankets of dust so thick you could paint a masterpiece in them, much less write your name. We must act now, before it’s too late. We fight back against the tyranny of the dust bunnies and take back the Little House for those who love it! Who’s with me?!

Okay, truth be told, I’m needing some motivation. Making spring cleaning out to be an epic battle between me, messy closets and the dust bunnies lurking under the couch probably won’t help, but it might. Maybe. I’ve got the perfect week to get everything done… so I thought I’d share it with you and that would hold me accountable, right?

I’m going to break this down room by room (more for my sake than yours):

Living Room:

  • Scrub out fireplace (since fire season is over)
  • Wash rug
  • Wash couch/chair slipcovers (I <3 Ikea)
  • Wash walls
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub floors

Dining Room:

  • Wash walls; touch up paint where doggies have scratched it
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub floors
  • Clean empty/almost empty bottles out of bar

Kitchen:

  • Clean out fridge/freezer
  • Clean out pantry
  • Clean oven
  • Wash walls
  • Wash cabinets in/out
  • Scrub floors
  • Wash windows
  • Clean dishwasher (using this tutorial)

Bathroom:

  • Scrub walls, toilet, shower
  • Clean out under sink cabinet
  • Clean out linen closet
  • Scrub tile
  • Paint back of door (we forgot to do this before)

Laundry/Hall:

  • Clean washing machine (using this tutorial)
  • Clean out behind washer/dryer
  • Scrub walls/floor
  • Hang photo gallery

Spare Bedroom:

  • Take junk pile to attic
  • Wash sheets/blankets/flip mattress
  • Scrub walls/floor
  • Clean out utility closet
  • Wash windows

Master Bedroom:

  • Wash sheets/blankets/flip mattress
  • Clean out closets
  • Take winter clothes to attic
  • Clean out unworn clothes and take to Goodwill
  • Scrub out Indy’s crate
  • Scrub walls/floor
  • Wash windows
  • Paint walls?????????

Office:

  • Finish putting together Ikea boxes/organize Kevin’s office stuff in them
  • Scrub walls
  • Rent carpet cleaner
  • Wash windows
  • Buy lampshades for new office lamps.
  • Spray paint office lamps (what color??)

Okay. Think that’s about it. Think I can get it all done by Friday when a certain person gets home from work? Me either… but I’m going to meet the grimy, the dusty, and the dirty in battle none the less!

Have you started your spring cleaning? See anything I’m forgetting? Can you tell I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy?

7 comments

  1. Kristen says:

    That’s quite the list! We try to do a good cleaning every weekend but I think we’ll have to kick that up a notch real soon. Since it’s been so nice out, our windows are always open and that means tons of pollen inside.

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      We typically try to do a general pick up of the house each night, do the kitchen and bathroom really well on night, then vacuum, mop, and dust on Saturdays. It just seems like it’s gotten to the point where we need to reset and go again.

  2. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic says:

    Your list is about the same as my list. I feel like I’m in a constant battle of hair tumbleweeds and dander dust.

    Good luck! I know you can get it done. Now I’m off to find the motivation I had to spring clean before spring got here….

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      I know! and not matter how often I vacuum, I know there’s more lurking in the deep dark depths under the couch. So this week its all about moving things out and getting under them!

      I’m super motivated at the moment, but we’ll see if I can keep it up after a day at work…

  3. casadechristine says:

    Wow- that is a huge list! I don’t have time to tackle that much this year but I did clear a Saturday a few weeks ago and tackled a bunch of it! It took the whole day but it felt so much better once it’s done!! Good luck!

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