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mom and dad spring cleaningI've mentioned before that my mother has taught me a lot about the ins and outs of cleaning.  That being said, when I realized I was staying home the entire week of spring break I asked her if she would help me spring clean 1 or 2 of the rooms in my house. Honestly, I had never done a very good job because I didn't know where to start and what to do in each room.  I looked at the whole house and it all seemed so completely overwhelming.  Mom agreed to help me (yay!), which also meant we got to spend a wonderful four days with her and dad. 

So where did we start?  We felt like it was easiest to begin with the room in the house that takes the most time.  For both of us that room was the kitchen.  There are more things to move, wipe down, clean above, clean under, etc than other rooms.  It may be a different room for you, but no matter what room it might be if you leave it until last it just might never get cleaned!  I, for one, am very glad that my kitchen is done (and that my mama was there to help with it)! 

Ok, so you've picked the room.  Now what? I'm going to give you a few tips on what we did.  I'm going to stick with the kitchen for now with more posts to come later on other rooms of the house.  Mom and I took 2 afternoon to do the kitchen.  We worked on the cuboard side first and then did the kitchen table side the next day.  It didn't seem like such huge task when we broke it down like this.  Here it goes...

  • Pour a small amount of Murphy's Oil Soap into a bucket.  Next fill the bucket about 1/4 to 1/2 way with hot water.  Get some nice rubber gloves for cleaning and a cloth or rag.
  • Decide which cupboard you'd like to begin with and take everything out.  Wipe down the insides of the cupboards using the mixture in the bucket and dry with clean cloth.  If you are like me, my cupboards despearately needed purged of items I didn't need and reorganized.  We also did this at the same time we cleaned them out.  I LOVE the way it is organized now! Once the cupboard is complete put the items back in and continue on to each cupboard/drawer. 
  • Wipe down small appliances such as the coffee pot, toaster, toaster oven, and microwave with a rag and household cleaner.  Move all items on the kitchen counters and clean the counters.  Put the items back in their place. I love keeping the kitchen counters as uncluttered as possible. 
  • Wipe down the larger appliances such as the oven and dishwasher.  This is a great time to clean the inside of your oven.  If you have a self clean oven you can simply turn on the self clean function.  If you are like me and do not have this function (and I don't know who STILL has a non self clean oven anymore) then you have to clean the inside the old fashioned way.  I used baking soda and let it sit for at least an hour and it got most of the grime with paper towels.  I then used a little Easy Off and was able to get it fairly clean.  We also cleaned out the bottom drawer of the oven and placed a few paper bags in the bottom so that it would catch some of the crumbs that collect.  They can then be easily replaced.
  • Clean out the refrigerator if you haven't done this in awhile.  Wipe down the shelves and throw out anything that is expired. Don't forget to wipe off the TOP of the refrigerator!  You won't believe how much dust collects up there. 
  • Take all of the pictures/shelves, etc. off of the walls and wipe them down.  Then wipe down all of the walls with the hot water from the bucket (your water and Murphy's oil soap may be replaced by now).  Begin at the top corner and work your way down.  Wipe all trim as well as electric outlets and light switches.  Put all pictures back on the wall.
  • Use some Comet and wipe down the kitchen sink.
  • Windows in your kitchen?  Take down the curtains and wash them. Give the window a nice scrubbing with your window cleaner. 
  • Wipe down all light fixtures and get those nasty spider webs!
  • If you have a kitchen table wipe down the table and all of the chairs.
  • Are you ready for this?  You know what I'm to say right?  Yep, sweep the floors and then get on your hands and knees and scrub the floors good!  Before we did this we took out the oven drawer and cleaned underneath the oven. YUCK!!!  It was disgusting (see the picture below).  You can also move the refrigerator and clean underneath that as well.  When you scrub the floors take a little extra time to clean up underneath the cabinets.
  • Put everything back in its place (curtains back up!) and enjoy the sparkle!

mom with bucket












dirt under the oven












sweep under oven












Much Better...

clean under the oven












clean kitchen












clean dining room

Posted by Tami on Apr 16 11 | Comments (2)
Categories: Kitchen,

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I did some dishes and laundry today. Does that count as spring cleaning? HaHa! Your kitchen looks great, I just don't think I have the energy for all of that!
Posted by Arlee  on  04/16

Totally counts:) Just little steps each day and before you know it it's done!
Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/17

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