Think about this… you put off deep cleaning your home for 50 weeks out of the year, and when Spring rolls around you’re supposed to get every last deep cleaning task done in a couple of weeks. And keep your sanity.
You’re supposed to dust the ceiling fans, and organize the closets, scrub the baseboards, and clean above the fridge (YUCK).
Although I think it can be great to spend a few days every once in a while JUST cleaning.
Maybe before the holidays, or seasonally, OR just as you feel like it.
BUT, this odd notion that we have that we can and should only get our deep cleaning done in spring when the infamous spring cleaning time rolls around is a bit silly. Don’t you think?!
Wouldn’t it be SOOO much better/easier on our lives/cleaner, if we did little bits of deep cleaning EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Or at least most days. Well we can!
I’ll be honest, this new deep cleaning trick I’m going to share with you isn’t something I’ve always done.
I used to try spring cleaning or at least a seasonal deep clean. I would always dread it and when it did come around I didn’t get as much done as I wanted. And I would put EVERYTHING off, telling myself I’d clean it when I do a deep clean.
Which I wouldn’t… or I at least wouldn’t do a good job.
SOOO, I had read about this deep cleaning idea on several blogs, with different tips for practicing it. It seemed like the perfect solution.
When I decided to give it a try I had to make it work for my own schedules, routines, and my own personality. With a little practice followed by some tweaking, I felt confident to share.
ENTER: my deep cleaning POWER HOUR that I work into my schedule a few days a week (as many as I’m able). Complete with a timer, a task list by room, and all of my favorite 90’s, country music to get me pumped. Let me explain…
The Deep Cleaning Hack That Will Transform Your Homemaking Routine
Okay, maybe you’re thinking I’m being a bit dramatic… and maybe for some I am. But for me, this deep cleaning trick has been amazing.
I’m cleaning areas and spots and spaces around our home that I’ve NEVER EVEN touched in the five years we’ve lived here. With no pressure! No looming spring cleaning showdown on the horizon. Its glorious.
In a nutshell, this deep cleaning hack involves doing deep cleaning tasks everyday or all throughout the week. Not just once a year, once a season, etc. Its a little bit of deep cleaning as often as you can.
That’s the general gist of it, but you can customize it however you like.
Here’s how my method works:
As many days as I can throughout the week I set aside 30 minutes to one hour a day to work on my deep cleaning. I set a timer for each room in our home, and I try and get as much deep cleaning done in that room as I can.
As soon as the timer goes off, I’m done and I move onto the next room. I don’t worry about what all I didn’t get cleaned. Occasionally if I’m literally in the middle of something, I’ll set my timer for 5 more minutes or so so I can finish.
I have lists that I’ve compiled for each room, with cleaning ideas. I do as many things on the list as I can before I run out of time and that room and move onto the next.
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Before I start on a room I’ll quickly look over my checklist and choose a few tasks to get started with. This will usually depend on what I think needs cleaned the most. Then, I’ll decide on a set time for the room, set the timer, and get to work.
I usually don’t do every room every day. If I got to the kitchen and bedrooms one day, the next day I’ll do the living room and bathrooms.
My goal is to do a little bit of deep cleaning like this, for just an hour a day, as many days as I can. This is usually about 3-4 days a week for me.
You can adjust it however you like to make it work for your own life!
Tips for Making This Deep Cleaning Trick Work Better For You
Be Flexible But Also NOT Flexible
I know, kind of silly to say. But here’s what I’ve learned.. Its important to be flexible in certain areas and not in others.
For example, when I am choosing tasks to work on, I go by what I think needs cleaned the most. I don’t have a strict schedule with what to clean when. Its more intuition!
What I am strict about, is fitting in my power hour at least 3-4 days a week. And not budging on that. And not putting it off for weeks at a time.
So in other words, be flexible with what areas you clean and how much time you set aside for them. Just do what you think is necessary! But don’t be too flexible in actually doing the deep cleaning and fitting it into your schedule.
Have Certain Areas That You Clean Daily/Weekly That Are separate From Your Deep Cleaning
Even though I do my deep cleaning a few days a week, I STILL stay on top of other things. I have daily cleaning tasks that I do every day, and weekly cleaning tasks that I do every week.
For example, every day I do something laundry related (wash/dry, fold, put away, etc.), sweep the kitchen floor, wash and put away dishes, tidy-up, etc.
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Also, I vacuum about three days a week, mop our kitchen/bathroom floors once a week, deep clean the bathrooms once a week, and dust once a week. These are completely separate from the deep cleaning tasks..
Use a Timer!
If you’re the type of person to get distracted easy, or you want to work on alllll the things at once, a timer may be just what you need.
Before you start your deep clean, decide what rooms you want to clean. Then, decide how long you want to spend in each room.
Some days you may want to spend the full hour cleaning and organizing your closets. Which is totally fine! Remember, a little bit of flexibility. Other days, you might want to do a little bit of cleaning in EVERY room, so your timer for every room will be shorter.
Using a timer helps you to work more efficiently, spend the right amount of time in each area, and get the most out of your power hour.
I don’t know about you but when I set a timer for myself I work harder. I don’t dilly-daddle and I get the things done that I need to get done.
Do Your Deep Cleaning First Thing In The Morning
If you’re anything like me your energy and motivation peters out throughout the day. By nighttime I’m ready to collapse on the couch with a book and not move an inch.
This is why you should do your deep cleaning power hour first thing in the morning. You’ll be more likely to get it done, and do a better job! Also, it won’t be looming on you throughout the day and something you dread.
Since I’ve incorporated my deep cleaning power hour into my homemaking routines, I’ve seen SUCH a difference in our home. I’m cleaning things that I would have only cleaned once a year.. or never! And I don’t feel pressure anymore.
All this being said, I think I’ll still do a ‘spring clean’ in the next few months, just to get excited for the new season, and freshen up. BUT I am going into it knowing I’ve stayed on top of my deep cleaning and it won’t be such a big production this time around. What a relief!
What do you think? Are you going to rethink your traditional spring cleaning, and give this daily deep cleaning hack a try?
Please tell me, what deep cleaning or everyday homemaking hacks have you found that have changed your homemaking for the better?! Let me know in the comments below!
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