Hello Lovelies!

It’s almost the first weekend of spring, and with that comes every neat freaks favorite way to usher in the season, Spring Cleaning!

Everyone’s got their favorite method of organizing the event and their preferred agenda for the big day, so today, I thought I’d share mine with you. ♥

Let me know what you are most excited about spring cleaning this year and if you like this article please be amazing and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. 

With love,

♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty as Pie Team

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Come on, Open up! – First things first, whether you are or are not the realest, you should probably open up your windows. You’re going to be kicking up a ton of dust and dander during your spring decluttering and nothing is worse than having that dust settle right back onto your newly cleaned furniture. Cleaning during Spring gives you  the advantage of having the beautiful scent of newly budding flowers wafting through the crisp fresh air so why not open up your windows and  let a little of that natural air in while purging that old stale air from your home. 

Lovely Tip: Opening the windows right after a heavy spring rain can give the whole house a fresh smell for days and the gentle wind will help to flush the stale air away like you’re in a fancy commercial.

Gettin’ Dirty – I hate dusting. I have major allergies (and I’m majorly lazy) so I try to avoid it at all costs, but sometimes, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. If you’ve got to do it anyway, however, you might as well do it right. Vacuum first, as the vacuum cleaner is a huge spreader of dust, and use a damp rag to gather the dust rather than sending it flying into the air to settle elsewhere in the home. Once you have dusted everything, remove the filter from your air system and change it or clean it out to make sure that your A.C. isn’t going to spend the summer pumping all that dust right back into your home.

Lovely Tip: If your home doesn’t have forced air heating and cooling, check the sides of any window air conditioners for their dust filters. Often times these are super clogged, and could very well be pushing more dust than a back alley drug dealer.

Reach for the Sky – You know those little fingerprints that happen throughout the winter when your husband holds onto the wall to take off his boots, or when the dog jumps on the door because he heard you in the driveway? It’s time to clean them up. If your walls have a dingy or faded look to them and you have been thinking about re-doing the paint job, before you break out the brushes and rollers, try breaking out a sponge and bucket. 

Lovely Tip: Harsh chemical cleaners may strip the paint from your walls, so try using homemade cleaning solutions with natural cleaners like vinegar or lemon. Your home will smell better, and your lungs with thank you for it.

The Dark Side of Cleaning – I have a confession, my seemingly clean house is secretly a mess. There are spots that I have not cleaned since we moved in a year and a half ago, and had not intended to clean until we move out next January. But, I’m a grown lady now, and as us adults often have to do, it’s time to suck it up and just push through. Time to grab a ladder to dust off the top of the fridge and the top of the cabinets. I will ask my hubby to help me move the bed and clean underneath it. I can scrape the gunk from between the stove and the counter top without making a childish fake gagging sound. That’s right, this weekend, I will be adulting, adulting hard.

Lovely Tip: If that gunk gives you the heebies like it does me, use a butter knife with a wet paper towel or rag wrapped around it to clean in between appliances and countertops. Just be careful not to go to quickly and scrape up your appliances!

Movin’ on Up – One final note, as you clean, consider the objects you are dusting, wiping down, or storing. If you can’t remember the last time you used something, and can’t think of a future time when you will need it, then it is likely that you don’t. There are so many people out there who would cherish the things you are just hanging on to out of obligation, so please use this time to gather everything you can and take it to your local donation center. Extra points if it’s to a store that benifits a no kill animal shelter or a women’s center. ♥

Lovely Tip: Reach out to your local charities. Many places will do door-side pickups for large items like appliances and furniture, saving you the trouble of dragging it to the curb while helping a good cause.