I’ll be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of Spring Cleaning. In fact, cleaning in general is just not my thing (shocker, right?). But over the last year as I’ve moved from one home into another, I’ve discovered a few things. First, I’ve learned that cleaning doesn’t have to be hard if it’s divided up and well managed. Second, I’ve learned that as the Queen of my castle, I want my home to shine. Call it the new home syndrome or whatever you like but honestly, preparing a home for sale and moving into a new one showed me that no matter where I live, I want to make it awesome. And so that’s exactly what I’m doing. However, this year (and every year after) I’m simplifying the Spring Cleaning process and getting my home sparkling clean by cleaning quickly and dedicating just two hours a day for one week of the year to the process (plus a little maintenance but we’ll get to that later!). Does that make you curious? I’m sure it does and I can’t wait to show you how I do it with a One Week Spring Cleaning Checklist and some amazing Pledge® products!
Now, before I show you this super easy way to clean, I need to tell you a little more about how I discovered it. When we prepped out last home for sale, I was shocked at the areas that I had neglected and the dust that had gathered. After spending much more than a week getting the house ready for sale, I realized that with it being clean and perfect, I loved it. In fact, I questioned my decision to move because I’ll just say, there is something about a sparkling clean house that makes it 100 times more amazing that it was when it was dirty. But move I did….into a gorgeous house with even more room and even more areas to collect dust.
After living here for a little over a half a year and not having a plan to keep my floors dirt free, my tables sparkling and my home in general looking amazing, I decided that something had to change. And so I came up with a way to make cleaning quickly simple while bringing out the every day beauty in my home. To start this process, I of course needed one very important element…
Start With the Right Tools
Growing up (believe it or not) my mama taught me how to clean. And I mean she taught me how to clean RIGHT! You see, she is one of those people whose house is always spotless. The type of person that I aspire to be. And one of the first cleaning lessons she taught me was that Pledge® is the first cleaning product that should be in my dust fighting arsenal.
In fact, anytime I smell Pledge® products now, I’m transported back to my childhood and walking into a freshly cleaned house. Wanting my kids to have those same memories, I headed to Harris Teeter to stock up on the fabulous line of Pledge® products that make cleaning quickly easy.
With a house that has wood floors, wood accents everywhere and wood furniture throughout, I instantly knew the addition of Pledge® was the perfect choice to make my Spring Cleaning easy and uncover the true beauty of this magnificent home I had fallen in love with the first time I saw it. And since there are Pledge® product options for my furniture, my floors, my wooden door frames and even my everyday surfaces, stocking up made me feel confident that cleaning quickly could truly turn my new home into a sparkling masterpiece.
Once I was stocked up on the essentials, it was time to create a plan of attack to not only whip my house into sparkling shape but also to help me keep it that way!
Create a Checklist
For me, motivation and a plan of attack are not only half the battle, they are about 95% of it. You see, I have a tendency to get off track….to chase rabbits as we like to call it in our house. And what starts out as dusting a dresser can turn into a full on fashion show with clothes I forgot I had (totally not kidding there…just ask the hubs). Knowing that I needed to find a way to not only keep on track but to limit the time I spend cleaning each day, I set to work creating an easy Spring Cleaning checklist that will allow me to have my home sparkling and shining with a time commitment of just two hours a day for one week of the year.
You can grab your own printable One Week Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Now, I know….this list really needs to be done more than once a year. In fact, my goal is to make cleaning quickly a quarterly thing but since it’s Spring, let’s set manageable goals shall we? With my checklist in hand to really breaks down what needed to be done and my cleaning supplies ready, it was time to jump in and tackle the job!
Just Do It!
Once I had the tools in place and a checklist that totally felt manageable, it was time to put my money where my mouth is so to speak and just get to work cleaning! As I checked my way down my super simple list and started to smell the Pledge® scent fill my home and see the sparkle of all of my freshly cleaned surfaces, I knew that this task that had seemed so huge to me was actually not that crazy big!
In fact, as I was taken back to my childhood with the scent of Pledge® while at the same time seeing my home transform into the breathtaking abode that I had known it could be, my motivation soared and my desire to really and truly make this home magnificent grew. Want to see what I mean?
My wood tables that had been covered with school books and clutter took on a new shine as I cleaned them with Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray! With the ability to quickly clean, condition and protect while leaving behind the amazing classic Pledge® scent, I couldn’t believe the way my old furniture took on a new shine!
And since my Pledge® also boasts Allergens Trappers® to remove dust and up to 90% of the allergens found in dust, I love that my home not only looks cleaner, it IS cleaner!
Once my wood furniture was shining, I moved onto my kitchen counters and cabinets! Shockingly, the same Pledge® Furniture Spray I’ve known and loved for my wood furniture now does so much more! After switching off to Pledge® Orange Clean Furniture Spray which cleans just like the Pledge® Lemon Furniture Spray, but with an orange scent, I tackled my granite counter tops and my wooden cabinets!
Because the thing I learned was that Pledge® is perfect for a variety of household surfaces, including wood, laminate, stainless steel, leather (seriously!), marble, granite and plastic! That’s right – I can use it almost anywhere!
After my kitchen was clean, I moved on to the bathrooms and used my Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® to take care of smudges and messes without worrying about damaging the finishes in my home.
And with each spray of my Pledge® and swipe of the rag, I fell in love more with this beautiful place that I get to live.
Finally, after my home appeared to be sparkling clean, I tacked the floors with my Pledge® FloorCare products to ensure that even the areas where we walk shine.
And as I took a step back at the end of my week of cleaning and took in my progress, I almost couldn’t believe how easy it had been to discover the true beauty which is the reason I first fell in love with this home. In just one week, my home had been transformed. And I have to say, my pride in it had grown. Because with the help of a little motivation, a simple checklist and an array of Pledge® products, I had uncovered even more beauty that I had known my home had.
Maintain, Maintain, Maintain
Now that I’ve discovered how truly stunning my home is, I’d be crazy if I didn’t want it to always look this way! And thanks to my new collection of trusted Pledge® products, it can. By cleaning quickly on a mini scale once a week including dusting, cleaning my surfaces and shining my floors, this is now the home I’ve always wanted…and I’ll make sure it stays that way one Pledge® product at a time!
Now (dare I say it) I look forward to cleaning. Because I know that with just a few minutes of my time and the right Pledge® products, I can ensure that the home I’ve created always looks just as amazing as I dreamed it would! And I have to admit that loving this beautiful place where I live so much is what really and truly makes it my forever home.
Are you ready to discover the beauty in your home? From apartments to houses to everything in between, Pledge® is the perfect way to bring out the beauty where you live! Be sure to pick yours up today! Then discover that by cleaning quickly and efficiently, you too can turn the place you live into the home you always dreamed of!
Now tell me, how does a home that looks and smells Pledge® clean make you feel?