The Spring Spruce Up is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Make sure to stop by each day for some Spruce Up Inspiration! Several bloggers and I are teaming up to each work on a different room of the house. So be inspired! Best of all, there is a link up on Thursday of this week. So get movin’, spruce up your space, take pictures and write a post!
I’m so excited that the Spring Spruce Up is finally here! I live in North Carolina, where the weather is nothing but gorgeous. It’s 70 degrees and sunny…and that makes me want to spring clean like mad.
Will my house be spotless by the end of this Spruce Up Week? Probably not, but a mama can dream.
And what is exactly is ‘Sprucing Up’? It probably varies a little bit for each of us. For some, it is a massive de-cluttering. For others, it is a through cleaning of everything from window treatments to baseboards. And still for others, it might be something as serious as a new coat of paint.
I’ve started working on Sprucing Up my laundry room and am thrilled with the results. No matter how great you think you have a room ‘under control’ there are still items left to tend to.
When spring cleaning a room, it’s helpful to do this 1-minute exercise first. It’s the foundation for making a cleaning plan of attack for any room you need to tackle. Stand at the door of the room so you can visualize the whole space. Make a few mental notes about what needs work: the floors? Do you need to de-clutter first? Is it covered in dust? Is it really not that bad and you just need to straighten?
From your mental list, decide what must happen first. You can’t vacuum the floor first if it’s covered in clothes and detergent bottles, you know?
After you’ve decided where to start in the room, have a plan for every item you touch. If you need to throw it away, do it. If you need to give it away, have a designated bag for that. If it stays in the room, set it off to the side.
If you are serious about really cleaning the space you’re working in, this is not the time to be sentimental. Make your decision quickly and then act on it.
So specifically in cleaning your laundry room… I know there are some of you that have only a little laundry closet in which to work. Then there are others of you with a giant room big enough to do cartwheels in. Both sizes have their pros and cons. Regardless of the size of your laundry area, there is always room to spruce it up in some fashion.
To help you get movin’ on your laundry room, I’ve created a printable Laundry Room form. It is a fairly comprehensive list of every area in your laundry room that needs attention. It even has little check boxes where you can check off your work after you complete it!
I’ve uploaded the printable Laundry Room form to Google Docs, so all you need to do is click over and print it. Then grab a pencil to check off your ‘done’ items and get to sprucing! (I intentionally didn’t make it colorful so it wouldn’t soak up your printer ink.)
So make sure you stop by the next two days. I’m covering how to Spruce Up your linen closet, how to organize your laundry/cleaning products and several other laundry spring cleaning tips.
In the meantime, you can visit these other blogs. Each blogger is focusing on a different room of the house and yard.
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling