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Bopeep14 Thu 30-May-19 12:11:52

Decided to do a spring clean as my mother calls it a little late I know, I don’t have a baby to look after this week just older children so thought I would get it done.
Decided to start in the kitchen, last night I put oven cleaner on the oven to work over night.
Started on the oven this morning, I have only managed to clean the cooker pull it out clean the floor underneath and pull out the fridge and freezer and have done the same.
I am now absolutely shattered, I still have the rest of the kitchen to clean and then the rest of the house.
At this rate it’s going to take me at least a month to do it all.
How does everyone else cope with there spring cleaning?

kittylester Thu 30-May-19 12:15:12

I don't understand the question. grin

loopyloo Thu 30-May-19 12:19:25

Have been tackling the bathroom this morning. Have been in this house 9 years and have never really cleaned off the rough grounding on the tiles. The whole house needs sorting out. Stuff thrown away and really cleaned.

ginny Thu 30-May-19 12:27:06

Never do it. Just clean things as and when they need it.

EllanVannin Thu 30-May-19 12:36:10

Just looking at what needs doing leaves me exhausted.

shysal Thu 30-May-19 12:47:21

It never crosses my mind! I do jobs when I feel inclined, which is not very often! For example the Oven Pride box has been standing on the kitchen worktop for a couple of months to remind me to use it!

kittylester Thu 30-May-19 13:48:04

I've got a man coming next week, sal. My box is under the sink...... I think.

KatyK Thu 30-May-19 14:10:36

I never do spring cleaning. I used to years ago but the novelty wore off. There's only the two of us here and we rarely get visitors. The house is clean enough.

Patsy70 Thu 30-May-19 15:18:27

Isn't life too short to worry about 'spring cleaning the house'?I vacuum and dust, keep the bathrooms/kitchen clean. In fact, I've been doing housework today, but isn't it boring? I'd much rather be gardening or having lunch with friends. As long as it's tidy and clean enough, why worry?

Slowcookervegan Thu 30-May-19 15:22:03

Why not pay a company to come and do a spring clean. It will probably only take a few hours and then you just have to keep on top of it. Life is too short to be pulling out furniture at our age.

Anniebach Thu 30-May-19 17:04:53

Never have done spring cleaning , it clashes with the garden coming to life .

Cherrytree59 Thu 30-May-19 17:12:05

Bopeep in my book cleaning the oven comes under Major Cleaning Task and should be rewarded with a least a coffee and ginger biscuit or two. ☕ biscuit
Pulling out cookers and fridges also comes under yet another Major Household task and should be rewarded with feet up and a cuppa.

Major tasks go on a 'to do' job list in our house and every now and again one gets ticked off, which can be quite satisfying,
but quite often the said list becomes lost or forgotten.

It sounds as though you have more than enough on your hands looking after children.

P.s. Rome wasn't built in a day, so a Month for spring cleaning sounds more than

annep1 Thu 30-May-19 17:22:11

If you think it needs it I would get someone else to do it.
We clean kitchen and bathroom thoroughly every weekend. Vacuum corners once a month. Apart from that its whatever we have the energy for. Only two of us and not many visitors. Just like KatyK.
Energy is not what it was, sadly.

SisterAct Thu 30-May-19 17:33:15

We are all different I love cleaning and find ironing therapeutic. As for gardening rather get someone in but am becoming more interested.

grannyactivist Thu 30-May-19 18:19:47

My mother is bedridden and cared for by my brother. I have just spent a weekend doing a deep clean of her house, so that it's clean enough for me to employ a cleaner who won't run a mile at the sight of it! I was nobly assisted by a lovely young niece who decided that she couldn't allow me to tackle it alone, but she and I are both still completely exhausted.

Bopeep14 Thu 30-May-19 18:20:42

Oh how I wish I could afford to get someone in to do it but sadly I can’t. My Sunday’s are taken up with just regular cleaning of the house, my husband Hoovers through, but it prays on my mind when everything needs a big clean. Managed to do the bottom half of the kitchen will continue tomorrow with the top half. The worse room will be done then. Hopefully.

SalsaQueen Thu 30-May-19 18:55:55

I clean up as and when it needs doing. My appliances are all integrated, so that's OK. We've got laminate flooring in the lounge/dining room, as well as the 2 spare bedrooms. Tiles on the kitchen floor, lino in the bathroom, so they're all easy to clean. The only carpet we've got is my bedroom, and obviously the stairs, hall and landing.

phoenix Thu 30-May-19 19:25:58

Not Spring cleaning, but a few weeks ago did change the curtains and bedding in our room from the winter one (dark wine/burgundy) to a light fresh green.

Not extravagant, as I have had both sets for yonks.

Gives the room a whole new look, without the hassle of decorating!

phoenix Thu 30-May-19 19:46:45

SalsaQueen we have done away with carpet on the stairs and landing! Painted floors (yes, even the stairs) with a rug on the landing.

Only 2 rooms left with carpet, our room & the "guest" (spare room/dumping ground) and they will soon be changed!

Recently did the third bedroom, which has no bed in it, but a 6ft desk, bookshelves etc, used entirely as a home office. Has a painted floor and a rug, looks good.

gmelon Thu 30-May-19 19:51:55

phoenix What colour are your floors? I'd much prefer what you've done than carpet.

grannyqueenie Thu 30-May-19 20:06:27

I don’t spring clean, just do what I notice needs doing as I go along. Every now and then look a bit more closely at things and think I must get round to it... but never do. I work on the assumption that if it all looks tidyish then no one including me will ever notice if it needs a clean

phoenix Thu 30-May-19 20:18:36


We used Ronseal floor paint. It's incredibly tough, we had to move several bits of furniture both up and down the (painted) stairs, I was sure they would end up scuffed or chipped, but no, not a mark!

It comes in a range of colours, we went for cream, (safe colour, some might say boring!) With a richly coloured runner on the landing, and a large rug in the same design in the home office.

The actual floor surface on the landing and in the office was that sort of green chipboard stuff (house built in 2005) we used a quick coat of something from the Zinsser range (as recommended by our odd job/decorator chap, can check which one) then 2 costs of the floor paint.

Very happy with how it looks, will be doing the same in the 2 remaining bedrooms.

You can find rugs in so many different styles, and reasonably priced (the runner was under £30, the large rug was about £40) so as far as I'm concerned, painted floors plus rugs is not only low maintenance, but you can change your decor without the expense and hassle of new carpets! grin

NanaandGrampy Thu 30-May-19 20:38:07

Dust is a protective covering for furniture 😁

phoenix Thu 30-May-19 20:48:32

Ah, NanaandGrampy one to add to my "Sluts Charter" along with:

Cleaning your windows let's sunlight in, which fades and weakens your soft furnishings.

You have not "not made your bed" you have left it to air.

The layer that may have built up inside your oven, is actually insulation, and saves energy (both of the gas/electricity type, as well as that which might be used in cleaning the damn thing)


annodomini Thu 30-May-19 20:56:23

Cleaner gave upstairs a good going over yesterday. She will tackle downstairs next time.
I had the oven professionally cleaned about 6 months ago and it isn't over-used as I don't do roasts, so it should last another twelve years!

gmelon Thu 30-May-19 21:53:33

I'd choose cream it is classic not boring. Thank you, you have given me food for thought. Your rugs were a great price.
I've gone against carpet as it seems to collect stains and germs and debris that lurks deeper than suction can clean.

lilypollen Thu 30-May-19 21:57:21

No to spring cleaning. Have a weekly routine and (possibly sad to some) put on calendar when extra cleaning chores are done. Have promised DH that when I don't feel I want to do major cleaning any more I'll get a cleaning company in once or twice a year.

GracesGranMK3 Thu 30-May-19 21:58:20

If you are going to deep clean at any time of the year, save your pennies and have your oven cleaned for you.

It used to be that I relaxed having my hair done now I relax when someone else cleans my oven far better than I could - and for about the same price.

NanaandGrampy Thu 30-May-19 22:45:05

I can agree with all of those * Phoenix*

Nanah67 Thu 30-May-19 22:55:38

Have a cleaner once a week with an hour to spare. To tackle deep few bob I have ever spent. House is spotless way above what I could do and our free time is priceless. Took awhile to convince dh but now delighted with it all.

SpringyChicken Thu 30-May-19 23:15:10

Spring is for gardening! Cleaning is for wet winter days. But I clean the oven after every use - takes minutes that way and I can always see through the door! The oven shelves and shelf supports go in the dishwasher weekly.

jeanie99 Fri 31-May-19 01:06:14

Don't really spring clean, clean as things need doing.
Dust and vac once a week, hubby as started doing this.
Wipe down shower and tiles when used
Use home pride on oven when needed.
Wipe kitchen worktops, hob and sink daily.
Most pots and cutlery goes in dishwasher.
Wipe kitchen doors occasionally, takes at most 15 minutes.
Never leave dinner plates till next day.
Clean hard wood floors every one to two weeks.
Clean kitchen and bathroom floor weekly.
Clean toilets when needed.
Windows have window cleaner he also cleans the insides.
Drawers get sorted and cleaned when dirty.
Kitchen cupboards cleaned when they look dirty.
Window frames and woodwork get washed when I think about it.
House is tidy, I put things away when finished with them takes a matter of minutes.
Leaving things to pile up takes hours to sort them I consider that a complete waste of time.
I don't like cleaning but I couldn't stand living in a mess with things everywhere.
I think everyone as their own standards and I live to mine. Live by your own standards not other peoples.
I once worked with a lady who cleaned everything daily in her home, even the doors and skirting boards. She got up early in the morning to be able to a achieve this.

Coolgran65 Fri 31-May-19 02:02:46

I never spring clean. Clean something when it needs it.

Vacuum every couple of days

Best buy was a small triangular microfibre mop bought in Home Bargains for about £3. The microfibre pad comes off and goes into the washing machine every couple of weeks. It lives in the airing cupboard and each morning I sprinkle a little Zoflora on the bathroom floor tiles and use the mop. Towel buffs off the wash hand basin and taps and shower tray. Rubber blade wipes the shower cubicle and glass after each shower. Give the toilet a quick once over. All takes about 5 minutes.and bathroom is always sparkling.

Always use Toilet Bloo in the cistern and toilet looks pristine.

Lyndiloo Fri 31-May-19 04:01:05

I used to 'Spring Clean' for Christmas! Everything in the house - from cooker to curtains to cupboards - was thoroughly washed and cleaned. It exhausted me then, but now just the thought of it exhausts me! And I've had to set my sights lower.

It saddens me that I can't be my forty-year-old self. Just keep trying to get through my 'Jobs List'.

annep1 Fri 31-May-19 06:42:19

I do same as Lilypollen- mark on calendar when we have vacuuumed all the corners cleaned wall tiles in bathroom etc. It's a good idea.

annep1 Fri 31-May-19 07:03:05

Not everyone can afford a cleaner. Could the family help out Bopeep14?
We all used to meet up and do a big clean for mum.

SparklyGrandma Fri 31-May-19 07:14:52

pheonix what a great idea. I remember when young, I would do a full days work then go home and spend 2 hours cleaning - every evening.

That way lies madness!

sodapop Fri 31-May-19 07:58:35

I find cleaning therapeutic, nice sense of satisfaction when its done. I have found that in the last year or so I've slowed up and don't fit so much into a day.

Katyj Fri 31-May-19 08:26:24

I do spring cleaning, all my friends think I'm mad ! But I do start at the beginning of march , when it's still cool, can't be bothered when it's warm( too many hot flushes ) I love that satisfied feeling when it's all done, it takes about a month.I have the last laugh when I can forget about housework all summer, apart from dusting and vacuuming wiping around, until Oct when I have another good clean .

Sara65 Fri 31-May-19 08:59:13

We had a cleaner for years, I used to complain about her, because she seemed to think she was in charge, always rearranging things, and doing things that weren’t expected of her, but she was fantastic, the house was always spotless, even if I could never find anything!

She moved away to be nearer her family, and try as I might, I haven’t been able to replace her , so now all my Saturdays are spent cleaning!

I hate it!

Witzend Fri 31-May-19 09:21:48

Is it even a thing any more?
I thought it dated back to pre central heating days - messy coal fires, etc.

A ' good clean' for me, means putting my glasses on so I can at least see the dust. Usually gets done more than superficially only when guests are coming to stay, even when I know they're the type not to give a hoot.

Major blitz next week, then, since relatives of dh who I hardly know are coming to stay. 😕Very tempted to book myself a mini break somewhere and leave him to it but will as usual grin (or at least smile nicely) and bear it.

Septimia Fri 31-May-19 09:49:33

I clean in two circumstances: if we're having visitors and when somewhere gets too dirty for me to ignore it. I can always find something more interesting to do. Having said that, I've just given the fridge a thorough clean out.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Fri 31-May-19 09:52:59

Was it Mole who said, "Hang spring cleaning"? A bit of dust won't hurt and I clean up as and when.

ditzyme Fri 31-May-19 09:57:28

I'm with Kittylester....and ginny.

goldengirl Fri 31-May-19 11:11:12

Spring clean? What's that? If it looks muckier than usual [cats & kids] then out comes the vacuum cleaner. If it looks dusty but the sun ain't shining to show it up, I leave it and do something more interesting. Life is too short. That said I do enjoy visiting other people's homes - they seem much cleaner and tidier than mine. DH is NOT the tidiest person in the world but I knew that 50 years ago!!! Each to their own I guess

libra10 Fri 31-May-19 11:20:32

I've cleaned out all the kitchen drawers and cupboards, getting rid of lots of clutter and unused items from the cupboard where tins, sauces etc are stored. Made lots of space all over.

Also cleaned a living room cupboard, next the bathroom cabinets.

Will also tackle some of the units in the bedroom, but taking it all quite slowly. Even if it lasts till next Spring!

NanaandGrampy Fri 31-May-19 11:42:38

I once had 2 signs in my house , the first one was from my Nan and said ‘Dull women have immaculate houses’ and the 2nd one was in the bathroom and said ‘ this is a self cleaning bathroom ...... clean it yourself ! ‘