Week #1 of Deep Cleaning {Spring Cleaning Challenge 2016}

Spring Cleaning fulfills a basic human urge to wash away the layers of winter and search for the fresh new Spring underneath. Spring Cleaning is a chance to feel a Fresh Start in our homes and we should take it. Since it feels so natural to clean in the Spring anyway, let’s use that feeling to do some great deep cleaning during Weeks 1-3 and really see some surfaces sparkle.

As we mentioned in the Intro article, this challenge is 5 weeks long. The first 3 weeks will be focused on deep cleaning, the 4th week will be focused on jump-starting some important maintenance habits, and the 5th week will reset our cleaning routine.

The weekly tasks for the challenge will be given right here on the blog. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to join us during the next five weeks! I recommend involving your friends and family, because the more people you know following along, the more accountable you will feel to follow through.

FREE Resources to help

  • Subscribe to the blog to receive emails when a new blog post publishes, like the challenge tasks. Subscribe using the little subscription box (mobile users –> scroll to the bottom of the screen or desktop users –> it is on the top right sidebar).
  • Like the Mary Organizes Facebook page, because new challenge blog post links will be posted there, as well as other motivation throughout the week. (Facebook is funny – you may need to select “receive notifications from this page” to actually see the posts even if you like the page.)
  • Get motivated on Instagram. This is the place I post most candidly and in real-time. (Since Facebook purchased Instagram, you now have to select to receive those notifications as well – yay.)
  • Join the Mary Organizes Facebook group called Get Organized Today. This is an enormous and active group of people doing the challenge together. Have a question about something while you’re doing the challenge? Lots of people will have answers. It is an amazing group and the focus this year is on Loving our Homes. (**Please read and understand the rules so that you get to stay in the group. That group is thriving in part because of amazing moderators who put out fires most people never even notice burning. Not only that, each of them has a heart to help group members and can often be found supporting and encouraging. Thank you, ladies!)

More Help

There is also an optional Printable Pack available in my shop for anyone who needs a little more help. Purchasing this printable is absolutely not required to successfully Spring Clean with us, but I did work hard on making it a great supplemental resource for those who choose to purchase it.

The Printable Pack has:

  • a calendar of tasks,
  • checklists,
  • extra tips and advice that comes from a lot of experience,
  • summary descriptions on how to complete each task (some of these will also be available on the blog, but not all),
  • a Household Checklist (you’ll use this year-round for tracking annual maintenance),
  • Cleaning Routine Printable images,
  • and best of all, it puts all of the information together in one place for easy access.

Buy your Spring Cleaning Challenge Printable Pack HERE.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - 2016

Deep Cleaning Week #1

While we will definitely be giving ourselves a fresh start and getting some great deep cleaning done in the next three weeks, we are not getting to every single possible square inch of our homes. In my experience, the cleaning frenzy we feel in Spring does not last very long for most people, which is why we give it 3 good weeks, then learn in Week 4 how to do important maintenance tasks all year long. This challenge is both a good Spring Cleaning and a realistically manageable Maintenance Program moving forward.

Monday – Clean Washing Machine & Wipe Down Dryer

Tuesday – Vacuum Dryer Vent

Wednesday – Clean Return Air Grills

Thursday – Dust Closets

Friday – Clean Dishwasher

Saturday – Catch-up! This is the day to do any of the tasks you were unable to complete during the week. It might be a long day, but it is even possible to do it all today if necessary.

Sunday – Rest

*Summary descriptions on how to complete each task are in the printable pack and I’ll select some to also share on the blog.

Until Next Time …

What do you think? Was that as terrifying as you thought it might be, or worse, or better?

Next up – Deep Cleaning Week #2.


Happy Spring Cleaning!


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8 thoughts on “Week #1 of Deep Cleaning {Spring Cleaning Challenge 2016}

  1. Mary, I love that you do this blog and these challenges! I do wish that we could see the next week on Sunday. I work full time and have a son who plays competitive ball. It would help if I didn’t feel like I was behind on Monday. Thank you again.

    1. I understand that, Erin, I also like to plan ahead on Sunday nights! I had to make the switch this time for my own work/life balance, because I really want to take Sunday off. Hopefully this switch will help me feel more rejuvenated to keep going at this for a long time. If you need to see everything in advance for this challenge, it is all in the Printable Pack, or the weekly posts go live very very early in the morning on Monday before you see an email reminder or anything on social media, so that may help too.

    1. I mean getting to all the nooks and crannies in closets, where dust collects. Closets are often neglected during regular dustings. I usually use a vacuum and attachments.

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