Week #3 of Deep Cleaning {Spring Cleaning Challenge 2016}

I expected to do a few tutorials last week on the blog to help you with your Spring Cleaning, but when I was unexpectedly stranded in Houston because my travel home from a conference was affected by the terrible weather they are experiencing there, my plans changed. I am home now and feeling blessed to be safe and dry. My thoughts are with the people in Houston still recovering from the devastation of that crazy flooding! There will be more posts than normal this week as I play catch-up.


This is the Week 3 of the Deep Cleaning phase of the Spring Cleaning Challenge. If you missed it, last week was Week 2 of Deep Cleaning. By now your home is starting to feel a lot cleaner, and this week will go even deeper. This is our final week of the Deep Cleaning focus, next week is the week we Jump-Start Maintenance Cleaning. The Spring Cleaning Challenge is 5 weeks long:

  • Weeks 1-3 we will do Deep Cleaning,
  • Week 4 we will Jump-Start Maintenance Cleaning,
  • and Week 5 we will Reset our Cleaning Routines.

As a reminder –

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 the information together in one place for easy access.

Buy your Spring Cleaning Challenge Printable Pack HERE.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - 2016

Deep Cleaning Week #3

This week you’ll really start to notice a cleaner feeling in the house. We are going to focus on some very commonly abused areas – the kitchen and bathrooms. Giving these areas a deep clean is also an important preparation for your Cleaning Routine. The first couple of weekly cleans when it has been a while take longer, so do a really thorough job now so that the up-keep is easier.

Monday – Wash Bath Mats & Freshen Curtains

Tuesday – Dust Blinds & Clean Windows {See tutorial for Window Cleaning HERE.}

Wednesday – Polish Furniture (select the furniture that needs polishing)

Thursday Wash Full Bedding Sets

Friday – Clean Floors (including underneath furniture)

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 are in the printable pack and I’ll select some to also share on the blog.

Until Next Time …

If you need to delegate, hiring someone to clean your windows or a professional to clean your floors would make this week a lot easier. You still get to check it off your list if someone else helps you do it! And for that matter, kids can help too! Finish this week off strong, because next week is really important.

Deep Cleaning Week #1.

Deep Cleaning Week #2.

Next up … Week #4 Jump-Start to Maintenance Living


Happy Spring Cleaning!


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2 thoughts on “Week #3 of Deep Cleaning {Spring Cleaning Challenge 2016}

  1. I was getting news feed from your 90 day challenge and comments from the people doing it. The comments were very useful and I miss them. On this I can’t find any comments. Wonder what happen?

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