Unbeknownst to my husband, the weekend of April 26th will be one filled with dusting, sweeping, scrubbing, sorting, polishing and all-round cleaning. He will find out, of course, once I print out the room-by-room Spring Cleaning checklist you see below. The list is specific to our needs and because we live in an apartment with only a few rooms we dodge some pretty scary bullet-points: organizing the garage, for instance, or cleaning the basement.
In the spirit of Martha's wisdom, I consider cleaning house to be rather good for the soul and do not consider it drudgery. Tomas, my husband, has a more difficult time with this philosophy. Spring cleaning is a foreign concept to him (literally) since in Puerto Rico, where he grew up, there really is no such thing as spring cleaning. The tropical climate lessened the need to purge or sort or tidy on a seasonal basis. To help make the process more fun, I designed the checklist below to be pretty and inviting. I will print it on nice paper and have it magnetized to our refrigerator door. It will help us tackle our plan of action and compile any cleaning supplies we may need ahead of time. We will divide the chores between two days (two very full days!) and will feel so much better knowing that we've been thorough in our approach. We'll put on some good music (Tomas will come up with a great playlist, I'm sure) and get down to business! What does your spring cleaning routine look like?