Vintage Spring Cleaning Checklist
I am excited to share this comprehensive list, one, in which, will most certainly get your home clean the vintage way! We will look at:
First of all, let me share that there are 3 Seasonal Cleaning Methods:
Now, let's hear the exact words (with a few inserts from me) from Dorothy Lois Abel:
"As a bride or other beginner you will need to do little of the old-fashioned scrubbing kind of seasonal cleaning. You've probably been keeping your home spotless right along. Spring and fall cleanings for you, therefore, will take the form of seasonal check-ups clothes, closets, bureau drawers, the discarding of old magazines ...
However, because some day you may want to know how to do a complete seasonal cleaning job, here is a routine."
#1 Gather Cleaning Tools
Make sure all tools are in good working order. Lay in a generous supply of soaps, polishes, rags, cleaners. (I use an all-natural Cleaning Kit.)
#2 Schedule Your Work
Schedule your work, listing jobs to be done, time to be allowed, days for accomplishment. Keep a record of the actual time each job took so you'll know next time. (I use two resources for this: Monthly Homekeeping Calendar and Vintage Spring Cleaning Checklist for Any Room -free download below.)
#3 Clean One Room at a Time
Doing one room at a time creates the least housekeeping upset. In large homes, doing the jobs which require the same tools while these tools are out -as washing all windows on one floor-saves time for some housekeepers. (I clean one room each month. This allows me to also organize and refresh decor as needed.)
#4 Jobs to be Covered in Seasonal Cleaning
(That was alot! However, when you clean one room at a time, especially one room each month, it's very doable!)
#5 How to Make a Room-By-Room Seasonal Cleaning Schedule
Take as many blank sheets of paper as you have rooms, or kinds of rooms, then look down the "jobs to be covered in Seasonal Cleaning List (above) and copy off those which apply to that particular room or group of rooms. Arrange these in a logical work sequence. Guess how much time you think each will take . . . and decide when (what days) you'd like to spend the time doing the necessary work. Then begin.
I hope this helps you understand time-tested and thorough cleaning methods.
I am grateful for the old vintage books!
How about you? What methods do you employ?