1) Are you doing a spring cleaning this year ?
I never do a full spring cleaning project, I just clean up random things. I did a full clean of the bathrooms last week and I want to clean the doors and walls too.
2) Favourite cleaning products?
Lysol wipes, Scrubbing Bubbles with Bleach, Powdered Tide (I'm a Go Clean Co convert).
3) What is your must clean for every spring?
The front hall closet - exchanging winter gear for sandals and baseball hats, cleaning out the old dust and salt that has built up over the winter.
4) Any garage/shed cleaning tips?
This is Dave's purview, but he would say that the only way to clean it is to take everything out before you can organize it and put it back in. Also get as many things up off the floor as possible (shelving, cabinet, hooks, etc.) so that you can easily get to what you need.
5) Pack rat or Marie Kondo devotee?
Somewhere in the middle. I fold my clothes like Marie Kondo but I still have a few things kicking around that don't necessarily spark joy.
6) Best cleaning hack?
Okay, here is where I make my cleaning confession - my cleaning "hack" is to invite people over for dinner so that forces me to clean the house. Now, with no one having come over for quite some time, my house is less than clean and has been for awhile. It means I am more spot cleaning/tidying those high need areas rather than having everything clean at once.
7) Do you have help with house cleaning?
Yes, both Dave and I do cleaning and we try to engage our children to help out too (with varying results). We do not have a housekeeper.
8) Favourite cleaning appliance?
I like our Dyson vacuum cleaner. We've had it for years and it has held up well. I am glad we decided to splurge on it years ago (I think we used our wedding gift money to get it), it has been a worthwhile investment.
9) Run the dishwasher every single night or just when full?
When it's full, so every 1.5 days or so.
10) Favourite way to donate or purge unneeded items?
I like to donate clothes to this store, but it has been closed for awhile, and most places haven't taken donations over the past year. We also used to donate non-clothes items to our church's yard sale, but again, they haven't had that since 2019. I have given a few things to my neighbour who has small boys but I also just have to throw things out. For larger household things we can put them on the curb and sometimes people stop by and take them.