What is it about this time of year that makes me want to spring clean? Is it the sun trying to shine through the grimy windows? Is it the increased likelihood that a neighbor may pop by unannounced since we’re all hanging out in our yards? Is it that the days are longer, so I feel a little more productive and am less apt to curl up with a book or binge watch The West Wing?
The answer is all of the above.
When I was invited to take part in the #SpringClean16 campaign with The Motherhood and Kimberly-Clark, I was excited. I’m great at planning to do things, and stocking my home with cleaning essentials is right in my wheelhouse. In the same way people buy treadmills believing earnestly they’ll be fit in no time, my buying a window squeegee with a long arm makes me truly believe my outside windows will immediately be gleaming. The fact that I get to take you along for that deliciously optimistic ride is just icing on the cake.
I was excited when my mega box of goodies arrived, but my kids just about lost their minds. My eight-year-old immediately grabbed the enclosed stainless steel paper towel holder, ripped the tag off of it, and ran into the kitchen. I don’t know how the Spring Clean team knew our poor paper towel rolls have been homeless in the months since I painted our kitchen cabinets, but they did, and now our paper towels are snug in their new shiny home.
If you’re wondering if I’m done talking about paper towels, girl, please. I’m just getting started. The mega box of goodies was full of some of the sturdiest paper towels I’ve ever wiped a surface with. Viva® Vantage® has a scrubby texture that is perfect for cleaning bathroom counters covered in toothpaste that has been expertly painted on by children set on making their mother crazy; and Viva® Towels are soft like a t-shirt, excellent for making those same children wipe down baseboards and white kitchen cabinets that show every little drip or spill. Viva Towels are even soft enough for the hands and face.
To kick off this spring cleaning project, I hit up Walmart for some of my go-to cleaning supplies. I like to keep all of these items in a caddy that lives under the kitchen sink. Previously, all of the supplies were loose under the cabinet, and when I’d reach for a bottle of cleaner, all of its neighbors would fall over like bowling pins. My caddy holds store bought cleaners, my favorite two-ingredient homemade cleaner, paper towels, rubber gloves, a scrubbing brush, and a toothbrush for cleaning grout or getting into small crevices.
I spent close to two hours in Walmart, but in addition to loading up on all of the cleaning supplies I needed, I was able to get a few birthday presents, Easter stuff, ingredients for two weeks of Crock Pot Thursday recipes, and shoe inserts for boots that look way better than they feel. I finally got the battery replaced on my husband’s watch, too. There is something to be said for a store that allows you to knock three or more items off a to-do list in one fell swoop.
Thanks to five bouts of strep throat this winter, several colds, and one lice panic that actually turned out to be a case of a six-year-old with dry scalp, my house has received several deep cleans in the past few months, yet things are still pretty dingy around here. I’d like to blame the kids and the dog on the constant vacuuming and wiping of surfaces that is needed, and while I don’t know if that’s completely fair, this is my blog, so I’ll blame whomever I want.
If you, too, are lured by the siren song of spring weather and have a house full of family members intent on dirtying up every surface possible, you’re going to want to check out this handy spring cleaning guide. It breaks it down step-by-step, and encourages even the laziest of girls (ME) to tackle the task.
Check out the Kimberly-Clark Family Care Walmart Website for all kinds of spring cleaning values and my Spring Cleaning Pinterest page for tips and tricks on getting your house clean enough for your mother to visit.
This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood, but as always, the opinions and lackadaisical approach to housekeeping are all mine.
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