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clean organized decluttered home using this unique and simple bottom up spring cleaning method

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning


I want to share a spring cleaning secret with you that will help you save time and money and guarantee a clean organized decluttered home. Have a clean organized decluttered home using this unique and simple spring cleaning method.

Some twenty years ago, I accidentally discovered this very effective method for spring cleaning my home.  I had earnestly set up my spring cleaning list and had cleaners in hand and then dropped a can of diet soda on the kitchen floor. It hit the tile and burst wide opened and sprayed all over the floor, the cabinets, the walls and the ceiling. I almost set down and cried. What a mess!

The Bottom Up Cleaning Method that Not Only Saves Time and Money-

You Can Have a

Clean Organized Decluttered Home


After gathering my wits, cleaners and sponges, I sat back down on the floor and decided to start cleaning the cabinets. It was then that I saw a lot more dirt than diet soda. I realized that the room looked much different from this angle and that most of my cleaning happened at eye level.

Now I know that most people don’t mind a bit of dirt here and there. But I mean there was a lot of spatters and spots. The baseboards were disgusting as well as the bottom of the cabinets. So, I began cleaning the kitchen from the bottom up-the baseboards (I did save the floor for last since I was walking on it while cleaning), the cabinets, the walls and the ceiling. Now you could start cleaning at the ceiling level and down, but I felt that I would just kind of miss the lower cabinets and the baseboards using this method. 

I discovered that the room looked much cleaner. It felt just like a thorough spring cleaning but much deeper.

So, I decided to try this bottom up cleaning method in each room to clean, organize and declutter my home:

  • The laundry room
  • The living room
  • The den
  • The two bedrooms
  • The two bathrooms

Then I did the same when cleaning the windows. Yes, starting at the bottom of the glass and up. Much more clean and less streaks. Two other things became evident to me. I was cleaning much faster and with less cleaners. It appeared that with such a solid method used in each and every room, I streamlined the cleaning process and was done in a half a day, rather than two days that it usually took to completely spring clean the house.

This bottom up cleaning method is a staple in my home and I try to do this a couple of times a year, not just in the spring. I find that I spend less time cleaning each week and less time on intensive cleaning, due to the thorough cleaning that I did the previous month. I use less cleaning products. Click here to see some more recommendations on cleaners Make Your Own Cleaners

The best cleaners for me are vinegar and baking soda or washing soda. I have spray bottles with vinegar and use it to clean my counter tops and sink each day. I also use it on my bathroom floors. Vinegar is a great mild cleaner. The smell does not bother me full strength. If it bothers you, dilute it with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I can also highly recommend anything Mrs. Meyers which is sold at Target and most supermarkets. Cleaning erasers are your best friend in removing almost anything. But use caution here at they do remove paint if you rub too hard. Here is a link to one of my fellow blogger’s (Lisa) post on Chemical Free Cleaners .

Having a clean home from the bottom up feels cleaner, takes less time and costs less. It is particularly important if you have small children as they are down at that level most of the time. Subscribe to receive free a free morning and evening routine checklist and free organizing tips and tools every week or two directly to your inbox!


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  • What a great way to think about cleaning, Rebecca!!
    I know when we first moved into our house, I was cleaning everything. But I don’t always think to start at the bottom—great suggestion!!

    • Rebecca

      Thanks Jodie! Great to have you visit and for the great compliment.

  • I’m trying this today when I clean my family room; thanks!

    • Rebecca

      Thanks Lisa! It’s definitely an eye opener!

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