The Way The French Do Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning the French way

By Christina

Spring is here, and that means it is time to tackle the winter dust, steam clean those drapes, and bring in the sunshine. I’m talking about Spring cleaning. The deep cleaning we all do after the hibernation has passed. This is the time of the year when we get ourselves organized, and restock the pantry with goods for entertaining both indoors and outdoors.

Spring Cleaning in France is very different from what you’re used to in the States. When we think of spring cleaning we think of emptying out the cupboards and tackling the grime and gunk we ignored for six months. We bravely dedicate our weekends, or even all month long to spring cleaning.

But the French don’t do spring cleaning that way. As with everything cleaning is simplified to where it doesn’t own your weekend or take over your life.  The French approach to cleaning is to tackle the mess as it comes at you, not to let it pile up and then declare war upon the mess.

It’s all about creating the warm aesthetic that makes you want to be home, but also be cool with going outside for a while.  Now while it is perfectly ok for you to want to stay home, I am an introvert so of course I wanna stay home and practice hygge.

So while the French are not known for large batch cleaning, they are known for other things, like balancing life.

So, how do the French manage Spring cleaning, having time to entertain, and still having the will to live a simple life?

Make a crepe, sit back, and let’s discover How the French do Spring Cleaning.

The Way The French Do Spring Cleaning

in this article:

1. simple spring cleaning tips

2. no.1 cleaning solutions

3. the takeaway

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Simple Spring Cleaning Tips-the French Way

I have to say that the approach to cleaning in France makes complete sense. The process of cleaning is something that is taken in small doses instead of being ignored and then tackled another day. In fact, in most cases, cleaning can not be procrastinated. When you live in a small space, as you would in Paris, you have to be organized or at least some what clean. Otherwise, you’re tripping all over the house. 

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So how do they do it? Simply by picking up after themselves all day long or at least when a mess has been made. Yes, that’s right. When you make a mess, clean it up. Simple right? Spring cleaning is essentially non-existent because of this simple rule. 

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There is no need to run from room to room cleaning like a chicken with no head on.

 

Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

 

At the end of the day, as you take off your coat or your favorite sweater(that is not due to be cleaned) but it away. You’re in the bathroom and notice the mirror has toothpaste sprinkles all over it. Wipe it off.

In a two-day period you clean the toilet after usage. Just wipe it down, clean the bowel. Instantly tackle that chore.

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The rule also applies to your tub and shower. After you shower, wipe it down. Of course, there will be a day in the week when you will need to “scrub” the shower. When that day comes get your vinegar and baking soda out. 

 

No. 1 cleaning solutions

One of the first things I discovered when I moved to France was how limited the “cleaning products” were. And it isn’t because they are not used, it is merely because the majority of cleaning is done with two items

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
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The way the French approach Spring cleaning, or cleaning in general is quite simple. All you need to remember is to do a little bit every day. Don’t let the chore of keeping house get out of hand to where you feel overwhelmed, or even avoid the mess. 

Breaking the task up into small chunks, each day helps free up so much of your time. Helping you to be present and live a simple life. 

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I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!