How To Spring Clean In A Weekend When You Have Cats (hint: you can’t)

Thank you Pledge®, SCJ and Walmart for sponsoring this post.


In our pre-cat days, spring cleaning went something like this ;

All the windows were opened and the screens were hosed off. Closets and cabinets were emptied and items we no longer used were tossed, donated or sold. The house itself got an extra good cleaning and we would move some furniture to reach those out-of-sight places.

It took a weekend to finish, and usually involved one or more of my kids getting soaked with the hose by my husband. Fun times!

Fast forward to now  and trying to spring clean when you have cats.

How To Spring Clean In A Weekend When You Have Cats  (hint: you can’t)

We went from three kids at home to one (our youngest), but the pet side of our family has exploded! When you have a 20 year old 4 foot long iguana, a 17 year old poodle, two 6 month old kittens and two 2 year old cats, spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning!

Cleaning the windows now involves trying to get Mr. Kitty and Callie to move from their favorite bird-stalking window sill in my bedroom –


— and having a cat stalk me from the screen room, watching my every move in the kitchen.


When I spring clean I organize my closets and cabinets and put away heavy blankets and comforters.

Except when they have eyes and they’re watching me. Then I leave them right where they are.


Donating a mattress we no longer needed helped free up space, but cleaning under the living room sofa can wait when this little cutie pie (his name is Puppy) wants to rest on it.


Having them under foot is one thing, but when I want to move the kitchen chairs to clean the floor, Mini-Me is usually sleeping on one of them – often in very strange positions.


All this distraction makes our weekend spring cleaning job take longer than it should, which is why its important to have the right cleaning products! I headed to my local Super Walmart to pick up some cleaning supplies, including Pledge Lemon Clean®. It kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria and doesn’t leave any residue. You’ll find it in the aisle with the cleaning supplies.




After I got home, I kept the kittens busy with their tablet. I know, I know – we’re not supposed to use screen time as a babysitter, but it was just this once!


This belonged to my mother and means so much to me to have it in my home now. When I clean it it takes me back to when I was a little girl and my mother would ask me to clean it. She always used Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray.


When we do spring cleaning, we take everything out and clean it from top to bottom. This is the before shot. Look at the build-up of dust!


This is after! I love how the wood shines when I use Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray on it!


One of the things I appreciate most about Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray, is that is can be used for most of my furniture and it cleans, conditions and protects the finish. Our coffee table is a catch-all and needs to be cleaned daily, not only for spring cleaning!


Here is the after shot. This coffee tables came with us when we moved from Brooklyn to Florida and it’s been through a lot but after using Pledge® Lemon Fresh it looks terrific!


I love the fresh scent of Pledge® Lemon Clean. After using it to clean our dining room table and chairs they not only shine, it gives the whole room a just-cleaned scent.

It looks like Callie liked the scent also!


On second thought, maybe not!


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31 Responses to “How To Spring Clean In A Weekend When You Have Cats (hint: you can’t)”

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  1. Stephanie says:

    No matter what I do there’s always cat hair somewhere.

  2. Annie Stow says:

    Your cats are gorgeous. I love the one of the paws hanging down! So cute. I think my cleaning ladies must use Pledge lemon because that’s what my house smells like every other Monday! Good luck with the kitties!

  3. Tamara says:

    Aww! Puppy is so cute! We have a new kitten that turned three months today. She is EVERYWHERE. I had to warn our cleaning lady that things would be different.
    Pledge is the BEST!
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  4. Marci says:

    The cat doing screen time is too much. That looks like a very thorough cleaning, highly impressive!

  5. Emily says:

    They are so cute, even if they interrupt your cleaning! I do not have cats, two dogs and they tend to just lay on the furniture. I do always struggle with them laying around while I sweep up their dog hair. Then, when I put the broom away is when they decide to get down and shake all of their loose hair. Happens every time!
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  6. Jamie Lee says:

    Adorable cats and I love the tablet idea. I swear, cats are just as good as getting into stuff as kids!

  7. Twitter:
    We used to have 5 fur babies so I am very familiar with how much work they can be!! Now we have 4 kids to make all the mess but they don’t follow me around when I am cleaning up!

  8. Twitter:
    Your cats are so cute!! I love lemon scents and find that when I am cleaning, if it smells good, I am more likely to keep on going! It is surely a great feeling when done!
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  9. Lisa Jones says:

    You have such cute little kitty cats they are adorable, I know there hair can be all over the place. I love pledge it works great, I have used ever since I can remember, great brand great product.

  10. Love your cat pics! They are so cute! Would love to try that Pledge Lemon cleaner.

  11. Karen Glatt says:

    Your cats are so cute! I have a hard time cleaning with my cat, too! She follows me everywhere. Pledge lemon smells so good and I want to get some more of it to clean my tables.

  12. MaryAnn says:

    I so understand this. We have a cat and her hair is always getting everywhere.

  13. Betsy Barnes says:

    Such a cute article! I remember helping my Grandmother do her spring cleaning, doing the dusting with Pledge was always my favorite!

  14. michelle elizondo says:

    I wipe all the window sills.

  15. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This was a great post! So funny. All in all though lemon Pledge is great!

  16. Pamela James says:

    Awesome article & very helpful. Wonderful to put this info out thanks

  17. Laura says:

    Your cats are too cute! We have two cats and two dogs. Cleaning is a constant thing at our house. 🙂

  18. ANN*H says:

    I believe some times the cat are worse then having kids around when your trying to Spring clean. Thanks for the great article. Good luck with this years cleaning

  19. gale mccarron says:

    Sounds like a job within a job! This would be about the time I would call my Daughters to help with the cleaning while I babysat … the cat of course ????

  20. Linda Szymoniak says:

    Try cleaning with four dogs and two cats (down from five dogs and three cats a year ago – we lost two furbabies). We changed the old carpeting in our living room and main hallway to bamboo flooring and I’m using the broom several times a day to get all the pet fur up.

  21. Sandra Watts says:

    I don’t have cats and I still can’t get anything done. Your pictures are so cute by the way. Gave me a good smile this morning.

  22. Zoey says:

    Cats are adorable, but I am happy to not have one!

  23. Mariana says:

    Love, love, love this post! Those photos! I love the one of your cat in between the blankets, and the other one sleeping funny on the chair… and they have their own tablet?! Lucky kitties! I also use Pledge (well, I have my kids use it when I make them clean!)

  24. Twitter:
    That is a really beautiful cabinet! I have one my grandmother gave me. Those heirlooms really are worth the extra love and care – even if I avoid disturbing my 5 cats by moving other furniture – that one gets cleaned.

  25. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Such a cute cat. I am sure she is a great family pet. I love using Pledge products. They never fail me. Thank you for sharing

  26. Star Traci says:

    That is awesome! Your kitties are so cute. I can see how they are a huge distraction.

  27. Jacqueline says:

    So cute and funny, I love this article !????????

  28. Heather Johnson says:

    Thank you for sharing this helpful article. My cats make it difficult for me to do cleaning as well at times.

  29. RT says:

    I can so relate to this! We have two dogs and a cat. Cleaning is a constant thing when you have four legged family members. Pledge is a among our cleaning products too and I love using their wipes for quick cleanups.

  30. ellen beck says:

    I am impressed by not seeing cat hair 🙂 We also have a ‘zoo’ I do TNR and feed the ferals and also have cats of my own- 5 to be exact. I have the ones no one wanted as kittenss or ones who were medically fragile. I dust cnstantly and now with shedding time it is mayhem.

  31. Tiffany C ( says:

    That is so cute! Love when the cat was staring at the tablet lol! Pledge lemon clean looks like it did a wonderful job! I need to try it on my table!

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