It's Time For The Spring Cleaning Frenzy!

 

Spring cleaning is the custom of thoroughly cleaning the house in March because it was getting warm enough to open windows and doors, and the high winds could carry the dust out of the house. This time of year is also when coal furnaces wouldn't run and you could wash all the soot from the walls and furniture left by the furnace. But, today, spring cleaning seems to be a thing of the past. But, it can easily return as an annual ritual that lightens the load for the rest of the year. Cleaning all year long is an expected chore, but how often do you clean the floor beneath the refrigerator or throw out all of the old magazines? Rejuvenating your home once a year with the change of season can refresh your whole life! It can inspire you to declutter and re-organize and make a whole room look brand new. It can be very rewarding to get rid of stuff and move things around. A sense of peace and accomplishment prevails.

Here are some tips from professional cleaners and organizers to help you create a plan to tackle dirt and clutter. Spring is the time to open the windows and toss the trash!

First, you will need to stock up on cleaning supplies. The dollar store usually have a great inventory and you can not beat the prices. Buy things for windows and ovens and dust and floors. A new clean broom and fresh vacuum cleaner bags can help also. Magic erasers, throw away dusting cloths and clean rags should also be on the list.

Next, start with the most cluttered area in the house. Starting with the terrible makes everything else seem easy and simple. The basement, the attic and the garage come to mind as the places that usually need the most help with organizing and decluttering and the kitchen and bathroom are usually the dirtiest places. Once you see a difference early in the process, you will be motivated to move on to less-cluttered parts of your home. Deciding what to throw out and what to keep can sometimes be the biggest obstacle in spring cleaning. Perhaps, a friend can help you decide what to do with that old sweatshirt and the Christmas cards from tens years ago.

Get started by setting a date and then a time limit. If you start on a Saturday, only work four hours so that you have the rest of the day to enjoy and you won’t resent the job. Make a list of each thing you want to accomplish on that scheduled day.  Decide on an area, schedule it on a calendar and give yourself the allotted time to work. Do not start cleaning in another area. Stay focused and on task crossing each job off the list. Don’t stop and look at Facebook or your emails and don’t answer the phone! This is dedicated time and you have a job to do! Do not do this work all day long because you will become exhausted and frustrated. The to-do list should include every little detail so that you can have lots and lots of crossed off lines. This will provide a great sense of accomplishment, something that will motivate you to continue onto bigger tasks the next scheduled cleaning day. And, finally, the best part, is that you should reward yourself for a job well done! Everytime you finish a big spring cleaning goal, plan a night out just to celebrate!

So  - Properly prepare to clean by making sure to have your cleaning buckets and tools ready.

Get the kids out of the house for the day after they have picked up their toys and bedrooms. Clean your selected space from the Top to the Bottom so that dust and dirt falls. Declutter everything first as it makes cleaning go quicker and there’s much less to clean. Make sure you’ve had a great meal before you start because you will need the energy!, Don’t forget to take a break for lunch somewhere in the middle of your cleaning and be excited with all that you have accomplished!

Here is a To-Do list for each room. Add any other cleaning ideas because this list is just the basics! Happy Spring!

Overall Spring Cleaning Chores

  • dust crown molding and baseboards
  • dust ceiling corners
  • dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
  • dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
  • dust ceiling fans
  • wash doors (look for scuff marks)
  • wash walls
  • touch up paint
  • vacuum or wash window curtains
  • wash window blinds
  • clean windows
  • dust bookcases
  • polish wood furniture
  • wipe down and vacuum furniture (clean the base and under cushions)
  • condition leather furniture
  • remove stains from upholstered furniture
  • vacuum and wash lampshades
  • deep clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, and carpet flooring
  • shampoo carpet
  • vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges
  • clean air vents
  • dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings
  • replace light bulbs
  • change air/furnace filter
  • replace batteries in smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector
  • schedule termite or pest control maintenance

Spring Clean the Kitchen

  • clean and disinfect the trash can
  • clean the microwave
  • deep clean the dishwasher
  • clean and organize the refrigerator
  • clean and organize the freezer
  • replace refrigerator water filter
  • vacuum refrigerator coils
  • clean the oven
  • clean the hood vent and change filter
  • clean stove top burners
  • clean and disinfect the garbage disposal
  • clean and organize plasticware and storage containers
  • organize kitchen cabinets and drawers
  • clean and organize kitchen drawers
  • straighten cups, mugs, and glass cabinet
  • straighten plates, bowls, and other dishes
  • deep clean pots, pans, and bakeware
  • organize the pantry
  • sanitize cutting boards and sharpen knives
  • clean  and disinfect coffee maker
  • clean and disinfect small appliances
  • clean and disinfect high chairs
  • clean the pot rack
  • check the freshness of your herbs and spices
  • clean under the sink and eliminate the unnecessary
  • deep clean and polish cabinet doors
  • clean tile and touch up paint on walls
  • deep clean floors

Spring Clean the Dining Room

  • dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
  • scrub walls
  • clean and disinfect light switches and outlets
  • dust and polish wood cabinets
  • dust and clean windows, inside and out
  • clean and declutter hutch cabinets and drawers
  • wash table linens
  • wash table cushions
  • clean light fixtures and wash globes
  • disinfect table and wipe down all chairs, including legs and underneath

Spring Clean the Bathrooms

  • Clean air vents
  • Clean and disinfect light switches and fixtures
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders
  • Clean and refill soap dish and/or pump
  • Clean light fixtures and wash globe(s)
  • Clean mirror
  • Clean shower caddy
  • Clean shower curtain and liner
  • Clean shower door frame
  • Clean shower glass
  • Clean plastic strip at the bottom of a glass shower door
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Dust and clean windows, inside and out
  • Polish faucets
  • Mop and hand scrub floors
  • Scrub and disinfect toilet, including around base, under seat and around hinges
  • Scrub the bathtub and/or shower
  • Scrub walls
  • Unclog and refill lotion dispensers
  • Wash trash can (inside and out)
  • Remove rust from toilet seat screws
  • Tighten toilet seat hinges
  • Clean bathroom exhaust fan
  • Clean shower head
  • Polish wood cabinets
  • Caulk around bathtub
  • Re-seal tile and grout
  • Toss expired makeup
  • Clean, organize and declutter cabinets and drawers
  • Clean, organize and declutter bathroom closet

Spring Clean Laundry/Utility Room

  • clean dryer vent
  • clean inside washing machine
  • empty washing machine drain pump
  • dust behind and underneath washer and dryer
  • reseal tile grout
  • wash walls
  • eliminate unnecessary cleaning products
  • install organizers to hold cleaning products

Spring Clean Living Room/Family Areas

  • dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
  • shampoo carpet
  • vacuum under furniture and in between cushions
  • condition leather furniture
  • dust ceiling fans
  • switch ceiling fans to spin clockwise
  • clean lights and wash light globes
  • dust lamps
  • vacuum lamp shades
  • declutter
  • dust and polish furniture and bookshelves
  • dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • clean windows and window sills
  • dust electronics
  • organize electronics and accessories
  • disinfect remote controls and gaming devices

Spring Clean Bedrooms

  • dust ceiling, corners, and upper and lower crown moldings
  • dust baseboards and window sills
  • dust and polish furniture
  • dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • clean glass and mirrors
  • dust lamps
  • vacuum lamp shades
  • polish wood furniture
  • dust ceiling fan
  • clean light fixtures and light globes
  • organize your closet
  • switch seasonal clothing and donate unneeded items
  • flip and rotate your mattress
  • clean your mattress
  • clean under your bed
  • clean windows and window sills
  • shampoo carpet

Spring Clean Kid Stuff

  • sort and categorize kid toys
  • clean and scrub toys, gaming systems, and stuffed animals
  • clean and organize clothing they’ve outgrown
  • clean bath toys

Spring Clean Outside

  • sweep deck
  • power wash deck
  • stain deck
  • power spray siding
  • touch up paint trim, wood, doors, and shutters
  • power wash garage door
  • clean outside door frames
  • clean grill
  • clean and repair gutters
  • replace broken bricks, wood, or stone
  • clean outdoor light fixtures
  • wash outside windows
  • clean outside patio furniture
  • trim trees, bushes and shrubbery
  • check and repair sprinklers
  • wipe away cobwebs
  • plant flowers
  • add mulch
  • clean outdoor trash cans
  • clean out garage
  • wash and wax vehicles

And Finally...REMEMBER TO

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.
  • Blankets, throw rugs, and pillows should be washed and dried a few loads at a time
  • Clean all window blinds in the whole house
  • Trash should be emptied and trash cans thoroughly washed out and aired.
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