Spring Cleaning

While most of us don’t look forward to spring cleaning, there’s something really gratifying about refreshing your home with the shift in seasons. The sunnier weather and warmer temps provide a great opportunity to throw open the windows, let a fresh breeze replace the stagnant winter air, and reset and organize your space.

We’ve created a list of tasks, by space. It may look a bit daunting but the end result is a clean and organized home and a sense of accomplishment! And there is nothing like checking off a list like this.  Whether you have help and can pass along this list or do it yourself, you will feel 100 times better once you’ve accomplished your spring cleaning.  Check it out:

FOYER

  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim.
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings. Launder upholstered cushion (if applicable).
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor.  Sort items as you return them to the closet. Store out of season items, and donate unneeded items.
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.
  8. Re-wax wood or reseal stone tile and grout.

BEDROOMS

  1. Open windows.
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly. Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Sweep and wash floor. Sort items and donate pieces you no longer utilize. Organize by type, and rehang in closet.
  5. Move Bed. Sort and put away anything that was under bed. Sweep or vacuum under bed.
  6. Return mattress to the bed and flip/rotate if yours is the variety that requires these actions. Freshen mattress by cleansing any spots with upholstery cleaner, then spraying lightly with a disinfectant.
  7. Launder bedding. Wash pillows and duvet in per their laundering instructions on the tags.
  8. Dust lamps, and bulbs. Vacuum lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills. Remove and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

BATHROOMS

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity. Wash inside, replace items neatly. Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out. Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Remove and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates. Wash walls and trim. Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary.

KITCHEN

  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry. Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top. Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Clean/defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Clean Dishwasher.
  20. Dust light fixtures.
  21. Wash windows and window sills. Remove window screens and wash.
  22. Wash switch plates.
  23. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  24. Wash doors and door knobs.
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor.
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

DINING ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills. Remove and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and vacuum shades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Remove and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Donate unwanted items.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle items you no longer use.
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water, rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or  toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

STAIRWELLS

  1. Sweep/vacuum stairs.
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.

EXTERIOR

  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.

We understand this may seem never ending, but take it a room at a time and your home will be transformed before you know it! Happy cleaning!

 

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