Spring is the time for blooming flowers and fresh green grass — but it’s also the season for cleaning. While spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home after a long winter, planning for a deep clean can be overwhelming. With so much to do, it’s easy to forget exactly what you want to accomplish once you get started. Having a thorough outline of tasks helps to keep you organized and motivated to get the job done.
Ceiling fans are often forgotten when performing our everyday tidying up routines. After all, they can be difficult to get to, especially if you have high ceilings. But when we turn on our fans hoping for a refreshing breeze, we are actually exposing ourselves to mini dust particles that can cause allergies and irritation.
Behind Large Appliances
You might wipe down your solid wood cabinetry, countertops, and appliance surfaces daily, but when was the last time you cleaned behind your kitchen oven? Spring cleaning is a great time to move large appliances like your oven and refrigerator. While you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find, there’s a good chance crumbs and other debris have made their way under and behind your large kitchen appliances.
Most of us vacuum our carpets on a regular basis, especially if you have dogs and children that like to play outside. But when was the last time you moved your couches and coffee tables while vacuuming? While you’re at it, use the brush attachment to remove dust from blinds and baseboards. You may not notice how dingy these home features become until you see them fresh and clean.
Once your carpets and floors are thoroughly vacuumed, it’s time to mop your flooring. Make sure to get in all the corners and crevices. Stray crumbs and dirt piles that may have avoided the broom like to hide in the small spaces of your floors and under solid wood cabinetry.
Washing windows can become an extremely tedious task, especially if you have high ceilings or an open concept kitchen with lots of large windows. But over time, they become cloudy and streaked. There’s nothing like looking out a pristine, clear window at the outdoors during springtime.
Many of us never think too much about washing our curtains, but they get dusty and stuffy like every other fabric in your home. If the care label says it’s okay, throw them in the wash and add some laundry scent booster —when you hang them back up your whole will be filled with the fragrance of sweet lavender fields.
The kitchen can be a hectic place. One minute you’re simmering some broccoli and the next your pasta sauce is bubbling to the floor. it’s easy for food to splash up or get smudged on surfaces while you’re frantically trying to control your cooking. Make sure to give your solid wood cabinetry some TLC and a good wipe down to get rid of any leftover food.
Fridge and Freezer
Is your open concept kitchen scrubbed and wiped from top to bottom but something still feels unfinished? Organizing your refrigerator and freezer is essential to feeling tidy. You’d be surprised how many expired condiments and freezer burned vegetables are hiding in the back. While you’re at it, try to create designated shelves for different food groups, and wipe any spills or crumbs that have accumulated.
Some of the dirtiest spots in your home are actually light switches, doorknobs and remote controls. These things are constantly being touched by everybody and are often overlooked when cleaning. Even if they don’t seem dirty, make sure to disinfect anything that gets touched on a regular basis to avoid spreading any germs.
Bathtub and Shower
Scrubbing the shower and tub is vital to sustaining a tidy and fresh bathroom, but we usually opt for a light wipe down. To get rid of stubborn grime, spray or apply a cleanser that is safe for bathroom surfaces on the bathtub and shower at the beginning of your spring cleaning session. Letting the product soak in while you’re cleaning the rest of your home is a great way to help grime disintegrate and wipe off easier when it’s time to check the bathroom off of your list.
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