It’s Official: SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

    Spring is here! The weather is gorgeous and it’s time to open the windows and start that spring cleaning. But where to start? What needs to be done? If you’re not sure exactly what needs to be cleaned, we’ve got the checklist just for you.

    FOYER

    1. Dust lighting fixtures
    2. Wash walls and trim
    3. Wash doors, knobs, and switch plates
    4. Wash bench or other furnishings. Launder bench cushion, if applicable
    5. Empty out coat closet. Wash walls and floor, if needed. Sort items as you return them to the closet. Store out of season items, donate unneeded items
    6. Clean or replace entry mat
    7. Sweep and scrub floors
    8. 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 expiration 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.  Defrost freezer, if necessary. Check food expiration 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 backsplash
    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

     

    LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ OFFICE

    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 lampshades
    7. Wash windows and window sills
    8. Take out and wash window screens
    9. Clean television screen
    10. Carefully dust electronics
    11. Tidy electronics wires. Tuck nicely out of sight. Label them, if practical
    12. Sort through music and DVD collections. Purge things that no longer suit your families interests. Organize what is left in an attractive manner
    13. Sort books and magazines. Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests
    14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys. Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for
    15. Wash switch plates
    16. Wash walls and trim as needed
    17. Wash doors and knobs
    18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
    19. Clean floors

     

    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 closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor
    5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed
    6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and the vacuuming it up
    7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one
    8. Clean lamp shades & dust lights
    9. Wash windows and window sills. Take out 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. Take out and wash window screens
    11. Wash switch plates
    12. Wash walls, doors, & trim
    13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
    14.  Sweep and wash floors
    15. Reseal grout lines if necessary

     

    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

     

    OUTSIDE

    1. Sweep porches and walkway
    2. Wash thresholds
    3. Wash exterior doors. Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary
    4. Clean or replace welcome mat
    5. Wash siding

     

    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

     

    HAPPY CLEANING!

     

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