March 22, 2013

bring on spring... cleaning

It's about that time again. Time to chase the stale winter air and dusty cobwebs out of our homes. Time to start fresh with a newly cleaned and organized house. I don't know about you, but my year starts in April. Especially here in the mid-west where the weather can go one way or another, it has gone to the dogs this year, it is still cold and snow is still in our forecasts. I'm still in hibernation...  While in my hibernation, I have been putting together a spring cleaning checklist this month to get started on next month. Maybe it will be helpful for you as well, so I thought I would share.

You can start outside and work your way in, from top to bottom, or bottom to top, whatever works best for you. Don't let the size of this list scare you, a lot of these items are pretty small. You're not going to get it all done in 1 day, so pace yourself, and you'll get through it in no time!



ENTRY / FOYER

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Dust top of door jambs
  • Dust lighting fixtures
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint
  • Empty out coat closet, wipe down shelves, clean walls and trim. Organize items going back in, store out of season items, donate unwanted/outgrown items.
  • Clean or replace entry mat
  • Vacuum and scrub floors/grout
  • Reseal grout (if applicable)

LIVING ROOM

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean ceiling fan blades, and lights. replace any bulbs if needed
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash windows, window tracks, sills, and screens.
  • Clean mini blinds, launder draperies
  • Dust wall pictures, clean mirrors
  • Clean television screen
  • Clean lamps and lampshades. 
  • Remove all items from tables/bookshelves, dust thoroughly, dust items as you put them back. 
  • Sort through music, dvds, books, and magazines. Donate or throw out unwanted items. Organize what you keep.
  • Wash leather couch with leather cleaner, then condition. vacuum and spot clean upholstered couch.
  • Launder pillow covers and throw blankets.
  • Clean plastic kids toys with soap and water, launder stuffed toys
  • wash floor registers and vents
  • Vacuum/clean floors

KITCHEN

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean ceiling fan blades, and lights. replace any bulbs if needed (if applicable)
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash windows, window tracks, sills, and screens.
  • Clean mini blinds, launder draperies 
  • Clean top of cabinets as well as any decorative items 
  • Remove items from cabinets and drawers (1 at a time is best) wipe out, organize the items you put back in, donate unwanted items. 
  • Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  • Clean out and organize pantry
  • Clean stove hood filter. Find out how HERE
  • Clean stove top, burners, and drip pans (replace if needed)
  • Clean oven (I'm jealous if you have a self cleaning oven...)
  • Scrub sink. Buff & shine if stainless steel. Find out how HERE
  • Clean Microwave
  • Clean any counter top appliances
  • Clean out crumb tray on toaster
  • Clean top of refrigerator
  • Clean out freezer and refrigerator, checking expiration dates
  • Clean inside of dishwasher. Find out how HERE
  • Wash floor registers and vents
  • Move and clean under refrigerator and oven
  • Vacuum and Scrub floor/grout
  • Reseal grout (if applicable)

DINING ROOM

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean ceiling fan blades, and lights, or light fixture. Replace any bulbs if needed
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash windows, window tracks, sills, and screens.
  • Clean mini blinds, launder draperies
  • Dust wall pictures, clean mirrors
  • Wipe down table and chairs
  • Launder chair cushions if needed
  • Launder table cloth
  • Polish table if needed
  • Dust any displayed china or serving dishes
  • Shine silverware
  • Wash floor registers and vents 
  • Vacuum and clean floor

BEDROOMS

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean ceiling fan blades, and lights, replace any bulbs if needed
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash windows, window tracks, sills, and screens.
  • Clean mini blinds, launder draperies
  • Dust wall pictures, clean mirrors
  • Dust furniture
  • Clean lamps and lampshades
  • Launder bed pillows and linens
  • Remove items from each drawer, wipe out, organize items going back in, store out of season items, donate unwanted/outgrown items.
  • Empty out closet, wipe down shelves, clean walls and trim. Organize items going back in, store out of season items, donate unwanted/outgrown items.
  • Move Bed. Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed
  • Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda mixed with a few drops of essential oils., let sit briefly, then vacuum.
  • Wash floor registers and vents 
  • Vacuum and clean floor


BATHROOMS

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean air vent/fan
  • Clean lights, replace any bulbs if needed
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash windows, window tracks, sills, and screens.
  • Clean mini blinds, launder draperies
  • Dust wall pictures, clean mirrors
  • Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, organize items.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  • Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  • Clean tub and drain.
  • Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  • Clean sink and drain.
  • Shine faucet.
  • De-funk bathroom towels. Find out how HERE
  • Wash floor registers and vents 
  • Vacuum and scrub floors/grout
  • Reseal grout (if applicable)

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Clean light fixtures. Replace any bulbs if needed
  • Dust top of door frames
  • Wash doors, knobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wash cabinet doors.
  • Wash inside cabinets.
  • Wash laundry sink, faucet, and drain
  • Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  • Wash inside of washing machine. Find out how here TOP LOADING / FRONT LOADING
  • Wash lint trap with soap and water. Let air dry thoroughly.
  • Wash floor registers and vents 
  • Vacuum and scrub floors/grout
  • Reseal grout (if applicable)

STAIRS

  • Run a duster along ceiling/wall edge to get any cobwebs
  • Dust art and light fixtures.
  • Sweep/vacuum stairs
  • Clean walls, base, and case. touch up any scuffs with matching paint.
  • Wipe down handrail. 

OUTSIDE

  • Clean porch lights, replace bulbs if needed.
  • Sweep porches and walkway.
  • Wash thresholds.
  • Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  • Clean or replace welcome mat.

Don't forget to sort and clean any extra spaces, such as linen or utility closets and office spaces.
It might also be a good idea to get your carpets cleaned!

I hope this list helps you find a starting point. 
Crank up the music, jump on in, and get your home spic and span for 2013!







2 comments:

  1. Great list! I am so tired of winter I started my spring cleaning already. I am trying to patiently wait for a warm day so I can open up the windows and air out the house.

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    1. Thanks! I hear ya about winter, ugh! I'm focusing on all of my painting projects this month, and will start the major cleaning next month!

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