Spring is also one of the larger cleanings we do around our house. I want my house as fresh on the inside as it is smells on the outside.
Spring Cleaning 101Here are some of the basics of any large cleaning. These will help you keep track of all you are doing, what’s already been done, and so forth. 1. Make a list of all the areas in the house you want to tackle and what you hope to accomplish. I type everything on the computer in columns with checkmarks. This makes it so much easier to cross things off the list, and I have a copy for my next spring cleaning that I can easily add to if needed. Here’s a sample of what a section of your list could consist of, let’s use the kitchen as our example:
Cleaning the Kitchen
- Dust and wipe down the walls: Dust then wipe down all walls and baseboards. Be sure to get behind the refrigerator and stove. Take down pictures and dust. Don’t forget to clean light fixtures.
- Clean windows: Clean all glass, windowsills and tracks. Wash curtains.
- Clean cabinets: Remove all items and wipe down shelves and doors. Throw away old, expired, and stale items. Remove chipped plates and bowls and throw away. Don’t put back kitchen electronics that are unused or broken. Reorganize when replacing items.
- Clean drawers: Remove all items and wipe down the inside of drawers. Replace and reorganize. Pay special attention to junk drawers so nothing gets tossed that shouldn’t be tossed.
- Clean light fixtures: Dust and (if necessary) wash light covers.
- Clean appliances: Wipe down inside and outside of appliances. Remove everything from refrigerator and toss old foods before cleaning. Wash drawers.
- Clean the sink: Give sink a good cleaning and clean under the sink.
- Clean the garbage can: Scrub inside of garbage can, and replace the can if necessary.
- Clean floors: Sweep and mop floors.
Have the Supplies you Need before you StartDon’t be unprepared, have all the supplies handy beforehand.
Boxes and Garbage BagsWhen it comes to these bigger cleaning jobs, there are sure to be some items found that are garbage, unwanted, not touched, etc. that do not need to go back in closets or shelves after cleaning. Of course the garbage bags are for trash, but the boxes can be used for the following:
- A box for unused things and outgrown clothing that can be donated or make a little money on by having a garage sale.
- A box for things you’re not sure about.