Longer days, sunshine, and melting snow can only mean one thing: It’s time to bust out the cleaning supplies. Though no doubt rewarding (cleaning can help you manage stress!), the annual cleanse is a daunting task. Where do you even start when you have a closet in serious need of organizing and stained carpets, plus a whole host of other things on your to-do list? You’ve probably got the basics down, but here’s a few things you can add to your cleaning to-do list.
What areas need the most work? What usually gets left out of regular cleaning? Make note of some of these things, so you know what to include in your spring cleaning to-do list.
Work from the top to the bottom
It makes more sense to vacuum AFTER knocking off that ceiling fan dust right? Cleaning from the top of your home to the bottom is a more efficient way of cleaning. Don’t forget the walls and windows either, erase those annoying wall scuffs you’ve been ignoring. Purify the air - leave windows open for a few hours to freshen up stagnant air. You should also take the time to clean window screens, sills and blinds.
For flooring, if you own carpet or any area rugs, shampooing them can make them look brand new. Cleaning up those dirty baseboards can also make a huge difference.
Kitchens & bathrooms are a must
Put in some elbow grease and clean the grout in your showers/tubs. Include your shower curtain in the list and yes, you can wash your shower curtains in the washing machine.
Flush kitchen and bathroom drains, to avoid any clogging; this includes shower drains and garburator. Deep clean all those neglected appliances; run some white vinegar through your dishwasher, clean out the grime inside your fridge, oven and microwave, but don’t avoid pulling out your stove/fridge and getting in to clean behind beneath and on top of them. Take some time to go through and organize your pantry and cupboards. In all rooms but especially kitchens and bathrooms, make an effort to disinfect garbage cans.
Not only does decluttering your home help you stay organized but it will make you feel better. Studies have shown that a disorganized home adds to your stress level. You might be surprised at how good you feel after getting rid of that dreaded junk drawer, or cleaning off those surfaces that have a knack for collecting junk. Closets are also a popular space that’ll need a little organization.
Not all of these extra things taking up space in your home have to end up in the garbage, consider hosting a garage sale or donate some of the stuff you don’t use anymore.
Below is a checklist you can use as a starting point for your cleaning this spring 2021!