Spring Cleaning To-Dos

Don’t know what to do for spring cleaning?

Here is a simple yet thorough list of to-dos for spring cleaning:

Wash windows – 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water or you can go 50/50 with the solution; pour into a spray bottle; spray and wipe with a paper towel

Clean sliding door tracks and window tracks – probably not the first place you would think to clean, but it is fairly simple. Use a dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove the loose debris and finish with a wet sponge.

Baseboards, Door Frames, and Walls – Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Deep Clean Carpets – The best time to do this is on a clear, warm day. Either rent/buy a deep carpet cleaner or hire a professional to deep clean your carpets.

Clean Under Furniture & Appliances – Grab a partner and move the sofa so that you can vacuum the carpet.  Move chairs, kitchen appliances, etc. to clean underneath them.

Get Organized – Pick up and eliminate clutter in each room before you start cleaning. Equip yourself with a few designated containers when you are picking up in each room: a box for garage sale items, another for items to donate, and a garbage bag for items to toss. Put away the things you are keeping in their rightful places and rooms.

Make a Wardrobe Transition – Now that it is warm outside, have your winter clothes cleaned. Consider storing clothes at a dry cleaner if you don’t have enough space in your home. Put away gloves, winter clothing items, and boots so you’ll have plenty of space for spring clothing.

Freshen Bedrooms – Rotate and flip mattresses. Wash blankets and comforters, or take them to be cleaned. Wash mattress pads and bed skirts. Have pillows professionally cleaned, hang them outside in the fresh air, or freshen them with the air (no heat) cycle of your clothes dryer. Wash or dry-clean rugs.
Especially the closet.

Clean Your Bathrooms – You may scrub your bathroom every week, but now it is time to battle clutter and refresh old products. Go through your medicine cabinet(s) and safely discard any outdated products. Replace worn bath mats, shower curtains, and liners, or wash and dry shower curtains and liners.

Clear Your Kitchen – Take time to clear out your pantry, kitchen cabinets and drawers. Wipe them out and install fresh shelf paper. Store or donate equipment you don’t use, such as small appliances or cookware. Discard stale spices or dated items such as baking powder. Clean the fridge and the freezer. Vacuum the cooling coils under or behind the fridge.

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