Many of us want our house to be all clean and fresh for the spring and summer season, but sometimes it is just hard to get started. We’ve found that if you make a list of chores that need to be done, put it in a place where you can see it and then check off the chores as you do them, it helps to motivate you to get the job done. And remember, you don’t have to do everything at one time. Do a little here and there and before you know it your whole house will be clean for spring. Here is a spring cleaning to do list to help you get your home fresh and clean from top to bottom.
Dust off the Doormats
This is something that often gets overlooked. Let’s face it, doormats takes the brunt of dirty feet. They catch everything from pollen, to dust, to muddy feet. Take the time clean them really good, and if needed, then replace them with fresh ones. After all, they are your frontline against tracked in dirt and they are at the entrances of your home. So keep them clean enough to be attractive and efficient.
Do a thorough vacuuming job. Don’t just vacuum the areas you always vacuum, but move the furniture and vacuum the places that never get vacuumed. This will remove all the dust that has accumulated throughout the wintertime.
Vacuum the Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents get very dusty. Vacuum the vents to remove the dirts, dusts, pollens, and allergens that have accumulated during the winter months. This will not clean your vents, but also cut down on dust being circulated throughout your house.
Clean the Carpets
Nothing can be as refreshing than when you get your carpets and rugs cleaned. A good cleaning now will get rid of winters dust and dirt and freshen up your home. Make sure and vacuum really well before you clean them. This will get rid of extra dirt and help it clean quicker and better.
You can hire a professional to come in and steam clean your carpets or you can rent a commercial cleaner, save some money, and do it yourself. While you are at it, it would be a great time to clean your upholstery too. Everything will be smelling fresh and clean for spring.
Wipe Down the Walls
They may look fine to you, but walls get dirty too. Dust, dirt, soot, and grime cling to them. Mix some all purpose cleaner with water and grab a rag and wipe those walls and baseboards. You will be shocked at how dirty walls can get. Your walls will be clean and your house smell oh soooo good.
Clean the Ceiling Fixtures
Ceiling fans are major dust collectors whether they are moving or sitting still. Now is the time to get them good and clean. Use an all purpose cleaner and wipe the blades and motor housing. While you are at it, take this time to clean all the light fixtures. You’d be surprised at how much dust accumulated on them and just how much brighter they will be once they are clean. Use a glass cleaner and carefully wipe the glass and bulbs. Be sure that the lights are not on and the bulbs are cool to the touch.
If you have had your ceiling fans going in winter mode direction, you need time to reverse them at this time for the warmer weather months.
Clean the Kitchen
We do this often, like everyday, but now is the time to do a little extra. Take the time to wipe down all the cabinets and appliances. Using an all purpose cleaner with a degreaser will help to cut grease and grime.
If your oven is a self cleaning one, then turn it on and let it do its thing. If not, then there are oven cleaners you can purchase and follow the directions to clean your oven. Also clean the stove top and burners to remove drips and splatters.
Sweep and mop thoroughly. Use a cleaner that cleans and shines to make your kitchen sparkle.
Freshen Up the Fridge
This is something that we should do pretty regularly, although many do not. Well, it’s time to bite the bullet and clean out the fridge. The best way to do it is to take everything out. Trust us, it’s the only way to do it right. Clean and wash all the shelves and wipe every nook and crevice until it shines. Now throw away stuff you haven’t used for a while and organize what you have left.
Clean the Coils
Behind the refrigerator can really get messy. Pull it out and sweep and mop thoroughly. It is also important to wipe down your refrigerator’s condenser coils. You can use a long-handled brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove dirt and dust. Cleaning the coils is important because dirty coils can actually shut down the unit and cause it to overheat.
This is a place that we use everyday and that we usually try to keep pretty tidy. Take this opportunity to get down and dirty. Get rid of all the junk that has accumulated in drawers and under cabinets that you are not using. Don’t hoard! If you haven’t used it and really probably won’t, throw it out. That goes for makeup, soaps, shampoos, hair accessories, and whatever else may have ended up in there.
Scrub-a-dub tubs and showers really good including shower doors. Replace old shower curtains with new ones. Wipe down mirrors and light fixtures, walls, and cabinets. Clean the toilet and wipe aroud the lid and the bottom of the toilet really well. Then sweep and mop to finish the job.
Give the Laundry Room a Lift
The laundry room can become a catch-all for things we just don’t know where to put. Take the time to remove clutter and organize shelves. Pull out, weep and mop underneath and behind the washer and dryer to get rid of dust and lint. You may be surprised what else you may find back there like those long lost socks. Speaking of which, now is the time to get rid of those single socks that you have been sure the mate would show up. Also wipe down the cabinets and the washer and dryer to remove dust and dirt.
Once you’re done, you ‘re house will be clean from top to bottom. Then you can go on vacation so no one can mess it up:) Happy Cleaning!!