With spring right around the corner, it’s time to freshen up the house and have a thorough cleaning to get rid of the dust that accumulates during the winter and have the house ready for one of the best seasons. Want to have a clean and organized house ready to have guests over and host awesome friend gatherings and dinner parties? Follow our spring cleaning tips to freshen up the house!
The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. -Harriet Ann Jacobs
First Things First: De-Clutter
Sort through your belongings, clothes, and items for what you don’t use and don’t need anymore and donate everything. You’ll see how de-cluttering your house will make every room feel refreshed, more relaxing, and make your belongings much more important.
The Basics Throughout The House
One of the best rules to follow for spring cleaning is that you have to start cleaning a room by the top and then work your way down. Follow this checklist:
- Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans
- Wash windows and screens
- Wash doors and knobs
- Launder curtains
- Clean mirrors and dust artwork
- Dust the furniture
- Deep clean the floors or vacuum
- Check smoke detectors
Don’t start with the furniture or floors first: once you clean the light fixtures and other objects on the top of the room, dust will fall and will require you to clean the floors and other objects all over again.
We spend a good part of our lives in our bedroom, so it needs to be clean so it feels more relaxing and inspiring. Follow the basic checklist and also add these tasks while cleaning the bedroom:
- Right after cleaning the light fixtures and ceiling fans, it’s good to refresh the mattress: Mix 5 tablespoons of baking powder with 5 drops of lavender oil and sift the mixture over the mattress. Leave for an hour while you finish cleaning the room and then vacuum it up.
- For each drawer of the bedroom, remove the items, clean the drawer and place items back neatly, while separating things you don’t use to donate.
- Move the bed and sweep or vacuum under it. Remove any items that was under and try not to store anything there.
- Launder bedding and wash pillows and duvet in hot water. Air out the mattress pad, if you have one.
The closet must be considered an important room like any other in a house, so clean it just like you will the others: from top to bottom and not forgetting anything. Follow the basics and also:
- Remove everything from the closet, clean it thoroughly and then put everything back neatly. Remember to donate items you no longer need.
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While following the basics, add these tasks to the list:
- For each cabinet and drawer: remove items, clean the drawer, place items back neatly and donate what you don’t need anymore
- Wash and sanitize cutting boards
- Clean and organize pantry, fridge and freezer. Check food expiry dates. Defrost freezer, if necessary
- Clean microwave, oven, stove, dishwasher and other appliances
- Wash counters and backsplash
- Wash and shine sink and faucet, clean the drain
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The dining room is usually where the guests will gather and where amazing dinner parties are held, so give it a special care. Follow the basics and:
- Shine silverware and dust any displayed china or serving dishes
- Polish the table, if necessary
- Clean chair pads, if applicable
- Launder table linens
- Create a pretty spring vignette for the table
These added tasks also work for the family room and playroom:
- Vacuum sofas
- Launder throw pillows and blankets
- Clean television screen
- Carefully dust electronics and tidy the wires
- Sort through and organize books, magazines, music and DVD collections
- Wash plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Launder stuffed toys and donate or store what your children have grown too old for
The laundry room also requires a few extra tasks to your house cleaning list, such as:
- Wash cabinet doors and clean inside them
- Wash laundry sink, shine faucet and clean the drains
- Clean the outside of washer and dryer and clean the inside of the washing machine
- Wash the dryer’s lint trap with soap and water to remove any build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let it air dry thoroughly before putting it back in place
While following the basic checklist, you may want to:
- Empty all cabinets and vanity and clean inside them. Discard expired medications and cosmetics
- Clean the toilet, sink and tub, and also wax it if necessary. Don’t forget to clean the drains
- Reseal grout lines, if necessary
The front door and the outside of your house are what creates the first impression for your guests, so don’t be afraid to go all-out.
- Sweep porches and walkways
- Wash exterior doors and maybe give the front door a fresh coat of paint
- Clean or replace the welcome mat
- Wash siding
Spring cleaning is one of the first rituals that every homeowner should do when the season approaches, and there’s no wonder why: after snow, being stuck inside, and cold weather-induced hibernation, it’s time to refresh the house and our lives. There’s no better way to do it than cleaning the house and leaving it ready for the warmer season ahead of us.
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