- Home Cleaning
Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a quite a week, hasn’t it? A lot of us received a ton of snow over the past few days, and let me tell you…it was no fun trying to dig our car out on Tuesday morning. Seriously, it was like going on a scavenger hunt just to find a windshield wiper.
Hopefully this is winter’s last bite, and we can soon say hello to warmer temperatures, sunny skies, and spring cleaning!
We’ve already started gathering our supplies, and while in the process of making a checklist, we thought we’d let you in on what we do to get ready for spring. So sit back, grab your coffee, and let us show you how to do spring cleaning right!
This is where the magic starts. It’s time to stock up on all the things you’re going to need to clean your place from top to bottom. Trash bags, paper towels, rags, sponges, cleaners, and anything else you think you might need to get the job done. Put them all in one place, or in a cleaning caddy that you can carry from room to room. Either way, make sure they’re somewhere accessible and within arm’s reach.
Also, make a playlist of some of your favorite songs to clean to while you’re at it. Cleaning is just that much more fun when you can jam to some tunes while shaking your booty all around the house.
Finally, grab some of your favorite scented candles to spread throughout your home, because not only will it help to eliminate some of those odors while cleaning, but there’s just something soothing about the nice fresh scent of a candle that warms the heart, right?
Okay, so we like to do our spring cleaning over the course of several days. Usually a week. That might seem like a lot of cleaning, and it is, but when you divide things up by day it doesn’t feel as daunting compared to trying to tackle everything in a single day and burning yourself out. So grab a day planner, a calendar, or a good ol’ fashioned notepad and let’s get to work, shall we?
We like to start off by washing all the things! Curtains, shower curtains, bedding, pillows, quilts, throws, everything! Toss it all in the wash, and take this opportunity to flip your mattresses, as well as empty out all the trash bins around the house before sanitizing them.
The kitchen. Yes, we devote an entire day to the kitchen, because over the course of a long, hard winter this is the place that gets the most dirt build up. We like to get deep down in there and take everything out of the cabinets and give them a good clean, and then organize them as we put everything back.
From there it’s on to the fridge, emptying and cleaning it inside and out. Then the oven, inside and out, followed by the microwave, counter tops, sink, and garbage.
With the kitchen out of the way, it’s time to move on to the rest of the house. Windows, doors, walls, baseboards, banisters, mirrors, and anything else with a glass surface. Leave no stoned unturned. Get the bedrooms, the bathroom, the foyer, everywhere. Here we also take the time to dust all the electronics, and not just on the surface. Pull them from their home and dust underneath and behind them, as well.
This day is for vacuuming, mopping, and a bit more washing. Vacuum rugs, carpets, couches, chairs, as well as wash any rugs that you can such as the ones you might have in the bathroom. From there you can toss couch covers in the washing machine, and move on to mopping the kitchen and bathroom floors.
We’re almost done! Today it’s time to polish and shine the furniture, as well as clean the toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers. While you’re in the bathroom, it’s also a good idea to go through your medicine cabinets, take everything out, clean them, and organize everything as you put it back. Toss all the stuff you don’t need/use, or is expired, making a note to restock on anything essential.
Whew! The heard part is over, and now we get into some final miscellaneous tasks. Change the batteries in your smoke detector, change the filters in your furnace, replace any burned out lightbulbs, and take a walk around your entire house to check for anything you might have missed, such as tossing out old newspapers and magazines that are lying around.
That’s it, you’re done cleaning! On the seventh day you can rest, take in a movie, read a book, or do whatever your little heart desires.
Now, we realize that it isn’t always possible to go at it hard for six days straight because people work and have families, but the key to any good spring cleaning is to have a plan. Even if you break things down over the course of two weeks, or get the kids involved to help you out, as long as you can tackle all those chores in a reasonable amount of time, you’ll have your home looking fresh and clean in no time!