Spring Cleaning Check List

Spring is here and it’s time for your annual Spring Cleaning. But where do you start? That is a good question and  I have compiled a simple Spring Cleaning Checklist to help you organize your tasks in to smaller, more manageable jobs.

Tackle one room at a time. The best way to let spring cleaning overwhelm you is to try to do too many things at one time. Take it easy and get the family involved and you will be finished before you know it. Remember that a clean home makes for a healthy one.  You can literally breathe easier once your house is clean.

To get started, set up large boxes or containers for items you might want to donate, recycle and  trash bins for things you will throw away. See these previous posts from My Personal Valet

General Cleaning

  • Dust and wipe down all of the ceiling fans in the house.
  • Take down window and door screens, hose them off outside and wipe them down with warm soap and water.
  • Clean your windows inside and out.
  • Wipe down the tops of all door frames.
  • Get a new Welcome mat for each entrance.
  • Use a magic eraser to get rid of scuff marks on walls and baseboards.
  • Change the shelf liners in your drawers
  • Clean air vents and change the air filters in your furnace
  • Change the batteries in all your smoke detectors!

In The Kitchen

  • Check your pantry  for expiration dates and discard any outdated foods.
  • Clean out the refrigerator and the freezer. Replace the old box of baking soda hiding in the back.
  • Pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum under the fridge around the coils behind the grill.
  • Wipe the top of the fridge off.
  • Wipe down all of the seals around the doors.
  • Clean the inside of the microwave.
  • Clean the oven, stove top and burners.
  • Clean your other small appliances (toaster, blender, food processor, etc)
  • Fill the detergent cup in your dishwasher with vinegar and run empty.

Living Areas

  • Remove all of the cushions and pillows from your sofa and chairs and vacuum them out.
  • Dust your lampshades.
  • Remove and wash all curtains or dry clean draperies.
  • Clean Blinds
  • Clean light fixtures/ceiling fans and change any burnt out bulbs.

In The Bathroom

  • Inspect  the fauchets in your sinks, shower and tub for leaks and replace washers or repair as needed.
  • Clean Showers and Tubs removing any mildew, mold and soap scum buildup and scrubbing the grout
  • Clean Toilets/Sinks/Rugs/Floors
  • Clean out the medicine cabinet and throw away any outdated medication or prescriptions.

In The Bedrooms

  • Take the comforter or bedspread to the cleaners.
  • Replace old and worn out pillows
  • Move the bed frame out-of-the-way  from the and vacuum or dust under it.
  • Flip over and turn your mattress.
  • Throw out  or donate  old toys your kids haven’t played with in years.

Closets

  • Donate old clothes that don’t fit or you haven’t worn it in a few years,
  • Get everything out of the closet and thoroughly vacuum the far corners.
  • Hang and fold winter clothing in the back of the closet or place in storage bags
  • Place  cedar block in your closets and drawers to help keep the moths away and things smelling fresh.

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