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Ashley Menard

Simple Spring Cleaning Checklist

January 16, 2020
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Spring Cleaning

There are two different types of people in this world: active go-getters and procrastinators. As I am sure most of us are the latter. They do have something in common though.

What you may ask? Checklists help! Whichever type of person you are, checklists are able to help us get more done and stay motivated while doing so.

Some Science Behind It: when we get to mark off one of those boxes on our list, we get a feeling of success - WOOHOO we got something done!
Our brain releases dopamine after checking off a box. This chemical results in us feeling happy and encourages us to do more.

Anyways, no need for you to fear about having to put in work of making a spring cleaning checklist - I got you. I will provide you all with a simple spring cleaning checklist (a printable pdf is provided at the end), go into some detail of how to tackle this list, and add in some personal tips when performing spring cleaning tasks.


Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning is the (usually one) time when homes are thoroughly cleaned. This checklist gives a breakdown of all the key, and not so often, cleaned areas. Though not listed, there should always be weekly tasks of vacuuming/sweeping, wiping countertops off, etcetera being performed.

LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM

  • Dust ceiling, air vents, corners, & crown moldings
  • Dust pictures, mirrors, ceiling fans, & decorations
  • Dust and wipe down baseboards, bookcases, cabinets, TV stands, tabletops, & doors
  • Examine walls & remove any marks seen
  • Wash all windows (inside & outside)
  • Vacuum & remove all debris from window rails & sills
  • Vacuum/dust curtains, blinds, & upholstery
  • Wash all throw pillows and blankets
  • Shampoo carpet (after vacuuming) - or mop & wax

KITCHEN

  • Dust ceiling, light fixtures, top of cabinets & vents
  • Examine walls & remove any grime
  • Go through pantry & remove any expired items
  • Deep clean oven
  • Clean outside of the fridge (including the coils behind it)
  • When the fridge is moved out, sweep & mop behind it
  • Remove any expired food from the fridge
  • Deep clean inside of the fridge
  • If windows, wash all parts

BEDROOMS

  • Wash all bedding & pillows
  • Flip or rotate the mattress
  • Declutter closet, under the bed, & nightstands
  • Wash all window parts
  • Spot check & dust walls, baseboards, ceilings, light fixtures, & doors

BATHROOMS

  • Discard expired medications, lotions, & makeup
  • Dust & clean ceilings, fans, walls, & baseboards
  • Wash shower liner or discard & replace
  • Scrub tub/shower & disinfect
  • Clean off any decorative items
  • Clean bathmats

OTHER

  • Clean washer & dryer
  • Replace smoke & carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Sweep front & back porch

How to Tackle This Spring Cleaning Checklist

Need some extra details on how to tackle this spring cleaning checklist? I got your back with some useful facts from The One-Minute Cleaner Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin.

Spring Cleaning

Cleaning All Rooms

Dust any surfaces before cleaning it with any product. The same goes for walls even though they don’t catch dust as much as horizontal surfaces. Most walls you can use a simple 2 quirt of dishwashing soap & warm water mixture. Work from the bottom-up to avoid dirt streaks coming down. Rinse with wrung-out sponge & dry with a lint-free cloth.

Use a broom to sweep windows, tracks, and sills outside. When inside use a vacuum to do this. Gourmandize has a wonderfully easy way to have amazingly clean window rails.

Cleaning Kitchen

Cleaning Kitchen

Before cleaning the inside of your refrigerator make sure to toss out any expired foods. This makes the cleaning process easier.

Once all perishable & nonperishable foods are held to the side. Use hot, soapy water to clean all removable fridge parts.

To clean fridge & freezer walls, shelves, and floor use a solution consisting of 1-quart hot water & 2 Tbsp. of baking soda.

If you do not own a self-cleaning oven then use an oven-cleaning product (wear gloves because they are potent) to remove tough grime. There are natural oven cleaner options as well.

Cleaning Bathrooms

Cleaning Bathrooms/Other

Shower liners should be washed with a mild detergent on a gentle cycle with a towel.

If it is too far gone though, just trash it and replace it with a new shower liner. Similarly, replace shower curtains if needed.

Clean washer tub with equal parts of white vinegar & water mixture. A toothbrush is best used to get all parts.

Use a vacuum attachment to clean the lint trap & inside. Don't forget to clean the exhaust duct as well. Here is a step-by-step on how to do so.

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  • After cleaning out your closet, have all hangers facing the same way. Then every time you were an article of clothing place it back in the opposite way. Come next Spring Cleaning time all the hangers facing the first initial way, will be items you haven't worn in about a year & more than likely means you should get rid of it.
  • Along with cleaning out the closet, if you are getting rid of luggage take it to your local foster care agency. You can help the self-esteem of these young people, so they do not have to transport their belongings in trash bags.
  • There are more organizational tips found here for your closet, bathroom, & kitchen.

If this feels like it is too time-consuming or daunting then call in the professionals. Ewas Cleaning Service is always happy to help.

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