I don’t know about you, but besides changing the sheets on the bed every week…spring cleaning is one of the last things I want to do! Oh yeah..and washing windows!
Since spring cleaning is not on my Top Ten list, I like to tackle it in small doses. I believe if you repeat your movement over and over, you could do it in your sleep. I tackle spring cleaning like I’m on auto-pilot. For instance, I start with the baseboards. If your baseboards need cleaning, clean all the baseboards in your house instead of cleaning one room at a time. Anything that can be completed over and over in each room is where I would start. Do the baseboards first before tackling individual tasks in each room.
Here are 7 steps to getting started with your spring cleaning after you have finished the baseboards. Begin in one room of your choice and follow these steps:
- “Clear the Clutter”
- Dust from top to bottom
- Wipe everything down
- Vacuum or wash the floor
- Scrub the door jams, window sills, doors, and walls.
- Clean windows (I personally would hire a service!! YUCK!).
- Dust the corners and ceilings for cobwebs.
After you have taken care of the spring cleaning basics for each room, take a note pad and write down the things that need to be done next. I actually rearrange the furniture when I’m doing my spring cleaning. It helps you see “dirt and dust” you might miss and it gives you a feeling of “new and fresh”. Take one room at a time, this does not have to be done overnight! It can go into summer, no one is going to come into your home and double check your spring cleaning status and write you a ticket if you haven’t finished it by the end of May.
Here are some ideas for individual rooms in your home.
1. Scrub the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and the backsplash behind the stove.
2. Wipe out the refrigerator and freezer. Have you looked in your freezer lately? Throw out old, frost-bitten items.
3. Scrub the entire bathroom from floor to ceiling. If you saw the movie “Daddy DayCare” you know why I included the ceiling!!!
4. Flip mattresses on your beds.
5. Change air vents and clean the ceiling fans.
These are just a few ideas. You need to do what you think is best for your home and your windows may not even need cleaning. By the way, if you want to clean extra windows…call me…mine are begging for a good cleaning!!!
Happy Spring Cleaning…remember to pace yourself.
Where do you start first when cleaning? Do you have tips and tricks? Please leave me a comment below and let me know your ideas!
Want to read more of my “Clear the Clutter” posts? You can find them under Organizing and Cleaning Tips.
Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter” Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations.
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