Spring is finally here. With all that’s gone on over the last 12 months, we can’t wait to throw open our windows and clear out the house to get rid of negative energy as well as dust and dirt. Spring cleaning is a long-held tradition, so why not get into the swing of the new season by helping your home to feel lighter? Here are a few spring-cleaning necessities to get you started.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
If you don’t know where to start, the entire experience can feel overwhelming. Here is a short checklist to help you target the most important things in your house.
Spring cleaning is about deep cleaning, not the regular chores you do to keep your home neat and tidy. Start with these basics:
- Clean baseboards, window sills, and door frames.
- Wash your walls
- Vacuum and wash vents
- Clean window treatments (follow the care instructions!)
- Dust blinds
- Wash windows inside and out
- Clean ceiling lights and replace bulbs
- Dust lamp shades
When was the last time you cleaned and organized your pantry or refrigerator? Now is a great time to go through and ditch any old food and put things back in a way that makes them easier to find. Other possibilities:
- Wash the doors of your kitchen cabinets
- Replace shelf liner
- Deep clean the oven
- Move appliances and mop
Depending on the size of your home and your overall lifestyle, your living room or family room may get a lot of use. It’s the place where your family gathers, plays, or watches TV. Get started with these tasks:
- Dust and clean decorative items
- Vacuum upholstery
- Clean throw pillows and blankets (follow care instructions)
- Dust and polish furniture
- Shampoo carpets
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so take this time to get it back in order. If you have older kids, get them to help by doing their rooms.
- Clean all bedding (still following care instructions!)
- Flip the mattress (or, if you have a pillow top, rotate it)
- Go through things you have stored under the bed and purge
Your bathroom probably gets the most attention throughout the year, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it during your spring cleaning blitz. Here are the most important tasks:
- Disinfect the tub and shower
- Wash bathmats
- Clean or replace your shower curtain
This is also a good time of year to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher, sweep off your front and back porch, and store all of your winter decorations and clothes.
Do you have any spring cleaning tips that you want to share?