March 30, 2020 by Guest Housekeeping
The weather is starting to warm up, and we are seeing signs of spring everywhere—tulips starting to come up, buds on trees, birds chirping. You may also be thinking of your cleaning supplies so you can start your spring cleaning.
Spring is a great time to refresh your home and ensure that it’s looking its very best after a long winter with you and your family cooped up inside.
Why is spring cleaning important? While doing a deep clean just as the weather starts to turn nice may not sound appealing to everyone, it’s a great time to give your home a little extra TLC before all of our attention turns to the great outdoors.
So what do you need to know about how to tackle spring cleaning in your home? Here is your ultimate guide, full of spring cleaning tips to get your home ready for better weather.
When Is the Best Time to Start Spring Cleaning?
The best answer for how to do spring cleaning and when is, “Whenever is best for you!” Maybe you’re anxious for spring to get here, and you’re ready to start now. Maybe you’re too busy to start just yet. That’s OK. Spring cleaning can be done whenever it works for you.
The most important thing? Pick a date to start your cleaning and write it in your calendar or it won’t get done! You can work on your spring cleaning over the course of a week or more, but getting started can be the hardest part. So choose a day, and stick with it.
A Comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist
Where to begin? That all depends on you, but here’s a list, room-by-room, of what can be cleaned.
In All Rooms:
- Clean, dust, and de-bug light fixtures.
- Wipe down walls, switch plates and doors.
- Wash windows and screens, dust blinds, launder or dry clean window treatments, and wipe down window sills.
- Sweep, vacuum and/or mop floors.
- Vacuum and dust registers and floor vents.
- Clear out old shoes and coats from your coat closet.
- Clean your doormat, or replace it with a new one.
- Sweep and mop the floors.
The Living Room, Family Room and Play Room
- Dust art and framed photos.
- Dust lamps.
- Vacuum and spot clean all soft furniture.
- Dust and polish wood furniture.
- Wash pillows and throws.
- Dust and declutter shelves and electronics, and organize cords.
- Reorganize and declutter movies, music, board games and books.
- Disinfect and organize toys.
- Vacuum rugs, sweep carpets and mop hard floors.
The Dining Room
- Dust art and wall hangings.
- Thoroughly polish the table.
- Dust chairs, and throw any chair pads in the wash.
- Dust the china cabinet (and the china in it), inside and out.
- Polish the silverware and other silver pieces.
- Clean out all cabinets and reorganize them.
- Wipe down the inside and outside of cabinets.
- Clean any appliances that sit on the counter (e.g., the toaster or coffee pot).
- Clean the sink, faucet and drain.
- Clean out drawers, wipe them down and reorganize them.
- Clean the stovetop, and degrease the stove hood.
- Clean the oven.
- Clear out the pantry.
- Clean your fridge and freezer, inside and out.
- Clean the dishwasher, inside and out.
The Laundry Room
- Clean your cabinets, inside and out, and reorganize them.
- Sanitize your laundry room sink, faucet and drain.
- Wash your washer.
- Wipe down the outside of your dryer.
- Clean out your lint trap and wash it.
- Dust ceiling vents and fans.
- Clean mirrors.
- Clean out and reorganize cabinets (and safely dispose of old prescriptions).
- Clean the sinks, faucet and drain.
- Clean the shower and tub thoroughly.
- Scrub the toilet, inside and out.
- Wash the bath mat.
- Wash pillows and linens.
- Dust mirrors, art and other wall hangings like photos.
- Clean and vacuum under the bed.
- Vacuum your mattress, and be sure to flip it.
- Clear out unnecessary clutter.
Tips for Making Spring Cleaning a Breeze
- You don’t have to do it all at once—unless you want to. If you have the luxury of a few weekends or a few days in a row, you can take breaks or designate one room a day to clean and organize.
- Declutter before you try to clean. You’ll have an easier time cleaning when there’s less in the room, so if there are things you want to sell on your neighborhood swap, donate to a local homeless shelter or just throw away, do that before you start to clean.
- Get your family involved. Even your little ones can help with age-appropriate chores. It lightens your spring cleaning burden and helps them get involved.
- If you start to feel overwhelmed, it’s OK to stop and take a break. You have the entire season to get your spring cleaning done, so there’s no need to finish it all in one day.
- Use a clean rag for each new room you’re cleaning, and carry your cleaning supplies all in one bucket to make moving from one room to the next cleaner and easier.
- This is also a great time to replace bad cleaning habits with good ones. Spring cleaning gives you a fresh start, so if there are things about the upkeep of your home that you’d like to change, now is the perfect time to build good habits!
Are you already jumping into spring full-force? Maybe it’s time to hire a house cleaning company to handle your spring cleaning so you don’t have to.
At Housekeeping Maid Easy, we offer all kinds of house cleaning services, including spring cleaning, if you’d rather be outside taking walks with your family or working in your garden.
Housekeeping Maid Easy is a locally-owned company, which means we can find the date and time to best serve you for a deep cleaning just in time for spring. Your friends and neighbors have been thrilled with the work we’ve done, so why wait?