Spring Cleaning 101

Time for some good old fashioned Spring Cleaning

Winter may not be quite finished yet, but the bright, yellow crocuses blooming in my backyard assure me that spring is not far away.

However, as the sun shines bright on cool spring days it shows the sharp contrast between the things of nature being made new and a house that still feels a little stuck in winter. Hence the urge for Spring Cleaning! Don’t fight it this year…enjoy it!

To make your Spring Cleaning a success, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Select a reasonable number of tasks to do in a given day or weekend.
  • Plan for more than one day / weekend to do the work.
  • When you have completed one task, enjoy it before you move on to the next.
  • Take breaks! Every hour or so (set an alarm), stop what you’re doing, sit down, and drink a glass of water.
  • Get inspired by reading some of the cleaning and organizing tips on our Organization Board or just look at pretty pictures on our Spring in Your Step Board.
  • When you clean, start at the top of a room and work your way down (i.e. sweep dust and dirt from the ceiling and walls down onto on the carpet before you vacuum).
  • Make sure you have all your cleaning supplies available before you start. Helpful items:
    • Dust mop (with a long handle)
    • Step-ladder
    • Cleaning cloths
    • Small bucket with handle
    • Sponges
    • Vacuum with attachment
    • Gentle cleanser
    • Rug shampoo machine with upholstery attachment
    • Spot remover for upholstery or carpets

If you keep your house relatively clean and clutter-free, Spring is a great time for some deeper cleaning. Here are some of peoples’ favorite Spring Cleaning Chores that will leave your home feeling fresh as a blooming tulip:

  • Sweep / Dust the Ceiling and Walls
  • Remove wall art and clean separately
  • Wash walls if needed
  • Clean air vents
  • Dust Fans and Light Fixtures
  • Use a damp cloth along the topside of the fan blade
  • Take down light fixtures and gently wash and dry completely
  • Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners
  • Wash the insides and outsides of the windows
  • Take down and rinse off screens
  • Take down and wash draperies and curtains (according to manufacturer’s directions)
  • Vacuum and / or wash blinds with damp cloth
  • Empty and Wash All Trash Cans
  • Move Sofas and Chairs to Clean Under Them
  • Vacuum couch cushions
  • Remove couch cushions and vacuum in all the crevices
  • Clean slipcovers, accent pillows, throw blankets, etc.
  • Wash the Dining Table, Chairs, and Other Furniture
  • Oil or wax wooden furniture, if needed
  • Spot clean upholstered seats / wash seat cushions
  • Clean Carpets and Rugs
  • Vacuum first, then spot clean
  • If needed, rent a carpet cleaning machine or call in the professionals
  • Wash All Bedding, Comforters, Mattress Pads, Pillows, etc.
  • Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear
  • Clean out from under your bed
  • Try this simple solution to clean your mattress

I’m starting my Spring Cleaning this weekend and I can hardly wait! What techniques do you use when you deep clean your home?