Its that time of year again and between the nice weather and social distancing, most of us are getting the spring clean itch! Not sure where to start? Here is a guide line to help you thru to completion! And if you have kids at home, get them involved and make it a family event!
Over time, build-up can collect on your kitchen cabinets and the insides can get cluttered, unorganized and dirty from spillage. Empty out every cabinet, wipe down inside and out. As you are putting items back in, be sure to check expiry dates on spices & food, and whether it is a food or kitchen utensil, if you don't use it, get rid of it! The same goes for your bathroom cabinets.
2. Kitchen Appliances
Empty your fridge and use soap & water to clean the shelves & drawers. Again, check for expiry dates before putting those condiments back in! If you have a self clean oven, turn it on at the beginning of your clean as it typically takes up to 3 hours...and open windows as it can be smelly! For ceramic cooktop or gas range, baking soda and water work fantastic for wiping away grimy build-up...just be sure you are using a soft cloth to scrub to avoid scratches. And if you have stainless steel appliances, use a good stainless steel cleaner (Weimer or Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner). You only need to do this once or twice a year to avoid a build-up on your appliances.
Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you take to the outdoors to remove spots and smudges you don't usually have time to tackle. Pro tip? Wash them on a cloudy day to ensure that the sun won't dry the cleanser before you're done wiping. If you don't have a tall ladder to get you to the upper floor windows, consider borrowing or purchasing a window cleaner with extension pole...these are always handy (and safer) to have!
Instead of the usual vinegar and water for cleaning your floors, find a good hardwood or laminate floor cleaner to put a protectant layer on them. For your tile floors, mix baking soda and water for scrubbing the grout back to its original color and getting rid of dirt & grime....works amazing! Lastly, if you want your carpets to maintain their life span and for health reasons, rent or hire a steam clean.
You will be surprised, when you get down on your hands and knees and take a close look, at how beat up and dusty your trimm can get. If you have the wide MDF base, they look great but they are dust collectors! Use your vacuum attachment to clean the top of the trim and then it will take some spot washing and scrubbing with a Magic Eraser to get the scuffs and marks off the trim. But when its done, what a difference it will make! And don't forget to wipe the trimm on top of your door cases....so much dust!
Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier. For entry and mud room closets, find a place for your winter items and only keep spring and summer items to limit the clutter. And linen closets, if needed, empty and refold items, getting rid of those old towels never used and spare sheets that have been collecting dust.
7. Painted Walls
Maintenance is crucial to keeping a crisp paint job looking fresh. To do this, I suggest spot cleaning your walls with a cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't work Magic Eraser will work its "Magic"....but don't rub too hard or for too long in one place as it will literally rub off the paint. But for greasy finger prints, warm water and dish soap should do the trick! Don't forget about those light switches too.....
Probably the least favorite job in the house but so important! Remove everything off of shelves, end tables, night stands and mantles and use warm soap and water. This can also inspire you to change things up on your displays by rearranging ornaments, books, etc to give it a fresh look! And often forgotten about is light fixtures...they too are dust collectors, but also the home for spider webs!
9. PUT YOUR FEET UP!!!
Relax and enjoy your fresh, clean home and make a plan to tackle your exterior living space and landscaping!!!!!