Did you know that there are documented health benefits to spring cleaning, especially for those that suffer from seasonal allergies?
The spring is the time of fresh starts after a long, dusty winter of closed windows and nights by the fire.
At first, the act of cleaning your entire home may seem intimidating, but there are a number of ways to break it down into smaller steps until you finally have completed this mountainous task.
Moreover, using a spring cleaning list can help you understand what needs to be cleaned seasonally, and how often.
It is always the perfect time to start a tradition of spring cleaning, even if it isn’t something you haven’t done before.
Read on to learn more about spring cleaning, how to do it, and a general list to follow as you develop a plan for March.
What is Spring Cleaning?
Essentially, spring cleaning refers to the time of year that you deep clean parts of your home or apartment that tend to get neglected the other times of the year, especially over the winter.
It is the ideal time to get ready for the Spring parties, barbeques, and fun times.
Deep cleaning different rooms, appliances, and surfaces in your home during the spring can also save you valuable time later in the year, and help some items work more effectively.
Finally, it can also be the best time of year to begin a habit of decluttering. By using thoughtful storage, as well as always putting things back in their designated place, your home will feel and look cleaner.
How to Spring Clean Effectively
After you decide you will be spring cleaning this year, it is important to take a few steps beforehand to get the most out of the time you put into it.
Here are a few ways to create a plan for spring cleaning, whether you are doing it solo or not.
Get the Whole House Involved
If you share the home with either relatives or roommates, try your best to get everyone involved as much as you can.
Just because you make the decision to get the place clean, that doesn’t mean you should be the only one to do so.
Pick a day of the week that works well for everyone, which tends to be a Saturday or weekend, and choose it far enough in advance that nobody has the opportunity to make other plans.
Moreover, remind them a few weeks out, as well as one week before. It is also possible to make it fun by creating a competition out of it, deciding rooms or tasks, and playing music to keep energy high.
And, a reward never hurts, especially with kids involved.
Set Aside Enough Time
While ideally, you will be able to knock spring cleaning out in one day, that isn’t always possible with larger homes, especially if you are doing it by yourself.
Therefore, try to be realistic about how long it will take to clean each room based on the tasks that need to be done.
It can be helpful to set aside the afternoon a few days or weekends back to back to complete one room at a time so that by the end everything will be done.
Have a Plan of Attack
It is generally a bad idea to not have a plan before starting the cleaning process. A spring cleaning list is always a good idea, especially if you adapt it a bit for your needs.
First things first, is to decide what you feel needs to be cleaned and to free list this initially.
Then, go room by room and take an inventory of what needs to be done within it. Cross reference this list with a more general list like the one below, and your good to go.
Gather the Right Supplies
The final step before getting started is to gather the supplies you will need. It is best to do this after you know what needs to get done, as this will have a significant impact on the tools required.
If you’re in need of some new cleaning products for your spring cleaning arsenal, shop now to prepare for this refreshing season of decluttering.
The Ultimate Spring Cleaning List
Below you will find a room by room list for items and surfaces to clean. Use this as your rough guide, and divide it however you’d like.
The kitchen tends to be the best place to start, as it can be the most time consuming since it is where we usually create the biggest messes. Here are a few things to tackle in this room.
- Empty refrigerator, clean out & wipe down.
- Defrost freezer, clean out & wipe down.
- Wipe down & sanitize the microwave, coffeemaker & any other small appliances.
- Clean the entire counter, including underneath any appliances or canisters.
- Empty the crumb tray in the toaster.
- Clean the oven & scrub the stovetop.
- Clear cabinets & wash the shelves.
- Sanitize the sink, clean the drain & disinfect garbage disposal.
- Wash refrigerator shelves.
- Sweep & Dust both behind & beneath the refrigerator.
- Deep Clean the dishwasher.
- Replace the water filter.
- Clean the oven hood & replace any filter
- Clean & disinfect the trash can.
- Clean & reorganize all cabinets, pantry, & drawers.
- Sanitize wooden cutting boards.
- Sharpen all knives.
- Clean underneath the sink.
- Polish & clean cabinet doors.
- Deep clean floors.
- Disinfect all handles & doorknobs.
The living room is typically a shared space that frequently repairs dusting and vacuuming. Here is a spring cleaning list for this room.
- Clean any crown molding, floor molding, & corners.
- Vacuum, spot check, & shampoo carpet.
- Vacuum or sweep under furniture.
- Clean between & underneath seat cushions.
- Dust the ceiling fans.
- Condition any leather furniture.
- Clean lights, replace bulbs, & vacuum lampshades.
- Dust lamps.
- Dust & polish wooden furniture.
- Dust any wall hangings, & mirrors.
- Clean windows & window sills, inside & out.
- Remove scuff marks on doors & baseboards.
- Disinfect doorknobs & light switches.
- Disinfect & dust electronics & remotes.
- Organize electronics & accessories.
The bedroom tends to need more organizing than cleaning, but both are equally important for that sparkling feeling. Below are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning the bedroom.
- Dust ceiling, corners, & baseboards.
- Clean & dust windows & windowsills.
- Dust & polish all furniture.
- Dust the edges of all wall hangings.
- Clean any glass & mirrors
- Dust lamps, light bulbs, & lampshades.
- Dust the ceiling fan.
- Organize the closet, switch seasonal wardrobe items, & donate old clothes.
- Organize and clean dressers.
- Clean & organize nightstands.
- Rotate & flip mattresses.
- Vacuum & clean your mattress
- Clean underneath the bed.
- Wash bedsheets & pillows.
- Vacuum & shampoo carpet, including under furniture.
- Remove scuff marks on doors & baseboards.
- Sanitize doorknobs & light switches.
- Clean air vents & bathroom fan.
- Clean & disinfect doorknobs, light switches & fixtures.
- Clean & disinfect toothbrush holders.
- Clean & refill soap pump.
- Clean light fixtures & wash any globes.
- Disinfect entire countertop.
- Clean mirror.
- Clean & organize shower caddy.
- Wash shower curtain & liner.
- Scrub shower door frame.
- Clean soap scum off shower glass.
- Dust & clean windows and sills.
- Polish faucets.
- Mop & scrub floors.
- Scrub & disinfect entire toilet.
- Disinfect & scrub the bathtub & shower
- Clean walls.
- Wash floor mat & rugs.
- Sanitize trash can.
- Wipe down all cabinets, towel racks & toilet paper holder.
- Clean & remove hard water from the shower head.
- Polish any wooden cabinets.
- Re-seal tile & re-caulk bathtub.
- Unclog all drains.
- Clean, & organize all cabinets, drawers & bathroom closet.
Generally, the most important first step to cleaning is to declutter all rooms. Donate old items that have gone unused or are expired, and create new homes for anything that doesn’t have a place.
Once you do this, it will be much easier to identify what else needs to be cleaned.
Generally speaking, all ceiling fans, ceilings, walls, windows, windowsills, baseboards, and the floor will need to be cleaned in each room, as well as any fabrics, fixtures, or surfaces.
Prepare for Spring Cleaning and New Beginnings
Chances are if you’ve ever looked at something and thought “When was the last time I cleaned that?”, it’s about time you get started on your spring cleaning list.
Deep cleaning in the spring will save you time later in the year, and preserve your appliances, floors, surfaces, and fixtures longer.
It will also make you aware of little ways you can clean throughout the week, month, or year to make it easier for next time. Either way, it is well worth it to spend a few days creating a clean slate.
Interested in becoming a more organized, better person altogether in 2019? Check out our recent article on how to keep your New Years Resolutions this time around.