Open the windows, take a deep breath and let that wonderful fresh spring air in. This is the perfect time of the year to deep clean and refresh your home. This spring cleaning checklist will help you move seamlessly through each room. The process may seem daunting, but the reward is worthwhile.
Did you know that a messy, unorganized home can stress you out? That’s according to Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, psychologist and author. She believes a cluttered home can affect our mental state. “Clutter is like unfinished business and this lack of completeness is unsettling and stressful to most people,” she states.
Here is a room-by-room checklist to help you get started
We suggest you pace yourself and tackle one room at a time. It might take you a few days to complete your entire home, but that’s okay. After each room is sparkling clean, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and will be ready to move on to the next room. You don’t need a lot of tools to clean effectively. All you need are basic cleaning supplies, patience and focus.
- Clean the refrigerator and freezer. Remove all items, check food labels for expiration dates. Throw away expired products, old food and empty bottles. If you can’t remember when you last used that salad dressing, flour, marinade sauce, etc., you can toss it.
- Fill sink with warm soapy water and with a sponge or cloth, wipe all shelves and drawers as well as the sides of refrigerator
- Remove produce drawers, wash well, and put items back into refrigerator
- Repeat these steps process to clean inside the freezer
- Wash all appliances, nic nacs, cookie jars, wall art, chairs, stools, planters, etc.
- Clean the dishwasher by placing a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine, and run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle
Tip: Place a box of baking soda inside the refrigerator when finished, to capture food odors and keep the refrigerator smelling fresh
Clean Out Junk Drawers:
- Remove everything from the junk drawers, separate items. Throw unnecessary items in the trash bin. Use freezer baggies to store pens, pencils, crayons, office supplies, batteries, etc, Wipe the drawers with damp cloth dampened with warm water and lemon, lavender or orange essential oil to freshen the drawer. These oils also have disinfectant properties. Replace the bagged items back in the drawer in an organized way. Consider purchasing clear plastic drawer organizers to help keep your drawers in order year-round.
Tip: If you experience mold in your shower stall, apply chlorine bleach to a warm sponge and scrub the black
Clean Walls, Ceilings and Floors:
- Fill a bucket with warm soapy water, use a clean soft towel or sponge, wash the top surfaces of all appliances, doors, walls and baseboards. Ceilings can also be cleaned by using a long-handled sponge mop. Combine 1 cup warm water, 4 drops liquid dish detergent and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the sponge and carefully wipe the surface of the ceiling.
- Vacuum and mop the floor with warm soapy water or a steam cleaner.
Tip: Use a rod extender for your mop handle to help reach the ceiling. It’s safer than using a step ladder.
- Open the windows to air out the room.
- Remove all items from dresser drawers and closets. Wipe down closet walls and drawers
- Donate unwanted clothing to a local non-profit organization. Re-organize drawers and closets, and consider hanging clothes color in the closet
- Wash bedding and pillows including mattress pads, blankets and comforters. Vacuum mattress and box springs, flip/rotate mattresses
- Remove window treatments, wash or dry clean. Wash windows and window sills and wipe down curtain rods and fixtures
- Wipe down the ceiling fan blades and base with warm damp cloth. Add a little lemon essential oil to the damp cloth
- Wipe down lamps, light globes, sconces and light switches/dimmers on the walls
- Vacuum and steam clean carpets, wash rugs, mop floors
Tip: Placing the ceiling fan on medium to low will help circulate the fresh air more efficiently.
- Remove items from drawers and cabinets, properly dispose of old medicine and toiletries. Discard any old or broken items, like hair accessories, broken combs, old cosmetics, razor blades, etc. Consider using a drawer organizer to keep things in order year-round.
- Wash all areas with warm soapy water, organize items in cabinets and drawers.
- Scrub the shower, shower doors and bathtub. Update caulking or grout if needed.
- Wash or replace shower curtains, liners and area rugs
- Scrub the toilet concentrating on the area around and behind the toilet
- Wipe down the door frames and all door knobs with warm soapy cloth
- Remove window treatments, wash or dry clean. Wash windows and window sills and wipe curtain rods and fixtures
- Wipe down walls, baseboards, wall art, frames, etc.
- Wipe light fixtures over the vanity, (and vanity seating), light bulbs, ceiling globes, sconces, wall switches, door knobs
Tip: To remove mold from your shower stall, follow these steps:
- Mix 1 part bleach, 1 part white vinegar, 20 drops lemon essential oil to 2 parts water in a spray bottle
- Spray the bleach solution onto the mold affected grout
- Take a nylon brush and scrub the mold from the shower grout
- Rinse off with clean water
Room(s): Living Room, Family Room, Game Room
- Fill a bucket with warm soapy water, use a clean soft towel or sponge, wash walls, baseboards and ceiling
- Remove window treatments, wash or dry clean. Wash windows and window sills, curtain rods and fixtures
- Wash ceiling fans and light fixtures, replace light bulbs
- Vacuum and steam clean furniture, carpet, wash rugs, mop floors
- Wipe down/dust board games, musical instruments, toys, t.v. screens, stereo equipment,
Tip: Change batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors