The scent of spring is in the air, the birds are singing and the bright days are giving you renewed energy. The idea of tackling the spring cleaning somehow doesn’t seem as daunting when the days become brighter
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore, in fact, getting rid of clutter can be therapeutic and an opportunity to awakening to new beginnings and breathe renewed life into old spaces.
Whether you want to clean your office, one room, or your entire house, take these simple steps to clean out your space and your mind:
Work on one room at a time, even if you’ll be doing similar chores like washing walls or vacuuming in several rooms. If you haven’t used something in the past six months, it’s time to get rid of it! Be honest with yourself and give away all those items you have not used, not only will it free up more space but it will feel very liberating at the same time!
- Thoroughly dust and vacuum all surfaces, from crown mouldings to baseboards and under furniture.
- Wash the walls. This is easier than you think, if you use a sponge mop, a bucket of diluted all-purpose cleaning solution and start at the bottom, not the top; drips are easier to clean when they run onto an already-cleaned wall.
- Organize bookshelves and storage cabinets; if possible, remove and dust or vacuum books and knick-knacks, and thoroughly clean the shelf before putting the books back.
- Use the little attachments that came with the vacuum cleaner to do lampshades, pictures, upholstered furniture, shelves and chair legs.
- Take down sheers and curtains and wash or send out for dry cleaning. Wash interior windows as well as windowsills.
- Roll up area rugs and vacuum the floor beneath them; then vacuum both sides of the rug thoroughly. With valuable rugs such as Persians, send them out for professional cleaning, or hang them on the line and beat with a broom or rug beater.
- Open the windows wide and let the fresh spring air in.
- Thoroughly vacuum tops of cabinets, fridge coils and stove vents. If possible, move appliances out and clean or vacuum under them. Wash outsides of appliances; shine up stainless steel with a few drops of vegetable oil on a paper towel.
- Clean out the fridge.
- Then thoroughly clean the interior with baking soda and water, or use an all-purpose spray cleaner (rinse afterward). If possible, remove shelves and wash in the sink with dish detergent.
- Clean cupboards inside and out, one cupboard at a time. Remove contents; wash interior, then replace the contents, throwing away or recycling all those strange things you’ll never eat or use. Then wash the outside of the cabinet. When you’re done, wash tops and bottoms of cabinets.
- Scrub floor with an good cleaning solution and a scrub brush to get out ground-in grime. Vinyl floors can be sprayed with a foaming cleanser, left for a few minutes, then wiped clean with a damp mop. Use tile cleaner to clean grout on ceramic tile and some stone floors.
- Scrub around faucets with bathroom cleaner and an old toothbrush to get rid of built-up soap scum. If grime on tile is a problem, use the toothbrush and tile cleaner to get rid of it.
- Take down shower curtains and plastic liner and wash thoroughly.
- Clean and wash cupboards, throwing away old cosmetics you’ll never use.
- Strip all bedlinens, including bed skirt, and wash. Vacuum mattress and box spring and spray lightly with fabric freshener.
- Unless your mattress is the no-flip kind, flip and rotate the mattress.
- Open and clean out closets and dresser drawers. Give away clothes you haven’t worn for a year; dry-clean or launder what you’re keeping.
Spring cleaning can be more than just a time to clean and polish your home – make it a time for renewal. While you scrub your counters and sweep your floors, turn up your favourite music and enjoy the process, you’ll soon see how lovely your space can be!