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Spring Cleaning 101

The Spring Equinox is March 20.  Spring is literally around the corner!  Very soon the squirrels with be frolicking, tulips and daffodils will be beginning their ascent from the dirt and the birds will be singing joyful springtime songs.   Nothing beats the slumpy winter blues like a fresh and clean home!

I am going to share with you my spring cleaning list and how I go about completing it.  Now because this is an extensive list I suggest doing one or two things on the list a day and getting your whole family to help!  We like to put on some music to get the family cleaning!  I remember my mom always put on music Sunday morning after breakfast to clean.  It is a tradition I carried on to my family.   I am also including the list I write out for my husband.  He would rather go fishing but this stuff must get done so putting on his music in the garage and giving him a cooler and a six pack usually helps. 🙂

To keep from cleaning spaces more than once I start at the top and work my way down.  Here are 11 things to have on hand to help out with cleaning:

  1. distilled white vinegar
  2. cleaning rags
  3. 20 mule team borax
  4. lemons
  5. duster
  6. vacuum
  7. Mr. Clean magic eraser
  8. baking soda
  9. mop and bucket
  10. broom
  11. steam cleaner

Lets get started, as i said I work from ceiling to floor to keep from cleaning multiple times.  You can choose to do one room at a time or do the ceilings in all rooms etc.  I prefer doing one room at a time but there is no rule on spring cleaning.

Get a box for items you no longer want or need and mark it sell or donate. Along the way of spring cleaning add items to the box.

Spring cleaning list

basic cleaning steps for all rooms:

    • sweep cobwebs from ceilings making sure you get in the corners, determine whether or not they need to be washed or just spot cleaned
    • wipe down all horizontal surfaces with a rag dampened with vinegar
      • door frames
      • artwork and pictures
      • base boards
      • shelves
      • banisters
    • remove all glass light covers and wash in warm soapy water
    • clean ceiling fans
    • wipe down walls Mr. Clean magic eraser comes in handy for this job fill a water bottle with equal parts water and vinegar and a few wedges of a lemon squeezed in and the rind put in the bottle.
    • vacuum floor and wall vents and wipe down with vinegar
    • remove and clean window treatments per factory recommendations (check tags)
    • bring floor mats and rugs outside and take out some aggression and beat them with a broom handle 😉
    • wash windows inside and out and scrub the tracks with soapy water and an old toothbrush

Room by room list:

      • Organize declutter and deep clean bathrooms
        • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above this includes taking down and washing shower curtains.
        • pull out everything from cabinets and drawers wipe them out
        • check dates on meds and vitamins and dispose of  any that are expired
        • replace items and organize as you put it all away.
        • empty and clean out trash can using vinegar and lemon
        • wash the sink and tub and shower I find that a scrub brush and 20 mule team borax works great! Don’t use vinegar or lemon on tiles! It will eat away the grout!
        • wipe down the cabinets
        • give the toilet a good scrub down using a good cleaner that gets hard water, cleaning the out side around the toilet, use a steam cleaner if you have one!
      • Organize declutter and deep clean kitchen and dining room

        • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above
        • clean off and declutter top of refrigerator remove any magnets wipe down with vinegar
        • clean the oven spray it with cleaner and move on to the next step while you wait for it work.
        • remove everything from freezer wipe out and clean shelves in warm soapy water organize and check dates on food when putting it all back. replace baking soda box.
        • remove everything from fridge clean shelves and drawers in warm soapy water check dates  on food and condiments. replace baking soda box
        • remove knobs, burners, and burner covers from stove top and clean in warm soapy water
        • if your burner covers are crusted with greasy grime that wont come off in soapy water place them in a 2 gallon ziplock bag pour about 3 tablespoons of ammonia seal the bag and let sit over night then wash in warm soapy water. (you will be amazed at what actually comes off!)
        • wipe down and clean small appliances
        • run coffee pot cleaner through your coffee pot after wiping it down
        • clean out Microwave if you have stubborn splatters in there bring some water to a boil in the microwave and let it stand a few minutes it should wipe right out.  Invest in food cover for your microwave.  I did and wow! it keeps the splatters off the walls of the microwave!
        • clean out dishwasher if you have one following manufacturers cleaning directions
        • clean out and organize cabinets and drawers getting rid of clutter (mix matched lids etc.) wipe out with vinegar.
        • clean the front of cabinets and drawers
        • clean out sink.  My cousin Amy posted a great sink cleaning and repair technique on Painted Posies, you can find it Here.  it explains how to get tough stains out of porcelain sinks.  The same technique can be used on stainless steal for coffee stains etc.
        • wash counter tops to get tough spots (between back splash and sink I use my steam cleaner.
        • by now the oven should be ready put on those tacky yellow gloves and have at it.
        • wipe down tables and chairs
        • clean out drip pan
      • Organize declutter and deep clean living room and family room

        • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above.
        • clean and vacuum couches and chairs
        • clean electronics remove all books games movies from cabinets clean and dust sort put away
        • dust knickknacks and lamps I find that using a can of air works great
        • vacuum under all furniture
      • Organize declutter and deep clean bedrooms
        • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above.
        • remove all bedding including skirts and pillows and launder
        • sprinkle the bed with baking soda and leave sit at least an hour then vacuum off with the brush attachment this would be a good time to flip your mattress
        • dust down and clean lamps and knickknacks
        • wipe down all dressers and furniture
      • Organize and declutter wardrobe and closets (make use of the sell box)
      • Organize and declutter office/computer room
        • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above
        • clean off desk wipe down
        • remove stuff from cabinets wipe out
        • sort out papers
        • organize clutter
        • this is a good time to go through that file cabinet and get shredding 😉
        • thoroughly wipe down desk chair
        • don’t forget to spring clean your computer!!  delete old unused files and games get those pictures printed and put on a disk  etc.
    • Organize deep clean and declutter laundry room/ utility room
          • work from the ceilings down using the steps in the basic list above.
          • wipe down and clean out cabinets
          • with help pull out the dryer and follow the manufacturers instructions on cleaning out the lint area in the back of the machine this can be a fire hazard if it gets too stuffed with lint.
          • clean and dust off appliances

      Finishing up and final touches

        • sweep all floors taking care to get in the corners and under all appliances etc.
        • vacuum all carpets getting in corners and along walls and under all furniture etc.
        • deep clean carpets with a carpet cleaner rinse thoroughly left over soap will collect more dirt and grime
        • deodorize all drains including in basement I pour in baking soda a little water then dump in vinegar wait 5-10 minutes then dump a little more vinegar wait 30 mins and dump really hot water to flush.
        • clean out and dust off vacuum cleaner and floor cleaner swiffers etc.
        • change vacuum filter
        • change batteries in all smoke and carbon detectors and test

At some point I’m sure the husband has started to work outside .  But to get started on his list I walk around in every room with a tablet of paper and pen and jot down all the maintenance that needs to be done.  This stuff will be added to my husbands spring clean up list but at the bottom because I’m not afraid of  hammers and nails and power tools so I will be helping more than likely with these things. And I will make sure the work is done in each room before I get started in it.  I will get a large box and mark it sell for our next garage sale and put it out in the garage for him to put any unused and unwanted items.

The Husbands Spring Cleaning List


          • Organize and clean up the garage
            • Organize the tool box
            • clean off the top of the tool box and work bench
            • clean out and organize the drawers, cabinets and shelves.  Putting loose nails, screws, etc. in plastic containers or jars.
            • straighten up the sports station putting air in the balls that need it. (have son do this while you are cleaning other stuff)
            • put remaining Christmas boxes up in the attic
            • sweep floor
          • Clean up the patio
          • Organize the shed
            • move the snow shovels and snow blower to the back
            • move the sleds to the back
            • bring forward the lawn mower and wheel barrow
            • bring the grill forward
            • sweep the floor
          • clean up the garbage can area and clean out the cans with lysol
          • Maintenance inside the house
            • oil hinges on doors if needed
            • tighten door knobs if needed
            • fix small hole in the computer room wall
            • replace threshold between hallway and kitchen
            • treat the pergo floor in the kitchen
            • upstairs bathroom toilet is wobbly.. see what’s up with that and fix it.

Well that’s it! That is my extensive spring cleaning list. I am sure there is more that I will add along the way.  But when it is all done we all feel better and we are ready to take on the summer! 🙂  No matter how you choose to take on your spring cleaning whether its all at once or a room a day I hope this post helps!!

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