Why Do a Spring Clean-Up?
Before getting into different cleaning secrets, why should a spring clean-up even be done in the first place? Doing a deep clean can be beneficial to health, as it reduces allergens, bacteria, and dust that was laying around beforehand. With this in mind, get ready to crack open a window and get to work using these expert tips and tricks.
The first room you start on should be the one where you start and end your day: the bedroom. Starting in the bedroom is key because there your first task is to make your bed, and if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
The next step, and one of the biggest, is to begin decluttering your closet. Deciding what to keep and what to throw out can often be difficult, but by following this checklist it can be done with ease.
Even after the closet cleanout, there still may be some miscellaneous items floating around the room. Neatly stash any smaller items into a bedside storage drawer or decorative baskets and boxes placed on your dresser top. If you have any extra sheets, blankets, or pillows a decorative storage bench is a useful item that will fit in with the rest of the room seamlessly.
The living room is the jack of all trades when it comes to rooms in a home. It can be used for just about anything, and as easy as it is to get messy, it is just as important to keep clean. The first thing to do is make sure every item finds a home, and make sure to be there to tuck it into bed at the end of the night so it doesn’t get lost.
Tidy up the rest of the room to make sure there are no loose ends to your newly cleaned room. Clear the coffee table of random items and replace it with flowers or an organized pile of books to make the room come together. Fold all blankets and use a reasonable amount of decorative pillows so the couch is well kept, but also leaves room for relaxation during the day.
When it comes to messy rooms, the kitchen ranks at the top of its class with stains, crumbs, and all-around clutter throughout. Start by taking everything out of the cabinets and pantries, and go one by one seeing what you should keep and what you should toss. After that, do the same with your fridge and freezer and also make sure to do a good wipe down on the inside of the appliances.
Do a deep cleaning for other appliances such as your stove and oven to ensure your food comes out clean. Wipe down the microwave, countertops, and tables to keep all surfaces clean for future food to come.
Bathrooms get dirty easily with dirty people coming in and out throughout the day. While bathrooms may get the messiest, it is often easy to clean up due to the smaller size. Start with a total clear-out, taking everything out before you get to work. Thoroughly clean the inside of sinks and showers, wipe down countertops, and scrub the inside of toilets.
When putting everything back in after, make the most of your space by neatly putting everything needed back. Using bins and drawer dividers can help make the most of fitting everything in an organized fashion.
Over the past 2 years, many rooms were turned into home offices. Just because this room is your home away from home, which also happens to be inside your home, doesn’t mean you can skip over cleaning it. There are a lot of important documents, files, and bills that need to be organized so they don’t get lost. While this may be the most tedious act, it is also the most important, making sure nothing of importance gets accidentally thrown away or lost.
Following these steps and using the checklist below is the best way to get going with an effective spring cleaning journey that will leave you smiling and feeling cleansed when it comes to an end.
- Dust ceiling fans, shelves, tabletops, light fixtures, and vents
- Clean curtains and window blinds
- Wipe down refrigerator, microwave, freezer, mirrors, windows, tables, chairs, and electronics
- Wipe down and clean counters, sinks, faucets, and scrub toilets
- Clean out drawers, cabinets, and drains
- Deep clean stove, oven, and showers
- Shake out rugs
- Organize pantry, drawers, cabinets, files, closets, tools, and boxes
- Vacuum and mop floors