Ahh, Spring is in the air. Really – despite the fact that it was freezing again today I see crocuses starting to push their way up. And I think I saw chocolate, the resident rabbit poke his (her?) head out. And so that means it’s time to clean the house. In honor of spring, here’s a simple checklist for at the super quick and super easy way to Spring Clean. Because I hate cleaning. Really I do. But I love the feeling of shedding stuff.
The beauty of spring cleaning – it’s not just that chemically lemon smell of clean. It’s because there is less stuff. For just a little bit, the house is emptier, cleaner and so is the brain, leaving you ready to leap ahead into the new season.
So follow this room by room checklist for an easy way to clean house:
The most used room in the house is probably cleaner than you think. Why? Because you probably clean it almost every day. Or course it’s probably gets dirtier every day – especially if you have a baby who’s experimenting with self feeding. But never mind:
- Clean the counters and put any dishes or bowls away that you don’t need.
- Dust the baseboads (scrub if you need too) and the windowsills
- Wipe down walls, lights and ceiling fans (you don’t want the shower of dust the first time you turn them on)
- Get rid of the left over Christmas and Valentine’s decorations.
- For the brave – move the stove and fridge away from the wall and clean behind them
- Clean the oven
- Clean out the cabinets, pantry and fridge, getting rid of old, stale or expired items
- Sweep and mop the floor
Enjoy for the 22.2 minutes before dinner…and the next mess
- Remove all items from the counter and shower and clean the counters, tub and shower completely
- Time for a new shower curtain – that’s fine – don’t skimp
- Clean the mirror and lights
- Scrub the toilet
- Wash or vacuum any area rugs
- Go through all the cabinets and drawers and throw out, donate and organize. Replace any expired medicines – check with Poison Control on the right way to get rid of old or expired medications.
If the living room doesn’t get used that often, then it may only need a quick once over – remove any outdated decorations, old plants, etc. The dust and vacuum and you’re set.
The Den/Family Room
Since this is where the family probably lives, this is going to take a little more work. But spring is an excellent time to declutter.
- Go through toy bins, art boxes and other repositories and clean out, throw away or donate.
- Then you can go onto cleaning. Take pictures down and clean them.
- Wash your curtains or dust them if you have blinds.
- Wash down walls and baseboards
- Clean the rugs
- Wash any slipcovers or you might want to spring for some upholstery cleaning.
- Straighten and Declutter
- Go through clothes and get rid of the ones that are worn out or don’t fit
- Pack off-season clothes away in a closet or other storage space
- Look at the piles of things - papers, homework, library books and throw out, return or file permanently
- Vacuum and then flip the mattress before replacing the linens.
- Remove the items under the bed and vacuum under it before putting those items back.
Are you overwhelmed yet? There are a lot of checks on the list, right? So, just remember that this doesn’t have to be done all in one day. Pick a room a day (or weekend day) and attack it as a family. Get the kids to help by giving them the chance to make a little extra cash – help them run a garage sale with all the things you decide to get rid of. Or offer to pay them for tasks which would be “extra” – remember you don’t need to pay your kids to make their beds…they should just be doing it.
And now – reward yourself. Take yourself to your favorite coffee shop and get a latte – and watch other people clean up the spilled coffee and torn sugar wrappers.
Share your favorite tip for making spring cleaning easier and faster below…