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It's That Time of the Year: Spring Cleaning!

Monday, April 8, 2024   /   by Tim Elder

It's That Time of the Year: Spring Cleaning!

Spring cleaning is a great opportunity for you, as a homeowner, to refresh and declutter your living spaces, maintain your property, and potentially prevent costly repairs down the line. Therefore, we are sharing a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist to help you tackle this task efficiently. Here’s a detailed checklist and some ideas that may have slipped your mind:

General Indoor Cleaning

  • Declutter: Start with decluttering each room
    • The Four-Box Method: For each room, use four boxes for items to keep, donate, sell, or throw away, helping to simplify decision-making.
    • Vertical Storage Solutions: Use walls and vertical spaces for storage to keep floors and surfaces clear.
    • Digitizing Documents: Scan and store important documents digitally to reduce paper clutter.
  • Deep Clean: Deep clean all areas of the home, including dusting surfaces, washing windows, and cleaning curtains and blinds.
  • Floors and Carpets: Steam clean carpets and rugs, and mopping hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors.
  • Furniture and Upholstery: Vacuum sofas and chairs, and spot-cleaning any stains on furniture or upholstery.

Kitchen

  • Appliances: Clean the inside and outside of all appliances, including the refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and small appliances.
  • Cabinets and Pantry: Organize and wipe down cabinets, and go through the pantry to discard expired items.
  • Sink and Garbage Disposal: Clean the sink, faucet, and garbage disposal. For natural cleaning solutions, you can use baking soda and vinegar.

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Bathrooms

  • Grout and Tiles: Scrub grout and tiles in the shower, and around the bathroom.
  • Fixtures: Clean and disinfect all fixtures, including sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
  • Ventilation: Clean the bathroom ventilation fan to remove dust and ensure its operating efficiently.

Bedrooms

  • Closets: Sort through clothes and accessories in closets, donating items that are no longer needed or used.
  • Bedding: Wash all bedding, including mattress covers, pillows, and comforters.
  • Under Furniture: Clean under beds and heavy furniture, areas often overlooked during regular cleaning.

Living Areas

  • Electronics: Dust electronics and carefully clean screens with appropriate cleaners.
  • Bookshelves and Decor: Dust and organize bookshelves, and wipe down decorative items.

Outdoor and Miscellaneous

  • Gutters: Clean out gutters and check downspouts for proper drainage.
  • Exterior Washing: Power wash the home’s exterior, deck, patio, and outdoor furniture.
  • Garden and Garage: Organize the garage, sharpen garden tools, and prepare the garden for spring planting.
  • Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces: Lawn care, plant seasonal flowers, and prepare outdoor living spaces for summer use.

Maintenance Checks

  • HVAC System: Schedule a professional inspection of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
  • Roof and Chimney Inspection: Schedule a professional inspection to identify and repair any winter damage.
  • Water Leaks: Check for leaks in faucets, toilets, and under sinks.

Home Safety Audit

  • Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they're working correctly and replace batteries or units as needed.
  • Check Fire Extinguishers: Verify that fire extinguishers are accessible, in good condition, and not expired.
  • Review Emergency Plans: Review and update your home evacuation or emergency plans.

 

Additional Tips

  • Create a Schedule: Create a cleaning schedule to tackle tasks room by room, making the process more manageable.
  • Eco-Friendly Products: Make use of eco-friendly cleaning products or homemade solutions to minimize environmental impact
  • Involve the Family: Make spring cleaning a family activity, assigning tasks to each family member based on age and ability. Introduce a fun element by suggesting rewards for completing spring cleaning tasks, such as a family outing, a special meal, or a new home accessory.


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