Spring Cleaning Up

It’s almost Spring, which means it’s almost time for Spring Cleaning! Traditionally, spring cleaning has marked the most thorough clean of the year and the time when projects that aren’t otherwise attempted finally get accomplished. In most homes, chores like vacuuming, cleaning countertops, cleaning toilets and washing mirrors are done at least somewhat regularly, but let’s look at the less common tasks. Even though they aren’t fun and no one wants to do them, they need to be tackled at some point, so why not just get them over with during spring cleaning? Let’s go one room at time.

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Kitchen

  • Behind and around Appliances: Behind the fridge, under the stove—these are the nooks, crannies and corners that probably don’t get cleaned throughout the year, and that’s okay. However, an occasional clean in these areas is a good thing. You can make sure the appliances themselves aren’t being bogged down with dust or dirt, and you can make sure no major spills, rotting food, or other unpleasant surprises are festering. Cleaning these areas can be a pain, but imagine how much worse it would be if they didn’t get cleaned at least once a year.
  • The Appliances themselves: The oven, the burners, the dishwasher trap, the inside of the fridge and freezer, the garbage disposal—these are areas you use every single day and deserve a good top to bottom cleaning at least once a year. In addition, many appliances function better when clean.
  • Cabinets and Pantry: Food here, along with food in the fridge, can be sorted out, any food that’s past its prime can be thrown out, and food that you are unlikely to use should be donated. It’s best to take each piece out of its place so that the cabinets and shelves themselves can be cleaned.

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Bathroom

  • Tub and Shower: You probably clean these regularly, but take the time to really scrub these areas down during spring cleaning. It wouldn’t hurt to see whether the drain or shower head needs any attention to function better.
  • Cabinets and Closets: Like in the kitchen, take this opportunity to purge old or unused medicines, cosmetics, and toiletries. If you don’t have an organization system that works for you take the time to re-organize.

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Bedrooms

  • Bedding and Bed: Hopefully you wash your sheets often, but large and bulky items like pillows, quilts or comforters may get less attention, so this is the time to bring them to wash them, or take them to laundromat or dry cleaner. The mattress itself needs attention too, when you consider how many hours each day you spend there. You wash your clothes after a couple of wears, so it’s logical to wash your mattress after a year of sleeps. The mattress can be vacuumed and cleaned as needed with an upholstery cleaner, or you apply baking soda directly to the mattress. Leave it for a while to allow it to absorb the moisture and odor your mattress has accumulated.
  • Closets: Again, this is more about organizing than actually cleaning. Get rid of seldom used clothing and shoes to make the space more usable.

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Living Areas

  • Furniture and Carpet: An upholstery cleaner can be used for many types of furniture, but it’s probably best to look up specifics on how to clean what you have. Take off the couch cushions, vacuum underneath, and move them from their spots to vacuum beneath them. Move the furniture out of the way and vacuum or rent a carpet cleaner to get all the sections of carpet that don’t get cleaned regularly.
  • Organization: Go through books, movies, games, toys, and whatever else takes up space in your home. If it’s time to implement a new organizational system, make sure you’ve removed the excess before you attempt it. Then, get whatever baskets, mini self storage bins, or boxes you need to keep things straight.

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Laundry Room

  • Appliances: As in the kitchen, this is the time to clean outside, inside, and around your washer and dryer. This includes checking out filters and hoses.

We’ve focused on the interior of the home here, but the garage and the exterior have their own spring cleaning tasks. As mentioned throughout, one spring cleaning staple is clearing out the excess. If you find you have furniture, kids’ items, memorabilia, or other items that you want to keep but don’t often use or have a home for, consider mini self storage to meet these needs. It may be a big job to sort through everything in your home to get better organized, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment, your house will feel less cluttered, and your home will definitely be running more smoothly after a deep spring clean.

Even Mr. Bean spring cleans his house

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is a good reminder of all those things that need to be done!

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