Spring cleaning has always been one of my favorite tasks. I love opening the windows, intentionally reorganizing and purging things and deep cleaning areas of the home that were let go all Winter long.
What comes to mind when you think of Spring cleaning? We often think of going through Winter/Summer clothing, cleaning out the garage and washing windows. But there's much more that you can do when you're Spring cleaning.
8 Things You're Forgetting
#1 – Clean Your Dishwasher. The very appliance that gets things clean needs to be cleaned to stay at peak performance.
#2 – Laundry Baskets/Hampers. These guys can harbor bacteria galore. So if you're using the same bag or basket for dirty and clean clothing (guilty!), be sure you're wiping them down with a good disinfectant cleaner.
#3 – The Ceiling Fan. Ceiling fans harbor dust and help spread that dust all over the house. Be sure to clean it at least Spring and Fall. If you've got a wood, pellet or coal stove, cleaning your fan monthly is a great idea.
#4 – Garbage Cans. Both indoor and outdoor garbage cans need to be cleaned every once and awhile.
#5 – Behind, Under and Over Appliances. Yes, that's a lot of places. But the dust, mold, and debris that can build up in places like the back of your refrigerator can be a health and a fire hazard.
#6 – Curtains. Curtains can hold food, pet, and other strong odors and make your house smell less than fresh. By washing or dry cleaning your curtains you can keep your home smelling fresh. Dry cleaning can get expensive so instead of going to the local cleaner, opt for these bags instead.
#7 – The Vehicles. Every mom knows there is something strange lurking in the back of her vehicle and unless you have a garage or you live in a mild climate, you're likely not scrubbing the car down on a regular basis during the Winter months. Vacuum well, use a good natural disinfectant cleaner and get way under the seats.
#8 – Duct work, registers and returns. If you have forced hot air heat you have duct work. Debris, dust and even mold can build up in your ducts and make for poor air quality in your home. Remove register and return diffusers (the covers in your walls and floor) and clean out as far as you can reach. If your budget supports it, get a professional duct cleaning every three to five years.
How do you keep all of this stuff straight and get it done before pool season? Here are some tips for staying organized with your Spring Cleaning
Top Tips for Spring Cleaning
Designate A day – Pick a day (or two or three) as designated Spring cleaning days. Decide ahead of time what tasks you want to accomplish in those days. If you're working full time, you can set aside an evening or two for simpler inside work and then a few weekend days for the bigger projects.
Take your time – Spring cleaning isn't about beating the clock. If it takes you a week to complete a total home deep clean, that's okay!
Clean high to low – Start with the highest areas you will clean or dust and work down. This ensures you aren't doing multiple works because dust and dirt won't fall on already cleaned floors and counters.
Use sunlight and warm weather to your advantage – Clean home and vehicle windows when the sun is out. This will help them dry faster. Wash and hang out rugs to air dry as well.
Get the family involved – Even the youngest of children can help with simple tasks like wiping down baseboards with warm water and mild soap.
Go room by room – Room by room cleaning is often the best way to stay organized. I use List Planit's Spring Cleaning lists to keep me organized.
Staying On Track
The reason I love List Planit is because the lists are not only customizable but they can be used in print or digital. No one needs more paper clutter so if that's already an issue for you, List Planit's lists can be used right from your desktop or mobile device. You can create a digital folder and file your lists in it, checking off each item as you complete it.
Here's just a sample of the Spring cleaning lists available from List Planit. You'll also find lists for room by room purging and getting a yard sale organized. Both of which are great Spring cleaning spin-off tasks.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a monumental, grueling task. by staying focused on what needs to be done and remembering those forgotten areas, you can have a fresh, clean home in just a few days.
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