Spring Clean Your Life in 10 Steps: Step 2 – Deep Clean Your Home Room by Room

Scotch Brite Printed Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge
Scotch Brite Printed Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge

Hi there!

How did it go last week with the spring garden preparation project?

If you’re just joining me, I am on step 2 of a 10 part “Spring Clean Your Life Series” about different areas of your life that you should aim to annually reassess, clean, and reorganize.

Last week I blogged about 10 tips to ready your garden for spring. This next post will cover the mammoth job of spring cleaning your home.

I know. It sounds like a very daunting task indeed.  But have no fear. If you approach this project the right way—with a plan of action, the appropriate supplies (you can find some great suggestions in the resource links at the end of this post), and (hopefully) help from other family members, you can easily finish this project in a day, and then sit back with a glass of wine enjoying the fruits of your labor (and your spick and span home!).

My plan of action is to start with my most dreaded and difficult room, ending my day with the least demanding room. That way, I get to cross the worst one off my list first and I also spend the most energy on it. I don’t know about you, but I would rather finish off a long day with an easy task than with the hardest of the bunch.

For me, the most demanding room is my kitchen.

Kitchen

Before you start cleaning, make sure that your counters, sink, and other open areas are free from clutter so that you have enough space to begin the actual cleaning. Also open up your windows if it’s warm enough to do so. You don’t want to be breathing in those chemicals all day.

  • Dust the ceiling and wall corners.
  • Wipe down the walls, baseboards, appliances, cabinets, counters, and back splash.
  • Clean your oven. If you’re not sure how to begin, can find some good tips here. I love The Huffington Post’s tip about cleaning your oven with vanilla so that is always smells amazing.  Remember to remove your burners and knobs and give them a good cleaning. Try soaking them in vinegar and then rinsing them with water.
  • Unplug your freezer and remove all items. If any items look or smell funny, don’t take any chances–chuck it! Use either dish soap or a combination of baking soda and hot water to clean the inside of your freezer. Do the same with your refrigerator.
  • Give your kitchen sink a serious scrubbing! This is one of the dirtiest areas in your entire house, so be sure to spend some energy scrubbing it with a strong cleaner. I like to use a toothbrush in addition to a sponge to get at the hard-to-reach areas around the faucet, knobs, and drain.
  • Clean out your microwave and dishwasher.
  • Sweep and mop your floors. ‘Nough said.
  • Give your trash can a good cleaning. I like to take it outside and spray the inside with a hose, and then clean the interior with Pine Sol.

Bathrooms

  • Again, make sure you open your windows before you start spraying cleaners everywhere.
  • Wipe down your cabinets.
  • Empty out your cabinets and medicine cabinet and wipe down the insides. Clean out any old cosmetics or expired medication or sunscreen.
  • Clean the toilet inside and out.
  • Clean the bathtub and walls, as well as the drain.
  • Clean bathroom mirror with spray cleaner and wipe down the frame.
  • Scrub the sink, faucets, and countertop.
  • Dust light fixtures.
  • Wipe down walls, baseboards, and light switch plates.
  • Sweep and mop floors.
  • I like to run an antibacterial wipe over the toilet handle and the door knobs as well because they are so often handled.

Living Room

  • Vacuum sofas, and clean behind pillows and crevices. Spot clean sofa stains if necessary.
  • Wash pillows and blankets.
  • Dust lampshade and light fixtures.
  • Dust and wipe down coffee table, side tables, entertainment center, television/other electronics.
  • Dust wall art.
  • Wash windows and window sills.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards.
  • Clean floors.

Dining Room

  • Dust and wipe down table and hutch or sideboard with wood cleaner.
  • Wash windows and window sills. Clean curtains and blinds.
  • Wipe down dining chairs and clean chair pads.
  • Wash tablecloth, cloth placemats, and napkins.
  • Dust wall art.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards.
  • Clean floors–if hardwood, sweep and shine floors. If carpeted (as in my house, which I hate), give the carpet a good cleaning.

Bedroom

  • Dust furniture.
  • Wash comforter, duvet cover, winter blankets, and put away.
  • Wash pillow (check tags first to be sure you can do so with your specific brand).
  • Move bed and clean beneath it.
  • Remove items from nightstand, wipe down drawers, reorganize items.
  • Flip mattress and dust with baking soda.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards.
  • Wash curtains/blinds.
  • Dust light fixtures and any wall art.
  • Clean mirrors.
  • Clean windows and window sills.
  • Clean floors (see living room).
  • I won’t go into detail about cleaning out your closets/clothing, as we’ll explore this subject in more detail in a later post.

Every Room

  • Get ride of clutter. Be ruthless about items that haven’t been used recently. Give them to a friend, drop them off at Goodwill, or have a Tag Sale.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Dust and clean blades of ceiling fans.

Other Spaces

  • Don’t forget to address your laundry room, linen closets, garage, and any other spaces.

And there you have it. I know spring cleaning isn’t exactly most people’s idea of “fun”, but it sure does feel great once your household is newly cleaned and reordered, doesn’t it?  I think a clean and organized household leads to a clean and organized mind.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tune in next time for Step 3 in the “Spring Clean Your Life Series”.

R

Resource Links

10 Green Cleaning Products

Homemade Cleaning Products

31 Household Cleaners You Already Own

The Well-Stocked Cleaning Cabinet

7 Spring Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

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