Spring Cleaning - It's Always a Must at My House
Spring cleaning is kind of like a love-hate relationship for me, I hate doing it because it takes a lot of time and is hard work but man, I love it when it's all done! What's on your yearly spring-cleaning list?
I have two lists, one for indoor and one outdoor.
For the indoors it involves:
- Shampoo Carpets
- Deep Clean Light Fixtures
- Deep Clan Dryer and Dryer Vent Hoses (see a previous blog about this)
- Wash Window Blinds, Window Tracks, Window Seals and Coverings
- Wash Windows (inside and out)
- Wash Window Screens
- Wash Baseboards, Doors and Trim
- Wash all Rugs
- Wash Walls
- Wash under and around all Kitchen appliances
- Wash Garbage Cans (Inside and Out)
- Wash Clothes Baskets
- Empty all Kitchen Cupboard and Drawers, Deep Clean (donate and/or Discard things you don't use)
- Vacuum Mattresses, Chairs and Couches (both sides of cushions)
- Move Furniture and Vacuum Underneath, especially really well under beds
- Seal up Cracks around Windows and Doors
- Remove Everything in the Pantry, Discard Expired Items, Wipe Down Shelves and Re-Organize
- Clean all wood furniture with a good wood cleaner (Including Picture Frames, Cupboards, etc.)
- Deep Clean the Litterbox with Bleach (Inside and Out)
- Deep Clean your Mirrors around the house
- Clean-out Closets and Dressers, wipe down shelves and drawers (Donate gently used clothes and/or Discard)
- Clean-out the Medicine Cabinet (Always Discard Where Allowed by Law)
- Run the Dishwasher on Empty with Dishwasher Detergent and about 2 cups of White Distilled Vinegar (removes hardwater stains and shines up the inside of the dishwasher)
- Cleanout the “Cleanout” in the bottom of the Dishwasher (Check your Owner’s Manual)
- Cleanout Desk Drawers and your Kitchen Catch-All Drawer (we all have one, even me)
- Throw away all kid’s school work/projects that they don’t need/want (that’s usually an entire garbage right there)
- Do a really good, deep down dusting throughout the house (lamp shades, etc.)
For the outdoors it involves:
- Clean out the veggie garden
- Clean out the flower beds, cut back flowers
- Dethatch the Lawn
- Aerate the Lawn
- Mow the Lawn and Edge
- Get the Hoses Hooked up
- Turn on the Sprinklers and check for any that need to be replaced or adjusted
- Clean out the Garage
- Detail the Cars (inside and out)
- Get the patio furniture setup and wiped down
- Wash the garage and front porch rugs
- Sweep the garage, front porch, back porch and sidewalks
- Wash down the driveway from all the road salt (we have a lot of salt on our driveway/garage floor each winter from the roads here in Utah)
- Spray for bugs (you know those creepy crawlies are coming out really soon)
I may have missed a few things but at least this gives you a starting point. Happy Cleaning!
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