Spring cleaning is that time of the year to open up your home and give it a thorough cleaning. The seasons are changing, winter is finally over, the snow is melting and the temperatures are rising. It is time for your home to go through its change, out with the old and in with the new.
Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen
Our kitchens are one of the most trafficked rooms in our households, we make our meals here together and it can be a gathering place during the holidays. It is important to regularly give your kitchen a good spring cleaning. Start by sorting through your refrigerator and your freezer, throwing away any old and expired food. Clean your oven, with cleaners that get rid of tough baked on grease and food spills. Clean your cook top stove by removing the knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers from the stove.
Spring Cleaning Your Living Room
We spend a lot of time in our living rooms. When we come home from a hard day at work, it is our place where we just want to sit and relax. We spend time with our family watching television. When guests arrive we visit, sitting on the comfortable couch in the living room. Sometimes, we may even eat in the living room (even if we’re not supposed to). Light cleaning is fine when there is a stain, however it is important to give your couches and chairs a good cleaning every couple of months. A handheld vacuum is small enough to use in areas where you need portability, such as couches, chairs, steps and other places you may not be able to get with a regular vacuum.
Start dusting by starting from the top and working your way down. Get up in the corners of your ceilings by using a duster with a telescopic pole. Moistening a cleaning cloth with a little warm water and vinegar helps to clean even the dustiest of rooms. Don’t forget to dust your ceiling fans, tops of cabinets and other high up space.
Vacuum your carpets and hardwood floors regularly. Use the crevice tool to get in hard to reach places around your floorboards. If you skip this step you can miss dirt and dust that can accumulate on your floors. Don’t forget about the dust bunnies underneath the furniture!
Spring is a great time of year to polish any wood furniture needs to be retreated. Mop your wooden floors with a special roller mop. If you have a leather couch or chairs, make it look brand new again with leather furniture wipes. There are also special wipes for granite countertops, stainless steel and electronics. You don’t have to buy new furniture but just a bit of elbow grease and you can make your furniture look brand new again!
Spring Cleaning Your Bedroom
An average night’s rest is roughly eight hours long and we will sleep for a third of our life. Needless to say, our beds are pretty important places. When the seasons change it is a good time to remember to rotate and flip your mattress. This helps prevent your mattress from wearing out too soon by always sleeping in the same place. Check with your mattress manufacturer before doing so.
It is important to also clean your mattress, It may not be pleasurable to think about but your mattress is home to dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites and more. While you may regularly clean your bed linens have you ever thought about cleaning your mattress?
Along with the changing seasons your wardrobe also changes, it is time to put away those bulky sweaters and boots and pull out the shorts and t-shirts. While you’re switching out your winter to spring wardrobe, take the opportunity to clean out your closet. You will probably find clothes hidden that you haven’t worn that may no longer fit or match your personal style. Make piles of what you want to keep and what you want to throw away or donate. Be honest, ask yourself, “Will I really wear this again?” if you say yes then keep it, if you say no or if you’re not sure then you probably will not wear it again.
Spring Cleaning Your Bathroom
Yes, even your bathrooms need to undergo spring cleaning. Dust those vents and fans. If you have a cloth shower curtain throw it in the laundry. You can also clean a vinyl shower curtain by scrubbing any mildew and scum stains with soap and a scrub brush. If stains are persistent then you can clean it in the gentle cycle under cold water. Be sure to add a couple of dirty towels in with the wash so the vinyl does not stick together.
While you should always make sure to clean your toilets, shower, sink and mirror regularly, spring cleaning is also the perfect time to clean out areas of your bathroom that you might normally miss. Throw away old cosmetics and medicines from your cabinet that you no longer need or are expired.