Spring literally brings a breath of fresh air to a home, so here’s a spring cleaning checklist. The good news is that even though it may not be spring and your home is due for a deep or seasonal clean, you can use this list too.
Here’s a short video to giving you some great tips on setting up your checklist…
- Start spring cleaning by clearing cluttered areas: corners, closets, cabinets, and drawers.
- A rule-of-thumb is if you haven’t used it in months, discard it.
- If you have children, involve them in choosing toys to donate to charity.
The “Cold-Weather Warm-Weather Clothing Switch”
- During cleaning as you remove clothing from storage, launder items that have been collecting dust for months, even if you cleaned them before putting them away.
- Discard clothing. If you didn’t wear it last season, donate it. This cuts down on closet clutter.
- Launder winter items before storing.
- Wash windows inside and out to remove grime that’s been building for months.
- Wash sills, tracks, and screens, too, removing allergens that may be carried indoors by spring breezes.
- Consider hiring a professional, especially for windows above street level, to minimise the risk of falling.
- During your spring cleaning, consider replacing blinds and shades that are worn or extremely dirty.
- Launder or dry-clean curtains and sheers (consider replacing worn ones).
- Launder or dry-clean all bedding. While you’re at it, flip the mattresses.
- Vacuum upholstery, including hard-to-reach places where dirt and bacteria can hide. Flip couch cushions.
- Launder washable rugs, and shampoo carpets.
- Consider hiring professionals; they have powerful equipment and upholstery-shampooing attachments.
- Dust from the top down during spring cleaning. Start with ceiling fans, light fixtures, and window-top moldings, and work your way down.
- Pay special attention to notorious dust collectors: trophies, lamps, knick-knacks, etc.
- Make sure all shiny surfaces, such as glass picture frames and metal doorknobs, are streak-free and sparkling.
Cleaning and Sterilising
- In the kitchen and bathroom, organise cupboards, drawers, and the fridge.
- Discard outdated foods.
- In the bathroom as you do your spring cleaning, check labels on over-the-counter and prescription medications. Discard expired ones after first checking with your pharmacist about doing this safely.
- Replace shower curtains, worn towels, worn bath mats, etc.
- Scrub the floors.
- Sanitise countertops, appliance surfaces, sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets.