Your home is your oasis, your jewel, and should always feel as such. As one year ends and a new begins, spring is right around the corner.
During the year, we always remember to clean the things we can see daily, but what about those things we can forget? The ambiance of your home can significantly be influenced by the condition of your home.
While we pay special attention to every detail we can, there might have been a spot that we missed, which is why we’ve created this Spring Cleaning Checklist for you!
Spring of 2020 starts on March 19th.
This checklist will be covering every part of your sanctuary and will alert you to new details you may not have thought of before. Get ready because you’re about to start your journey to a cleaner, happier home this year!
Let’s start with the room you spend a lot of your day in to keep your body happy. The kitchen has a lot of nooks and crannies where dust bunnies and grease like to hide.
- Start from the top-down when performing your cleaning so you don’t have to go back over your steps. Look at your lighting fixtures for old bulbs that need replacing. They are also notorious for collecting dust.
- Clean all of your cabinets from the top-down. Don’t forget to clean them inside and out. Above your stovetop will be particularly difficult as this is where grease sticks the most.
- Wipe down all of your countertops with environmentally-friendly chemicals. Make sure to really scrub the grout if you have tiled counters.
- Use soap and water to clean your sink, then, run the disposal with some citrus rines to remove the smell that may be lurking.
- Clean and reorganize your pantry for easier access to daily items. Your shelves could be hiding some things that have been sitting there for quite a while.
- Everything from your microwave to your toaster oven should be deep-cleaned. All of the appliances you have in your kitchen should be dusted and surfaces cleaned with soap and water.
- Though you might have recently cleaned the majority of your utensils (since they are used on a daily basis), soak and clean all of them again to make sure they are all sparkling fresh! All other utensils like your cutting board or mixing bowls might be overused and may need to be replaced with new, eco-friendly utensils. Since it’s the season for cleanup, donate your old kitchen supplies and get what you want to show and use in your kitchen.
- The floors come last as all of that dust, grime, and crumbs would have landed on the ground. Vacuum and mop your floors thoroughly to remove any stains or spills. The luxury of living in the 21st century is the benefit of technology. If you have hard-wood floors or tile, you can incorporate a robot vacuum cleaner to do the work for you.
Dining Room Cleaning
Your dining room sees a lot of foot traffic throughout the day. Crumbs and spills end up in the strangest of places.
- Clean the entire chandelier from all dust, you’ll see a noticeable increase to how bright the room becomes.
- Clean off your table from the top to the legs. Dust settles in every crevice. Use soap and water for any type of table. For wood tables, find the right oil to give it that facelift it needs to look new again.
- Your tablecloth dresses the table. And old tablecloth that’s been washed too many times starts to wear and lose its color. Design your dining room with a clean, vibrant tablecloth.
- Clean and polish your cutlery. Water stains become prominent if not dried properly. Take your time to make them shine like new!
- Shake out and clean your rug. Vacuuming rugs only goes so far, so check the tags on your dining room rug for the washing process to keep it looking fresh.
- Mop and vacuum your floor after lifting your rug and moving your furniture around.
The bathroom is one of the rooms that gets cleaned the most during the year. But a thorough cleaning and possible remodeling can bring beauty to the room.
- Using a scrub brush and a cloth, clean out the bottom of your bathtub. This is where bacteria lingers and can lead to health problems since the largest pores are in our feet. Now you’re ready for that relaxing bubble bath! Add a bath mat to the entrance of the bathtub to reduce the possibility of slipping.
- Clean the grout, floors, and all sides of your shower. Even clean off the showerhead since calcium deposits can clog the holes where the water pours out. Try pouring ½ cup of water and ½ cup of white vinegar into a plastic bag and wrap it around the showerhead for up to 1 hour to soak up the deposits.
- Use a toilet scrub brush to get deep into the bottom of the toilet. What you can’t see can hurt you, so scrub underneath the toilet rim and rinse out the tank.
- Replace your old shower curtains with new ones. While they might not look it, there could be mold anywhere on them.
- Add a scented candle to remove any unwanted smells and turn your bathroom into a room your guests will actually want to walk into.
Living Room Cleaning
The living room needs the most attention since your guests will spend a lot of time lounging and talking here.
- Dust packs onto your ceiling fans like flour on a wet surface. Cover your couches and tables before cleaning. Using soap, water, and a rag, clean off all blades of your ceiling fans.
- If you have any electronics such as wires or a TV, carefully clean these electrical products with soap and a VERY dry to damp cloth. It might be safest to turn off the power breaker first so as not to electrocute yourself.
- Any plants (real or fake) and planters should be carefully dusted.
- All tables should be thoroughly cleaned. Any wooden tables should be oiled with the most appropriate oil for the type of wood finish you have. Get them gleaming like new!
- Lint and hair end up under your couches and in the cushions. If you have any friendly cats or pooches, your four-legged friends’ fur gets everywhere! Vacuum out your couches and use the proper chemicals for the fabric of the cushions.
- Vacuum and spot-clean your carpets. Dirt, hair, and stains damage the carpet, so deep-cleaning your carpet will enhance its gorgeous attributes. Also, consider raking your carpet to retain its fluff and comfort.
You live in your bedroom for a minimum of 8 hours per day, so you should enjoy your time in it without feeling cluttered or filthy.
- Your ceiling lamp can always use a proper dusting and possibly a new light bulb. Before cleaning, make sure your bed and furniture are covered to protect them from those dust bunnies.
- Dust off and reorganize your dresser and nightstands and their drawers. Sometimes, reorganizing can lead to conserving space that you thought you never had!
- Clean off your bedframe and vacuum underneath it. If you have storage under it, reorganize it to your liking.
- Your mattress and box spring can collect oils and dust. Vacuum and spot-clean them as necessary. If your mattress is lumpy, it might be time to recycle it and get the mattress that will provide you with a better, more relaxing night’s sleep.
- You can wash your pillows! Put them through the washer and dryer or hand wash them, add a little bit of bleach, and watch them become plump and cozy without the lumps.
- Your sheets are washed on a regular basis, but is your comforter? Wash all of your bedspread for a fresh smell and clean sleeping.
- Reorganize and clean out your closet space to make way for some new clothing! Move your storage out of the closet to a place where it belongs.
If you have a basement, this is part of the foundation of your home. Things that affect the basement affect the rest of your sanctuary.
- Clean up and reorganize the entire basement. If that’s your storage area, move things around and throw away anything that you no longer want. If it’s another room of the house, treat it like any other room.
- Make sure that the insulation is working well and you’re feeling comfortable in the room.
- Get pest control and mold inspections for this room in your house. Sometimes, mold and little animals will be in places you wouldn’t expect!
- Check for leaks and get them patched up so they don’t ruin more areas of your home.
Your vehicles and much of your storage is protected in the garage. A lot happens in the corners of your garage that you might not expect.
- Reorganize your storage and clean out all of the corners of the garage.
- Remove any oil stains and possibly consider redoing your cement floors if they have cracks or chips.
- Dump out all unnecessary items that you feel you’ll never use again.
- Get pest control inspections for this area of the house too so those critters don’t have a place to stay in your nice home!
Patio & Yard Cleaning
Your patio, backyard, and front yard need some TLC all throughout the year. But what better time of the year to clean everything up and get the furniture you want for a comfortable outdoor living space?
- Clean off all of your furniture. Perhaps it’s time for some new furniture or reorganizing where the furniture sits?
- Any type of flooring for your yards or patio that you may have needs some serious cleaning after the long seasons of various weather. For concrete, look to pressure spraying. Wood, use soap and water then apply wood furnishing oil. For any other type of flooring, give it a good scrub!
- Hack those pesky weeds away as soon as they start growing! Rip them out without damaging your beautiful yard.
- Cut your grass and trim your bushes to proper lengths so they can remain healthy.
- Clear out your garden of any weeds and unwanted debris that could be hindering the growth of your beautiful plants.
- Call pest control to do a full inspection of your yards and garden so you don’t have to deal with bugs during the nice, warm weather.
You don’t get to see all parts of your home during the day. There are many exterior repairs and cleaning that might need to happen this year.
- Your roof and gutters should be inspected by a professional roofing contractor local to your region. They will check for any possible damages, dips, or debris clogging your gutters.
- If you have any balconies or other forms of decking, they should be cleaned off and inspected for any damages or hazards. Use soap and water to remove what the weather brought in.
- Repaint any areas of the exterior of your home that you think may need some extra love and attention. If you notice peeling paint or chips, it’s time to repaint your home. Maybe you want a new color!
Clean and Polish Wood Furnishings
All tables, floors, utensils, and appliances that are made of wood should be cleaned and polished with the proper liquids. Handrailing, stairs, floors, doors, decking, tables, and chairs should be polished up to look bright and new again.
Plumbing Inspection and Repairs
Before the weather gets nice again, you’ll want to make sure that winter didn’t damage your beautiful home’s plumbing system.
- Have a plumber come out to check for possible leaks. If you notice a leak, write it down and have it repaired.
- Rust settles in on older piping and appliances. Check for any rust in the plumbing system or appliances such as faucets.
- Sewage and garbage disposal backup are serious issues that can destroy your home. Make sure the plumber has a look for any possible backup.
- Your water heater went through a lot during the winter season with the cold temperatures. Check to make sure your water heater is running properly along with your boiler or furnace.
Redecorate Your Home
There is nothing more fun to do than to redecorate your home to fit your style. Start with the refurnishing of some of your rooms such as the dining area and living room. For anything old, get new!
When redecorating your home, follow the theme you’ve created with your furniture choices. Decorating must match the personality of the room.
Get some throws, diffusers, pillows, or even a new rug. Set a new welcome mat outside your front door to welcome your excited guests with the right message. Or perhaps, some wall decorations would make the room’s atmosphere cozier and welcoming.
If you’re looking to redecorate your home this year to make your sanctuary that more luxurious and comfortable, we have a wide selection of home good items that we’ve made to your liking. We know that your home should have you smiling each day that you wake up in it. That’s why we’ve hand-picked some of the most elegant and at-home-feeling items for those who want to make their abode the way they want to.
Use this Spring Cleaning Checklist to give your home a facelift this year that says “me” in every room. Let us know some of your favorite tips for cleaning, organizing, and redecorating your home!