Confession: I didn’t spring-clean last year. (Gasp!) I know. I did the year before, but only because we were selling our house at the time. Don’t judge. When spring arrives, the last thing I want to do is scrub the house. Come on, you know you feel the same way.
But this is the year. We spent the entire winter painting and remodeling, so the house could use a little freshening up. (The photo is my cute hubby painting the family room. Now THAT was a project!) Now that the sun has (finally) decided to make an appearance and the bulbs are peeking out of the dirt, I’m gonna spring clean. Seriously.
I’ve done a little research and found a decently good spring-cleaning checklist on a blog (http://www.finelyground.net/2012/03/one-day-challenge-spring-cleaning.html), but it had left out some things and listed some irrelevant tasks. So I chopped it up a little, creating my own two week version. The idea is to go down the list in order, and do one thing each day. By the end of two weeks, you’ll have a fresh and clean house! Anyone want to do it with me?
Sweet! Here we go.
Day 1: Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans (yep, even those giant bulb lights in the bathroom).
Day 2: Sweep cobwebs in corners and along ceiling (at least, where you can reach).
Day 3: Dust all horizontal surfaces (tops of door frames, picture frames, shelves, etc.). I like to use furniture polish on the wood surfaces. I love when they gleam.
Day 4: Spot-clean walls, doors, and baseboards. (Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is great for this, but be careful on painted walls).
Day 5: Wash/sanitize doorknobs and light switches. (Sanitizing wipes are helpful here, but make sure you don’t get liquid into the electrical behind the switch!)
Day 6: Remove the comforters from all the beds and wash them.( While you’re at it, maybe just wash all the sheets, so you can do the next step easily.) While the blankets are in the wash, sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress. Leave one hour, then vacuum it up. Rotate mattresses before you put the blankets back on.
Day 7: Vacuum couches and other upholstered furniture with an attachment. If desired, you can also vacuum curtains (although I’ll probably wash mine).
Day 8: Move rugs outside and beat them, then vacuum them thoroughly. Be sure to clean the floor really well before you put them back.
Day 9: Spot-clean carpet and hard floor surfaces. (In terms of products, I’m open to suggestions–especially for hardwood floors!)
Day 10: Deep clean kitchen. (I’m talking, deep–clean the microwave, oven, sink, stove, pantry shelves, etc. I like to blast fun music when I do crappy cleaning jobs like this.)
Day 11: Check expiration dates in the fridge, pantry, medicine cabinet, etc. Throw away all the old stuff and make room for the new.
Day 12: Deep clean bathrooms. Enough said.
Day 13: Wash windows inside and out. (Some people swear by a mix of water and vinegar and a microfiber cloth. I just use Windex and paper towels.) Then clean out window tracks with soapy water and an old toothbrush. If you’re feeling especially gutsy, clean the blinds as you go.
Day 14: Clean any standing or door mirrors in the house. If you missed anything, do it on this day.
Voila! You’re done. Piece of cake, right? No? Oh. Well, then maybe you deserve a piece of cake about now. 🙂
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