Spring Cleaning Checklist
It's time for spring cleaning! This is the time of year for deep cleaning that you don't have time for on a regular basis. If the task seems too large, why not break it up into several weekends so you don't become overwhelmed? One of the reasons to perform intensive spring cleaning is to perform maintenance and upkeep checks, making sure that your appliances are working properly. Be sure to get the whole family involved! Turn it into a yearly tradition, a signal that summer fun is almost here.
1) Never mix cleaning products. Bleach plus with ammonia can equal death. Start at the top and work your way down.
2) Inventory your cleaning supplies and products and make sure you have garbage bags, vacuum bags, paper towels, rags, rubber gloves, etc. Take them with you in a bucket or other container so you won't have to go searching for what you need.
We'll start on the outside:
Tackle the garage. 1) Get rid of tools you don't use, that are rusted, or beyond repair. 2) Make two separate piles for garbage and to sell in a garage sale. 3) Install pegboard with hooks on the walls to hang tools and implements. 4) Make a special place for outdoor toys, bikes, scooters, skates, etc. 5) Finish by sweeping and spraying the floor.
Inspect the roof. 1) Look for loose shingles, for mushy places, for debris. 2) Get the hose up there and spray it off. 3) Remove debris from gutters. 4) Ensure that gutters aren't loose or in disrepair.
Examine exterior paint, brick or siding. 1) Touch it up if needed. 2) Check window screens for needed repairs or replacement. 3) Power wash the outside of the house, including windows.
Check your lawn sprinkler system for maintenance problems.
Drain all sediment from your hot water heater.
Moving to the inside:
Go through each bedroom closet. 1) Box up any clothing that has not been worn for more than two years and donate it to a local charity. 2) Perform repairs (sewing buttons, fixing hems, stain removal) before storing winter clothes. 3) Dry clean winter coats and donate those that haven't been worn.
Using a vacuum hose, dust walls, shelves, ceilings, floors, and doors. Don't forget the baseboards.
Clean the walls and doors. 1) Remove all wall decorations. 2) Wash down the walls throughout the house using 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 gallon of warm water.
Clean the windows. 1) Wash all inside windows. 2) Vacuum out the tracks. 3) Vacuum/wash/dry clean all window coverings.
Clean light fixtures and chandeliers. 1) Dust and wash. 2) Vacuum lampshades. 3) Replace lightbulbs.
Remove heat registers, dust and wash thoroughly.
Clean out and reorganize the linen closet. Repair or throw out and replace stained or fraying towels and washcloths.
Deep clean the bathrooms. showers, toilets, floors and sinks.
Inventory the medicine cabinet and toss expired medicines.
Wash out refrigerator and freezer. Toss out expired foods.
Deep clean range/oven. 1) Remove fan screan and wash. 2) Clean oven. 3) soak stove rings and drip pans.
All kitchen small appliances. 1) Clean thoroughly. 2)Get rid of anything you no longer use regularly.
Launder all quilts, blankets, comforters and bedspreads. Turn mattresses.
Home furniture. 1) Move furniture to the center of each room. 2) Vacuum thoroughly. 3) Shampoo carpets.
Force yourself to get rid of household 'things' you don't need.
Time for the garage sale. Put the proceeds toward a family vacation, or find a fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer.