Spring is just around the corner and your house, like mine, is probably showing some signs of spring cleaning projects that should be tended to. Making a list of the things that need to be done will help you become more organized and the job won’t seem so overwhelming. Here is a to-do list of ten spring cleaning projects that I want to accomplish in my home, and hopefully it will be helpful to any of you out there that may dread the thought of spring cleaning.
1. Shampoo carpets: I already started this project with the shampooing of my living room carpet. My carpet was really getting dirty and I shampooed it before we left for the day. It gave it time to dry and when we came back home it was dry enough for me to go over it with the vacuum cleaner. Clean those scatter rugs that you may have at the same time you shampoo your carpets and everything will be fresh and clean at the same time.
2. Washing windows: I really simplified that spring cleaning project this year. I just used a microfiber cleaning cloth that I damped with a little water. There was absolutely no streaking and I didn’t need to use any harsh chemicals that would pollute the environment either. I call these microfiber cloths, my miracle cloths. I use them for cleaning and dusting anything and everything in my home.
3. Clean cupboards inside and out: Replace that shelf paper if needed and throw away all those chipped dishes and glassware. If the outside of the cupboards look blah, refresh them with a suitable cleaner or polish.
4. Organize the closets: Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in the past year. If you haven’t worn it for over a year, chances are you won’t be wearing it again. The same thing goes for your linen closets. I just reorganized my linen closet and I was surprised what I found in there.
5. Donate those items you will no longer be using: Now is a very good time to bag up all those items you removed from your closets and donate them to your favorite charity.” One mans junk may be another mans treasure” is a saying I heard long ago. There’s a lot of needy folks out there today that could use a nice warm sweater or a set of sheets that’s just taking up space in your closet.
6. Clean and dust ceiling fans and light fixtures: You may be a little surprised what those fan blades have collected over the winter months. A feather duster with a long handle may be ideal for this project.
7. Clean drapes & window coverings: If the drapes need dry cleaning, now would be a good time to have that done as long as your washing your windows. Everything will be clean and sparkle at the same time.
8. Clean & re-pot houseplants: Yes, your houseplants need cleaning too. Carefully spritz the leaves with water or a cleaner made for that purpose and gently wipe them dry with a very soft cloth. Plants that have outgrown their pots over the winter months could be re-potted at this time also. Get rid of anything that’s not healthy looking. Chances are they won’t survive anyway.
9. Rearrange furniture: If you’re tired of looking at that same sofa along that same wall, try moving it to another area in the room and possibly refreshing it with a new slipcover or throw. You’ll be surprised at how a little rearranging can give your room a whole new look.
10. Dust away the cobwebs: High in the corners, behind doors and furniture and over doorways in my home, a whole lot of cobwebs and dust bunnies seem to have accumulated over the winter months. Yuk!
When you’re all done with these spring cleaning projects, grab a glass of wine, put your feet up and relax. Just think, you won’t have to do this again until it’s time for fall cleaning.
Source: personal experience