I am Charleston based, so I am having a case of spring fever. They days are getting longer, the air is not as cold for so many days in a row, and the mid ’70’s are coming more frequently! So I am already working on spring menus, projects and of course thinking about spring cleaning. I work a crazy schedule, so I never have a chunk of time to make it happen. This method works!
1. Take a walk around your home. Imagine you are seeing it for the first time. For each room, make a list. Decide what needs to be replaced, thrown away or repaired. Then list what cleaning chores need to happen for each room.
2. Have each family member go through their closet and make two piles: One for worn out and not usable (recycle) and one for outgrown, or not worn for more than a year. Donate or consign any nicely kept items. If you have dry-cleaning bags in your closet that are more than an year old, JUST GET RID OF IT, unless it is something like your wedding gown or a Tuxedo.
3. Replace all air filters – I do it monthly, It makes a huge difference.
4. Start vacuuming daily. I have said it before and I will say it again…..It makes keeping your house clean 100 times easier, and makes deep cleaning a snap.
5. If you have carpets, make an appointment to have them professionally cleaned. This should be done quarterly, especially if you have pets.
6. Clean your bathrooms one at a time. Get rid of old and 1/2 used products that are sitting under the sink. Once your toilet, tub and basin are clean, add a clorox tablet monthly to the tank, and buy a daily shower spray. Encourage family members to wipe down and spray the tub after each use. Ditto the sink. Keep a wet swifter broom in each bathroom to make cleaning the floor a snap!
7. The kitchen. Clean your oven if it is automatic – while at work, and vacuum all the dust out. I do this monthly. Clean out the refrigerator, weekly if you can, and wipe down the shelves often. Find and make a place for everything. Everything needs a home. Use a label maker if need be. Clean your stove and your countertops. You can probably nail this while dinner is in the oven. Again, have a wet swifter handy for cleaning the floor in a snap.
8. Do not look at them, do not feel bad. Take all those magazines, put them in a bag and bring them to the nearest senior center, doctors’ office or school. Or recycle them. Every now and then, I just need a good Maggie myself. But almost everything that you see in them can be found in an online version, or on pinterest. Since I discovered pinterest, my magazine appetite has diminished.
9. If your furniture needs a spiffing, have the carpet cleaners handle it if they are coming. I attend to this quarterly. Spring is a great time to update worn cushions, or to move the furniture around. I have a Winter configuration and a summer one at my house.
10. Window Treatments – I love shears, and strive to always buy the cheapest curtains I can find, preferring to dress the room with other more high quality things. I just take mine down and replace them twice a year. Some can be washed, be sure to hang them damp! No wrinkes.
11. Windows. Every day, wash the Inside windows of your home in a different room, or have the family pitch in and bang it out. Windex has an excellent product for washing the outside windows that attaches to your hose. YES, it reaches even the highest windows. It is amazing. It can be found in the gardening section. I am also a big fan of Power washing the house in the spring.
12. You don’t have to do it all at once. If you set yourself up with daily chores, you should not need to do a deep clean more often than quarterly.