Spring Into CleaningChloe Elliott
Warmer weather is here, and that means it is time for the annual spring-cleaning spree. Whether you are thinking of selling your home, just purchased a new home, or have lived in your house for years, spring is a great time to deep clean your space and enter summer refreshed and ready. To tackle your cleaning list this year, break it down by the rooms in your house:
One of the most well-used rooms in many houses, the kitchen deserves a deep clean after a long winter of homemade cooking and entertaining. Start by decluttering your cabinets and fridge, then clean your appliances (yes, we mean all of them, including the microwave!) inside and out, and end with a countertop, cabinet, and flooring surface clean.
A good night’s sleep starts with a well-made bed and decluttered room for many. Begin in the bedroom by rotating your mattress and cleaning your bedding and pillows. Next, declutter your closet by organizing your wardrobe based on the season and creating a donation bin. Lastly, don’t forget to deep clean your floors, baseboards, and windows.
Rarely the favorite room to clean, but an essential one nonetheless, the bathroom deep clean is a “can’t miss” on your list of spring-cleaning tasks. Slip on your rubber gloves and grab your favorite cleaning products to tackle the grime in your bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks. While you’re cleaning, put a load of bathroom towels and rugs into the wash so that when you’ve finished cleaning, you have fresh linens to enjoy after a well-deserved shower.
From the couch to the carpet, the living room has many nooks and crannies that get overlooked during regular cleaning sessions. As you’re vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, be sure to clean in between and underneath furniture like couches (especially the cushions!), TV stands, side tables, and more.
Hosting is a year-round affair, and after a long winter of guests and dinners, the dining room is a great area to refresh with a deep clean and some seasonal accessories. Working from the ceiling down, clean any light fixtures, windows, drapes, the table, chairs, and finally, the floor. Once you’ve got a sparkling space, consider incorporating a seasonally fun centerpiece and cloth napkins.
Last but not least, the garage spring clean-up (or clean-out) is a big but necessary undertaking. Start by clearing trash and recycling and moving any cars or other transportation methods to the driveway. Once you have an open space to work within, begin organizing your gear for seasonal use, storing winter equipment like skis and snowboards away, and bringing paddleboards, camping gear, and the like to the forefront. If you don’t have an organizational system in your garage already, consider implementing one to make the seasonal turnover easy and effortless.
For more spring cleaning tips, tricks and ideas, read Good Housekeeping’s 38 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home!