Spring officially starts March 18th and with that comes the need to grow and reset our homes. I am looking forward to what this season has to offer and how to include joy into the usual spring cleaning. Like last year I plan to start my spring cleaning with decluttering. This can really help you see an immediate impact in my home making the process easier when it came to cleaning. As we change throughout the season our home should too. A great place to start is to look at your home with a fresh perspective and being honest with ourselves about the items we use and what we are willing to continue to maintain this year.
I made a free checklist for you to keep with you while you go about your spring cleaning. Here are the specifics on how best decluttering and cleaning each item in your home.
Items to Declutter for Spring
- Do a quick 30 minute declutter sweep around the house: Set a timer for 30 minutes and go through each room and remove any clutter or garbage that you see that doesn’t belong or you not longer use or love. If you end up with more momentum this task can be extended as needed.
- Decorations around the house: When we have decor up for at least a year we tend to not see it anymore. You may notice that you have items up that you no longer enjoy; remove them and either enjoy the new white space or find something you do love to replace it with.
- Gifts from the winter holidays: Review the gifts you received from the winter holidays and donate anything that it either replaced or you don’t want. Remember that gifts are meant to bring joy for the giver and receiver, however if it no longer does don’t feel guilty about donating it. A good tip is to ask for gift cards or experiences instead.
- Kitchen items: Do a quick clutter sweep of the kitchen by setting a timer for 20 minutes.
- Pantry, fridge, and freezer: Throw away expired food and donate food you no longer need or bought to try and didn’t love.
- Closet and dresser: As the weather changes review your cloths and get rid of anything you didn’t wear the last 2 seasons. Also if you changed in size at all be sure everything still fits and is in good condition. If you haven’t already implement the hanger method of reversing the hanger, implement it now. If you have not worn the item and rotated the hanger back and in 12 months then donate that item. This is a simple way to see what you are wearing and will help you in Spring and Autumn.
- Files and warranties: Warranties expire so be sure to go through your files to make sure you are keeping only what you need, is still valid, and still in use.
- Medicine cabinet and beauty supplies: Beauty supplies and medications do expire and with flu season almost over it is a good time to discard expired items.
After some decluttering we move into the usual spring cleaning check list.
- Doorknobs and light switches: Clean with water and Clorox bleach with a towel.
- Windows: Clean inside and out, as well as the track. Use old newspaper and Windex to avoid streaks.
- Blinds, shutters, curtains: Clean with vinegar and a sock for blinds, and throw the curtains in the wash.
- Walls and baseboards: Use a mop and simple cleaning solution of floor cleaner and water
- Carpet and flooring: Vacuum all areas, wash hard floors with a mop, and rent a carpet cleaner for carpeted areas.
- Behind and under large appliances: Pro tip for an oven you can remove the drawer and clean under it without moving the oven.
- Fridge and freezer: Clean with bleach, water, and a cloth.
- Light fixtures and fans: Clean using a sock with water and vinegar.
- Air vents and filters: replace air filter and clean vents with a shop vac.
- Washing machine and filter: Drain the machines and clean the filter with vinegar. Run an empty load with vinegar, baking soda, and detergent.
- Bedding and pillows: Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and vacuum then flip it over. Bedding and pillows can be cleaned in the washing machine with vinegar, baking soda, and laundry detergent.
- Clean under all furniture: Vacuum, mop, and/or carpet clean.
- Oven and microwave: In a microwave bowl heat up water and vinegar to loosen cooked on food. Use a washcloth to wipe the surfaces. For any difficult areas dip the washcloth into the bowl and scrub area until clean.
- Dish washer: One cup of vinegar on the top shelf otherwise empty, run a full load.
This list is specific to home in the area I live in, but can be modified to fit your home. It can be helpful to extend the spring cleaning into several weeks so don’t feel overwhelmed with the large list. Doing one small chore at a time really helps break down the process. As always be sure to share any tips you have that weren’t mentioned and enjoy your spring cleaning!