This winter has been a cold and long one. So long, in fact, that many areas of the country are still experiencing snow and cold temperatures. It is, however, time to start planning for the annual rite of Spring Cleaning.
Those who set out to do a major spring cleaning project usually take a week to complete the tasks on their list. Over half the households in America will attempt major cleaning, 62% according to the American Cleaning Institute. While women will do half of the work, men and children are also being assigned work. The ACI study found that spring cleaning priorities for most are the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens with ceiling fans, windows, and blinds being the most often cited projects.
Organize & Reorganize
Many households take advantage of the spring cleaning momentum to organize a cluttered closet or attic or to reorganize their bathroom and kitchen. It is actually a good idea to sort through a room before beginning to clean. Assess the functionality and condition of everything from clothing to linens to toys and divide them into boxes for trash, sell/donate, mend, or store.
Off-season clothing, sports equipment, and linens should be stored away and replaced with summer items. This may involve trading out flannel sheets and down comforters, switching kitchen linens and bath towels and even rotating artwork or dishware. If you don’t have storage space in your attic, basement, or garage, consider renting a self-storage unit for these items.
Have a Plan
The most effective way to get through spring cleaning is to have a written plan. After all, you will want to do the usual chores of dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing bathrooms and mopping floors along with season tasks like windows, grout cleaning, and cleaning inside cupboards. Having a list for every room is a good start. Then decide whether you want to go room by room or task-by-task. For the later, you would dust all the rooms, then vacuum all the rooms, then do room-specific tasks. You should also indicate on the schedule which family member is responsible for which task.
Here are some of the seasonal and annual tasks that many people include in spring cleaning:
- dusting & cleaning ceiling fans
- cleaning window blinds,
- washing windows
- cleaning/airing out area rugs
- dusting ceilings and cleaning baseboards
- flipping mattresses
- washing curtains and furniture covers
- shampoo rugs & upholstery
- clean and re-line cabinets & cupboards
- defrost freezer
- clean oven
- clear out expired medicines, beauty products & first aid items
- clear out expired food and cleaning products
- check all light fixtures, outlets, and change smoke alarm batteries
- clean deck, patio, and garage floors
- power-wash outside of house
- sort, clean, and organize gardening and other outdoor supplies
- clean garage and car