What better to get in the spring cleaning mood than a light snow fall, am I right? It’s mid-March and time to give the house one last deep cleanse before we head outdoors for the summer – Did I mention how excited I am for warmer weather so I can give my flower beds a much needed facelift?
Back to the point. What have you neglected for the past year but really needs your attention? I’ve jotted down a few that I gave lots of TLC this past weekend.
Wipe Down Baseboards
This is something I haven’t done since we moved into our home a little over a year ago. Simply made a mixture of hot water and Pine Sol in a mop bucket and went to work with a washcloth. I love whipping out the Pine Sol to do some deep cleaning – it’s safe on multiple surfaces and smells good at the same time.
Clean Doors, Cabinets, And Walls
I suppose this could fall under number one, but I felt it was necessary to give it its own line. I do not have any kids, but I have a bloodhound named Ellie. Have you ever seen a bloodhound drool? Maybe you can understand why my walls, doors, etc. need cleaned. Use the same Pine Sol mixture as above and put in some arm grease (my arms were actually sore the next day). I’ll also note that all of my doors, trim, and cabinets are white so I’ve found the Mr. Clean White Eraser to be extremely useful on those tough spots. I don’t know what it is about that little sponge, but it gets dirt off unlike and soapy water I’ve ever used – I guess that’s why they call it magic!
I’d never thought about doing this until I saw it on Pinterest one day, so hopefully it’s an idea I can pass along to you as well. To start, pull the vents out of the floor and rise them under hot water, then let them dry in the sink. Meanwhile, vacuum out the vent hole. I had never realized how absolutely disgusting vents are, and the fact that the air I breathe each day comes from those nasty things is beyond me. I am now looking into getting my vents professionally cleaned, you should do the same.
Clean Out The Refrigerator And Freezer
I really, really, really like to throw away expired food; hence, I might do this more often than you. Pull everything out and wipe down all of the shelves and drawers. Before putting everything back in, make sure you check the expiration dates. This may also be a good time to make a grocery list to stock up on some things that need restocked.
This may seem obvious, but take it a step further. The carpet that butts up to the trim is rarely reached during routine vacuuming. Likewise, corners of the floor are often missed. Lastly, flip those couch cushions over. If you have children, maybe this is done more regularly as this is where I always went for loose change when I was a child. I have a Dyson (which I absolutely love – it works 5x better than any other vacuum I’ve used prior to getting it for Christmas) and was again impressed by its performance.
Steam Clean Carpets
My carpets don’t get cleaned as frequently as they should. I like to blame this on the fact that only the bedrooms are carpeted in our home. It’s life man, you win some and you lose some.
Go Through Your Closet
If you haven’t worn an article of clothing in the past year, get rid of it. If it shrunk in the wash, get rid of it. If you bought a pair of shoes that were a size too small because they were too cute to pass up, but your feet bleed when you wear them, get rid of them. If you’re holding onto something because you think it will eventually come back into style, get rid of it (I promise, if your old zebra print cardigan comes back into style, you’ll have the money to replace it). Take your bags, yes, there will be more than one, to your local clothing drop off to donate to the less fortunate.