Sunday

Spring Cleaning





Spring is officially here !

Open up the windows, let the crisp air in, grab your cleaning supplies and begin Spring Cleaning ... Well that’s how it goes, isn’t it ! But to be honest, I catch myself thinking many a times if ' Spring Cleaning ' really is necessary. If you clean regularly i.e. daily, weekly or monthly, then I don’t think we would need to be spending days { including our precious weekends } tackling this task… when what we should really be doing is enjoying the lovely weather. Let's leave that topic for another time though.

Getting back to Spring Cleaning...this term may mean different things to different people. For me, it constitutes Major de-cluttering { & donating } and re-organizing ; for someone else it may mean the whole nine yards ! And for those who undertake this { ritualistic } once-a year task, the common concerns are : Where to start , What needs to get done and such. Small apartment or a big house, you basically have to follow similar steps.

Here is a Checklist to get started on this mission...

Through-out the house :
  • Dust
  • De-clutter
  • Organize
  • Wipe down artwork / books / knick knacks
  • Dust Bookshelves / Show cases
  • Clean & polish furniture
  • Wash windows
  • Wash / clean Window Treatments
  • Wipe down switches / door jambs
  • Check , Clean / Replace vents
  • Replace light bulbs / batteries
  • Check smoke / fire/ CO alarms
  • Vacum floors & baseboards
Living room :
  • Dust , clean & polish furniture
  • Clean Carpets / Rugs
  • Vacuum & clean upholstery
  • Wash & Clean pillows / throws
Bedroom:
  • Dust Furniture
  • De-clutter closet / dressers
  • Organize closets / dressers
  • Wash bedding / pillows / comforters
  • Flip / Rotate Mattress
Bathroom:
  • De-clutter & Organize Drawers
  • Purge through medicine cabinet
  • Discard cosmetics & medications that have passed the expiry date
  • Clean Mirrors
  • Check & repair grout lines
  • Scrub & Clean Fixtures
  • Scrub & Clean Shower/ Bathtub /Sink / Toilet
  • Wash / Clean Mats & Shower curtains
  • Wash & sanitize trash cans
Kitchen:
  • Dust & Clean all surfaces
  • De-clutter Pantry
  • Purge & Discard unusable items
  • Deep Clean all appliances ( per manufacturer’s instructions )
  • Wash & Clean Floors
  • Clean & Sanitize trash cans
Home Office:
  • De-clutter & Organize paper work
  • Scan & file important documents to save space
  • Discard unnecessary paper work
  • Dust & Clean all furniture/ shelves/ bookcases
Laundry Room
  • Clean washer
  • Vacum lint trap on the dryer
  • Dust & clean all surfaces
Patio / Porch :
  • Clean out cobwebs
  • Sweep & wash floors
  • Furniture…dust /clean
  • Check appliances ( BBQ grills etc )
  • Check light fixtures , wires & electrical work
This list will sure serve as a reminder of most of the things to get done during the ' spring cleaning' session. Personalize this list { add or delete } to get maximum efficiency for your space !

Though I have my doubts about this being once-a-year mission, I do agree that this fresh & colorful season is definitely a time to spruce up your space. For more on styling your decor check out : 5 Essentials for Spring Decorating .
Happy Spring & Happy Styling !

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