Cleaning can be overwhelming unless you have a plan of attack. Create your spring cleaning checklist to be certain everything gets done in one pass, and you can get outside and do some planting.
Step 1: Start on top Start at the top of the room with your spring cleaning checklist and work down. Begin using your dust cloths on ceiling fans, window casings, and blinds.
Step 2: Wash windows Tackle screens and windows next. Use mild detergent, such as soapy water. Get the hose ready to scrub and rinse the screens on the lawn, to limit the mess.
Step 3: Clean walls Get started on the walls, including moldings and woodwork, by using a vacuum to remove dust first. Do the kitchen walls with a solvent-free de-greaser. Make a note to start at the bottom of walls to avoid streaks.
TIP: If you find crayon marks on windows or walls, heat the wax with a blow dryer to get them off.
Step 4: Beat cushions and rugs Beat cushions and rugs outside before doing floors. Get into the chairs and couches with a vacuum crevice tool and tend to stains by following manufacturer directions. At that point, move couches and chairs, and clean behind.
TIP: Call a friend for help before moving furniture, to avoid hurting yourself.
Step 5: Polish furniture Wipe wooden furniture, surfaces, moldings, and handrails with a damp folded cloth, and then polish with a cotton cloth. Where wax is used, buff the finish.
Step 6: Disinfect the kitchen Disinfect cupboards and remove refrigerator drawers and shelves, wiping each clean. Wipe the outside of the fridge, pull it out from the wall, and vacuum the coils. Use warm, soapy water to spruce up the stove, oven and microwave.
TIP: Freshen the drains with some lemon juice while you're at it.
Step 7: Sanitize bathrooms Sanitize the bathrooms, toilets, counters, stalls, and walls. Remember to check out-of-date medicines and throw expired drugs away.
Step 8: Finish the list Finish the list by sweeping all the floors, mopping, and vacuuming, even under the beds. You can enjoy your nice, clean house -- or get outside and enjoy the sunshine stress free!
FACT: The American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control rate housework as moderate-intensity activity: every half an hour of working around the home will burn 100 calories.