Gear Up for Spring Cleaning

broom and dust panOkay, crabby girls… It’s almost time to gear up for spring cleaning season. Do you dread this as much as I do? Let’s get a plan of attack together this year and maybe it will go better than it normally does.

Good Intentions

Each year, I have really good intentions with my spring cleaning to-do list. I type everything out and plan to go room by room and really give my house a thorough cleaning after a winter filled with everything and everyone being shut up inside. Unfortunately, those good intentions don’t typically last long and I rarely finish my to-do list.

Lists to Help You Gear Up for Spring Cleaning

This year, instead of doing the same old crabby housewife dance, let’s be realistic with ourselves. We aren’t going to clean out every closet and drawer in our houses in a few weeks. We aren’t really going to repaint all the rooms in our house. There is no way we are going through our photos and finally getting them organized. Instead, let’s focus on the cleaning part of spring cleaning. Here are some lists to help you get started.

Deep Spring Cleaning for Winter Clean Up

What things got really dirty throughout the winter and need cleaned? In our house, the windows get horrible, so that goes to the top of my list.

  • Clean all windows
  • Clean the window jams
  • Clean sliding glass door and base

My front porch always suffers and this is the first thing people see when they arrive at my home. Yikes! Here is my front porch deep clean list:

  • Remove any and all dead plants. If it is late enough in the season, replace with new plants. Otherwise, leave the pots empty for now.
  • Use a broom to knock down any cobwebs. If your husband is handy with a pressure washer, he may be able to save you several steps here.
  • Sweep the front porch and walkway
  • Spray off front porch and walkway with a hose
  • Check landscape lighting and anything else that may have gotten broken or weather worn and get rid of or replace
  • Put anything back out that you stored for winter like rocking chairs or fountains

Basic Cleaning You’ll Want to Do This Spring

Here are some givens that you should probably being doing at least a couple of times a year anyway.

  • Wipe down all walls and baseboards
  • Wipe down light switches and around doorknobs
  • Deep clean your carpets or hire someone to do it for you
  • Clean out your oven and microwave
  • Clean out your refrigerator and freezer (everything out and everything completely wiped down with bleach or an antibacterial solution)
  • Dust window blinds and tops of ceiling fans (this is especially important before you turn them on for the season)
  • Get rid of any cobwebs and clean out all vents and cold air returns in the house (a shop vac works well for this)
  • Get down on hands and knees and really scrub the corners of your floors and clean them thoroughly. Even though we sweep and mop regularly, you’ll be surprised at the grime you’ll find.
  • Do the same thing around all the sinks in your house with a toothbrush.
  • Check for any burnt out bulbs and replace them. While you’re doing that, clean your light fixtures.

This should give your house a good, fresh feeling. You can also do basic tasks like cleaning curtains, bedding and such. Your house should have that fresh spring smell and feel when you get done. This is much easier to complete if you get the whole family involved, so divvy up some of these chores and enjoy your clean house.

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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.