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by James Howell
April 12, 2019
Category:   New Orleans Life

Spring Has Sprung A Spring Cleaning Checklist

A Spring Cleaning Checklist

Although winter is not over for everyone, those lucky enough to live in New Orleans are indeed experiencing the first promises of Spring activities. (Northerners try not to be jealous.) But no matter where you live, Spring will come and with it comes the excitement and promise of new life as well as the desire for many to start their annual spring cleaning checklist.

Starting Your Checklist Projects

Below is a comprehensive cleaning tips list to help get those projects jump-started from top to bottom.

 

The Inside Basics

  • dust baseboards and crown molding
  • dust ceiling corners
  • clean scuff marks from walls (a magic eraser works great)
  • clean light fixtures and lamps
  • dust ceiling fans
  • wash doors and walls
  • touch up paint
  • wash curtains and drapes
  • dust window blinds
  • clean windows
  • polish wood furniture
  • dust or wash lampshades
  • clean hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors
  • shampoo carpet
  • shake out and vacuum rugs
  • clean air vents
  • clean mirrors
  • dust picture frames
  • replace light bulbs
  • change air/furnace filter
  • replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector

 

The Kitchen

  • disinfect the trash and recycling cans
  • clean the microwave
  • clean the inside of the dishwasher
  • clean the refrigerator inside and out
  • replace the water filter in the refrigerator
  • vacuum the refrigerator coils
  • clean the oven and hood vent
  • change the hood vent filter
  • organize storage containers throw out mismatched tops and containers
  • declutter the cabinets and drawers
  • organize the pantry
  • sharpen knives
  • disinfect and clean coffee maker
  • clean out from under the sink
  • deep clean cabinet doors and countertops

The Bathrooms

  • clean the air vent covers
  • wipe down light switches, door frame and moldings
  • clean or replace toothbrush holders
  • clean makeup brushes
  • clean mirrors and light fixtures
  • clean the shower caddy and bathtub fixtures
  • wash the shower curtain and liner (put them on a cold water wash)
  • clean shower glass with a squeegee
  • organize and disinfect the countertops
  • polish the faucets
  • clean grout lines between tiles
  • scrub down the walls
  • wash out the trash can
  • tighten the toilet seat hinges
  • clean the bathroom exhaust fan blades
  • clean and demineralize the shower head
  • declutter and organize drawers
  • organize the linen closet
  • get rid of expired medications and vitamins

The Laundry/Utility Room

  • clean out the dryer vent
  • clean inside washing machine
  • clean out behind and underneath washer and dryer
  • wash down the walls
  • clean and organize contents on shelving
  • get rid of unnecessary cleaning products and empty containers
  • disinfect door knobs and light switch plates

The Living Room and Common Areas

  • declutter everything
  • dust crown molding and floor molding
  • vacuum and shampoo carpet
  • vacuum and spot clean furniture
  • wipe down leather furniture with warm soap and water
  • clean the ceiling fans
  • switch ceiling fans to push air (clockwise)
  • clean light fixtures and light globes
  • dust lamps and vacuum lamp shades
  • dust and polish wood furniture
  • dust wall hangings and pictures
  • clean mirrors
  • clean windows and sills
  • remove scuff marks from doors and moldings with a magic eraser
  • dust and/or vacuum electronics
  • organize electronics and wires
  • disinfect remote controls and game controllers

 

The Bedrooms

  • declutter the room
  • sweep down the ceiling
  • clean crown moldings
  • dust baseboards and window sills
  • dust everything and polish wood furniture
  • dust pictures and knick knacks
  • clean mirrors and windows
  • dust the lamps and vacuum the lamp shades
  • dust the ceiling fan
  • clean the light fixtures and light globes
  • clean out and organize your closet
  • pack seasonal clothing and give away unwanted items
  • organize the dresser
  • organized the nightstand surfaces and drawers
  • rotate and flip the mattresses
  • clean our from under your bed
  • replace the pillows
  • clean the windows and sills
  • vacuum and clean carpets, floors and rugs
  • remove scuff marks from doors, molding and walls with magic eraser
  • disinfect the door knobs and light switch plates

Kids Stuff

  • organize kid toys and donate outdated toys
  • clean and disinfect toys and gaming controllers
  • wash stuffed animals in the washing machine
  • donate outgrown clothing

Cleaning Office

The Office

  • Sort through paperwork, files and shred unneeded documents
  • update home inventory serial numbers and documents
  • disinfect the computer, keyboard, and mouse
  • declutter and organize desk drawers
  • dust and polish wood furniture
  • dust and organize bookshelves
  • clean out under desk
  • vacuum carpets and rugs

Miscellaneous Items

  • declutter your purse and briefcase
  • disinfect cell phones, laptops and other devices
  • disinfect all remote controls
  • wash and put away winter coats
  • clean pet feeding area and dishes
  • wash pet winter coats and sweaters

The Outside Basics

  • power wash the deck, sidewalks, and driveway
  • power wash house siding and garage door
  • repaint doors, and shutters
  • power wash garage door
  • clean door frames
  • sweep down spiderwebs and wasp nests
  • shake out entry mat
  • get the grill ready for spring grilling
  • clean out and repair gutters
  • change outdoor light bulbs and clean light fixtures
  • wash windows from the outside
  • power wash patio furniture
  • trim bushes and shrubbery
  • check and repair sprinkler system
  • inspect the roof shingles
  • plant flowers and start a spring garden
  • plant garden
  • mulch flower beds and edge
  • power wash outdoor trash cans
  • declutter the garage
  • wash, vacuum and wax vehicles

 

Don’t Be Overwhelmed

If all of this makes you want to take a nap, but hold on. Tips from the experts say start small. If looking at a room overwhelms you start in a corner, clean off a table, declutter a closet or a cabinet. Take one task at a time and keep it simple.

Another tip is to clean from top to bottom. Dust always falls down so you want to make sure to start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. This makes dusting and cleaning much easier and way more efficient.

At The End Of The Day

Bottom line, don’t give up. Having a clean orderly space is equivalent to a clean, orderly mind. Claim your space and get those dust rags out this weekend!


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