Some of us look forward to spring-cleaning every year. It’s sort of an annual rite of passage for our homes and we feel better when it’s done. Others dread it because it’s just not that much fun. Whether you enjoy it or not, the hardest part for many of us is figuring out where to get started.
We’re pretty busy building new homes and remodeling existing homes in the Seattle area, so that means we won’t be able to come over and clean your home for you this spring. But we can offer a little bit of help. Here’s a checklist of potential projects you might want to tackle. Some are pretty obvious, but some you may not have thought about doing. Choose the ones you consider most important and ignore the ones that don’t apply to your home.
- Take your drapes down; remove the hooks; and put them in the dryer for 15 minutes on the “air” cycle along with some damp towels to remove dust. Then re-hang them immediately to avoid wrinkles
- Do a thorough dusting after you’ve removed everything from the shelves, tabletops and dressers. Don’t forget to get your ceiling fans and the tops of cabinets and doors. And when you vacuum, move furniture away from the walls to get spots that haven’t been cleaned for a while (handy vacuums like this one will make this task even easier).
- Clean your upholstered furniture and vacuum throw pillows. Remove cushions and vacuum there as well. You may even find that old remote you thought was gone forever!
- Deep clean your sinks and remove lime build-up by putting paper towels over the fixtures that are soaked with vinegar. Let it stand for an hour and wipe deposits away easily
- Clean your stove and oven. Now that it’s warmer you can put your oven on “self-clean” mode and air out the kitchen afterwards. Then use a toothbrush to clean those hard-to reach areas around the burners, knobs and dials on the stovetop.
- Organize your pantry and get rid of food or ingredients that have expired
- Vacuum your mattresses and flip them so that they wear more evenly
- Wash your windows both inside and out and make sure to wipe down the window sills as well
- Clean out your trashcans. Waste receptacles can get pretty nasty over the winter so hose them out and wash them with soap and water and let them drain and dry thoroughly before putting them back in the garage
- Wash your outdoor furniture. It can collect a lot of dirt and dust from being outside. Generally a mild dishwashing detergent will do the trick, but you may want to check the labels on some materials first.
- Sweep your porch and deck. You may even want to power wash them to remove stubborn, built-up dirt
OK! That should keep you busy for a while. You’ll still have to actually do the work, but at least you’ve got a plan of attack!