Ready to do a deep clean of your home? Read on for tips and tricks to make your home cozier and cleaner than ever. (And keep reading for some cleaning-themed cozy mysteries!)
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Spring Cleaning Checklist
You want to make sure that your outdoor spaces are well maintained by weeding once every couple weeks, watering plants regularly according to the type of plant and its needs, and keeping any outdoor furniture clean. But there are some things we only need to do a few times a year to make sure the outdoors is a cozy place all year long. Spraying for bugs and weed-killer, redoing the caulking around the house and clearing out rain gutters are necessary chores, but planning your garden and planting seeds is something I consider enjoyable at this time of year.
Clean out Rain Gutters (Twice per year)
Spray Perimeter of House for Bugs (Twice per year and less extensive spraying in between)
Spray Weed-Killer (Twice per year and as needed)
Redo caulking around house as needed
Plant Seeds (early spring)
Garage & Shed
I'm not really a fan of cleaning out the garage or organizing the shed, but it's necessary to make sure that old or broken equipment gets tossed and that other equipment is in working order and easy to find when needed. Now is a great time to buy the items you need to maintain your car, home, and garden and to donate or throw out junk you haven't used in ages.
Sort through equipment and store items in set places
Clean lawn-mower and other large equipment
Replenish car cleaning supplies
Replenish gardening supplies
Donate items not used in the last year/no longer needed
One of the best ways to make a home cozy is to keep everything light and bright in the home. While one should wash curtains and clean blinds every 3-6 months, spring is a great time to wash all the windows, clean all the lamp shades, and change light bulbs.
Wash Curtains and/or Clean Blinds
Wash Windows and clean Window Sills
Dust and Clean Ceiling Fans
Clean Lamp Shades
Clean Light Bulbs (when not on)
Replace old bulbs
Buy extra supply of bulbs
Floors & Walls
Ideally, vacuuming and floor-washing should happen once a week. But once a year, it's also a good idea to shampoo rugs, redo grout and caulking, and make sure the baseboards, walls, and doors are dust-free. Light dusting of decor on the walls should be done as needed. But painting and varnishing can happen less often, once a year or even longer is fine depending on how cozy the rooms look in their current state.
Wax Wood Flooring
Redo caulking as needed
Walls & Doors
Clean and/or Repaint Walls
Clean and/or Varnish Doors
Clean Paintings and Décor (take off walls & clean behind, too)
Put away/store winter décor
Room by Room
The kitchen is probably the room that gets cleaned the most often in my house, with me making a mess every time I cook! But aside from the day-to-day clean up, the appliances need regular maintenance. Cleaning the dishwasher and clearing out the fridge should happen monthly (or as needed), and a deep clean of the oven and drains should be at least a yearly event. Other cleaning, such as the pantry and cabinets depends on how often you feel these areas become cluttered or accumulate dust.
Deep Clean Oven
Clean Fridge (inside and Out)
Replace Fridge filters
Clean Dishwasher (every month)
Clean and organize Cabinets/Pantry
Clean/Varnish kitchen table and reupholster chairs
Living Room/Dining Room
Many of us don't think about taking our TV out of its usual space or pulling everything out of our entertainment centers, but at least once per year we should be moving our larger furniture to attack the dust bunnies hiding beneath. I know for me, getting rid of as much dust in the house as I can helps with my allergies, as does cleaning out textiles like pillow cases, cushions, and so on.
Clean TV and Entertainment Center
Move and Clean Behind TV, Sofa, and End Tables
Clean Sofa including Cushions, Pillows and Pillow Cases
In general, cleaning my bathroom mirrors, sink and counter are a daily task, but as often as I can, I like to do a full cleaning, organizing my bathroom cabinets, scrubbing the tub, and watching the rugs. Once a year, a full top to bottom cleaning of the bathroom, including changing the shower curtain (at least the liner) is a must. (If you live in a humid state, it's recommended to change the shower liner every 6 months.)
Clean Mirror Cabinets