I love spring, but often comes the not-so-loved spring cleaning. Tidying, purging, organizing isn’t as fun as sitting on the beach, but I do not mind it. The feeling of having a fresh start or a new project gets me every time the temperatures begin to feel warm again. As spring is upon us, what better time to bring the warmth of the outdoors into your home?
When you think about it, our homes work very hard for us—entertaining, dinners, holidays, and the day to day—so keeping it in good working order helps us live those occasions fully. When we take the time to strategically organize, clean and tidy up, we create more time to be fully engaged in the moments and interactions we experience. This may seem counterintuitive, but we’ve all had those moments in our home that make us feel like, “We can’t have anyone over until….” I never want any of those minute reasons to keep us from living fully and enjoying all of the seasons of life. If your home isn’t serving you to live productively and positively, then it will make you feel so much better to take some time to tackle those “until” barriers.
Not to mention, spring opens the opportunity to rid your home of the “stuff” you can live without. You and your family will feel the benefits of rooms and spaces that can breathe. I’m a firm believer in the philosophy of, “If you don’t love it, toss it.” Trash anything that is broken, has seen better days, or simply serves no purpose at all. Purge! It will feel good, I promise!
I’ve created a list that should help you overcome the hurdles of spring cleaning, and I hope will motivate you as well. By having a checklist, you break down that overwhelming feeling of too much to do. Break this list down, take it one item at a time and conquer those cobwebs!
- Clean baseboards
- Launder throw pillow covers and throw blankets
- Wash windows and window sills
- Dust blinds
- Dust ceiling fans
- Wash scuffed or grimy walls
- Shake out rugs
- Check all smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
- Sweep and mop behind appliances
- Clean oven, microwave, and dishwasher
- Reorganize pantry and dispose of expired items
- Empty the refrigerator and throw away expired items
- Sanitize and rinse the inside surfaces of your refrigerator
- Wipe down all cabinets
- Vacuum furniture
- Replace air filters
- Dust shelf décor and frames
- Shampoo and spot treat carpet areas
Bedroom and Closet:
- Rotate or flip mattress
- Go through old and weathered clothing items
- Put away winter coats and boots. Rotate in spring and summer clothing items.
- Wash decorative towels
- Replace shower curtain liner
- Wash bath mats
- Reorganize medicine cabinet and toss expired items
- Rinse and wash bathroom waste bin
- Wipe down all cabinets and vanities
- Throw away accumulated junk mail or unnecessary documents
- Go through drawers and toss junk
- Clean out gardening beds and rid of leaves and sticks
- Paint exterior surfaces as needed
- Clean out gutters and drain spouts as needed
All done? Treat yourself to that brownie or an extra-large glass of wine. This checklist is available online to print, to keep or share with whomever you think needs a little spring cleaning motivation on my blog, sarafromscratch.wordpress.com!