Spring is here and with it comes spring cleaning. A clean home is good for everyone in your family especially during this difficult time we’re all facing. As the coronavirus continues to spread, it’s important to clean and disinfect all areas of your home and frequently touched objects, like doorknobs, light switches and more!
Plus, with everyone quarantining, you and your family should have plenty of time to bond together while spring cleaning.
You may be wondering how to begin and get the job done well. Here are some spring cleaning tips to keep your Beacon Lake home spotless while cleaning in an eco-friendly way – plus decluttering, re-organizing, and more. Let’s get started!
Decluttering Makes Spring Cleaning Easier
Beginning at decluttering will make your overall spring cleaning simpler, as you remove items you no longer need and put everything that remains in its proper place. To get the decluttering started right, you’ll need four big boxes or more.
- Box one will be the donation box. In the donation box, add items which you no longer use or need, but still have a potentially useful life for someone else. If you want to donate large items which won’t fit your box, just make a list of those items.
- Box two is the repair box. As you make your way from room to room, you’ll likely find items you still want, but that need repairing or mending. Simply place them in the box for repairs once the spring cleaning is done.
- Box three will become the “put in its proper place” box. Rather than putting the items you discover while decluttering away immediately (and risk getting distracted from the task at hand), place them in your box to put away when the decluttering is complete.
- Box four is the trash box. Everything that isn’t worthy of donation, and that you no longer use or need, goes here, to leave your house via the trash or recycle bin.
- Box five, six… and of course you are welcome to use as many boxes as you need to accomplish the task!
Getting Ready to Clean
Now that your decluttering is complete and items have been put in their proper places, it’s time to gather your cleaning supplies and equipment to begin the cleaning process. If you are trying to be more eco-friendly this year, you’ll want to choose non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning supplies.
These products are readily available at your favorite store, but did you know you can also make your own cleaning products from items you probably already have in your pantry? Mixing water with white vinegar or baking soda makes two great general-purpose cleaners without toxic chemicals! You can cut a lemon in half, apply salt to the open end and voila…it becomes a scouring pad for chrome and stainless-steel surfaces. After cleaning, rinse with water and buff with a soft, clean cloth.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
- In each room, dusting is the first step. Start at the top and work your way down, so you can sweep or vacuum the dust that makes its way to the floor when the dusting is complete. Don’t forget blinds, bannisters, railings, baseboards, window frames, and molding, etc.
- Launder or dry clean linens like drapes and curtains, throws, and bedding after dusting.
- If needed, wash your walls while drapes and curtains are down and out of the way.
- Wash and clean windows. Clean windowsills and frames. Clean your mirrors.
- Clean your appliances tops, sides, backs, fronts, and bottoms. This should include a deep clean of your oven, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator/freezer. While your oven and microwave should have cleaning instructions, for your refrigerator/freezer, you’ll want to take out racks, shelves, and drawers and wash them. While they dry, clean and wipe the entire inside of the appliance.
- Clean kitchen cabinets and your pantry. Sweep and mop floors.
- Clean your electronics – remotes, phones, computers, televisions, etc. following manufacturer’s instructions for each device.
- Clean your bathrooms thoroughly, wiping down every surface.
- Vacuum all floor surfaces, according to manufacturer’s directions. While the family is home, you’ll have help moving furniture, getting underneath beds, sofas, and other pieces. Spring cleaning is also a great time to vacuum your couch, chairs, and other upholstered furniture. It may also be the ideal time to steam clean carpets and upholstered furnishings.
- Clean doorknobs, light switches, and other small often forgotten areas.
The Final Steps – Leaving Your Beacon Lake Home Spotless
You’ve decluttered and cleaned. If you haven’t along the way, organize any areas you missed during your decluttering and cleaning phases. Through these steps you’ve completed your spring cleaning in an eco-friendly way, and now your beautiful Beacon Lake home is spotless. Relax and enjoy!
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