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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning

With great architecture comes great responsibility. When you live in a beautiful home, you must also make the environment beautiful too. Spring is the perfect time to get those things done around the house that you’ve been putting off. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a dreaded task, with proper planning and family participation- it can be done in no time at all. This spring-cleaning guide offers tips on spring cleaning, creating a spring-cleaning checklist and getting the whole family to help.

Before getting started, you need to create a spring-cleaning checklist. This will be your guide on what needs to be done, what has been done and who is doing what. You can use the checklist to create a schedule that is realistic based on the family’s availability.

Starting the checklist

The first thing you want to do is decide whether you will start from the outside of your home and work your way in or vice versa. Next, you will separate the tasks by rooms and mark them down as you go. It is also handy to have a spring-cleaning guide on how each task should be handled. Here’s an example of how you can set up the guide and checklist:

Bedrooms:

  • Take anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom and put it in the correct location
  • Dust ceiling, corners, and upper and lower crown moldings
  • Dust baseboards and windowsills
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Dust lamps
  • Vacuum lamp shades
  • Polish wood furniture
  • Dust ceiling fan
  • Clean light fixtures and light globes
  • Organize your closet
  • Pack and store winter clothing and separate by things for storage and donation items
  • Clean and organize your dresser
  • Clean and organized your nightstand(s)
  • Flip and rotate your mattress clean your mattress
  • Clean under your bed, wash all bedding

All Other Rooms

  • Clean windows and windowsills
  • vacuum carpet, including edges and under furniture
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Remove scuff marks from doors and moldings
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switch plates
  • Change light bulbs
  • Clean doors, baseboards, and walls

For the outside:

  • Power wash, stain and sweep any decks
  • Power spray siding
  • Touch up paint trim, wood, doors, and shutters
  • Power wash garage door
  • Clean outside door frames
  • Wipe away cobwebs
  • Shake out entry mat
  • Clean grill
  • Clean and repair gutters
  • Replace broken bricks, wood, or stone
  • Clean outdoor light fixtures
  • Wash outside windows
  • Clean outside patio furniture
  • Trim trees, bushes, and shrubbery
  • Check and repair sprinklers
  • Inspect roof shingles
  • Wipe away cobwebs
  • Clean outdoor trash cans
  • Clean out garage