March 3, 2014

Spring clean like its not 15 degrees outside

It's that time of year again.  Yup.  I said it.  Spring Cleaning time.  I started my list a little early, or is it right on time but we've had such a never-ending winter that it just seems early?  Either way, when it does finally warm up here in Kentucky, the last thing I want to do is spend my days inside cleaning.  I can't wait to play outside without 16 layers of clothes on.



There are a ton of spring cleaning lists available via Pinterest.  Or you can be all cool like me and just write one down on a scrap piece of paper and then lose it three times.  OR you can get fancy and print this list out.

I found this list on Pinterest from Ballard Designs (have you seen their stuff? AWESOME!)  You can download a printable copy here.  

I'm actually going to print this list and tape it to every room in my house.  Maybe I'll actually finish this year.  Or not.  But a girls gotta have goals right?

WHOLE HOUSEHOLD

□   Check the batteries in all smoke and CO detectors
□   Check and replace light bulbs
□   Clean air vents
□   Wash baseboards, doorframes and doors with mild soap and water
□   Dust light fixtures, fans and ceiling
□   Thoroughly dust shelves and their contents, including books and decorative objects
□   Wipe walls and touch-up with paint where necessary
□   Polish wood floors or wax non-wood floors
□   Clean and/or polish metal door and window hardware
□   Take area rugs outside and beat out trapped dirt and air out
□   Deep clean carpets
□   Clean window treatments: wash or dry-clean draperies and fabric shades, dust wooden blinds with damp cloth, wash vinyl blinds     with mild soap and water

KITCHEN

□   Deep clean stove: replace reflector bulbs on electric stove, wash knobs and burners, soak and clean hood vents and run self-clean function or clean inside of stove and racks by hand
□   Dust refrigerator coils; vacuum between refrigerator and counters
□   Defrost freezer; clean out freezer and refrigerator and clean with baking soda and water
□   Dust the tops of cabinets and refrigerator; wipe down cabinet fronts
□   Clean inside cabinets and drawers
□   Clean out and reorganize pantry or cupboard; throw out expired items
□   Clean out food trap in dishwasher

LIVING SPACES

□   Swap out heavyweight curtains and slipcovers for lightweight ones; wash or dry-clean winter linens before storing
□   Trade heavyweight pillows for light, bright ones
□   Clean out fireplace

BATHROOMS

□   Replace shower curtains and/or liners
□   Seal cracked tile or grout
□   Fix leaky fixtures or slow drains
□   Take down fan cover and wash with soap and water
□   Clean inside cabinets and drawers; discard expired medicines and cosmetics
□   Update first-aid kit

CLOSETS

□   Clean out entry/mudroom closet and swap out winter gear for summer gear
□   Organize bedroom closets and replace cold-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing; wash or dry-clean garments before storing or donating them
□   Organize linen closet and replace worn out or stained towels and sheets

BEDROOMS

□   Rotate mattress (and flip if it’s not pillow top) to distribute wear evenly
□   Wash all pillows and bed skirt to rid them of stains, mold and bacteria
□   Replace cold-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding; wash or dry-clean bedding before storing
□   Organize bedroom storage spaces

UTILITY SPACES

□   Run white vinegar through the washing machine to sanitize and clear soap scum
□   Wipe out the inside of the dryer to remove lint buildup with a wash cloth dampened with mild soap and water
□   Wipe down the outside of both appliances
□   Vacuum or dust behind appliances
□   Wash or vacuum lint trap
□   Vacuum with a crevice attachment or use duster to clear lint from inside the dryer hose
□   Organize laundry room storage and cleaning supplies

HOME OFFICE

□   Review and reorganize files: update policies and home inventory and shred unwanted documents
□   Clean out and reorganize drawers
□   Clean computers: wipe down computer and screen with dampened lint-free cloth and clean out keyboard using a can of compressed air
□   Back up your computer and delete unwanted files and applications
Enjoy and stay warm!
xo Stacie

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