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I used to begin spring cleaning with gusto. I went from room to room working as quickly as possible to clean the entire home as fast I could. Now I go at a much slower and peaceful rate. Working projects are best one step at a time. The easiest way I found to do is by  cleaning  one room at a time. I am surprized I have only written on time on house cleaning with a list. This new list is better.

Sometimes the  jobs are just too much for one time so do it in small bites. Try putting on a timer for 15 minutes, add some music and go.  You will be surprised  by what you can do in such a short time.

If you have items that can be washed in a dishwasher this can save time. I especially like to do this with items in the kitchen that get a grimy film on them from the cooking.  Just be careful what you wash. One time I put a glass  item that I did not know had a plastic film that fell apart. 

I suggest having a box to put items you have no use or want anymore. Carry it from room to room. 

 

 

Front Porch, Side Porch, Other side Porch and Back Porch

 

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I agree that I have quite a few doors. The other side door and back porch have the least amount of area but they still have some places that need attention. We also store wood on the side porch and have two trash cans to hold sticks and paper to help start the fire. I like them to be taken away and only have a sitting area and plants.

  • Sweep off steps and porches
  • Mop or power spray porch
  • Shake and clean welcome mats
  • Clean you door and door trims
  • Dust and wipe down the porch railings
  • Clean any outside decor.
  • Wash the outside window on the porches 

 

Entrance 

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If you have an entrance, if you are lucky. Many of us just use a wall by the door but these areas still need attention. They are one of the most used and abused areas of the home. 

 

  • Straighten the coat closest,  if you have one, and sort all items.  If you have winter items this is the time to put them into storage for the summer.  If you do not like or want items anymore put into the box and get rid of them.
  • Wipe down walls and baseboard.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and all artwork.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.
  • Dust and polish furniture and decor.
  • Dust dust any lamps, including ceiling fans.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.

 

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Living Room and/or Family Room

  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wash windows and screens
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust electronics and vacuum the dust from the back.
  • Vacuum couches and chairs.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Wash throws and blankets and If possible, wash pillows.
  • Sort any magazine, books or other objects. Keep what you like and  put what you do not need in the box. 
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Dining Room

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Dinning rooms were important the past but in most modern homes except the larger ones they are not present. Still homes have an eating area. You can just do this area by itself instead of a whole room. 

 

 

 

  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings.
  • Wipe down walls it you can. Paints like flat and eggshell cannot be washed.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps and light fixtures.
  • Sort all dinnerware, table linens, and knick knacks. Remember that box. Put items you do not need in the box.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Kitchen


If you cook you most likely clean your kitchen every day but at least twice a year it is a good item to really clean the area. 

 

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  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including painting and decor.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Wipe down walls. Hopefully, you have a Semi-gloss. Avod scrubbing eggshell type paints.
  • Dust and polish furniture and knick knacks.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps. ceiling fans and light fixtures. I take the light fixtures down and clean inside.
  • Empty your cupboards and drawers. Wipe clean. Sort all kitchen ware. Keep what use and then put the others in that box. Restock cupboards and drawers.
  • Empty your pantry and food cupboards. Wipe clean. Sort your food and put the food back that you will keep.  Look at the best by date and decide if you want to keep or toss. Toss almost empty containers.
  • Empty your refrigerator and freezer. Wipe clean. Sort food and restock shelves. Throw away expired food . Food that have been open have should be used in a short time period. 
  • Clear your counters. Wipe clean. Sort what you keep on your counter tops. Decide if the items needs to be on the counter, put into another spot or given away.  Keep what you like to use, and get rid of the rest.
  • Thoroughly wash your kitchen sink. Clean the cabinet under your sink. This is a good time to get new drawer paper or plastic.
  • Clean your stove top, oven, and, if applicable, microwave or toaster oven.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard

 

Bathroom

 

DSC_0299I clean my bathroom well at least once a week but we all still need to check toiletries and other items twice of year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including pictures and wall hangings.
  • Wash windows, mirrors and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish knick knacks and light fixtures. I take down all to clean inside.
  • Sort and clean out any cabinets. Keep the toiletries and medications that you will use and throw away all of the others.
  • Thoroughly clean the bathroom sink, bathtub and/or shower.
  • Wash the shower curtain and bath mat.
  • Thoroughly clean the toilet. Remember to get behind the toilet.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

 

Bedrooms, Office and Others

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  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Dust and polish furniture and other decor.
  • Dust lampshades, lamps, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Strip bed of all linens.
  • Flip the mattress if you have a flipable one. Vacuum the mattress. 
  • Wash and dry all linens, including the mattress pad, dust ruffle, pillows, blankets, quilts, duvets, comforters, and sheets. If you cannot wash items at least put into the dryer to remove as many dust mites and other items or let it have a sunbath by hanging outside for a while.
    Empty your closets and drawers one at a time. Discard any clothing or items you do not need or want.  Keep what you  use and put the other items in the box.
  • Wipe down shelves and restock.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

Laundry Room

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  • Dust from the ceiling to the floor, including wall hangings. and then wipe down the walls.
  • Wash windows and screens.
  • Clean window treatments (dusting and/or washing).
  • Wipe out the inside and outside of the washer and dryer.
  • Clean off the lint trap and wash it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent.
  • Sort all laundry detergents and other items. Keep what you use dispose of what you don’t.
  • Sort all cleaning products and cleaning items. Keep what you use and dispose of whet you don’t
  • Disinfect doorknobs and switch plates.
  • Clean floors and baseboard.

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