It’s hard to believe that spring is a week away as we here in New England having a blizzard. Eugene is blowing through the Northeast. Regardless, that we are still dealing with the affects of winter, it is never too late to prepare for spring!

It’s this time of the year that Professional Organizers hear from individuals wanting to begin the process of de-cluttering various rooms of their homes. That is always a good thing to begin doing, even if your home is not “cluttered” per se. It is always good to at least once a year go through your home and remove items that you no longer use, need or want. This makes it easier when you are in a position to downsize or move or just helps to keep your home clutter free. While you are in the process of doing some de-cluttering, consider incorporating “Spring Cleaning” into these projects.

Below is a “Spring Cleaning” checklist to give you some guidance on what to consider doing.

Whole House

  • Clean windows
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Living/Family Room

  • De-Clutter
  • Clean fireplace and get your chimney swept
  • Dust all surfaces, blinds and shelves
  • Clean window treatments (I take my drapes and place them in the dryer on ‘air fluff.’ It takes all the dust off of them.)
  • Polish your wood surfaces and furniture
  • Clean light fixtures/ceiling fans
  • Shampoo upholstered furniture
  • Shampoo carpets, area rugs
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean hard wood floors

Kitchen

  • De-Clutter
  • Clean inside of refrigerator and freezer (remove outdated food)
  • Clean the outside of refrigerator including the back coils (I would unplug the refrigerator when you are cleaning the coils)
  • Clean inside of oven and stove top (if the top can be lifted)
  • Clean the vent, filter and hood over your stove
  • Empty your cabinets and wipe down the shelves
  • Clean sink and especially the drains
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean the floor
  • Clear out pantry and wash the shelves

Laundry Room, Basement or Utility Room

  • De-clutter
  • Clean the exterior of the washer and dryer (especially the back)
  • Clean inside rim of your washer
  • Have the dryer vents professionally cleaned
  • Clean laundry sink and clear the drain
  • Change your furnace and air conditioner filter
  • Dispose of any old cleaning chemicals (dispose at a Hazard Waste Drive)
  • Donate, give away or sell any items that are unused and unwanted
  • Dust your baseboards
  • Sweep and/or mop the floor

Bathrooms

  • De-clutter
  • Clean sinks and the drains
  • Clean tubs and shower and clear the drains
  • Clean toilet (inside and outside)
  • Clean and polish all fixtures
  • Clean mirrors and glass surfaces
  • Clean all tile surfaces and fill in the areas of broken grout
  • Remove all expired medications or over the counter drugs (dispose at a Hazard Waste Drive or bring to your local Police if they have a collection box)
  • Wash floors

Office

  • De-clutter
  • Dust all surface areas and equipment
  • Purge all files that are no longer needed and recycle paper
  • Clean computers, monitors and keyboards
  • Clean baseboards
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean carpets and area rugs
  • Clean hardwood floors

Bedrooms

  • De-clutter
  • Remove clothes no longer worn or wanted
  • Rearrange spring/summer clothes
  • Dust all furniture, shelves and light fixtures
  • Clean under beds
  • Clean light fixtures/ceiling fans
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean baseboards
  • Clean carpets or area rugs
  • Clean hardwood floors
  • Clean mirrors

Stairs, Halls and Entry Way

  • De-clutter
  • Clean baseboards
  • Clean all light fixtures
  • Clean carpets and/or area rugs
  • Clean hardwood floors

Dining Room

  • De-Clutter
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean all furniture
  • Clean baseboards
  • Clean carpets or area rugs
  • Clean hardwood floors

Garage or Storage Shed

  • De-Clutter
  • Tune up lawn mower and all summer tools
  • Dispose of any old cleaning chemicals (dispose at a Hazard Waste Drive)
  • Sweep and wash concrete floor
  • Organize winter sporting items and put them away
  • Pull out spring/summer sporting items
  • Remove all unwanted/unused items

So there you have it … some great Spring Cleaning ideas for each room of your house. But this list would be incomplete if we didn’t cover outside. So here you go, ideas for Spring Cleaning your outdoors.

Outside

  • De-clutter (Yes the outside needs de-cluttering also)
  • Wash exterior windows
  • Clean your deck and patio furniture.
  • Clean out planters and flower beds
  • Inspect, clean and refuel your gas barbecue
  • Wash out garbage and recycling bins
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Rake leaves and clear out yard debris
  • Consider resurfacing your driveway

Well I hope you enjoyed this list and that it will help propel you into getting your home ready for the summer.

Understand that de-cluttering is a first step in each room before cleaning. Why clean what you don’t want to keep?

Does the de-cluttering process seem too overwhelming to you? Contact Me and I’ll be happy to get the process started for and/or with you!

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