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I am a wife to the most amazing husband (Eric) and a mother to 2 wonderful kids (Jessica and Evan). My family is my world. I have recently put my career as a medical assistant on hold to be a stay-at-home mom/wife. We want to raise kids with manners and still have a strong family, so I am always trying ideas to help make things easier on me (cleaning tips, organization, meal planning, crafts, etc.) I thought I would share them with everyone out there. So, please comment with your ideas, or if you have tried one posted on here (Did you like it?) I am always open to suggestions. I am also looking for money savers. It's my new passion now that there is only 1 income.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Cleaning Checklist

So, I have started my spring cleaning! I wanted to see if there was a list somewhere so I didn't forget something I normally don't clean. I found a few lists and thought I'd kind of combine them all. So here is a great spring cleaning checklist!



FOYER

¡    Clean lighting fixtures.

¡    Wash walls and trim

¡    Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.

¡    Wash bench or other furnishings. Launder bench cushion, if applicable.

¡    Empty out coat closet. Wash walls and floor.

¡    Sort items as you return them to the closet.

¡    Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.

¡    Clean or replace entry mat.

¡    Sweep and scrub floors.

¡    Reseal grout lines, if applicable.


BEDROOMS

¡    Open windows

¡    Dust furniture.

¡    For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.

¡    Donate Items you no longer need.

¡    Remove everything from closets.

¡    Wash closet walls if necessary.

¡    Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.

¡    Sort and put away anything that was under bed.

¡    Flip mattress. Vacuum both sides.

¡    Launder bedding and curtains.

¡    Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Wash switch plates. Wash walls and trim.

¡    Wash mirrors or dust art.

¡    Wash doors and doorknobs.

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

¡    Sweep and wash floor or shampoo carpeting.


BATHROOMS

¡    Open windows

¡    Empty all cabinets and vanity. Wash inside, replace items neatly.

¡    *Discard expired medications and cosmetics.

¡    Wash outside of cabinets and vanities

¡    Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.

¡    Clean toilet, inside and out.

¡    Clean sink and drain.

¡    Shine faucets.

¡    Clean mirror and frame.

¡    Dust light fixtures.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Wash switch plates, walls and trim, doors and knobs.

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

¡    Sweep and wash floors.

¡    Reseal grout lines.


KITCHEN

¡    Open windows.

¡    Remove and clean window coverings.

¡    For each cupboard: Remove items, wipe clean, put back neatly.

¡    Wash and sanitize cutting boards

¡    Sharpen knives

¡    Wash cabinet doors and knobs

¡    Clean and organize pantry. Check food expiry dates.

¡    Clean stove top. Remove elements and knobs, wash and put back.

¡    Clean and organize fridge and freezer.

¡    *Clean microwave.

¡    Wipe down counter appliances

¡    Wash counters and back splash.

¡    Wash sink. Clean drain.

¡    Clean light fixtures.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Wash switch plates.

¡    *Wash walls and trim.

¡    Wash doors and door knobs.

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers

¡    Sweep and wash floor.

¡    Reseal grout lines, if applicable.



DINING ROOM

¡    Open windows.

¡    Wash curtains.

¡    Wipe down table and chairs.

¡    Wipe down or dust other furnishing.

¡    Clean chair pads, if applicable.

¡    Polish table, if necessary

¡    Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.

¡    Launder table linens.

¡    Dust art.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Wash switch plates

¡    *Wash walls and trim.

¡    Wash doors and door knobs

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

¡    Clean floors.


LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

¡    Open windows.

¡    Vacuum sofas.

¡    Wash cushion covers

¡    Launder throw pillows and blankets.

¡    Dust shelves, furniture and decor.

¡    Clean lamps and lampshades.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Clean television screen.

¡    Carefully dust electronics.

¡    Tidy/Label electronics wires.

¡    Sort through music and DVD collections.

¡    Sort books and magazines.

¡    Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm soapy water.

¡    Launder stuffed toys.

¡    Wash switch plates.

¡    *Wash walls and trim.

¡    Wash doors and knobs.

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

¡    Clean floors.


LAUNDRY ROOM

¡    Open windows.

¡    Wash windows and window sills.

¡    Take out and wash window screens.

¡    Wash cabinet doors.

¡    Wash inside cabinets.

¡    Wash laundry sink. Shine faucet. Clean drains.

¡    Wash outside of washer and dryer.

¡    Wash inside of washing machine.

¡    Wash lint trap.

¡    Wash switch plates.

¡    Wash walls and trim.

¡    Wash doors and door knobs.

¡    Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

¡    Sweep and wash floors.

¡    Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

¡    Sweep/vacuum stairs

¡    Spot clean walls.

¡    Wipe down handrail.

¡    Dust art and light fixtures.


OUTSIDE

¡    Sweep porches and walkway.

¡    Wash thresholds.

¡    Wash exterior doors. Give front door a fresh coat of paint.

¡    Clean or replace welcome mat.

¡    Wash siding.

REMEMBER TO:

¡    Clean blades of ceiling fans.

¡    Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).

¡    Sort through paperwork and discard unneeded files. Date and file important documents in an orderly manner.

¡    Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

¡    Donate items you no longer have a use for.

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