Spring cleaning and organizing are big jobs—with so many things to clean and organize, it’s hard to know where to start.
Sometimes spring cleaning can be overwhelming, so to help with all the cleaning and organizing we put together a list of tips to help you get into those hard-to-reach-places. With our spring-cleaning checklist, you’re sure to get every nook and cranny including the ones that family member *you know who* always manages to spot when they come over!
The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the house, so it’s no doubt that it’s the first mention on our spring-cleaning checklist. Getting to things like organizing the pantry and the kitchen cabinets is usually reserved for when we have time to rummage through everything, so it’s no wonder these items, along with several others, are usually taken on during spring cleaning.
Tip 1) Fridge
Most people can admit that moving the fridge every time they clean is not high on the chore priority list, but it shouldn’t be overlooked when doing your spring cleaning. Moving the fridge will give you a chance to clean all the dirt and dust that’s been secretly trapped underneath it on the floor.
Since you’ve already pulled the fridge out, make sure to wipe down all sides of it while you do your spring cleaning. And don’t forget the interior! We all have jars and condiments that have been living in the fridge way past their expiry date—empty and recycle them, and give the fridge a good wipe on the inside as well. You’ll thank yourself for adding this to your spring-cleaning checklist.
Tip 2) Microwave
Spray it down with vinegar and water (an economic and natural cleaning solution), then let it soak for a bit. While it’s common to clean your microwave, give it some extra attention during spring cleaning and clean the outside of it as well.
Tip 3) Cabinets and Drawers
Take out all of your dishes and cutlery, and give both the inside and the outside a good scrub. It may be one of the more time-consuming, spring-cleaning tasks, but it will be worth it—we promise!
Tip 4) Oven
Cleaning the oven is possibly one of the worst spring-cleaning checklist items, no matter how you go about it, the smell of oven cleaner always lingers in the air. If you have a self-cleaning oven, you are ahead of the game—though we do recommend opening the windows and staying out of the kitchen while you have it on as the temperature gets extremely hot.
Tip 5) Pantry
Organizing the pantry is a satisfying task, but it takes some time. Depending on the size of the pantry, it can be a good idea to get some pantry organizing shelves and build a few tiers to better see everything you have in your pantry. Also, make sure to check the expiry dates on all of your food, it’s easy to let the items at the back of the pantry age well past their expiry date.
Tip 1) Shower Curtains
While it is advised to do this at least every few months, you should include washing your shower curtain into your spring-cleaning checklist as well. Take the curtain off of the shower rods and throw it into the washing machine on the ‘delicates’ cycle and throw in a couple of towels to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.
Tip 2) Cabinets
A crucial part of spring cleaning is purging. Getting rid of old makeup or medications in your bathroom cabinets will create some more space and make it easier to find things you are looking for—especially in the mornings before work!
Tip 3) Grout
Often overlooked, cleaning the grout in your bathroom is an essential item to add to the spring-cleaning checklist. All you need is some grout cleaner, and you’re all set!
Tip 4) Drain
Unclogging your shower drain should be done frequently, but give it some extra attention during spring cleaning. Most plumbers recommend that you avoid using a drain cleaning product because it could rust your pipes. Instead, try getting a drain cleaning tool found at most hardware stores.
Tip 5) Exhaust Fan
Even though we use it often, we don’t clean it often. Take the cover off your bathroom exhaust fan and give it a good wash to avoid mold build up.
Tip 1) Blinds and Curtains
If you have blinds, removing them can be a bit of a hassle, but well worth it. Once you remove the blinds. Take them off and put them in the bathtub or shower so that you can rinse and wash them easily. If you can’t remove the blinds, vacuum them with the hand attachment. If you have curtains, remove them from the rods and throw them into the washing machine on delicate. While tedious, this is an important spring-cleaning task.
Tip 2) Under the Bed
Moving your bedframe or box spring out of the way in order to clean under it will likely be a two-person job. Grab your vacuum and give the floor or carpet a good scrub to check this item off of your spring-cleaning checklist.
Tip 3) Dressers
Take everything off and out of your dresser. Wipe down both the interior and exterior.
Tip 4) Closet
One of the most rewarding spring-cleaning items is cleaning out your closet! If you want to really get into it, you can colour code your clothes and arrange by occasion (but for the sake of getting through your spring-cleaning checklist this might be something you could hold off on doing until another time).
Tip 5) Ceiling Fans
Dust and wipe them down to make sure the air circulating in your home is dust free. If you have AC, you can find tips on how to clean it in our Spring Maintenance article.
As a bonus spring-cleaning item, don’t forget to clean all the baseboards!
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