It has been said that the state of your physical space reflects your mental state, and in times like these, we could all do with a mental health boost. Spring cleaning is a great remedy not only for the dust building up around your home, but also for the clutter in your mind. The only question remaining is where to start, and fortunately, there’s a checklist for that.
You might be surprised by how many germs congregate into your entryway, so it’s important to make sure this step isn’t left off the list.
– Start by clearing any stray shoes or other miscellaneous objects.
– Give the doormat a shake out, a vacuum, and a sprinkle of baking soda.
– Sweep the floor and follow up with a mop and a bucket of diluted floor cleaner.
– Wipe down the walls with a cloth and general surface cleaner.
– Wipe down the door with surface cleaner and sanitise the handle. This will help to protect you and your family from illness.
The bathroom is a haven for germs, and there are often a range of different surfaces to clean, which is exactly why a checklist comes in so handy.
– First, clear the vanity and cupboards of expired personal care products, and wipe it down as you go.
– Wipe the tub down with surface spray, or make a paste out of bicarbonate soda for tough stains.
– Get your hands on a strong glass cleaner for the mirror and the shower, checking the drains for clogs while you’re at it.
– Drag the mop bucket over from the entryway for the floors.
– Wipe down the walls and baseboards with a cloth.
– If you’re feeling keen, replace the curtain liner.
The sheer number of appliances in the average kitchen make it one of the more substantial jobs on the list, which means there’s no time to waste.
– Get right into the crevices of your refrigerator and sniff out anything that needs to be thrown away, cleaning as you go. Take on the cabinets as well while you’re at it, throwing and wiping as necessary.
– Give the stovetop, oven, microwave, and dishwasher a thorough clean with a surface spray.
– Run an empty wash cycle through the dishwasher to flush out any gunk.
– Wipe down the cabinet doors and backsplash with a fresh cloth, taking care not to mix your bathroom and kitchen cleaning supplies.
– Save the baseboards and floors for last in case you discover food scraps during the cleaning process. Sweep up anything that falls, and finish the job with the mop.
The laundry is amongst the less intensive rooms in your cleaning regime, but it’s worth doing, if only for the satisfaction of having organised supplies.
– Run two cycles through your washing machine, the first with two cups of white cleaning vinegar and the second on the hottest temperature setting with half a cup of baking soda.
– Disconnect the dryer and get at the vent using a lint brush and a rod.
– Give the walls and baseboards a wipe down, and sweep and mop the floors.
A clean bedroom will make a huge difference to your physical and mental health, so don’t cut corners.
– Scrutinise your wardrobe, weeding out unwanted clothing and cleaning the inside surfaces as you go.
– Wash the sheets. Not only is this the ultimate routine for a comfortable sleep, but you’ll also be limiting your exposure to unwanted germs. Bonus points if you turn over the mattress – evening out the pressure will make it last longer.
– Replace the pillows if necessary. This should be done at least once every two years.
– Clean blinds, curtains, walls and windows with a cloth and a general purpose surface cleaner.
– Clean the floors and baseboards as usual, unless you have carpet, in which case you’ll be needing specialty shampoo and a vacuum.
As one of the most used rooms in the average home, the living room needs extra attention when it comes time to clean, and it helps to batch the jobs.
– Dust the furniture, blinds, curtain rods, electronics, and lamp shades, if you have them.
– Wash bedding and pillows.
– Clean windows and window sills.
– Vacuum the sofa, chairs and floors.
– If you have carpets, whip out the shampoo.
– Sanitise remote controls and anything else which is touched regularly
Deep-cleaning the house is a big job, especially for those with a large family, but it’s an important measure in maintaining your health and sanity, and can also be surprisingly satisfying. Once the hard work is over, you may only need a couple of hours each week to maintain this state of cleanliness and bliss.