Have you ever encounter the dilemma inside you of not know where to begin with spring cleaning your home because you truly don’t know where to start? The good news is you are not alone. Most people think too much when it comes to spring cleaning. However, spring cleaning is actually pretty simple.
That is why we come out with a 20 days spring cleaning checklist to help you plan a set of task to declutter and clean every nook in your home. This checklist will lead you to move from room-to-room. The main reason is to make you get excited at a new task every day instead of getting bored or overwhelmed with cleaning the same old spot. You can also check off each task once you have completed it.
Day 1: Clean all Dust
First thing first, pick up a broom and sweep all the corners of the ceiling, floor, living room, bedrooms, and catch any cobwebs you can find in the house. Dust it, sweep it, and vacuum it. Don’t forget to dust your books, on top of every shelf, and launder the drapes. If you can’t wash them yourself, bring them to the dry cleaners.
Day 2: Toss Clutter in the Bathroom
Clean and declutter your bathroom drawers and shelves. Make sure you throw everything empty and toss all your rugs and mats in the wash. Next, take everything out and then declutter, clean, and put everything else back into the shelves. You will feel everything is new again. Add some scented candles like lavender to enhance the smell in the bathroom.
Day 3: Clean Out Your Shoes
Sort through all your shoes and see if you need to repair any heels, flats, or boots and get them to the cobbler to fix it. Organize your shoes and make sure you arrange them in the sequence of emergency use. Put some scented candles to make your shoe rack smells good.
Day 4: Clean Your Electronics
Clean your electronics devices like remote controls, home phone, tablets, computers, and more. You can also polish your jewelry, silverware and other items that have become tarnished. Dust the screens of your televisions and computer. Don’t forget to clean your keyboard too!
Day 5: Clean Your Appliances
Start cleaning all your appliances such as rice cookers, coffee makers, juicer, ironing board, blenders and etc. Remove plugs, and clean the tops, bottoms, sides, and any accessories that came with them.
Day 6: Clean Your Car
The easiest way to clean your car is to bring it to a car wash. Don’t neglect your car floor mat because it contains plenty of germs and bacteria. However, it is advisable to clean your car every twice a month.
Day 7: Clean Your Windows
Use dish soap diluted in water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down the windows. You can also spray vinegar diluted in water and use a clean towel to dry them off. Otherwise, you can also hire a professional to do them for you. Lastly, touch up any chipped paint around the sill.
Day 8: Deep Clean Your Fridge and Cabinets
Many people do not deep clean their fridge for years. However, it is advisable to deep clean it every now and then especially where it stores most of the food you eat daily. Remove all shelves, racks, and storage items and wash them in a bathtub.
Toss unused food items and wipe down the sides of the fridge and freezer and don’t forget to clean your ice cube trays and check the back of the fridge to see if any old food dropped behind.
Day 9: Clean Your Oven
It’s time to clean your oven, toaster, and microwave. Make sure to include cooktop, the underside of hood and front of the hood. Was the ironing board cover and wash it thoroughly.
Day 10: Toss Old Papers, Magazines, & Newspapers
Love the earth and recycle all old newspaper, magazines, and recyclable materials. If you haven’t touched the magazine for more than a month, you most probably won’t be going to read it again. So, recycle them!
Clean out the magazine holders or shelves and arrange them nicely. Organize your old plastic bags in one location so you can reuse them again.
Day 11: Clean Out Junk
Wash your garbage bins inside and out or buy a new one if they are too old to reuse. Wash reusable water bottles and tupperware. Change your water filter pitcher and organize your junk drawers. You should be able to accumulate plenty of junk items that have been there for long.
Day 12: Declutter and Clean Your Personal Care
Go through your dresser and pull items that you haven’t worn in a year. Put them aside because they are going to donate them to those who need clothes to wear. Next, wash your makeup brushes and hair brushes. Clean your make up table and mirror by tossing items that you don’t need anymore.
Day 13: Vacuum under Furniture
Move couch and heavy furniture to clean and vacuum underneath them. If you need help, ask someone to help carry the furniture with you. Don’t do it yourself as you can hurt your back.
Day 14: Wash Your Linens
Wash your bed linens including duvet covers, pillow liners, throw pillow, blankets, and mattress covers. Make sure to dry them under the hot sun to kill all bacteria and germs.
Day 15: Sort Mugs and Glasses
Clean all your mugs and glasses by decluttering them and washing them thoroughly. You can also donate those mugs that you want to get rid of. Then, replace your old toothbrush, sponges, and rubber gloves into a new set.
Day 16: Organize Bags
Girls, it is time to organize all your bags. These include handbags, backpacks, sling bags, duffel bags, clutches, tote bags, satchel bags, and so on. Declutter the insides, then clean them and store them nicely.
Day 17: Repair Broken or Damaged Clothing
Take any broken or damaged clothes that need to be repaired to the tailor. Then, replace your old shower curtain liner with a new one.
Day 18: Dust and Vacuum Some More
Always dust everything you can see at home. Dust your blinds, stairs, floor, cabinets, then vacuum and mop. Wipe down other moldings where dust tends to collect most.
Day 19: Sell or Donate Unwanted Items
Now is the day to take your items and sell them online. Go to Carousell, Shopee, Zalora, or join a flea market at UPW, SellEz or donate them at H&M, Monki, and Uniqlo.
Day 20: Throw It Away!
Take a trip to the dump and let go of the things that you have been holding onto just because you feel emotional to let it go. Decide and don’t slide.