Whether you’re busy at work, school or with the kids, I know it’s kind of hard to find the time to clean and declutter the spaces you don’t frequent that much in your home or you just don’t pay attention anymore, but it’s important we maintain this places in order so we create a healthy living.
Who wants to devote an entire weekend cleaning your home from head to toe? I’m guessing it’s not in anyone’s bucket list. These tasks take up to an hour, so you can easily exchange an hour of TV or browsing the web to do one of these tasks per day for 15 days.
Day 1 – Clean Ceiling Fans
Fans can gather a lot of dust, mostly if we haven’t used them in a while. Before you turn it on for the first time this spring, make sure to clean the blades otherwise you’ll be sneezing your brains out the whole season.
Day 2 – Get Rid of Hidden Dirt and Dust
Spring cleaning season is all about focusing on the spaces you forget about the rest of the year. Grab a duster and get rid of that dust build up on ceiling nooks, bookcases, hanging lights, moldings and everything you can think of. Be sure to get an extended duster so you can easily complete this task.
Day 3 – Clean Out Vents
We all know we need to change air filters regularly so our heater/air conditioner don’t get messed up. But after changing to a new filter, do we clean the dust that went inside? That’s what I thought. The air filters may prevent dust from going inside but to make sure your allergies and the health of those who live with you is in the right place, it’s important for you to clear the vents out since they just circulate dust around your home. Clean each one of them. Start with the bedroom ones, then the kitchen, living room and dining room. Don’t forget about the bathroom one also!
You can effortlessly use your vacuum to keep these spaces clean, just be cautious.
Day 4 – Clean your Mattress
You already know about dust and mites and other critters in your mattress, but many contain sweat, blood, urine and other bodily fluids along with mold and mildew.
- Strip the bed and launder your linens in hot water (read the labels first).
- Vacuum the mattress with the upholstery attachment.
- Deodorize it with baking soda and gently rub it in with a scrub brush.
- Vacuum again.
- Get the stains out with hydrogen peroxide and liquid dish soap.
Day 5 – Banish Dust from Baseboards
Another vacuuming day! We love vacuums because you can clean almost anything and so effortlessly. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to whisk debris away in a flash from your baseboards.
Day 6 – Go Behind Furniture
Pull furniture away from walls and vacuum behind and under it. A lot of debris can hide over there, be sure to get coins, caps or anything that can mess your vacuum up.
Day 7 – Rest
After a week of deep cleaning you deserve a rest day! We know how tiring cleaning can be and we agree you need to spend this day doing something you enjoy.
Day 8 – Vacuum Furniture
Vacuuming your furniture can help make it look better and last longer by sucking out the dirt and other gross stuff that break down the fibers. Start by lifting cushions off sofas and chairs. Use a small handheld vacuum or the brush and crevice tools of a larger one to clean under the seat cushions and the surrounding nooks that cover the frame. Then, vacuum both sides of the cushions.
Day 9 – Whiten Tile Grout
Do you feel you tried everything and nothing works? Sherry from Young House Love, after trying every method she could find and repeatedly scrubbing it, realized it was actually clean but discolored and stained. She found this Grout Renew Colorant and wished she learned about it sooner. She did say it took her 8 hours to finish renewing her grout, so maybe you want to split it in days.
Day 10 – Freshen Up Walls
Go from room to room rubbing out stains, scrapes, smudges, and marks on painted walls and trim with a moistened Mr. Clean Magic Eraserand a dry cloth. Also, it’s important you clean high traffic areas, like that area behind the sofa where somebody’s hair leaves a greasy spot.
Day 11 – Degrease Kitchen Cabinets
When did you last clean your kitchen cabinets? Sticky kitchen grim is a mix of dust and grease that’s invisible – until it builds up. Use Orange Oil Polish, it will just take you a few minutes to degrease your cabinets since it melts away any grease, grime or wax buildup!
Day 12 – Shine Up Stainless Steel
Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. You can easily clean them up with vinegar or mixing one teaspoon of dish detergent and one quart of hot water. After applying the mixture, use a microfiber cloth to rub it on the marks and then rinse with clean hot water. When you finish dry it immediately with a clean cloth so the water stains don’t appear again!
Day 13 – Get to the Windows
Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but’s a task most people don’t look forward to, and I totally get it, but at least you’ll love the result of a truly clean window. Raise blinds or shades and wash windows with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. And don’t forget to clean both sides!
Day 14 – Clean Out a Drawer
Everybody has “that drawer” in their homes, full of stuff for “just in case I need it in the future”. Toss or move any items you no longer need or that don’t belong there. The rest can come back but in an organized manner.
Day 15 – Disinfect your Electronics
Good news: Finally, the last day of spring cleaning! Bad news: Your cell phone probably has more germs than your toilet seat.
I know you’re horrified, but you can easily kill them with an alcohol disinfecting wipe. Disinfect your other electronics as well, like your TV remote and computer mouse. Try to do this at least every week.
Here is your cheat sheet!