Spring Cleaning 101: Tips & Tricks From The Organization Maven

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moms hands washing dishes with baby near her

So the frantic cleaning and organizing from March has worn off hasn’t it? It’s okay, you can still Spring Clean over the next couple of days and get ready for summer. Spring Cleaning is a very invigorating process where you clean everything from top to bottom preparing for the next season. I really enjoy opening all the windows for thorough cleanings and  scrubbing base boards, window frames, ceilings and corners. The focus of this kind of cleaning, is to think what hasn’t been cleaned in a few months and then go at it.

Gather your supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Rags
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Broom
  • Step stool
  • Magic Eraser
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Entry Way/ Front Door:

 

front door and entry way with cabinets

  • Wipe with all purpose cleaner on both sides of your front door.
  • Wipe above the door frame inside and out.
  • If you have a pile of shoes, go through them and the ones that are too small, old, beat up. Toss or put in a bag for donation.
  • If you have a mail and key/catch-all table, toss junk mail and open mail put a small waste basket next to or under table for tossing junk mail, business cards, and other items left on your door step or stuck in your door.
  • Dust the catch all table.
  • Wipe base boards and sweep/vacuum the floor.

Kitchen:

kitchen view of sink and window

  • Clean the stove fan grates or replace them.
  • Lift up your stovetop and clean under your burners (if you have an electric stove).
  • Pull out your fridge from the wall; clean under and behind it.
  • Clean out your fridge and freezer.
  • Wipe the front of the cabinets.
  • If your cabinets have sticky gunk, use this tip* to clean them:
    • 1 part vegetable oil
    • 2 parts baking soda
    • Mix together with a spoon until you have a nice paste consistency and apply with a sponge or old toothbrush to the front of your cabinets, as you rub this paste into your cabinets near the knob or corners, you will see brown dirt fall on to your counter top. Wipe with a wet rag when you have scrubbed off all the gunk.
  • Move all appliances from on your counter top to your table or another flat surface out of the way.
  • Wipe backsplash, counter tops, and put away appliances that you don’t use too often. Only keep out the appliances you use every day.
  • Clean your sink.
  • Pour baking soda (3 tablespoons) & white vinegar (1 cup) down your drain.
  • Toss any smelly sponges / brushes and replace as needed.
  • Wipe light plates, use gunk cleaner as needed on any sticky areas in your kitchen.
  • Clean base boards, window sills, above cabinets, ceiling corners.

Living Room/Family Room:

family room picture with sofa, tv and chairs

  • Move couches, to vacuum under and around.
  • Remove blinds or drapes and wash outside (wash in washer machine).
  • Cut sponge to match the grooves of the window frame (see YouTube video) and clean window tracks.
  • Roll up rug, and vacuum under it.
  • Wipe baseboards, around windows, ceiling and corners.

Staircase or Hallways:

picture of a mantle with a mirror

  • Wipe baseboards, picture frames on walls, ceilings and corners.
  • Use magic eraser on any scuff marks on the walls.
  • Test and replace batteries as needed for smoke detectors (should be done in all rooms).

Bedrooms:

view of made bed with nightstand

  • Wipe baseboards, picture frames on walls, ceilings and corners.
  • Test and replace batteries as needed for smoke detectors.
  • Switch out bedding from winter to summer.
  • Wash bed skirts (if beds have them).
  • Pack away winter clothes in the garage or in bins/vacuum storage bags to go under the bed.
  • Move around kick knacks, wipe picture frames.
  • Remove blinds or drapes to be cleaned.

Bathrooms:

side picture of an all-white bathroom

  • Clean bath tubs/ showers: to remove mold from grout – use equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, mix until you have a paste. Using an old toothbrush apply to grout, scrub. Then using a spray bottle, spray white vinegar on the mixture (it will foam up), rinse and pat dry to make prevent more mold growing.
  • Clean toilet.
  • Wipe baseboards, picture frames on walls, ceilings and corners.
  • Wipe mirrors.
  • Clean out ½ used old toiletries.
  • Wash floor rugs, if they are frayed toss, and buy new.
  • If your bathroom always have a musty smell, you can buy a small night light/fan that has charcoal packets.

Laundry Room (if you have one):

two white laundry baskets

  • Run a large wash with hot water and vinegar (no soap).
  • Wipe down the outside of your washer and dryer.
  • Check your dryer vent, and vacuum the lint vent and clear the vent spout outside. You can vacuum from outside into the vent.
  • Replace your furnace filter.
  • Unscrew the wall vents and vacuum or replace filters as needed.

That’s it for a deep Spring Cleaning! How to do feel? Invigorated? Or dead from exhaustion? Want more organizing and cleaning tips? Here are some great ones from The Organization Maven!

Allison Almond is home organizer specializing in being a full service home sale preparation and packing & unpacking moving specialist. She’s a divorced mom to a tween, and with her schedule, finding harmony between her demanding clients and kid is difficult at times. Born and raised in Orange County; she loves to read, garden, and use her Instant Pot. She has worn many career hats over the years, giving her the experience and ability to adjust to different situations. Making her a resource too many in her community. Fun fact: she likes to meet romance authors and go on vacation trips with them. For more information on Allison’s organizing services, more organizational tips or to set up a complementary consultation, visit Allisonalmond.com.