The year may be coming to an end, but it’s not too late to give your home a spring cleaning. Aside from making your home guest-ready for the holidays, a good cleaning will also free up some much-needed space for the deluge of gifts you’re bound to receive. Plus, imagine the joy of welcoming the new year with a clean, uncluttered home!
To help you, Nurtura Land & Home presents a room-by-room guide to effective spring cleaning:
FIRST THINGS FIRST…
Make no mistake about it: spring cleaning is a major undertaking. Before tackling this herculean task, take note of these crucial tips:
Declutter Your Home
The fewer things there are in your home, the easier it is to clean. A great system is to create three bins: “Keep” for things that you use daily; “Donate” for items you no longer use but are still in good condition; and “Throw” for items beyond repair that only take up space in your home.
Prepare Your Cleaning Kit
Gather all the cleaning supplies you need and place them in a basket or caddy. A basic cleaning kit should include spray bottles of cleaning solutions, baking soda, white vinegar, glass cleaner, sponges, brushes, rubber gloves, and rags.
Clean from Top to Bottom
If you live in a multi-level home, begin cleaning from the top floor and work your way down to the ground level. By doing so, you avoid spreading dust or debris into areas you’ve already cleaned, saving you time and effort.
As promised, this guide will take you through the major cleaning requirements for each your home’s main rooms. Do note that we will focus on seasonal cleaning tasks rather than common ones you can (and should!) do weekly or daily, like dusting or sweeping.
Start with your overhead fixtures: If you have a ceiling fan or a chandelier, now is the perfect time to dust them. You can opt to use a long-handled duster or use a stepladder to reach the fixture and wipe it manually.
Clean your sofa: Wash your sofa’s cushions and throw pillow covers. For the cushions and throw pillows themselves, hang them out in the sun and beat them with a stick or broom handle to get rid of dust. Then, thoroughly vacuum the sofa frame to remove debris caught in the crevices.
Clean your windows: Launder or dry clean your curtains, then wipe your window blinds or jalousies free of grime using a cleaning solution made with one part vinegar and one part water.
Vacuum your carpet: This will get rid of dust and other allergens. Alternately, you can hang it outside and beat it with a stick or broom handle, like your sofa cushions.
Organize shelves and drawers: Make sure to group similar items for easier access. Also, take this opportunity to toss out expired spices, seasonings, and canned goods.
Clean the counter: Clear your countertop and give it a thorough wiping. Organize your kitchen tools, utensils, and appliances for easy access. Put away rarely used appliances to free up counter space.
Wipe down your range and clean your oven: Remove the grates and knobs from your gas range to better clean it. As for your oven, create a paste using a mixture of baking soda and water. Take out the racks and spread the paste all over the interior surfaces. Leave it for 12 hours, then wipe off the paste thoroughly and spritz your oven with a bit of white vinegar to remove odors.
Clean your fridge: Take out all the items from the refrigerator, and throw away expired food and condiments. Wipe down all the shelves in your fridge, then pull out the crisper and vegetable drawers and wash them. This is also an ideal time to defrost your freezer.
Flip your mattress: Remove your bedsheets, comforters, pillow cases, and wash them. If possible, put your mattress under the sun to kill off any bacteria. If this isn’t possible, sprinkle the bed with baking soda then vacuum it afterwards to remove unwanted smells.
Clean under the bed: Dust and dirt tend to gather under your bed, so be sure to clear the space when you do your spring cleaning. This also allows you to maximize any potential storage space beneath the bed.
Organize your closets and drawers: Haven’t worn something in a year? You’re better off donating it to charity instead. Pruning your wardrobe makes it easier to find the clothes you actually use and frees up space for other essentials.
Dust and Polish Furniture: Give your dressers, bed frame, and night tables a good dusting, then use furniture wax to make them shiny as new.
Dust vents and fans: Wash the vents in hot soapy water to remove the accumulated dust. Before putting them back on, wipe down the fan first with a damp cloth.
Clean the toilet bowl: Baking soda and white vinegar will remove stains and odors.
Spruce up and organize your medicine cabinet: Wash the outside of your medicine cabinet and wipe grime away from the mirror. Remove expired medications and restock those that are running low.
Clean the sink: Aside from the usual scrubbing, you can also use cotton swabs to clean the nooks and crannies of your sink, such as the drain holes.
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