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Me Time: Spring Cleaning

When is there a better time to deep clean your whole house than during spring time while also in quarantine? Carve out a day, or maybe a weekend, to dedicate to cleaning each and every crevice of your house. Scrub and polish every floor, declutter every cabinet, and create a living space that brings you serenity, not stress. It’s proven that living in a messy space enhances anxiety. Use your time to take control of stress you can eliminate by engaging in spring cleaning.

Cleaning by yourself doesn’t have to be lonely, it can be therapeutic. Write out a to-do list for yourself, blast some music and have fun with it, making sure to hit every room in your house.

Bedroom

  • Clean out your closet Marie Kondo style. Consider donating unused pieces, or selling them on Poshmark. You can also use this method for other belongings such as books, movies, etc.
  • Organize your bookshelf and movie collection.
  • Vacuum your carpet
  • Organize your drawers. Sort out your underwear drawer and match up your socks.
  • Clean your mirrors.
  • Wipe down your makeup vanity.
  • Sort through your makeup. Toss anything that’s expired.
  • Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes.
  • Organize your jewelry collection. Unknot those stubborn necklaces. Be careful not to break anything.
  • Put your shoes away neatly.
  • Throw your bedsheets in the wash.
  • Throw those curtains in the wash as well.
  • Wipe down your windows.
  • Dust your ceiling fan, light fixtures, vanity, etc.
  • Vacuum your mattress and disinfect with lysol.
  • Clean your phone case. Simply take the case off the phone, scrub with soap and water, and allow to dry before putting back on your phone.
  • Sort out your purse. Throw out any trash that’s accumulated.

Living Room

  • Vacuum the carpet
  • Mop the floor
  • Vacuum couches and furniture
  • Wipe down your television
  • Clean your coffee tables
  • Organize any drawers you have. Toss out any junk, and reorganize.
  • Also, organize any shelves or side tables you may have.
  • Dust your ceiling fan, light fixtures, and the rest of your furniture.
  • Throw your curtains in the wash along with any throw blankets you have.
  • Wipe down windows.

Dining Room

  • Throw place mats in the wash.
  • Wipe down dining room table.
  • Vacuum chairs and carpet.
  • Wash the floor.
  • Throw curtains in the wash.
  • You know what’s next – Wipe down your windows.
  • Organize drawers, curio cabinets if you have them, and shelves. Throw away or donate any belongings you no longer want/need.
  • Dust any ceiling fans, light fixtures, cabinets, etc.

Kitchen

  • Wipe down your drawers. Take everything out, and clean both the interior and exterior.
  • Wipe down your cabinets and pantry – Again, both interior and exterior.
  • Organize your drawers. Sort through your spices, your silverware, your towels, etc. Don’t forget your junk drawer – I know you have one.
  • Organize your cabinets. Toss out any snacks in your pantry that aren’t any good.
  • Scrub your fridge. Start with the exterior, than clean the interior, making sure to also clean all shelves and drawers.
  • Throw out any expired foods in your fridge.
  • Throw your place mats in the wash.
  • Wipe down your kitchen table.
  • Vacuum your chairs.
  • Scrub your sink with a sponge. Sanitize. Use vinegar to remove stains. And pour baking soda down your drain if there’s a clog.
  • Throw curtains and dish towels in the wash.
  • Wipe down your windows.
  • Dust any fans, light fixtures, etc.
  • Thoroughly wash and rinse countertops.
  • Wipe down your dishwasher
  • Run your dishwasher.
  • Scrub the interior and exterior of your microwave. Clean up any spills and get rid of any stains.
  • Clean your oven. See if your oven has a self-cleaning option.
  • Clean your toaster/toaster oven. Unplug the appliance, take out the tray and racks, and wipe out any crumbs. Continue to wash away any grease on the tray/rack and in the exterior to prevent any house fires. Don’t forget to clean the exterior too!
  • Deep clean pots and pans to get rid of stubborn stains.

Bathroom

  • Wash down countertops.
  • Scrub shower and clean out your drain.
  • Clean your sink, just as you did in the kitchen.
  • Throw your curtains in the wash, along with toilet seat covers and rugs.
  • Wipe down windows.
  • As much as you hate it, scrub your toilet.
  • Organize toiletries and cabinets. Toss anything that’s no good.
  • Dust lights and cabinets.

Laundry Room

  • Wash your washer! Scrub down the exterior, and disinfect.
  • Don’t forget your dryer. Also, thoroughly clean out your dryer’s filter. Using a vacuum can help to pull out those lint pieces that are jammed in there.
  • Do your wash – I’m sure you’ve gathered a lot during your spring cleaning.
  • Clean your vacuum! Replace the bag and clean the dust cup. Clean out any filters, and also wipe down your whole vacuum while you’re at it.
  • Clean your broom, too. Let it soak in soapy water, and vacuum out any leftover dust bunnies.
  • Throw your curtains in the wash.
  • Wipe down windows.
  • Mop and sweep the floor.
  • Dust any light fixtures, fans, etc.
  • Organize and wipe down drawers and cabinets.
  • Scrub any countertops or folding tables.

Front Yard

  • Vacuum doormats. Maybe throw them in the wash as well.
  • Mow the lawn and pull weeds.
  • Plant flowers if you have some extra time.
  • Wipe down and disinfect outdoor furniture
  • Remember to wipe down windows from the outside as well (at least the ones you can reach).

Back Yard

  • Really no difference from the front yard, but vacuum and wash doormats.
  • Mow the lawn and pull weeds.
  • Plant flowers or start a garden if you’d like.
  • Clean any chairs or decorations you have outside. Mop up your patio if you have one.
  • Clean your windows.

Pull out your mop and duster, because it’s time to get cleaning! Remember, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be boring. Put on a movie, pour yourself a drink, and get cleaning!

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