Spring Cleaning List: Does It Bring You Joy?

    The weather is getting warmer, and snow piles are giving way to blooms. This can only mean one thing: Winter is ending and spring is on its way. It’s time to start thinking about prepping your home for the change of seasons.

    If you want to ensure that your house feels fresh, clean, and ready for a new season, it makes sense to spend some time doing spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a popular tradition for homeowners, where you not only get your space spick-and-span, but you also get rid of old clutter and belongings so you can have a fresh start as the weather changes.

    This year, we’re focusing on the KonMari Method for organizing when it comes to spring cleaning. Created by Marie Kondo, the KonMarie method is a philosophy that encourages people to choose joy in their home. According to the KonMari method, when you clean out your home, you stop and ask yourself if each item you have brings you joy. If an item does, you keep it. If it does not, you thank it for the time you spent together, and then you discard or donate it. If you follow the KonMari method for spring cleaning this year, you will end up with a living space that is only filled with things that lift you up and make you feel good, nothing that weighs you down, and a home environment that you have properly expressed gratitude for.

    If you are ready to get started with your spring cleaning for this year, the following checklist may help you. Go through each category and make sure you’ve devoted time and energy to each space and task on the list. If you can get through each item by the time winter’s gone and spring is here, you can expect to have a happy, fresh, and clean space to rest your head for the sunny seasons.

    For All Rooms in Your Home

    The following tasks should be done in every room in your home. These cleaning tasks will ensure that all overlooked places in your rooms are attended to.

    Clean Windows, Shades, Blinds, and Sills

    Go to your windows and clean them so they are sparkly and clear. Dust and clean off window sills, blinds, and shades. Cleaning blinds can be tough, but here are some helpful tips from HGTV.

    Vacuum

    Vacuum all rugs and floors throughout your home. Get up dust that has accumulated through the season during which you’ve had your windows closed and heat on. Also, vacuum other fixed cloth surfaces in your house, like drapes.

    Disinfect Places That People Touch

    Go through your home and disinfect things that people regularly touch in your home. This means that you should wipe down cabinets, drawer pulls, light switches, doorknobs, faucets, and more.

    Shampoo Carpets

    Have you been walking on your carpet in your snow boots all season? Shampoo your rugs and carpets and then let them dry. This will have them looking fresh and new again.

    Clean Baseboards

    You probably never look at your baseboards. You should this spring after winter is done. Clean the dust off of them, then run a dryer sheet over them. This will help stop more dust from accumulating on them quickly.

    For the Kitchen

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where you nourish people and it’s a gathering spot. Do the following tasks there to get it in tip-top shape for the season.

    Clean Out Pots and Pans

    Pots and pans get a lot of wear and tear. Go through each one, ask if they bring you joy, then get rid of the ones you’re no longer using. Keep only the best and your favorite cooking items so that you can remove some of the kitchen clutter.

    Go Through the Pantry

    Go through the pantry and discard expired food items. Also, do the KonMari method and determine if you have items in your pantry, fridge, or freezer that you are keeping simply because you bought them, not because you want them. Consider donating food items you don’t want, but that are sealed and fresh, to a food pantry or organization that collects food for the less fortunate.

    Sanitize Surfaces

    There are lots of surfaces in the kitchen that get a lot of use. Disinfect these to get rid of food germs or germs from people touching them. This means you should sanitize surfaces like the countertops, cutting boards, stove and oven knobs, refrigerator and freezer handle, sink faucets, and more. Learn to sanitize kitchen surfaces in a safe way via this guide from Colorado State University.

    Sweep Up Crumbs

    Do an extra sweep and vacuum in the kitchen beacuse the room tends to have a lot of crumbs.

    For the Bathroom

    The bathroom is another room that gets a lot of wear and tear. It’s also a room that can accumulate germs. Deep-clean for the spring and you can have a bathroom that feels great to pamper yourself in.

    Disinfect Surfaces

    The bathroom is another room that is important to disinfect regularly. Spend some time disinfecting surfaces that can accumulate germs. This incldues the toilet, the flusher, the sink and sink handles, the shower and bathtub faucets, towel racks, and more.

    Organize the Medicine Cabinet

    Go through the medicine cabinet and organize the products in it so you can easily reach the ones you use. Also, discard items that are expired or that you no longer use.

    Clean the Bathtub and Shower

    Make the place you get clean extra clean. Deep clean the shower and tub. Then, wash your shower curtain so that it’s clean and free from mildew. Here’s a helpful guide for cleaning your bathtub from Bob Vila.

    For the Bedroom

    The bedrooms in your home should be retreats. Spend some time getting rid of the clutter, and make sure they are clean and fresh-feeling for a peaceful, restful night’s sleep.

    Clean Out Closets

    Closets are one of the best places to use the KonMari method. Take out each piece of clothing and ask yourself if it still brings you joy. If it does, keep it, and if it doesn’t, toss or donate it. Then, make sure your closets and drawers are organized and easy to browse. Cleaning your closets makes your house less cluttered and your dressing routine faster and less stressful.

    Wash Bedding

    Wash all your bedding. This means sheets, shams, duvets, mattress covers, etc. You want to get all of the dust mites, sweat, and dirt out of our bed so you can enjoy a fresh cozy place to rest.

    Flip or Rotate Your Mattress

    Keep your bed feeling fresh and good for your back by flipping or rotating your mattress around. Not sure how to do that? Here is a helpful guide from the Sleep Advisor.

    For the Home Office

    Do you work at home? Or do you have a family that often uses the computer in a home office? Spend some time tidying that space during your spring cleaning routine.

    Disinfect Keyboards

    There are lots of fingers that touch keyboards regularly. Disinfect your laptop and desktop keyboards. Also, disinfect the screens of touchscreen devices like iPads and iPhones. Here are some great ways to safely disinfect your touchscreen devices from the New York Times. Also, you may want to use a can of air to dust out dirt and crumbs from inside keyboards.

    Clean Out Papers

    Get rid of clutter by getting rid of papers and files you no longer need. Ask yourself if you need each document anymore, then shred and recycle the ones that are no longer serving you. Consider digitizing papers that you don’t need a hard copy of but want to retain the information from.

    For the Living Room

    The communal spaces of the home can get messy and cluttered easily because they’re used by everyone! Here are some tips for cleaning and decluttering them.

    Disinfect Remote Controls

    Take some time to disinfect remote controls and game console controllers, since lots of hands touch them regularly.

    Flip Cushions and Wash Pillow Covers and Throw Blankets

    Flip your couch cushions to get fluffier, more comfortable seating. Also, wash your throw blankets you have out and removable throw pillow covers to get rid of dust and dirt.

    Dust the Television

    The television is a focal point, but it gets dusty. Clean it off for the clearest viewing experience. Not sure how to dust a television screen properly? Here is a helpful guide from Good Housekeeping on how to clean both your television screen and the remote controls properly.

    Clean Out Media

    Do you have videos, DVDs, and video games you use in the living or family room? Go through each one and see if each one brings you joy. Get rid of the ones that don’t.

    For the Laundry and Utility Room

    The laundry and utility room is important because it really helps keep the rest of your house clean. Here are some tips for spring cleaning your laundry and utility room so it can helpfully be a command center for cleaning the rest of the season.

    Clean Your Dryer Vent

    A dryer vent that is not properly cleaned out can lead to house fires. Take some time to clean out your dryer vent to make sure that the dryer is properly ventilating when you do your laundry.

    Wash Your Washing Machine

    It seems counterintuitive, but your washing machine needs to be washed, too. Clean your washing machine so it does not have bacteria or mildew in it. Here are some great ways to clean your washer from Apartment Therapy.

    Clean Behind the Washer and Dryer

    The washer and dryer are heavy. For that reason, you’re probably not moving them regularly to clean the whole laundry room. Do the best you can do clean the floors around the washer and dryer. This means that you should try to get behind and under them as well. If you can’t move them, do your best to use a mop or a broom to get into hard-to-reach places.

    For the Outdoors

    There are outdoor spaces in your home that count as living spaces, too. These spaces are particularly important for spring and summer, since they are a good place to spend time when the weather is nice. Here are some ways to get them ready for spring.

    Clean Out the Garage

    Use the KonMari method to declutter the garage. Go to each piece of equipment, tool, or old box you’ve stored out there, and ask if the items bring you joy. If not, it’s time to discard them or donate them. Decluttering the garage gives you more space to park comfortably and move around outdoors safely.

    Rinse Your Garbage Bins

    Do you have garbage and recycling bins? Clean them out for spring. Use a hose and a little bit of disinfectant to clean out the bins so that you can get rid of food residue, mold, bacteria, smells, and anything else that makes your garbage bins less than pleasant to behold.

    Spray Down Your Patio

    Use a pressure washer or hose to clean off your patio. You can get rid of debris that has fallen onto it over winter. Not sure how to effectively clean your outdoor ground surfaces? Here is a helpful guide to patio cleaning from HGTV. Gather all the leaves that fell through the season and place them in brown bags that your town or city can collect. Do some research to see when they pick up bagged leaves since most cities will do it for free weekly during the spring season.

    Once you have completed the following checklist, you have done a thorough spring cleaning. Ask if all of the items in each of these spaces bring you joy, and if not, let them go to someone else. By the end of this process, you’ll feel bright and light like the springtime sun, and you’ll be ready to enjoy open windows and cool breezes in a space that looks, smells, and feels fresh and like new.

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