Spring (Cleaning) is in the Air

A Streamlined Refresh for Interiors

Yesterday marked the first, official day of spring. Longer days and melting ice spark joyful anticipation here in New England. The change of seasons also means it is time to think about spring cleaning. People feel happier and more balanced when living in clean, organized space. But, we know for many, spring cleaning can be a daunting task. To make it less formidable, we will break it down into manageable steps. This week, we’ll focus on your home’s interior and provide a specific list of areas on which to focus. First we’ll include tasks for refreshing the home overall, and then we’ll break it down further by rooms. So don’t feel overwhelmed- you’ve got this. Put on your favorite music and before you know it, the yard will be blooming, windows will be open and your home will be sparkling.

Refresh throughout the home

  • Wipe down doors and trim work
  • Clean interior and exterior windows – let the light in
  • Spot clean walls and touch up any scuffed paint
  • Clean and treat floorboards- especially if you’ve had wet pets in and out all winter
  • Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures

Entryway and mudroom closet

  • Store your winter gear including snow boots, heavy jackets, hats and gloves – if it wasn’t worn this winter, consider donating
  • Thoroughly vacuum closet floor and re-organize any storage bins
  • Corral small items into baskets

Kitchen

  • Empty the refrigerator and throw out expired food. Wash drawers and shelving with warm, soapy water
  • Purge the pantry and clean all shelves and drawers. Forgotten crumbs can attract unwelcome visitors like ants and pantry moths
  • Remove all appliances from counter and clean behind each one
  • Remove build-up on kitchen cabinets – try Parker & Bailey Cabinet Cream or something similar
  • Polish stainless steel appliances – always with the grain
  • Deep clean microwave and dishwasher; be sure there is no trapped food
  • Check countertops to see if they need of sealer (stone) or catalytic finish (wood)

Living room and dining area

  • Deep clean rugs and upholstered seating
  • Remove all books and displays from shelving and clean
  • Polish silver
  • Add fresh flowers to dining table

Bedrooms

  • Purge closets of winter clothes, shoes and accessories – consider donating items not worn by family members
  • Remove heavy winter blankets from bed and change to lighter linens
  • Flip all mattresses

Bathrooms

  • Change shower curtains
  • Purge worn towels or bath mats
  • Organize vanity – dispose of expired medications and cosmetics
  • Clean tiled areas and check grout for discoloration
  • Clean mirror thoroughly
When you have finished, sit down and relax. You’re almost there. Next week we will focus on spring cleaning for outdoor living spaces. Soon you and your family will be enjoying a streamlined, sparkling, clutter-free season.