Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Spring Cleaning 101 | Family Economics
I looked on the Internet for the definition of spring cleaning and this is what I found: the period in springtime set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in climates with a cold winter.
The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom that would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However, it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise.
The sun is peeking out once again the Internet says that when the first warm days arrive, spring cleaning will begin to take place. So, where do we begin?
Follow these steps for easy spring cleaning!
1. Make a list: I’m a list person so I always suggest making a list first. Begin by using a notebook and walking into each room of your home and writing down all the things that need to be cleaned in each room. This will help you create your own spring cleaning checklist.
2. Decide what to include: Keep in mind the goal is to deep clean each area of your home. Some things to include on this list might be:
• Washing windows
• Cleaning window coverings
• Dusting baseboards
• Washing linens
• Cleaning out cupboards, drawers and closets
• Cleaning light fixtures
• Dusting ceiling fans
• Replacing light bulbs
• Replacing batteries in smoke detectors
• Cleaning window tracks and frames
• Cleaning sides and backs of kitchen appliances
• Cleaning the inside of your oven and dishwasher
• Replacing shelf liners in kitchen cabinets, if needed
• Washing behind your washer and dryer
• Cleaning underneath all beds
• Cleaning all towel bars and cabinet handles
3. Get the supplies: After you have created your checklist, make a list of supplies you will need to begin your spring cleaning such as cleaning supplies, new organization tools, boxes, etc.
4. Make a schedule: Determine when you will accomplish your spring cleaning tasks. Keep in mind how much time each task will take you as you plan your schedule.
5. Don’t over plan: Spread the tasks out over several weeks. Remember spring is longer than one week. This could be a great time to start your 31 Day Project Challenge.
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Time to get spring cleaning! What will you begin cleaning first?