Is your home ready for a good spring cleaning? Breathe some new life into your home with our new DIY spring cleaning guide for 2020.
At HeyBryan, we suggest making this a Monday to Friday thing (who wants to work on weekends right?) – focus on one room a day and in 5 days, your home will be shiny, clean and just like new!
But before you begin grab three bins to keep you organized…
The donation bin
Anything you come across during spring cleaning that needs to be donated or given away will be placed in this bin. You can also make a list of the items that do not fit in a box.
The put away bin
While cleaning out certain areas of your house, you will definitely notice that some items are in the wrong place. Put them in the Put Away Bin to allow yourself not to forget where these belong.
The repair bin
The repair bin is for items that need to be fixed, mended or repaired. Place these items in the Repair Bin to allow yourself to keep organized and on top of things.
Now that you’re organized, time to get started with your spring cleaning…
- Monday – Bathrooms
- Tuesday – Bedrooms
- Wednesday – Laundry Room
- Thursday – Living Room
- Friday – Kitchen
Monday – Bathrooms
- Move all items from their usual spot. This will allow you open up the space. Remove all items from cabinets, bathtub, shower, counter, towels, rugs and trash cans. Wash rugs and towels.
- Dust and vacuum. Use a long-handled duster to remove any debris from vents, light fixtures or fans. Vacuum after to remove any fallen debris.
- Clean the shower and bathtub. Mix your desired cleaning solution and let it soak on your shower and bath. Check out this post for 5 natural cleaning hacks for your home. Wipe down your shower curtain or door, remove grub, rinse and repeat if necessary.
- Wipe down all surfaces. Use an all-purpose cleaner to a cleaning device and wipe all towel racks, baseboards, shelves, doors, blinds and windowsills. Clean vanity area including sink, faucets and countertops and use glass cleaner on your mirror.
- Clean the toilet. Use a good toilet cleaner, scrub with a toiler brush and let it soak before flushing. Spray the outside of the toilet with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a cloth.
- Mop the floor. Mop the bathroom floor with a cleaning solution. Once dry, replace your fresh laundered towels and rugs
- Organize your items. As you begin returning your items to their regular spots, look for expired items or throw out items you do not use anymore. Use your bins!!
Tuesday – Bedrooms
- Remove all linens to launder. Strip bed of all linens and wash
- Dust. Using a long-handled duster to dust fans, surfaces, ceiling, window moldings, windows, walls and baseboards. Use a dry microfibre cloth and wipe picture frames.
- Vacuum. Move furniture so you can vacuum beneath it, if you can. Make sure to vacuum the base of the walls and under the bed.
- Take out the trash. To clean the trash can, you can mix ½ a cup of white vinegar to one cup of water. Wipe the can down with a brush and let dry.
- Linens. After they have been washed, return them to their original spot.
- Air the room out. Open all the windows to allow the room to air out. If you struggle with allergies, make sure to close them before dusk to minimize pollen exposure.
Wednesday – Laundry Room
- Washing machine. Run white vinegar through your washer – it helps to sanitize and clean.
- Dryer. Empty the lint trap and wipe down. If you use fabric softener it can cause a waxy build up. Wipe the inside walls with a cloth, soap and warm water.
- Appliances. Wipe down the outsides of each appliance with all-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth.
- Sink. Wash with cleaner and a cloth.
- Countertops. Wipe down all surfaces including bins, shelves and cabinet fronts.
- Floor. Mop of vacuum the floor. Don’t forget under and behind the washer and dryer as well!
Thursday – Living Room
- Remove curtains or drapes. Take them to laundry room and if their washable, wash them or bring them to the dry cleaners if needed.
- Dust (work from top to bottom). Dust ceiling fan with a long-handled duster. Focus on the ceiling, corners, top of window frames, walls, windowsills, then baseboards. Finally, dust all sides of tables, lampshades, electronics.
- Soft furniture. Move all cushions and pillows from couches. Take them outside and beat them with a clean broom. Let them air out. Move furniture off the walls and bust behind them. If your vacuum has an upholstery attachment, vacuum the sofa and chairs.
- Vacuum. Vacuum all lampshades and fireplace using the dust attachment on your vacuum. Focus on base of walls, heavy furniture and obviously, floors!
- Last few steps. Rehang curtains. Straighten books/magazines, and throw away trash.
Friday – Kitchen
- Empty the sink. Deal with dirty dishes by hand washing and drying them or running the dishwasher.
- Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets. Empty the contents of your fridge and freezer, clean the shelves and drawers with an all-purpose cleaning spray and wipe down. Throw out any expired foods in cabinets, fridge or freezer. Make a list of items you need to replace and return items into the correct spot.
- Degrease and clean cooking appliances. Clean the oven. Take off stove grates and other removable parts and clean with chosen cleaner (soapy steel pads do an excellent job). Remove stuck on foods from microwave.
- Wash cabinets, surfaces and appliances. Use chosen cleaner for chosen surface.
So, there you have it. Your DIY home spring cleaning checklist for 2020. And remember, can’t be bothered to do any of this yourself? HeyBryan local home cleaning experts are standing by, ready and able to help.