Winter gray and wet days begin to disappear with sunshine and green returning. This is the best time of year to do deep cleaning projects around the house. You can open windows and get fresh air flowing throughout the home. Spring signifies renewal and growth. Make this the time of year to clean and refresh, ready for the warmer months ahead.
1. Kitchen Cupboards
Clean out the cupboards, throw away expired or outdated food, and wipe down the inside and outside. Start anew with the bare essentials and try not to get bogged down in too many unused foods. Notice what was thrown away so that next time it is used before the expiration date.
At a minimum of every 3 months, a deep clean should be done to a regularly-used oven. While many ovens may have a “self-clean” option, here is another less involved and more natural way to remove the grime and grease. It involves a bowl, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, and sitting back.
Don’t forget to also use Real Simple Cleacleaningn cooktop cleaner to make your oven as clean on top as it is inside. With that in mind, you might also like to try our stainless steel cleaner, and the granite countertop rejuvenator.
The refrigerator should be cleaned regularly, but a deep clean is required about every three months.
Make sure to take all foods out. Throw away spoiled or ancient items. Most frozen items should be used within about 3 months of purchase. Here is a useful food safety chart.
Remove food, wipe down shelves with baking soda/hot water mixture, then dry.
Don’t forget to wipe down the outside of the refrigerator. It will look good and help the job look and feel complete.
Then, reorganize food as you place it back into the refrigerator. Organization will contribute to cleanliness as food is less likely to spill or get lost.
Like with the refrigerator and oven, you don’t need a fancy window cleaner to get a great result. Real Simple’s glass and surface cleaner is effective and natural.
Dry the windows after you’ve cleaned them if necessary to avoid getting the window frames too wet or damaged.
Pro tip: Make sure to clean the windows when there is not direct sunlight on them to avoid streaking.
Cleaning closets can be rewarding, fun, and allow you to let go of items that really aren’t cutting it anymore. Maybe they don’t fit properly, are a little outdated, or are worn. Donating unwanted items that are in good condition can also help someone else.
Organizations like Dress for Success take quality clothing and give to women in need of a boost for a job interview. Here is a list of 12 places to donate clothes. Some are charities and some you can even earn money for your used clothing.
Along with cleaning out the closet, maybe it’s time to stick to a minimal theme. Building a capsule wardrobe can keep your closet maintenance simple.
6. Kids’ Rooms
If you don’t have kids, you can skip this one! Or choose a spare bedroom or office to deep clean instead.
For those who have kids, this may be that project you dread. It’s going to be okay.
Get the children involved in the deep clean. You’d be surprised how much they can get into it with you.
Get boxes organized for keep/rotate/donate/trash and have your child decide what items go in each box. Make it into a game to keep the sorting moving along. Use the “rotate” box to keep toys fresh and interesting. Something may be fun for awhile and then lose its charm, such as a puzzle or game. Replace with a different toy from the rotate box from time to time. This can help with toy clutter too.
Spring is a great time to fluff up and air out the bedding. Take stock of sheets, duvet covers, pillows, towels, and blankets. Replace or recycle where necessary.
January and February are the best time to find sales on linens, towels, and bedding. Donate old bedding to animal shelters who usually take worn items for their animals.
Although you may clean your bathroom regularly, spring is a good time to go deeper. Rejuvenate your bathroom by taking everything out of the cabinets, donating or discarding old lotions and soaps, and stocking up on new products that you’ll really love, such as a great-smelling hand soap or shampoo.
Sort through the children’s bath toys. They may hold mold and need to be thrown away.
Replace old bath mats, shower curtains, and towels. The good news is that the sales for linens often also include towels and bathroom items.
Pick a nice day to clean the car yourself or schedule a time to go to a drive-through car wash. If you have kids, they will love helping you clean and wash the car, too. Then make sure to thoroughly vacuum. If we’re talking about spring cleaning, you’ll feel better if you clean the inside as well as the outside!
Depending on the size and state of your garage, this one could be a large project. If you have a lot that needs to be sorted through, divide it into a few smaller projects. For things that you don’t use or need, arrange to donate to a charity or a friend who may have a better use for it.
Of course, you may have other areas that need a deep clean, but these are a few suggestions. Turn on upbeat music and get to work. You’ll feel better – and lighter – once a few of these projects are done, giving you the motivation to power on and do more.