After spending most of the winter trapped in the house with colds, icky weather, other inconveniences, we often want to spring clean to rid our home of the grime and germs that surround u

s. However, it can be nearly impossible to know where to start, especially if you have a bunch of little clutter creators running around your house. Luckily, we have put together a few pointers with the help of our friends at that can help make your spring cleaning successful. 

Start with the Junk

There is no reason to put junk away. Grab two bins or bags and your cleaning equipment ready and start cleaning. Put trash in one and donate or yard sale items in the other. If you want to donate some and sell some, add a third bin. For toys are goods with multiple parts, make sure that all parts are there. If it is still usable without them, consider marking down the price or donating it. However, if it is in disrepair, you might want to just toss it. Of course, some collectibles and antiques are fixable, and people will accept them in less than perfect condition. Either way, if it is not going to remain at your house, get rid of it first. 

Look for Clothing that Doesn’t Fit or Is Out of Style

Unless you are actively losing weight, those tight jeans can probably just go. You don’t need to save them. Even if you want to lose weight, shouldn’t you just buy yourself a new outfit when you reach your goal weight? Reward yourself. Out-of-style clothes or clothes that do not fit can be eliminated. Toss them in the yard sale pile if you want to make money for a new outfit. 

Marie Kondoish

While you don’t have to decide if you love or hate everything in your home, it’s not a bad idea to consider rarely used items. Do you really need to keep it? If you use it once every three years, is there someone who has one you could borrow? Go through junk drawers and get rid of the tools and things you rarely use or need. If it is inexpensive enough, can you just replace it in three years if you need a new one? 

Store Seasonal Items

Store things that are only used seasonally. Plastic bins are the best storage containers because they minimize water damage if there is a flood, and they often deter rodents and pests if stored in a garage, attic, or basement. 

Start Cleaning

Once you have removed all the things from your home that need to go, you can start cleaning. One tip that might work best is to start from the top and work your way down. Let’s do a quick run-down of what that might be.  

Finish One Room Before Beginning Another

If you have some rooms with items that belong in other places, consider having cardboard boxes for each room. Place those items in the corresponding bin and continue working. As you move to the next room, you can put away that room’s bin. Don’t return to the last room until the end. Once you have cleaned all rooms, you might have a few things to put away from other rooms, but it will keep you from stopping and starting. 

Checklist General

Dust the ceiling for cobwebs
Clean any high molding for dust and cobwebs. 
Dust the ceiling fans. Special dusters can be purchased for high ceilings! Don’t worry when the above dust falls to the floor. You will be cleaning your way down. It will go! 

Dust light fixtures or clean them with warm soapy water.
Wipe down door jambs and walls—Don’t forget the window sills too. 
Remove window treatments.
Wash curtains
Clean blinds. Many can be soaked in a tub of warm water, but if yours are made of wood or other materials, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. 

Wash window and door glass—Pictures and mirrors should be dusted and cleaned as well. 
Chair rails and decorative molding should be cleaned as you reach the center point. 
Bookshelves and shadowboxes should be dusted. 
Dust the tops of lampshades as well as the bases. 
Tables and knickknacks can also be cleaned now. 
Dust or vacuum furniture
Wash baseboards, vents, and registers
Replace filters
Sweep, mop, vacuum, and shampoo floors, depending on coverings. 

Checklist Kitchen Additions

Remove expired or stale foods—no one is eating that 6-month-old cereal.
Clean Appliances, especially the oven and fridge shelves
Clean under furniture and appliances if possible
Look for broken or chipped dishes and remove unusable ones
Repair any frayed cords or wires if discovered 
Wipe down inside and outsides of cabinets
Defrost freezers

Checklist Bedroom Additions

Strip the bed and vacuum the mattress and box spring
 Wash Pillows, especially throws that might get missed on laundry day
Flip mattress
Reorganize closets and drawers in disarray
Organize toys in children’s rooms

Checklist Bathroom Additions

Scrub showers, walls, and windows
Scrub toilets—behind the toilets too! 
Scrub sinks and countertops
Sweep and mop floors
Discard any expired medications—follow recommended guidelines

Checklist Office Additions

Organize papers and forms
Clean computer area/ dust computer with compressed air and screen-safe cleaners
Sanitize mouse, phone, keyboard

Garage/ Other Rooms

Reorganize anything that has fallen into disarray. 
Don’t forget to clean the entrance way as that is the first thing people see when they enter your home.
Discard broken items
Clean floors, walls, and furniture not previously mentioned

Final Thoughts

Spring cleaning is a personal task. Some of you will not have all of these items to do, and others will have more. The most important thing for you to do is to work from the top down while cleaning and discard unusable or unwanted items. Donate or sell items you will no longer need that are in good condition. Do not take your trash to the local thrift store. No one wants to buy unusable items. 

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