Greetings! Welcome to part 4 of my spring checklist series for homeowners! This week’s focus will be on cleaning and organizing inside your home.

  1. Create a plan of attack. Spring cleaning can seem a tad overwhelming to even the most domestic of home owners. Prepare a list of everything that needs cleaning (don’t forget the oven and the windows!), and break it up by area. Spread the chores out over the course of a few days, and try to clean just one room at a time.
  2. Get ready. Get out the wood polisher, dusting spray, oven cleaner, glass cleaner, floor polish, etc. Make sure everything is up to date and that you have enough of each to get the job done. Inspect your broom, mop, sponges, and toilet brushes for damage. Replace any parts that aren’t firmly attached. Pull out your lighter bed sheets, comforters, and/or curtains, and put them where they’ll be easy to reach when you need them.
  3. De-clutter. Go through the attic, the basement, and your closets and toss, give away, or find a more permanent storage solution for anything you haven’t used or looked at in at least a year. Put away or get rid of the knickknacks you don’t like or that no longer match your décor. Clean out your medicine cabinets and kitchen pantries and throw out anything that’s expired or that you can no longer use.
  4. Get cleaning! Scrub the kitchen, organize the garage, and polish the floors. Wash the cabinets, shelves, and door jams. Wipe the smudges and fingerprints off the walls. Dust the blinds and the ceiling fans. Don’t forget the woodwork!
  5. Make final repairs. When you were cleaning, you likely came across places where the woodwork was chipped, the paint was faded or peeling, and the cabinets were misaligned. Take the time to correct those problems. You’ll be amazed at how much better a room looks when everything’s in good condition. You may also want to take this time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors, fire alarms, and security systems.