- Get to the bathrooms first. This will give you the opportunity to have a clean place to have a bathroom break in between attending to the mess in each room.
- Clean the bedrooms and guest rooms second. When you do this, clean from top to bottom. This would mean cleaning shelves and organizing hanging clothes before making your way to desks, drawers, the bed, and lastly the floor.
- The living room is the easiest to clean. Clear the coffee table of all magazines, pens, crumbs, etc. Spray it down and wipe. Put some cleanser on a cloth and use it to remove the built-up dust from the television, hanging art and pictures, the fireplace mantel, and the ceiling fan (you don’t need to use the same cloth for all of these).
- The Kitchen and Dining. Although these should be clean on a daily basis, you don’t get a chance to organize the cabinets and drawers, disinfect the dishwasher, and mop (weekly) everyday. Start with the cabinets by taking what is inside, out, and dusting the shelves. After you have done this for every cabinet (both up and down), move on to the drawers and repeat the steps. Prior to mopping your floor, you’ll want to have the dishwasher start disinfecting while it runs. To do this, fill a measuring cup halfway with white vinegar and pour some baking soda into the detergent place, then turn on the dishwasher to the hottest cycle. Now combine equal parts water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle with a few drops of liquid dish soap to produce a streak-free floor cleaner. Use a microfiber cloth to mop the floor.
Now that your house is clean, what about spring cleaning for your safety? Not to worry, we have tips for that, too.
- Change the batteries for each of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Change the light bulbs and ensure they are the proper wattage (this might be a good time to try out eco friendly bulbs).
- Ensure that your fire extinguishers are filled and in working order.
- Ascertain that wires that have remained permanently plugged are still safe (i.e. plugged in all the way, not showing any insides, and nothing is overloaded).
- Change the furnace filter and have your HVAC professionally checked.
- Do a home inventory—you might have gotten new things or thrown something out. If your list has changed in any way, note it. For more info on how to do this, visit our blog article on Taking A Home Inventory.
- Clean your gutters and secure window shutters.
- After all that salt was used in winter, your driveway might be filled with holes; have it paved (our partner, Cruz Construction, can do this for you).
We hope these tips worked for you and brought you to a cleaner and safer home. If you have any questions on how to keep your ‘home safety’ up-to-date, feel free to call. Happy spring!