Monday, 4 March 2013

The Complete Spring Cleaning Check-list

Copyright Louise Docker 2010 - Creative Commons

The first crocuses and anenomes have flowered and the sun's shone long enough to get some washing out.

It certainly feels like spring is on it's way.

And with spring comes spring cleaning!

I'm not great at the day to day cleaning, but I do like a good old spring clean.

The only problem is, I don't have a handy week free in which I can stop absolutely everything and get the whole house sparkling.

It would be much more manageable, if I could break it into little chunks and do 4 or 5 things every week throughout spring or even - radical thought! - one thing a week throughout the year.

But to do that, I need a complete check-list to help me remember what's done and what to do.


And as a list is something I can always come up with :-)  ... ta da! ... here it is, The Complete Spring Cleaning Check-list, (just click the link to download), covering everything you need to do whether you're doing it all in a week or spread out across spring.

Complete Spring Cleaning Check-list

The list is divided into four sections ..
  1. Dusting, vacuuming and polishing
  2. Bedding, soft furnishing and carpets
  3. Kitchen
  4. Bathrooms
Each section has 13 activities in it. The activities can easily be tagged onto your weekly cleaning routine.  I'm going to feature one section a week throughout March sharing my own tips and those from some of my fave household management blogs, so by the time spring starts I will be all ready to go.

First up is dusting, vacuuming and polishing ...


1. Clean out vacuum cleaner
Vacuums have to handle all sorts of gunk and get pretty gross inside.  So before you start clean out your vacuum so it can perform at its best - change bags and filters, rinse out tubing and wash brushes in soapy water as appropriate to your cleaner.

2. Dust on top of everything including wardrobes
Get a step ladder out so you can actually see what you’re doing and dust on top of wardrobes, shelves, window and door frames and curtain rails.  I use the dusting attachment on my vacuum cleaner to do all the hard work.  Once all the dust is up, spray with a dusting spray and wipe down.

3. Clean light fittings
Lights really attract dust, but easily get missed during the weekly clean as they're hard to reach.  A couple of of mine are horrid at the moment.  Get on the ladder so you can clean the top of them properly or if easier take them down to give them a thorough wash in soapy water.

4. Clean fans
Like lights, fans of all sorts are a magnet for dust, which they can end up recycling around the room. 

5. Vacuum behind and beneath all furniture
Pull out all the furniture, remove anything from underneath - particularly from under the bed - and vacuum thoroughly.  Vacuum behind and beneath radiators.  A long arm vacuum attachment and long arm brush are a god send for this.  

6. Wipe down all painted wood
Wipe down baseboards, banisters, trims, doors, sills, window frames & furniture with water and washing up liquid or a dusting spray.  If you get them really clean it’s easy to keep them clean with very light dusting, but once they’re even a little bit “sticky” - yuk! - dusting is hopeless.

7. Spot clean walls
Wipe down any mucky spots on the walls.  Get down to child height to find some of the major culprits.  Touch up with paint.

8. Clean windows, mirrors and paintings
Dust thoroughly first - you don’t just want to wipe the dust around - and then clean off any mucky marks with your preferred glass cleaning spray.  

9. Polish wooden floors and furniture
Clean furniture with a dusting spray and then polish or wax as required.  With a little supervision, children can be quite helpful with this as it doesn’t involve water and they actually enjoy rubbing as hard as they can :-)

10. Vacuum sofas and soft chairs
Pull all the cushions off and open them up as much as you can so you can get the vacuum into all those little crevices that are full of dust, crumbs and worse!  Put an old stocking over the end of the vacuum so you don’t suck up all those coins, pens, hair clips etc that you always find in the sofa.  Beat the cushions to get dust out and run the  vacuum upholstery brush on your vacuum all over the furniture to get out the miteys!

11. Polish silver and brass
This is definitely a great activity for cold winter days in front of the fire and the TV, rather than being kept for spring.  My mum always gets my dad to do it in front of the football - he does a much better job than her! - and children also enjoy helping out.  Don’t forget tarnished jewellery that needs sprucing up.

12. Wipe down electronics
Pull everything out so you can dust really thoroughly and then wipe everything down including the TV screen.

13. Dust books and ornaments
Our house is over flowing with books and a fair jumble of nick nacks.  Even if you’re good at dusting the shelves every week, it’s really worth yanking all the books off the shelves and giving them and the shelves a thorough dust and wipe down.  This is a great opportunity to donate some you’re never going to read again to a charity shop.

For the rest of the spring cleaning activities click below ...

Bedding, Laundry & Carpets
Kitchen
Bathroom

And if you're looking for ideas to help you around the house check out my housework board on Pinterest ..


If you've got your own great spring cleaning posts do add them here ...

Spring Cleaning Link-up




16 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! Thank you SO much! :)

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  2. Great list. It's difficult to find the time, but I find that doing just a little bit makes a difference. I've just wiped the dust off our house plants, and it's really lifted my mood! And the sun's shining too....

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  3. Good list. The one thing I need to do this spring for sure--wash the drapes. Seriously, I don't think I've done that since I moved into this house...several years ago!  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 
    Kathy

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  4. This is great! Thanks for sharing it! I would love to have you share it this week on Thrifty Thursday @ http://fromnature-tonurture.blogspot.com/ Hope to see you there! Bonnie

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  5. This really is so helpful! I found you link no Ladybird Ln and thought I would check out your blog. I'm such a neat freak but it can get overwhelming sometimes so this is so great to have it separated like this! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Oh dear, I need to get busy! This is a great list to make sure you don't miss anything. Happy Monday from the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  7. Great and well written post. I would love for you to come and share it on my weekly link up that just went live. http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/03/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-6.html

    Feel free to link up to 3 posts!

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  8. aaahhh more cleaning...don't remind me!! ;-)...lol

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  9. Love the cleaning list. Lists keep me on track. Looking forward to the next ones. Thanks for linking this up at Think Tank Thursday. I am featuring you today.
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/03/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-21.html

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  10. Featuring you today! :) Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/03/15-ideas-recipes-tutorials-for-spring.html

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  11. We just had the carpets cleaned so that takes care of at least one thing. The rest...well I'll be lucky to get those done before fall rolls around! ;D

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  12. His is a great list of things to do.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  13. Amazing Post, thanks a lot for sharing it. You helped me from tough job. Really good checklist. Nice work keep sharing.


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  14. Impressive post...it will giving me new knowledge regarding carpet cleaning.thanks for
    sharing..!!!!!!!!

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  15. It's definitely time to start thinking about cleaning and I always need guidance, thanks for sharing this.

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