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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Tips: Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Checklist
by Kristen Kanoski

Spring is officially here! Your house and surroundings need some spring cleaning as well! Here is a great list of items that Kristen has put together.

Maintenance schedule to call for service

Carpet cleaning
Gutter Cleaning
Window Washing
Lawn maintenance service
Air-Duct service


Thorough car wash inside and out
Vacuum inside of car
Replace wiper blades
Replace windshield wiper fluid with bug wash

Outside of house

Power wash deck
Wash patio furniture
Inspect flower pots, replace broken ones
Inspect shingles on roof, schedule repairs or replace if needed
Wash out garbage cans, replace if needed

Inside the home

Every Room

Wipe down baseboards
Wipe down walls
Clean ceiling fans
Clean light fixtures
Clean blinds/curtains/drapes and window treatments
Wax wood furniture
Wash out trash cans
Move furniture and vacuum beneath it
Install storm windows
Oil window and door hinges


Flip Mattresses
Dry clean/wash dust ruffles, comforters and pillow shams


Go through medicine cabinet toss old medicine and makeup and other toiletries
Clear out cabinets and clean
Stock up on toothbrushes
Soak shower head
Reseal grout


Clean out pantry
Appliances – thoroughly clean inside of all of them
Vacuum coils and drain drip pan
Defrost and clean freezer


Go through last year’s paper and shred what u don’t need

Laundry room

Clean Dryer Vents
Wipe down washer and dryer


Go through clothes
Keep, toss or give away
Empty closet
Vacuum/clean floors
Dust walls and doors
Clean baseboards
Clean light fixture
Toss broken hangers

Winter Clothes

Pull out all winter clothes
Sort, keep, toss or giveaway
Wash, dry and winterize clothes
Repair any winter clothes/shoes needed
Pack away winter clothes

Tips for staying on track:

Keep boxes for toss and donate
Make sure you schedule a pick up for donations or make a drop-off date to make sure you don’t’ keep all the boxes.

Set a timer for each room or project
Take a break
Take before and after pictures


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