Spring cleaning was once a days-long, labor-intensive ritual that took place after families spent long winters indoors. The months-long accumulation of smoke from candles, wood, and kerosene left grime and soot layered all around the typical 19th century home. Once the winter had passed and spring set in, windows were opened wide to let in the fresh air. Furniture and bedding were taken outdoors to be cleaned and aired out. The inside of the home was scrubbed clean.
While these outdated chores are no longer necessary for the 21st-century house, don’t rule out the practice of spring cleaning. House cleaning in Dulles is still a challenge after long winters spent indoors. Spring cleaning serves is a time to clean spaces, nooks, crannies, and corners that have been neglected over many months. It is no longer necessary to take the furniture and bedding outdoors to air, but it is a good time to catch up on home repairs, open the windows wide, and let the fresh air blow away the stale winter.
It’s important to plan spring cleaning so that you can accomplish the necessary tasks without overdoing it. Read on to learn how to prepare for your spring cleaning.
- Set aside at least a week for a thorough spring cleaning.
- Make a list of the necessary cleaning supplies and purchase them before you begin.
- Plan to clean your house from one end to the other.
- Plan some easy meals or healthy restaurant meals to save you from cooking on the days you plan to clean your house.
- As you move about your house cleaning, take note of household maintenance tasks that need to be done.
- Set aside laundry baskets, boxes, or totes which you will use to place articles that need to be sorted and put away. Use one of the smaller containers to save receipts you find as you clean.
- Plan for rest periods in between cleaning sessions. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep during spring cleaning week.
The following list will guide you in your new spring cleaning ritual if you are at a loss for where to begin.
Cleaning Throughout the House
- Open all the windows and let the fresh air in.
- Dust and polish the furniture.
- Empty out the closets, wash the walls, and mop the floors. Sort through all items you removed from the closet and make plans to take unneeded and unwanted items to a donation drop-off location.
- Clean light fixtures with a microfiber cloth.
- Clean the walls.
- Clean the light switches, doorknobs, window sills, and doors.
- Wash all indoor and outdoor mats. Replace them if necessary.
- Sweep and mop the floors.
- Empty out all drawers and wipe them clean.
- Sweep (or vacuum) and mop underneath all beds.
- Remove the bed linens and air the mattresses. Sprinkle them with baking soda, let it sit, then vacuum it off.
- Wash all bed linens, curtains, pillows, and duvets.
- Wash the windows.
- Polish the mirrors.
- Dust all art and décor items.
- Clean all vent covers and floor registers.