5 Things to Add to Your Spring Cleaning List

Ah, spring is in the air! The energy and itching urge to organize, clean, and throw open the windows may have hit you, or not, but spring is a great time to get some deep cleaning done that you might not do otherwise. And some of these may be really helpful if you are looking to sell your home too! Below are 5 places you may not have thought to clean! So get the gloves, buckets, and other cleaning supplies, and let’s get scrubbing!

  1. Clean out the fridge! This may not be one of the first things on your cleaning list, but a sparkling fridge and freezer are so satisfying. You don’t need anything super fancy to clean it out, just a microfiber or washcloth and some hot water. If you want, you can add some vinegar to that water or maybe a splash of bleach and a drop of dish soap. Start by taking all of the stuff out of your fridge (throw away any expired items!) and start wiping down all surfaces. You can usually remove all shelving, drawers, and shelf caps in the doors. These are all really easy things to hand wash in the sink and make it easier to wipe out all the nooks in the fridge! Don’t forget to clean out the seal around the door as well as the front and give the handles a really good scrubbing! You can also clean out the vent under the fridge, and move the fridge and sweep or vacuum under it!
  2. Wipe out your cupboards, drawers, and pantry! Yes, dust, crumbs, and other junk can live in your cupboards! This is an area that is good to clean every so often and is also helpful in preventing pests. Water and a washcloth or microfiber towel will be the easiest things to use. Make sure to have a dry towel to dry off the shelves and cupboard fronts. You don’t want water sitting on wood for too long. It’s also a great time to go through and pitch any expired items and reorganize!
  3. Clean your walls and baseboards! You can clean those? Oh, yeah! Notice that your walls may be looking a little grungy and there are fingerprints or scuffs everywhere? Most of those things can come off with just some water, washcloth, and elbow grease! Again, you can add some vinegar to your water to help with the cleaning or a very diluted soap solution. You’ll also want a dry rag to wipe behind you! If a spot is being particularly difficult, Magic Erasers are pretty amazing at removing almost anything! This spray is also incredible at removing your kids drawings and other junk from the walls. Your walls may look like you repainted by the time you’re all done!
  4. Make your light fixtures sparkle! Most light fixtures have ways to remove the glass pendants or fan blades to clean them! Take the glass fixtures and clean them with hot, soapy water and dry them with a clean rag. You can wipe down ceiling fan blades with a damp rag and dry them off. Your fixtures will be so sparkly and clean that your rooms may be brighter!
  5. Reorganize and sweep the garage (or pole barn if you have one of those)! This may be an all-day project! Open up the garage, get the cars out of there, and start going through all of the stuff that is in your garage! Make three piles (keep, pitch, and donate) and sort items accordingly! If you don’t have any already, buy some metal shelving units and Rubbermaid totes or other storage containers to organize all of the items that are kept! Once you have the floor cleared off as well as you can, take a push broom (or a leaf blower) and sweep all the dirt, dead leaves, and other junk outside! Your garage will look so good! While you’re at it, why not clean out your car(s)? Then you can have a clean garage and drive around in a car that feels brand new!

There you have it! 5 things to clean that might not be on your normal hit list! Now that you have the cleanest house around, it’s time to relax and admire your handiwork! Happy Spring Cleaning!