Clean that drawer under the oven
You know the drawer. That one right under your oven that you probably throw all your pans and baking dishes in. Did you know it was originally designed to keep your food warm? I’m not sure how I feel about actually putting food in there, even for a short period of time, because it seems to collect dust easily. But hey, maybe if I remembered to clean it on a frequent basis I might change my mind.
Take the time to empty your oven drawer, maybe take the time to sort through your pans and get rid of whatever you’re no longer using. Then, using your favorite cleaner (I like to use non-toxic or organic) or a mild soap and water, thoroughly wash it out. While you’re down there you could also clean out all those dust bunnies underneath your oven!
Sort through your closet
Sort through your clothes and separate them into piles: keep, maybe, giveaway. Usually, if you haven’t worn an item of clothing at least once in the last year you should probably give it away. Granted, there are items (like formal wear) that we might not wear very often. If it doesn’t fit, if it’s so worn it could fall apart at any moment, or if it’s that T-shirt from high school you still have buried in your closet, you should probably get rid of it. There are also going to be those items you’re not quite sure about, toss those in the maybe pile and once you’re done sorting through all the others, revisit that pile and maybe you’ll have an easier time deciding. Don’t forget to sort through your shoes also!
Wash all your quilts and duvet covers
It’s pretty easy to remember to wash your sheets, but when was the last time you washed your comforter or duvet cover? If you’re like me you might also have some comforters stored in the closet somewhere that you use for your guest bedroom. It’s probably been a while since those have had a good wash. Be sure to follow the directions on the tags as best you can so you don’t actually ruin a nice comforter or duvet!
Clean out your bathroom cupboards and closets
Anyone else have products or medicines in their bathroom cupboard that are way past their expiration date? I’m sure I do. Sometimes things just get tossed in and pushed to the back until it’s basically turned into a miniature version of a really sketchy home pharmacy… Take some time to go through the cabinet, wipe it out, and double check all expiration dates. Now might also be a good time to figure out a better storage solution for your cabinets, I like to use small Rubbermaids to hold extra hair products, medicines, and other miscellaneous items.
Clean the ceiling fan(s)
When was the last time those got dusted? It’s one of those things you only think about like twice a year when you realize there’s about a 1/4 inch of dust on them. That can’t possibly be good for your allergies… You can use one of those extendable Swiffer dusters, or if you want to get really creative, you can use an old pillowcase to wipe down the fan with the inside of the pillowcase so the dust stays inside.
Wipe down the baseboards
Over time you may feel like your baseboards have started to change color and it’s probably because they have. There’s mud, dust, and who knows what else caked on them. Between my husband and our three pets, I feel like the baseboards are a prime target for collecting mud and dust. I like to fill a bowl with warm water and a mild soap and then I use a cloth to scrub down the baseboards. I’ve also heard of some people using dryer sheets!
Re-organize your pantry
Go through your pantry and toss out all the half-empty boxes or anything that’s passed its expiration date. I like to separate my pantry into different sections: Baking, canned goods and boxed items, snacks, breakfast, tea/rarely used items. I usually put cans, jars, or boxed items on the bottom shelf, most used items in the middle (easiest to reach shelves), and least used items on top. I recently got a bunch of different sized jars and used my label maker to label them for different items (pasta, rice, etc). This not only makes it look less cluttered, but it saves some space.
Give all your electronics a thorough wipe down
I swear our electronics collect a ridiculously huge amount of dust. I feel like I dust them, walk away, and I come back and they’re already dusty again. This is obviously an exaggeration, but you get my point. Dust piles up when you’re not looking! Take your Swiffer, or your favorite products and a cloth and give all of your electronics (and the surfaces underneath them) a thorough dusting. Don’t forget about any remotes or controllers you might have lying around.
Deep clean your carpets
I hate carpet. I’ll go ahead and admit it. At least with hardwood or laminate floors, you can see all the junk that gets tracked in, and that may seem annoying because you’re always having to sweep or vacuum, but you track all the same stuff into the carpet. The only difference is you might not see it! Especially with pets, carpets can get pretty dirty. My husband and I ended up buying our own deep cleaner that was especially meant for pets because we realized we would pay more hiring someone, or renting one from Walmart. That is one purchase I definitely don’t regret. However, if you don’t want to buy your own deep cleaner, you can usually rent them from Walmart or even some grocery stores.
Wipe down walls and doors
Just like with baseboards, the walls and especially doors can get pretty dirty. I like to use warm water and a gentle soap and cloth to wipe mine down, just be careful you don’t rub too hard and make sure you’re not wiping the paint off!
Hope this list helps with your pre-spring cleaning! I know how cluttered your house can get after a long winter of staying inside, this is a good way to kick that spring cleaning up a notch! Until next time.
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