15 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

Spring is right around the corner…at least here in Texas.  The weather is starting to warm up and humidity is rising.  Overcast skies keep clinging on, but I can feel spring coming.  And I am so excited for it!  Spring doesn’t last long here.  It is brief before it turns into unbearable summer temps sometime in April.  Even though it is brief, I love it.  Spring and fall are my favorite seasons.  They are basically the same season here, and they are short lived.  Their limited time makes them special, which is probably why I love them so much.

I can’t wait to plant my flower beds and make a new spring wreath for my door.  Spring is a new beginning, a rebirth.  So shouldn’t your home get a fresh start too?  These last few gloomy days of winter are the perfect time to get a jump start on making your home feel refreshed.  I’m pining away for sunshine and comfortable temperatures.  In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of 15 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks to refresh your home and help usher in the bright colors and warm weather that is coming!

  1. Wash Your Curtains.  I wash my curtains a few times a year because my cats like to sit in the windows and somehow manage to cover the curtains in fur while they’re at it.  However, if you don’t have a million cats like I do, a once or twice a year washing should be sufficient.  Your curtains accumulate dust along the tops and bottom.  Washing them also helps bring in some freshness from your laundry detergent.  Depending on the material of your curtains, you may want to iron or steam them afterward to get rid of any wrinkles.  I have one set of curtains that gets about an inch and a half longer after I steam them because they have so many wrinkles.  I have another set that I just wash, dry, and hang.  Just depends on the material.
  2. Clean Your Blinds.  While you have your curtains down, why not take the opportunity to give your blinds a thorough cleaning.  I have bamboo blinds, so I like to clean them with a Swiffer Duster and then a good vacuuming.  Depending on your blinds, you may even want to use some warm soapy water to get rid of any dust and window grime.
  3. Scrub Baseboards.  This is the least fun task.  To keep them semi-clean during the year, I run the Swiffer Duster over them weekly.  However, there are always mysterious spots that need a good cleaning once a year.
  4. Clean Dryer Lint Trap.  This should not only be done for cleanliness, but also for safety.  Lint accumulates behind your dryer where the vent duct connects.  You should thoroughly clean the duct and any crevices you can access in the back of the dryer.  Not only will you have less lint floating around, but your dryer may even start working more efficiently!  It’s a simple task that takes 10 minutes with immeasurable benefits.  
  5. Clean Your Refrigerator.  I mean, this could be a gross task depending on how good you are about not hoarding leftovers.  It’s a good idea to take stock of your condiments and get rid of anything expired.  The fridge gets lots of mysterious drips from all the random items we store in it.  A good scrubbing once a year will keep it smelling fresh and force you to get rid of any science experiments you may have going on in there.
  6. Refresh Your Dishwasher.  Sprinkle the interior of your dishwasher with a light coating of baking soda and run a hot cycle with a cup of vinegar in the top rack.  This will keep your dishwasher fresh and help break up any hard water stains that may be trying to form so your crystal continues to shine.  Just kidding, who puts the crystal in the dishwasher?
  7. Inventory Your Pantry.  You know how sometimes you buy a really specific ingredient to use for that awesome Pinterest recipe, but then life gets in the way and it doesn’t happen?  Well, I’m sure that specific item is stowed away in the corner of your pantry, collecting dust and expired.  Check the dates of your canned goods and throw out any that are old.  Then restock your emergency supply!
  8. Check Interior Caulking.  If you have a newer home, this may not apply.  But it is a good idea to at least inspect all your interior caulking in your bathrooms and kitchen.  If any looks discolored or is wearing away, its time to re-caulk.  It’s a relatively easy task and will make your home look 1000 times better with fresh, clean, caulk lines.
  9. AC Maintenance.  If you’re spring cleaning, then warmer weather is approaching.  It would be tragic if on that first 90° day your AC didn’t work.  Make sure the interior unit is dust free.  Clean the lines with bleach or vinegar if needed.  Check your outside unit and make sure no debris has fallen in during the winter.  Clear the area around it, and if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, give it a good scrub.
  10. Check Exterior Caulking.  The same applies to exterior caulking as does interior caulking.  I know this year we are going to have to re-caulk around some windows and our French doors.  Good exterior caulking helps preserve the life of your home by preventing moisture and critters from getting in as well potentially lowering energy bills.
  11. Rotate Mattresses.  Rotating mattresses once a year helps keep them from getting lumpy.  If you have a two-sided pillow top, you can flip it.  If you have a memory foam, just rotate so you’re now sleeping on the opposite side than you used to.
  12. Clean Carpets.  If you read my Review of Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner then you know, I may have gotten a little obsessive about carpet and upholstering cleaning.  However, if you don’t own a carpet cleaner, now would be a good time to either buy one or have a professional come clean your floors.
  13. Rotate Large Area Rugs.  Same concept as rotating your mattress.  One area of your rug likely gets more traffic than the other side.  Especially if part of it is under a piece of furniture.  Not only does this give you the opportunity to clean under your rug, but it will preserve the life of your rug.
  14. Wash Pillows.  Even if you have pillowcases, pillows can still get gross from body oils and dust.  I just throw mine in the washing machine and run it on my “Bulky” cycle.  If you have synthetic material pillows, letting them dry in the sun is probably your best bet.  A natural fiber could go in the dryer if you aren’t worried about shrinkage.  A cycle in the dryer should kill any leftover bacteria or mites. 
  15. Organize, Organize, Organize.  The most important tenet of spring cleaning, so I saved it for last.  Decluttering can feel overwhelming, but it really does feel better to get rid of things you don’t need anymore.  So go through your closet, cosmetics, garage, files, etc. and get rid of last year’s baggage!  Spring is a rebirth after all!


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