After having everyone at home for an extended period of time and with “the virus” still lurking around, Spring Cleaning 2020 is more important than ever! 

But even if you’ve disinfected everything in sight, there’s still more to do…and it will take your mind off of current events and burn those extra calories needed to shed those extra COVID-19 pounds.

While this may be a daunting task when you start thinking about your overpacked closets, stained carpets, streaked windows and dingy grout, tackling mini projects can help you get through it.

You could clean each room thoroughly or you could decide to do one cleaning item and do that to the entire house at once (like wiping all baseboards, then wiping down walls, etc.). I’ve found it helpful to set a 25-minute timer. Take a quick break after the timer goes off and then do another 25 minutes. 

Pick a method for your spring cleaning madness and get started (that’s the hardest part!)

According to Merry Maids, clutter has a way of sneaking up on people; slowly accumulating until it’s out of control. They say that there are five areas that are prone to clutter. Don’t think it’s a big deal?

Recently research has proven that a messy home can lead to mental stress. Additionally, clutter can keep you from having a CLEAN home (it’s harder to wipe a counter if there’s clutter on top). 

Maybe these areas would be a good place for you to start: 

  1. Clean up the entryway
  2. Declutter kitchen counters
  3. Organize your desk or drop area
  4. Clean out closets
  5. Organize your catchall garage

Need a little more help knowing what to do? Here are a few room-by-room things you might want to attack as the weather heats up and the snow melts off:

ENTRY

  • Clean floors including grout (if needed)
  • Wash windows
  • Scrub walls and touch up the paint as necessary
  • Clean overhead light fixtures
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Clean around door handles
  • Organize coat closet: match gloves, clean off boots and shoes, organize hats, scarfs, etc.
  • Clean or replace rug/doormat

KITCHEN

  • Clean stovetop / replace drip pans / remove knobs and run through the dishwasher
  • Clean microwave: bring a cup of water to a boil; the steamy interior will help to soften hardened spatters and splashes
  • Clean dishwasher and oven inside and out
  • Vac and/or wipe out all drawers and shelves
  • Throw out expired food in pantry, fridge, and cabinets
  • Clear and clean countertops
  • Clean and polish cabinet doors
  • Degrease backsplash
  • Clean seals on fridge, freezer, oven
  • Clean under fridge
  • Remove all items in the fridge and wash drawers and shelves
  • Scrub and disinfect trash can
  • Dust tops of high surfaces, including fridge and cabinets
  • Deodorize the drain and clean the garbage disposal by running a few ice cubes through 
  • Replace old sponges and stained kitchen towels
  • Wipe spatters and grease from walls
  • Clean baseboards
  • Mop floors / clean grout
  • Clean rugs and floor mats

BATHROOMS

  • Discard any expired makeup, medications (take them to a drop off point – do not throw in the trash or down the toilet), personal care products
  • Wash makeup brushes
  • Clean and wash combs and hairbrushes
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Clean showerhead: use the plastic bag trick 
  • Wash and/or replace shower curtain liner
  • Scrub grout
  • Clean toilet
  • Clean exhaust fan
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Clean faucet handles and remove water mineral deposits around the base with vinegar

BEDROOMS

  • Flip and/or turn mattress
  • Dust blinds: a dusting glove works wonders on blinds
  • Vacuum and clean carpets: don’t forget UNDER the bed
  • Organize closet and drawers: donate seldom-used clothing and accessories
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Wash windows
  • Clean or vacuum curtains
  • Dust ceiling fan blades and curtain rods
  • Shake or vacuum rugs
  • Wash bedding, including mattress pad and comforter/pillows
  • Remove surface clutter from nightstands

LIVING ROOM

  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Wash or shake pillow and blankets
  • Dust blinds and curtain rods
  • Wash windows
  • Clean ceiling fan
  • Dust lamp shades
  • Shampoo carpet and large rugs
  • Sanitize remote controls
  • Dust electronics
  • Remove dead leaves from plants, repot if needed
  • Clean walls of fingerprints and repaint scuffs
  • Dust photos and artwork: clean BEHIND those hanging on walls, too

Also remember to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms, change air filters on HVAC, clean screens, sanitize all handles and light switches, check CO2 monitors, replace light bulbs, check your fire extinguisher’s expiration date, clean air vents and registers.

The outside of your home could probably use a little spring spruce-up, too. Spray down the siding, repaint the front door, sweep up debris, shake out the welcome mat, wipe down webs…you get the idea.