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Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Week: My List

I have a confession: I'm OCD. About many things. One of the big ones is cleaning. I'm somewhat of a germaphobe. The only time I feel normal is in the spring when the rest of the world decides to pick up my habits. I'm willing to share with you my spring cleaning list! It will take about 2 weeks to complete if you follow this schedule, but it can & should be altered to fit your needs.

Before starting this, make sure you’re willing to get rid of stuff you no longer need or use. Don’t let emotional attachments get in the way of having the clean home you want. If you’d like, take a picture of the object, print the picture, then write the memory on the back of the picture.
Monday:  Clean out fridge & freezer. Take everything out. Wipe down all bottles & jars. Throw away anything past its date. Wipe down shelves, drawers, and doors. Clean out any crumbs in the rubber seals. Clean the top, front, and sides with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Put everything back in its place. Sweep and mop kitchen floor.

Tuesday:  Clean out cabinets. Work one cabinet at a time. Take everything out and wipe down every item. Throw away anything past its date. Wipe down shelves, sides of cabinet, and doors. Line shelves if necessary. Sort cabinet contents by container (can, jar, bottle, bag, etc) and/or contents (fruits, veggies, beans, etc). Place back in cabinets according to categories. When working on plates, wipe each one with wet washcloth or towel to remove any dust. Inspect dishes for cleanliness.

Wednesday:  Clean under cabinets. Take everything out. Clean all surfaces. Inspect all containers for leaks or faulty packaging. In bathroom, organize all contents by their use, person using them, frequency of use, etc. Place back according to categories. In kitchen, organize contents by their use, frequency of use, etc. Place back according to categories. If possible, place all cleaning supplies in a large container (bin, bucket, etc) for easy access in future.

Thursday:  Clean stove, dishwasher, and drains. In kitchen, pour boiling water down all drains. In bathroom, pour baking soda then a mixture of vinegar & boiling water down all drains. Wipe down front of dishwasher. Clean around seal of dishwasher. Run empty with no soap. Wipe down top of stove & panels where knobs are located. Take out all burners & drip pans. If possible, lift stove top. Place drip pans in sink filled with hot soapy water. Clean underneath stove top. Remove oven racks and place in tub or large sink. Mix baking soda & hot water into a thick paste. Place on all surfaces of oven and on racks. Let sit 20 minutes. Meanwhile, use rough side of sponge or a scouring pad to clean drip pans. Allow to dry. Fill spray bottle with vinegar. Working in small sections, spray vinegar onto surfaces of oven & racks & wipe clean. If needed, take pumice stone & lightly scrape burned on foods (be careful not to damage finish). Line bottom of oven with aluminum foil. Replace racks. Cover drip pans with aluminum foil. Replace drip pans & burners.

Friday:  Dust. Make a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Be sure to wipe down blinds, window sills, baseboards, doors, and light switches.

Saturday:  Catch up on laundry. Keep machines running. Iron as needed right away. Put clothes away as soon as done folding. While in closet, turn all hangers with the open end of hooks facing you. When putting away clothes after laundry day, turn so closed end is facing you. At the end of a year, give away any clothes that haven’t been turned around. These are clothes you do not wear. Place unused dryer sheet in drawers to keep them smelling fresh.

Sunday:  Rest. Enjoy your family. Bask in how much work you’ve gotten done in 1 week!

Monday:  Clean pantry. Take everything out. Check all dates. Wipe down all shelves. Line shelves if needed. Sort contents. Place back contents according to categories. Sweep & mop floor.

Tuesday:  Clean living room. Remove all cushions from furniture. Using attachment, vacuum all cushions and pillows. Vacuum area on furniture where cushions were, especially deep crevices. Put cushions and pillows back. Clear all surfaces possible. Wipe down surfaces and all items removed. Put them all back. If possible, move furniture & vacuum where they sit. Move furniture back & finish vacuuming.

Wednesday: Clean bedrooms. Remove sheets & wash. Remove anything from closets that isn’t clothing. Arrange hanging items by color. Make sure all items in closet are on hangers. Place toys in bins. Take all items from under beds. Vacuum under beds, if possible. Dust dressers. Take all items from bedside tables. Dust each item. Try to keep only necessary items on tables (alarm clock, glasses, book if you read at night, etc). All items that do not belong in bedroom return to their respected areas. Enlist the help of children if possible.

Thursday:  Clean bathroom. Remove all items from tub/shower. Make mixture of equal parts hot water, white vinegar, and Dawn dish detergent in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture to shower doors, walls, and tub. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well with clear water. Replace shower liner if needed. Wipe down edge and front of tub. Wipe down each item from shower & place back. Clean mirror with solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Use this same solution to clean counters, sink, and front of cabinet doors. Wipe shower curtain rod with washcloth or towel wet with vinegar/water mixture. Empty trash can. Wipe down outside of toilet with vinegar/water mixture. Using gloves and an old sponge, scrub inside of toilet bowl with a paste of baking soda & water. Flush. Wash bath mat. Sweep and mop floor. Do not let children use vinegar/detergent/water mixture & use mixture with exhaust fan on. Remove all contents of medicine cabinet. Wipe down all shelves and doors. Wipe each item. Check for items past their date & discard. Toss anything that is hard that’s supposed to be soft or soft that’s supposed to be hard or has changed color. Place the rest of the items back.

Friday:  Focus of floors. Sweep all bare floors & mop. Vacuum carpets. For stains, sprinkle area with baking soda, then spray with mixture of 1 part white vinegar & 1 part hot water. Use towel to apply pressure & bring up stain. Allow to dry. Vacuum again.

Saturday:  Outside area. Sweep porch, entry way, patio, and sidewalk. If possible, power-wash concrete surfaces. Sweep any cobwebs down inside & out with a broom covered with a damp towel. Also use this day to catch up on laundry. Iron as needed right away. Be sure to place newly-laundered clothes with closed end of hanger facing you.

Sunday:  Rest. Enjoy your clean home!

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