The sun is shining, and it’s finally starting to look and (gasp!) feel like spring here on Cape Cod. Since we are surrounded by the Atlantic, we tend to not have much of a spring here. The transition between winter and summer is sort of like going from 0 to 60.
So I guess that means that I don’t have much time left for spring cleaning! 🙂 Seriously though, there are some areas of my house that are in desperate need of some spring cleaning TLC. In fact, it may be the only time of the year that such areas get cleaned!
My Must-Do List for Spring Cleaning
So what are the areas on my must-clean for spring list? Here they are:
With three kids and a dog, there’s no shortage or dust and dirt that tends to accumulate on the floors and the baseboards. Run your finger along the top of the baseboard on any given day, and it can be pretty gross!
The spring is a great time to grab a bucket of hot soapy water and give your baseboards and wainscoting a thorough cleaning. I can’t promise you won’t be grossed out by the color of the water when you’re done! 🙂
Storm Windows and Doors
If you live in a cooler climate like me, you most likely have storm doors and windows to help keep you nice and toasty during cold winters. Since the storm windows and doors can be exposed to some pretty nasty weather during the winter months, and it shows!
Before you swap your storm doors for screens and put up the storm windows, give them a good cleaning. I go over mine with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt and then clean them with window cleaner. Place the doors in a clean, dry area; and they will be nice and clean when you need them next fall!
Lighting Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Light fixtures and ceiling fans are things you frequently overlook when doing regularly cleaning, but they can be a hotbed for dust and cobwebs! Run a damp cloth over light fixtures and ceiling fan blades (if you can reach!). There are also some great tools for dusting fans that are out of reach.
If you can easily remove the glass part of the fixture (like a sconce), you can take it off and wash it with soapy water. They’ll look brand new when you’re done, and maybe even a lot brighter!
Switch Plates and Outlet Covers
If you have kids, the chances are that your switch plate covers get REALLY grimy. Nothing like sticky popsicle hands going to flip the lights on! 🙂 Go through the house and clean all the switch plates and outlet covers with a damp cloth. The Magic Eraser works great for crayons or other stubborn stains you might find!
Move and Clean Under Beds and Couches
Under the beds and large furniture pieces can be scary places! I don’t even want to begin with the list of things I’ve found under our beds/couches! But hey, you might even get lucky and find enough money to buy yourself a latte for all of your hard work! 🙂 Getting out all of the dust bunnies and year-old snacks always gives me a sense of satisfaction!
What’s on your must-do spring cleaning list?