As a stay-home mom, my job title is sort of like an umbrella that covers several duties. I’m a chauffeur, a chef, a tutor and a nurse. An accountant. A personal shopper. Secretary. When you throw together a few duties from each of those titles, you begin to get an accurate representation of life as I know it. Often times, though, I feel as though the title ‘maid’ most accurately describes the majority of my job. Especially this time of year, when I’m busy spring cleaning. Maybe I just have dust bunnies on my mind, but today I thought I’d share a checklist for those of you who, like me, are busy polishing and shining everything in your house. It can be difficult to remember to tidy every seldom-used nook and cranny, after all, but this checklist should help you get your place cleaned up for spring in a hurry.
- Check shower curtain liner and replace if needed
- To clean grout in the shower, make a cleaning solution with one part vinegar and one part water and apply to grout in a circular motion with a stiff brush
- Use the same solution (and a rag) to clean baseboards
- Discard toothbrushes that are over three months old
- Remove decorative towels from rod. Wash and dry them before replacing
- Clean doorframes and light fixtures
- Remove linens for laundering
- While the sheets are in the washer, use the brush tool of a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the mattress
- Dust ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
- Use the brush tool of the vacuum to clean any drapes or curtains
- Dust and polish wooden blinds
- Flip the mattress
- Go through the refrigerator to check for outdated condiments. Discard food items that are past the ‘best by’ date
- Use the vinegar/water cleaning solution to wipe down shelves and drawers in the fridge and freezer
- Use the brush tool on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge.
- Wipe dust and grime off the top of the fridge
- Clean the oven
- Wipe out the microwave
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a glass measuring cup. With only the vinegar filled measuring cup inside, run the dishwasher with a full cleaning cycle of hot water
- Dust and polish ceiling fan blades
- Dust atop picture frames and decorative items on shelves
- Condition leather furniture
- Sweep porches and decks
- Check exterior light bulbs to see if they need replacing
Hopefully it won’t take you too long to complete this cleaning checklist in your own house. When you do, I have one last block for you to check:
- Put your feet up and enjoy a margarita on the rocks.
You earned it!