SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

With springtime allergens from local trees, pollen and dust buildup from being boxed in over the winter. Spring cleanup may not be as fun as the lake, or a nice dinner, but there is satisfaction to coming home to a picture perfect home. Divide work over a couple of days if needed.

  • Vacuum air and dryer vents, along with the mattress to remove buildup of dust and other allergens. We recommend a HEPA-compliant vacuum. Every other year is is recommended replacing the duct.
  • Declutter and donate to charity unneeded items that someone else can put to good use.
  • Clean inside of cabinets
  • Dusting (discard the feather duster as it just moves dust around), use a damp microfiber cloth and work from the highest areas and work down. Delicate items can be dusted with a small paintbrush.
  • Get a plastic tray for the main entry. That way dirt and mud stops there.
  • Decrumb toasters
  • Clean the refigerator & freezer
  • Disinfect doorknobs, remotes and light switches
  • Service your air conditioner
  • Spring & fall are good times to change batteries in smoke detectors, then test to make sure they are working properly
  • Clean ceiling fans and lampshades
  • Clear cobwebs in rooms using a broom handle, or vacuum
  • Wipe down baseboards. Using a dryer sheet on clean baseboards can help repel dust.
  • Clean the microwave. Covering food during heating can help reduce splatter.
  • Hose down & disinfect garbage cans
  • Spring is a good time to declutter. Items no longer in use and in good condition can be given to charity. Let useful items have a second life. Recycle other items as appropriate
  • Wash windows; both the glass and window sills.

Want extra help, children can assist with chores. Not only does this teach them life skills, including responsibility and a work ethic, but it helps them respect the hard work it takes to maintain a home. Rewards and incentives at the end show them you appreciate the help.