Spring Cleaning

I don’t know if I’ve ever put it out there how much I love an organized and clean home.  I absolutely detest clutter.  Spring Cleaning is actually something that I love to do. I wouldn’t say that I’m sick, exactly, but I do love walking into a house where everything is clean, orderly and in its place.

I have an insane schedule with work and school right now, however, I do have a list of things I want to accomplish by the end of summer so it’s not necessarily “spring cleaning” per se.  That list so far consists of the following:

  1. Outdoors
    1. Sweep the front porch
    2. Plant some cosmos in the planter
    3. Weed!
    4. Paint my front door & touch up the railing on the front porch.
    5. Plant some cheap flowers in the back yard & replace the flowers in the planters on back porch.
    6. Call friend w/landscape business to aerate our back yard.
  2. Den:
    1. Fix printer or buy a cheaper one 😦
    2. Go through collection of pens & toss out bad ones.
    3. Reorganize my filing system so it’s easier and more efficient.
    4. Shred all sensitive and unneeded paperwork.
    5. Use Mr. Clean to clean the walls & repaint if necessary.
  3. Kitchen
    1. Repaint it to ivory/grey-beige from the butter yellow it is now.
    2. Reorganize the pantry
    3. Clean out refrigerator
    4. Clean oven
    5. Organize under the sink
    6. Throw away all mismatched tupperware
    7. Clean my espresso machine
  4. Dining Room
    1. Move my little girl’s tea party kitchen upstairs.
    2. Hang up artwork in the dining room.
    3. Make new curtains for the dining room.
    4. Perhaps repaint it to an ivory color from the powder blue that it is now.
  5. Living Room
    1. Sand and re-stain the coffee table.
    2. Organize all the books, dvds and electronic gadgets on the shelves.
    3. Make new pillows.
    4. Vacuum & steam clean the carpets.
    5. Hang up all my photos & art
    6. Clean and organize the closet under the stairs.  (I HATE THIS CLOSET. It reminds me of Monica from Friend’s junk closet).
  6. Laundry Room
    1. Add a shelf
    2. Wipe down the inside of the front loading washing machine
    3. Clean out all the lint in the dryer
    4. Move Christmas decorations to the garage
  7. Powder Room
    1. Clean & Vacuum the vents
    2. Clean toilet
    3. Scrub out the sink
    4. Remove the shelving unit and replace with something modern and sleek
    5. Sanitize the door handles
    6. Swifter mop floors
    7. Replace 2 year old bathroom rug.
  8. Master Bedroom
    1. Clear out and organize the random file cabinet in bedroom and sell the cabinet
    2. Get rid of all the mis matched socks
    3. Put up art on walls
    4. Vacuum & steam clean the floors
    5. Clean the windows and vacuum the blinds
    6. Clear out all junk underneath the bed
    7. Purge our closet.  Toss, donate or mend.
    8. Do all above from powder room in our master bedroom + clean out our bath tub & shower stall.


  9. Upstairs
    1. Clean kids’ bathrooms
    2. Hang up artwork in their bathroom.
    3. Replace their shower curtain.
    4. Adjust their towel rod because it’s crooked
    5. Reorganize/refold their linen closet. Make sure they are stocked on toothpaste, toilet paper, hand soap and towels, etc.
    6. Go through my little girls’ closets and purge everything that doesn’t fit.
    7. Same with my little boy’s room.
  10. General stuff
    1. Clean all the windows & vacuum all the blinds.
    2. Recaulk areas in the kitchen and bathrooms.
    3. Mop the floors.
    4. Clear out the garage – sell everything I can or donate things I can’t sell.
    5. Put shelving in the garage so I can move some of the cleaning supplies to the garage for easy access and also have a centralized recycling center in the garage versus all around the kitchen.

I know this list looks extensive and hard to tackle but I swear I thrive under making lists.  Nothing feels more satisfying than checking off a list.  I will tackle the easy ones first and then start working on the tedious ones with DH.    


6 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning

  1. That is a really long list but I am sure it is extremely helpful. After coming home from a long day, I am sure you can just pick one thing off the list and do it instead of stressing about where to start.

    I wish you the best of luck and I am sure you can knock off this entire list by summer.

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