Springtime Refresh

Posted by Colleen Fletcher on

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During Covid-19 and beyond

Clean and revitalize...inside and out!

 

As most of us are spending more time at home than we expected, let's make the most of it!  What a perfect time for a springtime REFRESH of both our minds and our spaces. Take some time for yourself...spend a few minutes every day and focus on releasing the concerns that we can’t do anything about.  For some of us, our baseline anxiety is pretty high right now...uncertainty, grief, loneliness, financial issues, and obvious health concerns. For just a few minutes...release all of that. Release the coping mechanisms you’ve used in the past.  Get down to the bare necessities of what you need and what you can do right now. Clear out some brain space for moving forward.

 

And, since we’ll be there a while, let’s focus on making our spaces a little better to be in.  The stress of clutter, kids, piles and undone projects can sometimes be stifling. It adds to anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed.  Below is a list I’ve picked up somewhere along the road and it’s a pretty thorough breakdown of a room-by-room deep clean. While I realize some of you are stuck at home with small children and cleaning poop out of places where it doesn’t belong!  Others could probably use a distraction and a project checklist. Look overwhelming?? Don’t worry...just try to complete 2-3 tasks a day. It’s doable in small amounts and completing a few tasks will naturally lead into others.  

 

We’re all doing our best.  Let’s use this as an opportunity to better ourselves and our lives for the future.  Detox and release that which no longer serves you...physically and emotionally! I’m available for distance healing which can definitely help in releasing stuck places.  Take care of yourselves and please feel free to reach out. 

 

DEEP CLEAN CHECKLIST 

 

Foyer

☐ Dust lighting fixtures.

☐ Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.

☐ Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.

☐ Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor. Sort items as you return them to the closet.  

     Store out of season items, donate unneeded items. 

☐ Clean or replace entry mat.

☐ Sweep and scrub floors.

☐ Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

 

Bedrooms

☐ Open windows.

☐ Dust furniture.

☐ For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back in neatly. Donate items you no longer need.

☐ Remove everything from closets.  Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on closet floor.

☐ Move bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  

Try not to store things under bed.

☐ Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and then vacuuming it up.

☐ Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.

☐ Dust lights.  Clean lamp shades.

☐ Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.

☐ Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash mirrors and dust art.

☐ Wash doors and door knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Sweep/vacuum and wash floor.

 

Bathrooms

☐ Open windows

☐ Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.

☐ Wash outside of cabinets and vanities.

☐ Clean tub.  Wax if necessary.  Clean drain.

☐ Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.

☐ Clean sink and drain.

☐ Shine faucets.

☐ Clean mirror and frame.

☐ Dust light fixtures.

☐ Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.

☐ Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim. Wash doors and door knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Sweep and wash floors.

☐ Reseal grout lines.

 

Kitchen

☐ Open windows.

☐ Remove and clean window coverings or blinds.  

☐ For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.

☐ Wash and sanitize cutting boards.

☐ Sharpen knives.

☐ Wash cabinet doors and knobs.

☐ Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.

☐ Clean oven.

☐ Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.

☐ Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  

Check food expiry dates.

☐ Clean under fridge and stove.  

☐ Vacuum refrigerator coils.

☐ Clean microwave.

☐ Clean crumbs out of toaster.

☐ Clean and descale kettle.

☐ Wipe down any other counter appliances.

☐ Wash counters and back splash.

☐ Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.

☐ Clean dishwasher.

☐ Dust light fixtures.

☐ Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.

☐ Wash switch plates.

☐ Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash doors and door knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Sweep and wash floor.

☐ Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

 

Dining Room

☐ Open windows.

☐ Wash curtains.

☐ Wipe down table and chairs.

☐ Wipe down or dust other furnishings.

☐ Clean chair pads, if applicable.

☐ Polish table, if necessary.

☐ Create a pretty spring vignette on table!

☐ Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.

☐ Launder table linens.

☐ Shine silverware.

☐ Dust art.

☐ Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.

☐ Wash switch plates. 

☐ Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash doors and door knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Clean floors.

 

Living Room/Family Room/Playroom 

☐ Open windows.

☐ Vacuum sofas.

☐ Spot clean sofas, if applicable.

☐ Launder throw pillows and blankets.

☐ Dust shelves, furniture and decor.

☐ Clean lamps and lampshades. 

☐ Wash windows and window sills.

☐ Take out and wash window screens.

☐ Clean television screen.

☐ Carefully dust electronics.

☐ Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight. Label them, if practical.

☐ Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your family's interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.

☐ Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your family's interests.

☐ Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm, soapy water.  Rinse and dry. Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.

☐ Wash switch plates.

☐ Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash doors and knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Clean floors.

 

Laundry Room

☐ Open windows.

☐ Wash windows and window sills.

☐ Take out and wash window screens.

☐ Wash cabinet doors.

☐ Wash inside cabinets.

☐ Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drains.

☐ Wash outside of washer and dryer.

☐ Wash inside of washing machine.

☐ Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets.  Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.

☐ Wash switch plates.

☐ Wash walls and trim.

☐ Wash doors and door knobs.

☐ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

☐ Sweep and wash floors.

☐ Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

 

Stairwells 

☐ Sweep/vacuum stairs.

☐ Spot clean walls.

☐ Wipe down handrail.

☐ Dust art and light fixtures.

 

Outside 

☐ Sweep porches and walkway.

☐ Wash thresholds.

☐ Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.

☐ Clean or replace welcome mat.

☐ Wash siding.

 

Remember to:

☐ Clean blades of ceiling fans.

☐ Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).

☐ Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

 

And, if you would like to print this out so you can check off all that you have accomplished. Then, here you go!!!

Deep Clean Checklist

 

You might also enjoy some new fresh scents in your house.

 

 

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