Springtime Refresh

Posted by Colleen Fletcher on

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During Covid-19 and beyond

Clean and revitalize...inside and out!

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As most of us are spending more time at home than we expected, let's make the most of it!ย  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 canโ€™t do anything about.ย  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 youโ€™ve used in the past.ย  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.

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And, since weโ€™ll be there a while, letโ€™s focus on making our spaces a little better to be in.ย  The stress of clutter, kids, piles and undone projects can sometimes be stifling. It adds to anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed.ย  Below is a list Iโ€™ve picked up somewhere along the road and itโ€™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 doesnโ€™t belong!ย  Others could probably use a distraction and a project checklist. Look overwhelming?? Donโ€™t worry...just try to complete 2-3 tasks a day. Itโ€™s doable in small amounts and completing a few tasks will naturally lead into others.ย ย 

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

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DEEP CLEAN CHECKLISTย 

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Foyer

โ˜ Dust lighting fixtures.

โ˜ Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.

โ˜ Wash bench or other furnishings.ย  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.

โ˜ Empty out coat closet.ย  Wash walls and floor. Sort items as you return them to the closet.ย ย 

ย ย ย ย ย Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.ย 

โ˜ Clean or replace entry mat.

โ˜ Sweep and scrub floors.

โ˜ Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

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Bedrooms

โ˜ Open windows.

โ˜ Dust furniture.

โ˜ For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back in neatly.ย Donate items you no longer need.

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

โ˜ Move bed.ย  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.ย  Sweep or vacuum under bed.ย ย 

Try not to store things under bed.

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

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

โ˜ Dust lights.ย  Clean lamp shades.

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.ย  Take out and wash window screens.

โ˜ Wash switch plates.ย  Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash mirrors and dust art.

โ˜ Wash doors and door knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Sweep/vacuum and wash floor.

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Bathrooms

โ˜ Open windows

โ˜ Empty all cabinets and vanity.ย  Wash inside, replace items neatly.ย  Discard expiredย medications and cosmetics.

โ˜ Wash outside of cabinets and vanities.

โ˜ Clean tub.ย  Wax if necessary.ย  Clean drain.

โ˜ Clean toilet, inside and out.ย  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.

โ˜ Clean sink and drain.

โ˜ Shine faucets.

โ˜ Clean mirror and frame.

โ˜ Dust light fixtures.

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.ย  Take out and wash window screens.

โ˜ Wash switch plates.ย  Wash walls and trim. Wash doors and door knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Sweep and wash floors.

โ˜ Reseal grout lines.

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Kitchen

โ˜ Open windows.

โ˜ Remove and clean window coverings or blinds.ย ย 

โ˜ For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.ย ย Donate unneeded items.

โ˜ Wash and sanitize cutting boards.

โ˜ Sharpen knives.

โ˜ Wash cabinet doors and knobs.

โ˜ Clean and organize pantry.ย  Check food expiry dates.

โ˜ Clean oven.

โ˜ Clean stove top.ย  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.

โ˜ Clean and organize fridge and freezer.ย  Defrost freezer, if necessary.ย ย 

Check food expiry dates.

โ˜ Clean under fridge and stove.ย ย 

โ˜ Vacuum refrigerator coils.

โ˜ Clean microwave.

โ˜ Clean crumbs out of toaster.

โ˜ Clean and descale kettle.

โ˜ Wipe down any other counter appliances.

โ˜ Wash counters and back splash.

โ˜ Wash and shine sink.ย  Shine faucet. Clean drain.

โ˜ Clean dishwasher.

โ˜ Dust light fixtures.

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.ย  Remove window screens and wash.

โ˜ Wash switch plates.

โ˜ Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash doors and door knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Sweep and wash floor.

โ˜ Reseal grout lines, if necessary.

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Dining Room

โ˜ Open windows.

โ˜ Wash curtains.

โ˜ Wipe down table and chairs.

โ˜ Wipe down or dust other furnishings.

โ˜ Clean chair pads, if applicable.

โ˜ Polish table, if necessary.

โ˜ Create a pretty spring vignette on table!

โ˜ Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.

โ˜ Launder table linens.

โ˜ Shine silverware.

โ˜ Dust art.

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.ย  Take out and wash window screens.

โ˜ Wash switch plates.ย 

โ˜ Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash doors and door knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Clean floors.

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Living Room/Family Room/Playroomย 

โ˜ Open windows.

โ˜ Vacuum sofas.

โ˜ Spot clean sofas, if applicable.

โ˜ Launder throw pillows and blankets.

โ˜ Dust shelves, furniture and decor.

โ˜ Clean lamps and lampshades.ย 

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.

โ˜ Take out and wash window screens.

โ˜ Clean television screen.

โ˜ Carefully dust electronics.

โ˜ Tidy electronics wires.ย  Tuck nicely out of sight. Label them, if practical.

โ˜ Sort through music and DVD collections.ย  Purge things that no longer suit your family'sย interests.ย  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.

โ˜ Sort books and magazines.ย  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your family's interests.

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

โ˜ Wash switch plates.

โ˜ Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash doors and knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Clean floors.

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Laundry Room

โ˜ Open windows.

โ˜ Wash windows and window sills.

โ˜ Take out and wash window screens.

โ˜ Wash cabinet doors.

โ˜ Wash inside cabinets.

โ˜ Wash laundry sink.ย  Shine faucet. Clean drains.

โ˜ Wash outside of washer and dryer.

โ˜ Wash inside of washing machine.

โ˜ Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryerย sheets.ย  Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.

โ˜ Wash switch plates.

โ˜ Wash walls and trim.

โ˜ Wash doors and door knobs.

โ˜ Wash floor registers and other vent covers.

โ˜ Sweep and wash floors.

โ˜ Reseal grout lines, if applicable.

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Stairwellsย 

โ˜ Sweep/vacuum stairs.

โ˜ Spot clean walls.

โ˜ Wipe down handrail.

โ˜ Dust art and light fixtures.

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Outsideย 

โ˜ Sweep porches and walkway.

โ˜ Wash thresholds.

โ˜ Wash exterior doors.ย  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.

โ˜ Clean or replace welcome mat.

โ˜ Wash siding.

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Remember to:

โ˜ Clean blades of ceiling fans.

โ˜ Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).

โ˜ Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

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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

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

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