After a long cold winter, there is nothing we love more than a good Spring Cleaning. It may sound daunting at first, but we actually find it to be quite enjoyable and, dare we say, therapeutic? We’ve made a list of 10 chronological steps to help you tackle everything on your Spring Cleaning to-do list from tidying up to deep cleaning and, don’t worry, we covered every nook and cranny.
So open your windows and let some fresh air in, turn on some music, put your gloves on, and get to work! For those of you who work full time and are thinking ‘I don’t have time for this’ – yes you do! Try and tackle one or two steps on your days off and before you know it, your house will shine like the top of the Chrysler Building. And when you finish, pour yourself a big ol’ glass of Butternut Wine because, honey, you deserve it!
Step 1. Declutter + Donate/Sell
We recommend taking a cue from Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up and start with your closet and dressers. Pull things that you no longer wear, don’t fit, don’t “spark joy,” or just plain went out of style. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn something in 2 years, it’s time to go. Go through drawers, cabinets, and bookcases throughout your home and declutter those too. After you’ve bagged or boxed all of the items you no longer use or need, donate or sell them. Your trash may be someone else’s treasure!
Step 2. Organize
Go back to the same closets, dressers, drawers, cabinets, and bookcases that you decluttered in Step 1 and organize them.
- Organize clothes and shoes by style or color or season.
- Organize miscellaneous items in drawers or cabinets by grouping like-items together.
- Organize DVD’s, books, and games by title or genre.
Step 3. Curtains + Rugs
This step requires a friend or partner as these items can be large and difficult to manage alone. Remove all the curtains from their rods and rugs from your home. Take them outside for a firm shake down to remove all the dust and debris that have accumulated. If there are stains or odors, use this time to drop them at the dry-cleaners or pop them in the washing machine. This step is key in making your home feel fresh and new again!
Step 4. Upholstery, Linens + Furniture
Go through your home and pull every sheet, blanket, duvet cover, towel, slip cover, and wash them! Some items may require dry-cleaning, so read the labels carefully. Don’t forget to lift the cushions on chairs and couches to vacuum, you’ll be surprised what you may find hiding under there.
Step 5. Refrigerator + Kitchen Appliances & Pantry + Medicine Cabinet
Sort through your refrigerator, pantry, and medicine cabinet and throw away anything that is expired, stale, or old. Wipe your appliances and cabinets down on the inside and outside to remove built-up food, dust, and who knows what else! There is nothing we love more than an organized fridge so that your Butternut Wine can be the star of the show!
Step 6. Sweep, Vacuum, Mirrors + Windows, and Mop
You’re making headway, we are so proud of you! Now it’s time to tackle those dust bunnies. We like to start by sweeping for an initial “pre-clean” so that the vacuum can properly do its job. Don’t forget baseboards and crown molding… cobwebs are always hiding and you don’t want to miss those hard to reach places! Next, grab a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex to shine every mirror and interior window that you can reach.* Finally, mop those hardwoods + tile and you’re well on your way to the Spring Cleaning finish line.
* If you have the budget, now is the time to call in the professional window washers for your exterior windows.
Step 7. Sinks, Tub/Shower, and Toilets
The not so glamorous, but critical, step. It’s time to disinfect your sinks, tubs/showers, and toilets! We like to use a good old fashioned sponge + disinfectant and go to town. Start with the sinks then move on to your tub/showers and finally the toilets before tossing the sponge in the trash! Focus on hard water stains, rust, and germs.
Step 8. Outdoor Furniture
Cleaning your outdoor furniture is relatively simple. Wipe all the surfaces down and if you have upholstered cushions or pillows, throw them in the wash or spray them down with the hose. A warm spring day + clean patio + Butternut Wine = perfection.
Step 9. Pets
Finally, if you have pets now is the time to properly clean their food and water bowls, toys, beds, blankets, etc. And, if it’s been a while, maybe treat them to a “Spring Cleaning” grooming session!
Step 10. Pour a Glass
YOU. DID. IT. That wasn’t so bad, was it? Don’t answer that! Go on and treat yourself, grab a bottle of Butternut Wine and relax in your clean home. Marie Kondo says, “the home is one of the only places we have complete influence over our space. At work, at school, in public, we are subject to other people’s aesthetic and structure. This is why dedicating time to express gratitude to your home is so important – you are reclaiming your voice and becoming more attuned to what sparks joy for you.”
We hope you feel fresh, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world because you deserve it! Cheers!
Need a quick reference? Download this quick reference sheet to hang on your fridge!