The birds are chirping, the sun is rising, and the dust is collecting. If you’re looking to give yourself a fresh start, then consider tidying up your home once and for all. This spring cleaning checklist will give your home a face-lift. After you’ve cleaned your space thoroughly, adopt habits that make a once a year cleaning extravaganza unnecessary.

Kitchen

  1. Clean all steel appliances with a specialized product, or try using at-home remedies such as white vinegar, club soda, or baking soda. Forgo paper towels in favor of cotton cloths for maximum appliance shine.
  2. Clean out your refrigerator. Throw out all past-due products and food items that are no longer edible. Remove everything else while you scrub your drawers clean. You’ll be surprised at how much food residue there is in the remote corners of your fridge. Do the same with your pantry.
  3. Dust all shelves and cabinets and spray down with disinfectant.
  4. Wash floors in your preferred method and shake out dust from any floor mats. If that’s inadequate, use your vacuum.

Dining Room

  1. Dust your china and table linens. You may need to have a professional press your linens.
  2. Dust and polish your wood—cabinets, tables, and hardwood floors.
  3. Wash and scrub the walls.
  4. Dust the crown molding and clean the light fixtures.
  5. Clean the windows thoroughly—they usually don’t get much attention!

Bathrooms

  1. Clean and disinfect the air vents, light switches, mirrors, shower caddy, shower glass, and tub. You’ll also want to scrub the tile grout thoroughly.
  2. If your bathtub is old and shows signs of wear and tear, this may take some time. As most bathtubs are porcelain, it’s important to avoid highly acidic products such as vinegar. Also, avoid steel wool as this will damage the finish on the porcelain. It’s best to use a trusty cleaning rag, liquid dishwashing soap, or baking soda.
  3. Scrub out your toilet with toilet cleaner.
  4. Replenish essential toilet items like soap, toilet paper, and maybe even candles to get rid of any lingering unpleasant scents.
  5. Wipe down floors.

Living Room

  1. Focus on the furniture. Remove cushions and use a hand vacuum to collect the dust, coins, and whatever else may be hiding there.
  2. Dust and polish any other furniture you may have.
  3. Clean ceiling fans, lamp shades, windows, curtain rods, and curtains.
  4. Sanitize and dust electronics—especially remote controls.
  5. Vacuum or polish wood floors and carpet.

Bedroom

  1. Go through your closet and donate unused clothing. Organize the rest in whatever way you prefer—if your closet is especially disheveled, purchase a closet organizer.
  2. Wash your bedding and sheets.
  3. Dust and wash the windows, blinds, curtains, and curtain rods.
  4. Dust any little trinkets you have decorating your furniture. Make sure to get into the nooks and crannies!
  5. Vacuum carpets or polish wood floor.
  6. Once you have finished, consider redecorating!

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.