The long and cold winter of Houston (the two weeks of 50-degree weather) has ended and we’ve moved into the beautiful warm and not so humid season of Spring. We find ourselves being joyful and productive and undergoing our annual spring cleaning. While we remember our every day to do list, some of us might forget the once a year cleaning duties.
Before you get started, be sure to grab any boxes or storage supplies in the house to organize items you’d like to store away. If you need extra storage supplies, you can stop by Big Tex Storage for small or large boxes, as well as specialize packing supplies. You should also grab your cleaning supplies and put out a fresh trash bag before you begin.
Cleaning The Kitchen
While the kitchen can be the most time consuming, its usually the biggest priority. We recommend starting with the kitchen first to make sure you remove any bacteria or mold building up that could be contaminating your food. In the kitchen, you should start by removing unnecessary items and putting them into storage boxes, helping to declutter your home. After you’re done, you should begin cleaning each of the following items:
- Counter Tops – Wipe down with cleaner
- Cabinets – Take out all items and clean inside
- Drawers – Take out items and clean, then reorganize into containers.
- Pantry – Remove food and spices and put into categories. Clean shelves and put items back in based on your category assortment.
- Oven – Clean the inside of the oven with oven cleaner, remove and clean stove burners, wipe down range hood and clean the filter.
- Refrigerator & Freezer – Throw away all old items. Then start with the freezer and remove all food and wipe down the inside. Replace the food inside the freezer. Repeat the same steps with the fridge.
- Sink – use a drain cleaner to remove build up in your pipes. Clean out your garbage disposal, and wipe down the sing with cleaner.
- Dishwasher – Remove drawers from the dishwasher and clean the inside. Clean each item and return inside.
- Appliances – Clean and reorganize any appliances.
Bathroom Clean Up
Once you’ve scrubbed down your kitchen, you likely have a lot of the supplies out that you’ll also need for your bathroom. Go ahead and get the dirty work out of the way, and clean the bathroom next. While not as extensive as the kitchen, bacteria and mold can still build up in the bathroom, so it’s important to clean the bathroom with detail to keep germs and smells away. Below is a list of bathroom cleaning tasks:
- Showerhead – remove the shower head and clean out the build-up from inside your sprayer.
- Bathtub – clean the drain and walls and remove any mold.
- Sink – remove build up with a drain cleaner, use a toothbrush to clean around the faucet.
- Drawers – remove all items from drawers, throw away old items, and replace toothbrush with a new one. Reorganize using containers.
- Toilet – shut the water valve and flush the toilet to remove all water, scrub the walls of the toilet bowl and the water tank. Turn the water valve back on when complete.
Living Room Cleaning
Cleaning the living room is often the first room people think of when doing their spring cleaning. Its often the room most commonly used, and you want to impress anyone visiting with a clean and tidy space. The list below details items to clean in the living room:
- Windows – clean and dust blinds and wash the windows with cleaners.
- Shelves – remove items and clean the shelves, then reorganize the items back onto the shelves
- Carpet – use a carpet cleaner to clean the carpet
- Walls – clean all walls and any hanging decor
- Baseboards – scrub the baseboards along the edges of each room.
- Couches and Chairs – Remove cushions and use a vacuum to clean up dust and anything else left behind.
Cleaning Your Laundry Room
The Laundry room often is overlooked during spring cleaning, but be sure to clean the washer to keep your clothes smelling good, and the dryer to prevent fires in your home.
Washer- Clean the inside of your washer, the mold build up is common, so be sure to pull back and liners you can to get in between the cracks. Dryer – be sure to remove any lent from the dryer, and use a brush to get into the small crevices to prevent a fire due to lint build up. Floors & Walls – If possible, pull your washer and dryer out to clean back behind the appliances.
Bedroom Clean Up
Once you’ve gotten to the bedroom, the hardest parts are out of the way. Be sure to clean the walls, baseboards, floors, and windows just like any other room. Here are the main items to clean in the bedroom:
- Bed – Remove and wash all linens and pillows, and clean your mattress using baking soda.
- Closet – put any old clothes into a storage box and reorganize your hang-ups as you see fit.
- Chest of Drawers – take out all items and clean the inside of the drawers. If your furniture is old, it might be worth purchasing scented liners to get rid of the musty smell of your clothes. Return items back into your drawers when complete.
While this list is not extensive, it can serve as a reminder of items to be sure to clean this spring. Once you’re done, if you’ve packed up any extra belonging into boxes, you can store them at your closest big tex storage facility. If you have a little or a lot, you can use our guide to help choose the right size storage unit. We’ll even let you rent our moving truck for free!