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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Wednesday, April 22

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Are you planning to participate in our Spring Cleaning Challenge on Facebook? If you like the idea of sprucing up your home, but you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered with this list of 10 ideas for spring cleaning. 

Even just completing one or two items off this checklist can make your home feel brighter and happier!

1. Organize your closets

With the weather starting to warm up, now is a great time to put away your winter clothes. You can either store them away in your attic or just move them to the back of the closet, so your spring and summer clothes are easier to access.

And, if you want to get a good idea of whether it’s time to donate some of your clothes, try this organizing hack: hang all of your clothes up with the hanger hook facing the front of your closet, then change the direction of the hanger after you wear an item and hang it back up. After 6 months or so, look through your clothes to see which hangers were never turned back and consider donating those items!

2. Deep clean your kitchen appliances

It’s easy to wipe down your stovetop and counters on a regular basis, but when’s the last time you did a deep clean on your appliances? Consider cleaning the inside of your oven, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator to get out the grime the builds up from regular use. 

If you have smaller appliances like a toaster or air fryer, this is the perfect time to give them a good scrub as well. 

3. Go through your junk drawer

Are you guilty of having a “catch-all” drawer for everything that doesn’t have a place? (It’s ok, we are too!) Spend 30 minutes going through it, throwing out the things you no longer need and organizing everything else. 

You might even buy a few small drawer caddies to help keep everything a bit more organized in the future. 

4. Get rid of old paper documents

It’s natural to keep some documents around, but after a few years, you can probably get rid of most of them. Go through your various paperwork deciding what to keep and what you can recycle. 

If you have a scanner, keep digital copies of the most important documents so you can access them when needed. Just remember to shred anything with sensitive personal information before you dispose of it. 

5. Tackle the area under your kitchen sink

The cabinets under a kitchen sink can easily get piled up with cleaners, rags, and anything else that doesn’t seem to have a spot of its own. Go through everything and get rid of old dirty rags and try organizing cleaning supplies by their purpose. 

For example, put all floor cleaners together, all furniture cleaners, countertop cleaners, etc. so everything is easy to find going forward. 

6. Organize your bookshelves

Have your bookshelves become a bit of a mess? Use this as an opportunity to dust off your books, select items to donate, and maybe rearrange your book collection while you’re at it. 

You can organize your books by genre, alphabetically by title, or even add a little happiness to your home and order them by color!

7. Do some painting

A little paint can brighten up your space with very little effort. Go through your home and paint your baseboards and the trim around your windows and doors for a fresh, clean look. 

Or, give your home a whole new look by painting your front door or adding an accent wall to one of your rooms. 

8. Go through your garage

What started as a place to store you car can easily become a catch-all for yard equipment, tools, bikes, and other outdoor equipment. Organize your garage space to make it more functional and efficient (and so that it’s easier to park your car!)

If you’re feeling ambitious, you might even hang shelves or build your own to make a workspace area in the garage to store your tools. 

9. Organize your pantry

We’re all guilty of letting things sit in the pantry a little too long. Go through your shelf-stable items and look at expiration dates, then organize everything by type of food. 

If you know all of your canned vegetables are together and your pasta is in one place, it will be easier to see what you need to use and what you should get the next time you buy groceries. 

10. Wash your curtains

Curtains are one of the most overlooked items in your home because it’s easy to hang them up and never think about them again. But, they can attract dirt and hair over time, and need to be washed a few times per year. 

Be sure to double-check your fabric to see how it needs to be cleaned first, so you don’t ruin or shrink your drapes. 

Share your spring cleaning pictures

Feeling inspired to start cleaning and organizing your home? Don’t forget to share your spring cleaning transformation pictures on our Facebook page with #RuftySpringCleaningChallenge. We can’t wait to see how you update your home!