I know. Enough with the spring cleaning posts already. But seriously. Have you ever REALLY spring cleaned? It’s totally addicting and feels SO GOOD. And cleaning is pretty much all I’ve been doing since February when I went home to South Carolina help my mom with her house and then when my grandma died in the middle of that, it was on to her house next. Only to come home to Utah and dive right into my own house. (Wow. My English teachers would not be pleased with any of those sentences.)
But in all honesty. It’s been so theraputic to my little lost heart. As I’ve begun healing this New Year, the cleaning has given me purpose. I know what to do and how to do it. And organizing things–whether a party or a junk drawer–has always been a talent of mine. When my world spun out of control last year, going into hibernation mode was all I could do. But now, with every wall I wash, I feel like the shadows are dissipating. With every bookshelf I put in order, I can feel my own life righting itself and realigning on its axis.
So bear with me friends. I’m almost done. Well with the house cleaning at least. After that we’re on to decluttering the heart.
This weekend (in addition to attending a veritable spiritual feast) I finished the bathrooms and began my bedroom. Here are the checklists:
1. Wash walls and cabinet fronts.
2. Empty drawers, shelves, and cabinets. Organize. Toss what you don’t use. Buy bins or plastic drawers to group like items.
3. Clean fan vent.
4. Disinfect tub/shower. Use Lime Away for rust or hard water stains built up on walls, doors, or spouts. Shine up faucets.
5. Get a new shower curtain liner (if applicable).
6. Wash and dry any rugs or mats.
7. Disinfect sink and counter.
8. Scrub toilet bowl and base.
9. Scrub floor.
1. Wash, dry, & iron window treatments.
2. Wipe window blinds.
3. Clean windows and sills.
4. Wash walls, baseboards, and doors.
5. Dust and Windex mirrors and picture frames.
6. Remove all bedding (sheets, mattress pads, pillow cases, shams, dust ruffles, etc.) and wash, dry, iron.
7. While bedding is being washed, move bed and vacuum underneath. Also vacuum mattress top and rotate or flip.
8. Replace any pillows that are flat or old.
9. Dust shelves, dressers, and tables.
10. Empty drawers and organize. Don’t forget to nicely refold clothes, getting rid of items you no longer wear/use. Drawer bins are helpful for scarves, belts, socks, etc.
11. Donate any books you don’t need/read and dust the tops and spines. Replace on shelves alphabetically & topically.
12. Empty closet. Donate items you don’t wear/want. Vacuum floor and wipe down walls before replacing clothes/shoes. Hang clothes systematically by type and color. I’m also partial to matching hangers. Purchase floor shelves, over the door organizers, hooks, or shoe racks as needed.
13. Go through jewelry box/drawer. Get rid of anything broken or out of style.
14. Vacuum rest of floor, moving furntiture like dressers and tables as needed.
15. Lastly, “fix” anything that doesn’t feel right. i.e. change out pictures in frames. Recover an old throw pillow. Redecorate a corner that needs refreshing. etc.