REFRESH RENEW RECHARGE

There’s a certain spiritual aspect to cleaning and decluttering; it’s like a metaphor for clearing the path in your life, making room for all the good to flow in. I’ve always believed that for myself, when my house is cluttered my mind feels clutter and its harder to focus.

According to a survey by OnePoll conducted in 2023, homeowners reported that a clean home improves their well-being and helps lower stress levels.

So lets look at revitalizing our space and our spirits. — whether you call it spring cleaning or deep cleaning and do it in the spring or any other time of the year, the goal remains the same: to roll up your sleeves, grab those sponges and brooms, and give every nook and cranny in your home some TLC.

When and How Often to Deep Clean

First lets look at when and how often to deep clean. It doesn’t have to be done in the spring; it could also be in the summer, fall, or winter. i think the key is to be flexible on the timing. Depending on your regular cleaning routine, you can deep clean anytime it works best for you. You could try twice a year — once in the spring and again at the beginning of winter. Or you could deep clean at the beginning of each new season. The key is to make the process more manageable.

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How deep cleaning is different from routine cleaning

Deep cleaning takes your typical day-to-day or week-to-week cleaning regimen and elevates it to another level. It’s not just about surface tidying; it’s about diving deep into every corner and crevice of your home to banish dirt, grime, and hidden gunk that accumulate over time.

While routine cleaning, typically done weekly or bi-weekly, focuses on maintaining cleanliness through tasks like vacuuming or mopping floors, wiping countertops, and dusting furniture, deep cleaning extends beyond the basics. It delves into the overlooked areas, like under the bed, behind furniture, and even inside appliances.

 

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Moreover, it’s essential to pay attention to high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and keyboards, which can harbor bacteria and germs. Cleaning and disinfecting these areas regularly can help maintain a healthier environment for you and your family.

But deep cleaning isn’t just about scrubbing and sanitizing; it’s also an opportunity to declutter and streamline your surroundings. Remember, purging and decluttering are vital components of maintaining a clean and organized home. Don’t overlook the importance of periodically clearing out cluttered drawers and spaces to prevent everyday messes from spiraling out of control.

In essence, deep cleaning is not just a chore—it’s a transformative process that revitalizes your home, enhances your well-being, and sets the stage for a fresh start.

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Mastering the Art of Manageable Deep Cleaning

Creating a home cleaning schedule can be a game-changer in making deep cleaning a manageable task. By breaking down your cleaning tasks into daily, weekly, and periodic routines, you can stay on top of the clutter and maintain a sparkling clean home without feeling overwhelmed.

Daily Tasks: Start by incorporating simple, daily tasks into your routine to keep your space tidy and organized. This includes spot cleaning and addressing any spills promptly, emptying the dishwasher, and putting away dishes or clothes. These small but consistent efforts will prevent clutter from piling up and make your daily cleaning routine more manageable.

Weekly Tasks: Set aside time each week for more thorough cleaning tasks that cover the essentials. This includes surface-level wiping of countertops, vacuuming floors, and dusting furniture. By dedicating specific days to these tasks, you ensure that no area of your home gets neglected and maintain a clean and inviting environment throughout the week.

 

Periodic or Deep Cleaning: Don’t forget about the deeper cleaning tasks that need attention from time to time. While daily and weekly tasks keep your home looking presentable, periodic or deep cleaning goes the extra mile in maintaining cleanliness and freshness. This includes wiping down baseboards, cleaning ceiling fans, and giving windows and surfaces a thorough scrubbing. By tackling these tasks periodically, you prevent dirt and grime from building up and make deep cleaning sessions more manageable.

Maintaining Consistency: Consistency is key to making deep cleaning manageable. By staying on top of your daily and weekly cleaning chores, you set yourself up for success when it comes to tackling deeper cleaning tasks. With a well-planned cleaning schedule in place, you’ll find that deep cleaning your home becomes less daunting and more achievable.

By implementing these strategies and sticking to a consistent cleaning routine, you’ll not only keep your home looking its best but also make deep cleaning a breeze.

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Maintaining a clean and hygienic home isn’t just about surface-level tidying—it’s about delving deep into every nook and cranny to banish germs and create a healthier living environment for you and your loved ones. By paying attention to often-overlooked areas and incorporating regular cleaning and maintenance into your routine, you can ensure that your home remains a sanctuary of cleanliness and comfort.

To help you get started, I have added this checklist below 

Cleaning Checklist by Room

What Should Be on My Deep Cleaning Checklist?

A 2023 consumer survey by the ACI found that consumers list these tasks as the top priorities when deep cleaning:

  • Wash windows
  • Clean behind furniture
  • Clean appliances
  • Wash bedclothes/linens
  • Scrub floors
  • Clean fabrics/upholstered surfaces
  • Clean the garage
  • Wash curtains

 

Kitchen

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Remove any food splatters
  • Clean and put away dishes
  • Wipe countertops
  • Sweep or mop floors (wet mop weekly)
  • Empty trash
  • Clean and disinfect cutting boards before and after each use
  • Clear food particles and grease residue in sink and elsewhere

Deep clean:

  • Polish kitchen cabinets and knobs (remove dust from upper cabinets)
  • Clean refrigerator shelves and outside coils
  • Defrost freezer
  • Clean out pantry
  • Clean and scrub oven (including interior door)
  • Wipe drawers and cabinet shelves
  • Clean behind large appliances
  • Scrub grout
  • Wash inside and outside of trash bins
  • Clean out filters for dishwasher and range hood

Bathrooms

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Spot clean items as needed
  • Wipe sink, toilet, counters, mirrors weekly
  • Empty trash
  • Remove soap scum and grime
  • Rinse tub and shower after each use (use spray cleaner)
  • Vacuum and wet mop floors weekly
  • Wash towels

Deep clean:

  • Scrub grout
  • Polish shower, toilet. and sink
  • Replace or wash shower liner
  • Clean shower heads and faucet filters
  • Wash bath mats
  • Clean and declutter under the sink and cabinets
  • Vacuum and clean bathroom exhaust fan and air vents

Living Room

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Dust surfaces
  • Tidy up

Deep clean:

  • Move furniture to vacuum hard-to-reach areas
  • Vacuum sofa and chairs (including under the cushions)
  • Wash curtains
  • Dust and clean lamp shades
  • Wipe down window blinds
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fan blades
  • Shampoo rugs or carpets
  • Wash windows and windowsills
  • Sweep out fireplace

Utility Room and Laundry Room

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Sweep floors
  • Clean out lint trap after each use
  • Empty trash
  • Dust shelves

Deep clean

  • Check and clean drain filters
  • Wipe down the drum’s seal
  • Run a service wash on the machine

Bedrooms

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Clean and put away clothes
  • Make the bed
  • Wash bedding regularly
  • Vacuum rugs or carpet
  • Dust furniture

Deep clean:

  • Clean ceiling fan blades and lighting fixtures
  • Vacuum mattress (spray with fabric refresher); flip mattress
  • Vacuum behind the bed and furnishings
  • Wash all bedding and fabrics, including bed skirts and decorative pillow covers
  • Wipe down blinds
  • Wash curtains
  • Declutter closet

Throughout Your Home

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Dust
  • Vacuum and mop regularly
  • Spot clean surfaces as needed
  • Tidy up and remove clutter

Deep clean:

  • Sanitize door handles
  • Clean baseboards and moldings
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Wipe interior and exterior doors and trim
  • Vacuum heat registers and air vents
  • Wipe switch plates and light switches
  • Change out smoke alarm batteries

Outdoors

Routine (daily or weekly):

  • Mow the lawn
  • Rake leaves
  • Prune bushes and remove weeds as needed
  • Sweep decks and porches

Deep clean:

  • Scrub or pressure wash deck or patio
  • Clean gutters
  • Wash outdoor furniture
  • Clean grills and BBQs

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