Proper home upkeep is so important to avoid budgeting disasters. With Spring just around the corner, I’m sharing this Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning! It has everything you need to know in one place so you don’t have to stress about it. These tips will save you time and money. Before you know it, it will be time to open the curtains, shake off the dust and breath some life back into your home!
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I never knew how much there actually is do to outside the home for spring cleaning and home maintenance. Don’t be overwhelmed by the list. These are things you can tackle over several weekends and with weather permitting.
- Check weather stripping & caulking on all openings
- Aerate & fertilize lawn
- Check sprinkler system
- clean out garbage cans
- Walk around looking for any problem areas (gutters, shingles, cracks, etc.)
Weather stripping and caulking keeps your home sealed. If these go unchecked, you could see that reflected in higher energy bills as this affects heating and cooling.
Little problems like small foundation cracks, gutters that don’t filter properly or loose shingles can turn into expensive home repairs if problems aren’t addressed early on. Make sure everything outside your home looks perfectly sound.
I always feel so much better when I have a clean kitchen. I just can’t get in the cooking mood if it doesn’t feel clean. These extra, deep cleaning tasks for spring are so key to keeping your kitchen feeling fresh. These are the spring cleaning tasks that make the most difference for me.
- Garbage Disposal (Crush ice to sharpen & freshen smell with citrus)
- Cabinets (de-grease and wipe down)
- Microwave, clean inside & out (boiling water in a microwave safe bowl does wonders to loosen grime)
- Fridge, change out filter if needed & clean behind.
- Stove, clean oven & range
- Range Hood Fan, check & clean
Bathrooms are my least favorite to clean, but it’s so necessary. This is one of the places that can have the most costly repairs if not maintained properly. Spring cleaning is a great, regular time to do some much needed upkeep.
- Repair grout
- Check for any leaks in plumbing
- Seal tile grout if needed
- Clean or replace shower curtains & liners
- Clean and/or snake drains
Staying on top of plumbing and tile or grout leaks will save you from the disaster of mold remediation or drywall repairs!
Not much to do here. I always forget about washing pillows, like the actual pillow and not just the case. You definitely want to do this one.
- Flip mattress
- Wash pillows, here’s how
Other Major Systems/Appliances
- Washer & Dryer, sanitize washer per the manual and vacuum out dryer lint trap and vent
- Air Conditioner, vacuum and dust
Keeping dryer vents clear helps prevent a fire hazard. AC’s are one of the most costly home repairs. Replacing an air conditioning unit can run upwards of $10,000. Keep yours functioning well with regular attention.
Here are some spring cleaning general upkeep tasks for the whole home. More money saving (and life saving) checks to do here.
- Fire Extinguisher, check charge
- Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide, check
- Electrical, test and reset circuit breaker, clean circuit breaker, check all extension cords
- Vents, vacuum & dust
- Baseboards, clean (use a dryer sheet for extra freshness)
- Fans, dust & vacuum (be sure to catch ceiling fan dust with a trashbag)
- Blinds, dust
- Doors & Windows, wash inside and out
- Change filters
The fire extinguisher is something I always forget about. Keeping this ready and handy can save big bucks if a fire breaks out. Your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms are also huge life and money savers to stay on top of.
Spring Cleaning Final Thoughts
Make sure to schedule any routine maintenance or cleaning that you can’t do yourself. To prevent getting overwhelmed, you can break the tasks down by section as I have outlined and plan to spread them out over several days. It might seem like such a chore to get these done, but you will feel so much better after and have peace of mind.
Let me know if I missed anything in the comments.
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