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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 5 Cleaning the Bathroom

Welcome to Week 5 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge. This week will focus on cleaning the BATHROOM!

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Sort and Purge

If you haven’t noticed a theme in Weeks 1, 23, & 4 of this series, I think that sorting and purging are necessary. Things need to have a “home” and be clutter free.

Take time to sort through your cosmetics, lotions, soaps, etc and get rid of anything that has outlived the shelf life.

Replace your toothbrushes, hair brushes, makeup brushes, and razors.

Look at your towels and replace any that are too worn. Donate them to an animal shelter if they are torn or maybe aren’t as soft or absorbent as before.

Check to ensure that you have a functioning plunger and toilet scrub brush. Replace as needed. If you’re looking for a toilet scrubber, I use this one.

Give your trashcan a once over. If it’s gross then clean it. If you don’t have one, GET ONE!

Clean and replace shower mats as needed. My favorite are memory foam ones.

Clean the Shower

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When cleaning the bathroom, the shower is a central focus. Start by cleaning or replacing your shower curtain. It can collect a lot of molds and needs to be replaced.

Next, clean the shower head. There are some great natural suggestions that involve using vinegar and a bag rubber banded around the shower head.

Afterward, scrub the sides of the shower and the tub itself.

Clean the Toilet

The toilet is the one area most of us don’t want to clean.

Start with the “outside” of the toilet. Literally, just shut the lid. Wipe down the tops and sides of the toilet. Be sure to clean the floor area around the toilet.

Next, clean the “inside” of the toilet. You can put cleaners in the tank part of the toilet. You can also put cleaner in the toilet bowl.

Don’t forget to clean the handle that flushes the toilet

Clean the Sink and Countertops

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Serious need of sorting and purging!

Take everything off the countertops and from underneath the sinks. You’re going to wipe down the countertops and inside of cabinets. Repeat this process if you have a linen closet.

Take time to clean faucets during this time. If you have a faucet that is leaky, tighten them up.

Clean out the sink bowls.

Clean all the mirrors, and smile at yourself in the process 😊

Check back through Weeks 1-4 posts about cleaning the walls and doors.

Cleaning the bathroom is super important because it’s the area where you go to clean yourself and recharge. It’s often where you go to get ready to start your day. Hopefully, you now feel confident about cleaning your bathroom as a part of the spring cleaning challenge.

Check in next week, for week 6 focusing on the laundry room!

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 4– Bedrooms

I apologize for the unannounced hiatus from the Spring Clean Challenge. I am unexpectedly going through a divorce now. I’m sure that in time I will have lots of posts that chronicle my experiences, insights, and more, but for now, I am going to jump back into the Spring Cleaning Challenge which is cleaning out bedrooms.

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Eventually, I would like to share several series around redoing my house in terms of decor. But, before you can “beautify” you have to clean and simplify! The pictures that I would have shared before would have shown a much more cluttered room, because all 3 of us were living in that room. But now, it’s just me and Adalind. I don’t have a frame on the bed right now, because we are now bedsharing and the frame made the bed sit up just a little too high for my comfort level.

 

Cleaning Your Beddings 

This leads me to where I would start, which is cleaning your bed area. Take everything off of the bed and clean the mattress. There’s some great tips out there on how to do this, but you can basically just sprinkle some baking soda on the bed and let it sit while you do the other areas. When you’re all done and ready to remake your bed, simply vacuum up the baking soda. If you have a frame, take this time to wipe down the frame, because it collects A LOT of dust. You should also clean and replace your pillows at this point too. Take an inventory of your bedding at this point as well and adjust accordingly. We had this one set that said it fit a queen size, but because of a “pillow top” mattress it just didn’t fit. Therefore, that bad boy had to go. It was a pain every time we used it and then remembered again why we hated it.

 

Sort, Purge, & Clean

 

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DUST ACCUMULATES EVERYWHERE!!!

 

 

Next, you need to go through your drawers, closets, end tables, trunks etc and clear things out. There’s bound to be things that simply need to be tossed or donated. Clothes that you never wear, trinkets/odds and ends that you’ve accumulated on top or in your end tables all need to go! You can do this process however works best for you, but I would pull everything out of one area at a time. So for example, lets use the end table. Take everything off and out of it, then wipe it down—inside and out. Then, as you’re putting things back in, it will give you a chance to decide if you REALLY want to keep it there or not. Follow this process for all of the different areas. When you get to your closet, make sure you wipe down the shelving (if you have any) as well. When you’re done in the closet, vacuum or sweep it out to finish it off!

 

 

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Don’t forget to check under your bed and other furniture!

 

If you have mirrors in your bedroom, make sure you give those a good clean too. Even if you don’t get baby handprints all over them, they will still collect dust!

 

Cleaning Walls, Windows, & Doors

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This section will be copied and pasted essentially for every room. I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is a lot. But it’s important that you do this step in deep cleaning every so often. You can adjust this however fits the room, your style, or your preference. But, for me, I think you should start at the top. Get one of those extended Swiffer dusters and go to town. I like to start with light fixtures. Afterwards, I dust off the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling and even run it across the ceiling so that anything hanging out up on gets addressed. For the walls, there’s been a few ways I’ve seen it cleaned.  You could get one of the Swiffer mops and put a rag on it that you use almost like a paintbrush, going up and down the wall. You’ll have to continue to dunk the rag in some soapy water or whatever way you’re using to clean, but it can be a seamless way to go up and down the walls. As you’re doing that, take the opportunity to clean the light switches. Nothing crazy, but for me, I like to use a Clorox or some other disinfectant wipe on those. You’ll want to do the same with the doors. Wipe the doors down the same way you’re doing the walls and use a disinfectant on the handle or even other parts of the door that tend to get touched a lot. When you reach a window, clean out the tracks when you lift the window up and then clean the glass (ideally inside and out.) We have pretty much got rid of our blinds, but if you have them clean those as well. An easy trick for this is to put a sock on your hand and go through each blade of the blinds to clean them off. Take down any window treatments to be washed as well! Finish this process by also cleaning the baseboards off the same way you’ve washed the walls.

This pretty much wraps up week 4. I’ve got the check list below! Come back next week for week 5—bathrooms! Also be sure to check out the other posts in this series: Week 1Week 2, & Week 3.

 

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Spring Cleaning Challenge: Week 3- Living Room, Office and Playroom

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Welcome to week 3 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge! If you haven’t already, be sure to read about Week 1 and Week 2. This week’s focus is on the living room, office and playroom. For my family, this is all one room. But I know for many others, this can cover several rooms! I’m going to create the check list and organize this post around the different things to clean, rather than focusing on each individual room.

 

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Dusting Ceiling & Light Fixtures, and Cleaning Windows, Doors & Walls

This section will be copied and pasted essentially for every room. I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is a lot. But it’s important that you do this step in deep cleaning every so often. You can adjust this however fits the room, your style, or your preference. But, for me, I think you should start at the top. Get one of those extended Swiffer dusters and go to town. I like to start with light fixtures. Afterwards, I dust off the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling and even run it across the ceiling so that anything hanging out up on gets addressed. For the walls, there’s been a few ways I’ve seen it cleaned. You could get one of the Swiffer mops and put a rag on it that you use almost like a paintbrush, going up and down the wall. You’ll have to continue to dunk the rag in some soapy water or whatever way you’re using to clean, but it can be a seamless way to go up and down the walls. As you’re doing that, take the opportunity to clean the light switches. Nothing crazy, but for me, I like to use a Clorox or some other disinfectant wipe on those. You’ll want to do the same with the doors. Wipe the doors down the same way you’re doing the walls and use a disinfectant on the handle or even other parts of the door that tend to get touched a lot. When you reach a window, clean out the tracks when you lift the window up and then clean the glass (ideally inside and out.) We have pretty much got rid of our blinds, but if you have them clean those as well. An easy trick for this is to put a sock on your hand and go through each blade of the blinds to clean them off. Take down any window treatments to be washed as well! Finish this process by also cleaning the baseboards off the same way you’ve washed the walls.

 

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This is one of the single most overwhelming areas of my entire house!

Sort and Purge

This is probably one of my favorite phrases when it comes to cleaning. This is because, often times I find that what I’m really having to “clean,” is that fact that I have so much clutter from having so much stuff. I’m really working hard to try to adopt a lot of what I can from Montessori principles for Adalind and minimalist lifestyle practices for our household. But to simplify what I mean by that, everything needs to have a home. Seriously. If you’re trying to find somewhere to put an item, and you can’t find anywhere that makes sense AND you never use it…well… it’s probably time to donate or get rid of it. The picture above is probably going to take me several hours to address, because I need to find a home for several of the things in those cubes. Part of what I did in week 1 was find areas that I need to address in order to really baby proof, and this is a huge area for me! I’ve got to things put away so that Adalind is safe, but that I can still use them. 

What’s included in that picture that is relevant for you? Frankly, A LOT. You want to go through and sort out all your old paperwork, electronics, toys, books, dvd’s, art supplies, etc. Take the time to make sure that your important documents are stored away safely, as well as getting rid of paper that’s just causing you more clutter. Don’t hold on to too many toys or books or movies or whatever! It’s usually causing more clutter for you and is making your cleaning process even longer.

Cleaning Furniture

You’ll want to start with your seated furniture. Pull up the cushions on the couch, if you can, and take the vacuum hose and get in between cracks. You should do this with couches, recliners, office chairs and any other type of seating that you have. After you’ve cleaned out the “pieces,” you will want to wipe the seating down. This can be a simple wet rag with water and vinegar, or you can use whatever product you like best. But, you should wipe down all the sides and the fabric as well. Take this opportunity to clean and/or purge any blankets or throw pillows that you have. 

Cleaning Shelves, Tables and Decorations

It’s important to dust your shelves. But, it’s often overlooked to dust or clean the things that are on the shelves. Any small trinkets, pictures or decorative art pieces should be taken off and dusted when you’re doing the shelves. Taking everything off of the shelf or table is important to make sure you’re able to get a great clean on both of the surfaces.  Anything that is hanging on the wall should be taken down to dust or clean as well. Picture frames will accumulate dust, as well as mirrors and clocks.

When taking things off of table tops or desks, it’s important to take the opportunity to disinfect those surfaces  in addition to cleaning up any food or drink particles that may have been hanging out there from dinner in front of the TV or computer. Which is a great lead into the next area to clean.

Cleaning Electronics

Sometimes it can be really easy to forget about dusting behind the TV or cleaning between the keys on a keyboard. But, it’s important that you do. Take an inventory of all the electronics in your home, and make sure that you go ahead and just give it the love that it needs with this week so you don’t have to fool with it later on.  You can get some cleaning wipes for electronics to help with the screens that you need to clean such as your computer or TV. They also sell keyboard cleaners to make cleaning your keyboard easier and more efficient. Don’t forget to also clean your phone and remotes when you’re doing this portion of the week!

 

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Clean and Purge Toys

I know I touched on this earlier in the post, but seriously. Sort through the toys that you have and purge/donate what you don’t need. It’s also a great time to go through and clean all the toys that are staying around. We have a lot of wooden toys so it’s usually a water/vinegar clean when we get to those. It’s great to disinfect toys every so often. Adalind isn’t old enough for this, but I would totally try this strategy with my niece… You can get a big bucket of soapy water and let the kids “play” with their toys in the soapy water. They can rub it with a rag or even just with their hands. Afterwards, they can transfer the toys to clean water to rinse them off. It’s a great way to clean your plastic or silicone toys and getting your kids involved in a fun way.

 

That covers Week 3! Use the printable checklist below as you work your way through cleaning each of these areas! Be sure to check in next week for the half way mark where we will tackle the bedroom!

 

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Spring Cleaning Week 2: The Kitchen

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Welcome to week 2 of the spring cleaning challenge! The focus for this week is on the kitchen. Hopefully, you’ve read and completed week one of the challenge and have had a chance to help make your home as safe as possible, or at the very least become aware of things that you’ll want to keep an eye on and address.

You can spread this out across the entire week or you can set aside a day during the week to tackle this whole project. For me, there’s pros and cons to both ways! I will end this with a checklist for the kitchen deep cleaning just like I did with the safety checklist.

Cabinets/Pantry and Fridge

 

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Pull those drawers out and clean them out too!

 

You’ll want to go through your fridge, freezer, and cabinets/pantry to clear out any expired food. Purging our expired foods has given us the opportunity to reflect on what we’re eating and what we’re just flat out wasting our money on. I would try to do this BEFORE your next grocery shopping trip so that you’ll have as few items to deal with as possible. Go ahead and pull everything out so that you can give the inside of these areas a nice scrub. I don’t think there’s a “right or wrong” way to clean them. I love being able to spray something and then wipe it off. You can make your own spray cleaner or buy one, or you can simply use warm soapy water and a rag. Whatever works for you, you should do! But really give a good deep clean to these areas. As you’re putting food back, if you notice that there are food items you’re not going to use, but aren’t expired, take this opportunity to donate it to a local food bank or other charity that could use those food goods. Clean and purge all the fridges and freezers in your house at this point too (like deep freezers or fridges in the garage for example.)

 

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You can see how underutilized lots of the space is in this picture. When you’re putting things back, it’s a great time to organize things to maximize your space!

 

Repeat this process for all the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen. Take all the stuff out, clean with your desired method and then put the stuff back. I often find that I don’t want to keep some of the things that I’m putting back. For example, we had this watermelon knife that I bought when we first moved into our apartment. By the time we’d bought our home and packed that stupid knife up for the umpteenth million time, I STILL HADN’T USED IT!!! So—at my last spring cleaning I donated it. I wasn’t using it. It was taking up too much space. Don’t be afraid to do this with any of the stuff in your kitchen. I’m talking small appliances, Tupperware that’s mismatched or warped, repeats of utensils that you never use or even things that are broken and just hanging out. If you’re finding yourself saying “there’s not a place for this,” and you never use it, well just donate it, or toss it!

After you scrub the inside, you’ll need to dust and clean the outside of the cabinets and fridge as well. Lots of time food splatters on the cabinets or on fridge. Take this time to wipe them down and get rid of any food build up that you might have.

Dusting Ceiling & Light Fixtures, and Cleaning Windows, Doors & Walls

 

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This is the wall behind the stove, so the splatters are more visible for emphasis. But, imagine all the things that end up on our walls if we really went and looked… gross!

 

This section will be copied and pasted essentially for every room. I know, it sounds like a lot, and it is a lot. But it’s important that you do this step in deep cleaning every so often. You can adjust this however fits the room, your style, or your preference. But, for me, I think you should start at the top. Get one of those extended Swiffer dusters and go to town. I like to start with light fixtures. Afterwards, I dust off the edge of the wall where it meets the ceiling and even run it across the ceiling so that anything hanging out up on gets addressed. For the walls, there’s been a few ways I’ve seen it cleaned.  You could get one of the Swiffer mops and put a rag on it that you use almost like a paintbrush, going up and down the wall. You’ll have to continue to dunk the rag in some soapy water or whatever way you’re using to clean, but it can be a seamless way to go up and down the walls. As you’re doing that, take the opportunity to clean the light switches. Nothing crazy, but for me, I like to use a Clorox or some other disinfectant wipe on those. You’ll want to do the same with the doors. Wipe the doors down the same way you’re doing the walls and use a disinfectant on the handle or even other parts of the door that tend to get touched a lot. When you reach a window, clean out the tracks when you lift the window up and then clean the glass (ideally inside and out.) We have pretty much got rid of our blinds, but if you have them clean those as well. An easy trick for this is to put a sock on your hand and go through each blade of the blinds to clean them off. Take down any window treatments to be washed as well! Finish this process by also cleaning the baseboards off the same way you’ve washed the walls.

 

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The baseboards in our kitchen are the worst in the whole house!

 

Pull out large appliances

You would be amazed how gross it gets behind your fridge and around your stove. We recently got a new stove, so we went through this process around Christmas time, but GROSS!!!! We had all kinds of food running along the side and just crumbs built up everywhere. Especially your fridge and stove should be pulled out, because of how often there is food around them. Pull them out and wipe down the whole area, including the wall. Sweep up anything that’s on the floor and then slide them back into place!

Clean small appliances

This is a great time to check things like the little tray on your toaster, because all that crumb build up can eventually cause it to catch fire. You should also thoroughly clean things like your electric kettle, coffee maker/Keurig, and microwave. Clean them inside and out. We got a screaming mama for Christmas and it really does make a difference cleaning the inside of your microwave. You can scrub the outside of the microwave while using the tool on the inside, and then clean up is a breeze once the timer has went off!

 

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Um, plus this just cracks me up. lol she looks like she’s yelling at me for having a dirty microwave.

 

Clean your stove, oven, and hood range

There’s so many different strategies with this area in terms of how you want to approach cleaning your stove/oven. There are different cleaners that you can buy to clean the inside of your stove, but while those do clean it, the smell can be A LOT. There’s some chemical free options that you can explore if you don’t want that chemical smell. I mentioned we have a new stove, so we went from having the coils to having a flat top. But, one of the big things for cleaning the coil stove was either replacing or SUPER SCRUBBING those metal pans that went under the coils. AND, you can lift the top of the stove and clean out all the crumbs there. It blew my mind the first time I figured that out. Whichever stove you have, just give the top and middle great scrubs!

If you’re a cook like me, everything you make goes everywhere. I wish it weren’t true, but it is. Be sure to wipe down the front of your oven, as well as the drawer underneath. Apparently, that’s supposed to be a “heating area,” but we still use it for storage *shrugs.* But back to the messy cooking, things like spaghetti sauce might bubble up and “pop.” Well now it’s all over the hood and half the time I don’t even notice. It’s important to scrub that area top and underneath to clear off any build up from cooking.

 

Dishwasher and Sink

 

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Be sure to move everything off your sink to you can really clean around and behind as well as in your sink!

 

Our dishwasher can collect little food pieces over time. So, it’s important to pull the racks all the way out and give the entire area inside the dishwasher a nice wipe down. We even run a complete cycle with no dishes in there afterwards to make sure it’s had a chance to clean out. Be sure to clean the front of the dishwasher too! You’ll get food on that area quickly as well.

Your sink needs to be detailed and deep cleaned as well. In addition to scrubbing all around your sink and faucet, you also need to clean your drain! You can buy some drain cleaner or you can do a more natural approach. Whichever works best for you, but make sure you do this. Also, please please please don’t pour grease down your drain. If you have been—stop!

Wipe down counters and anything on them!

 

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I love our sugar container <3 but it’s also a reminder to clean some of these things that tend to just get refilled without acutally cleaning the container.

 

This might sound obvious, but really wipe down and disinfect your countertops. Anything that’s on your countertops should be cleaned too. For example, the knife block, sugar canister, cutting board, dish trying rack, etc. Also, in this “section” you’ll want to dust out a shelf, china hutch, dining room table and chairs (plus anything on them!) We don’t have a separate dining room, but if you do, you’ll need to repeat the wall clean process.

Clean your (inside) garbage and recycling cans

Even when you’re careful, things happen, and those bad boys start smelling rank. Bags rip, or things splatter, or I guess just over time gunk just happens to accumulate on the inside of the can and on the lid. Depending on the severity off the funk in your cans, you can either simply wipe it out or you can take it outside to be hosed and dried. Sadly, we usually must do the latter.

 

Clean floor and mats

Finish your kitchen spring clean by cleaning the floor. If the mats in your kitchen are machine washable go ahead and throw them in the wash. If they are not, hand scrub the mats and set them aside to dry. Sweep and mop your kitchen floor.

 

Lastly, here is your printable checklist–

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Now stand back and admire how great you’ve just made your kitchen look! Anything you would add to your kitchen spring clean session? Let me know in the comments!

Check in next week for week 3 of the spring cleaning challenge—Living Room/Family Room, Office, and/or playrooms!!

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Spring Cleaning Week 1: Safety Check

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Spring is just around the corner, which means so is Spring Cleaning. There’s a lot of things to think about and do during your spring clean, and if you tried to do it all at once, you’ll likely get burned out, frustrated and not do it. I’ve also found that I will slack off if I don’t have someone motivating me or a REASON to keep pushing forward, and sorry to say but—a clean space isn’t always going to cut it. Therefore, I’ve made this into a 7 week challenge. Each week STILL has plenty of things to do even though it’s broken down into almost 2 months of deep cleaning. Me writing this will challenge me to actually do all the things that I am writing about and can maybe learn a few tips and tricks from you along the way. So without further ado, let’s get started.

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Home Safety Check

Week one is going to focus on your safety checklist. There are lots of things that aren’t just a matter of “wanting a clean house.” You actually have some safety things that you need to be considering and checking on. Even if you’re in an apartment or rental, I don’t care if it’s your landlord’s responsibility, you want to make sure that you and your family are safe! I am including pictures from our house, and I would say don’t judge us, but eh *shrugs,* there would be no need for spring cleaning if everyone’s house was perfect!

 

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This one is on the ceiling. You can see the dirt around the edges, so we’ll have to take this one down and clean it!

Clean your air vents

You can simply vacuum visible build up if that’s possible. For some of mine, we won’t be able to do that. We are going to have to either take them off and go spray them with the hose, or in the tub with a sprayer or just use a wet rag and clean it off. But for sure go room to room and do this for each of them! Have you ever used a cheese cloth for getting off dust and dirt? I wouldn’t use it daily or anything, but we’re for sure going to need to use it on some of these vents with all the animal hairs. ugh!

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Animal hair makes cleaning so much harder!!! We have filters behind this that need to be changed monthly. But make sure you’re changing these filters too if your system requires it!

 

Clean or Replace Furnace Filters

You’re really supposed to do this monthly. Our old system had monthly filters we had to take out and throw away every month in our furnace, but we had to replace the whole HVAC system right before Adalind was born. Now, it has a cleanable one we’re supposed to clean monthly. In our apartments, there were filters that went in the wall and ceiling, now we just have the wall. You’ll need to change the wall and ceiling filters just like the furnace filter if that’s how your system is set up. Like I said, it’s supposed to be monthly, but you for sure need to do it now if you haven’t before! This is also a good time to schedule to have your furnace/ac inspected and/or cleaned!

 

Check and change smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors batteries, fire extinguisher level, and first aid kit levels/medicine expiration

These are pretty self explanatory. Replace what is needs replaced!

Here are some links to a few of the replacements we will be getting:

Fire Extinguisher

Combo Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector

First Aid Kit

                                 

Open windows

This isn’t just about getting the fresh air. You also need to make sure that your windows are able to open up, especially if you need to climb out of them in events such as a fire.

 

Create a family emergency plan and double check it

You want to make sure that your family has communicated a plan in case of emergencies. Where will you go to if there is a fire? How will you get out? Do you have a ladder or way to get down from second story? What if there is a bigger community wide emergency, where will you meet? Are all of your important documents in one place for you to quickly grab if you needed to? There are great resources to help you talk through (such as this one, )and plan this together as a family, but it’s important that you have these conversations and think through these things. 

 

Replace burned out light bulbs

While you’re doing that, I would also make sure that you have flashlights with new batteries and candles in the event the power were to go out. You can use this as an excuse to go out and buy your favorite scented candles, or you can buy flameless candles.

 

Check for any apparent structural damage to the inside or outside of the house

Do you see any cracks in the foundation of the house, driveway or side walk? Are any of the steps loose on the patio? Need to tighten up a handrail? Are any of the outside vents clogged with debris? Is water draining away from your house from your gutters? Do you notice any water spots in the ceiling? Check for these types of structural issues and address them ASAP!

 

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We need to have the water run off farther from the house.
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Cracks in the foundation need to be sealed!
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Sometimes these get clogged with lint from your dryer and you’ll need these suctioned out!

Check attic, crawl space, garage and/or basement

Obviously you want to clean these areas, but it’s important to also check them out for animals that could have potentially made a home, or check for things like standing water. You don’t want any mold hanging out in these areas either and not know it.

 

Check for and clear any insect nests or cobwebs
inside or outside the house

Notice little wasp combs starting up on your patio? Lots of cobwebs? Clear those bad boys out! Once you’ve done that, got ahead and spray to keep the critters out!! Use this nifty tool (purple thing) to clear them off outside.

 

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We need to fix that siding as well, but this is where wasp nests start to show up at our house and you can see some cobweb accumulation next to the door frame.

Clean your gutters out

You don’t want any flooding to happen because of full gutters!

 

Check all your outlets where you have things plugged in

I really do mean walk around and look at all of them. We STILL have not put outlet covers back on in our bedroom from when we painted. OMG. So for example that’s step one for us. But you’ll want to look and see what’s going on at each outlet. Do you need to baby proof it? Add some plug protectors on unused plugs? What do you have plugged in and what does it look like? Can some of your smaller appliances go ahead and be unplugged?

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No words y’all.

You need to check and make sure that cords are not looking cracked, worn, or frayed. No cords running across doorways…please! If you’ve got things plugged into a power strip, is it surge protected? It’s not feeling warm to the touch, right? If it is, you need get a new one and you need to consider plugging less things into it. You also shouldn’t have something falling out of the outlet or loosely tilted while it’s being plugged in *cough* not that I have a picture example of that happening at our house. *FACEPALM*

 

Baby proof

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The knob to this door came off and it’s just a pokey screw sticking out. Maybe it’s super dangerous for adults, but being on a kid’s level this is a whole different story!

Yes, this is a big giant topic. It could have it’s own post. In fact, I might do that one day. But for now, I’m just going to set it as a reminder with a few ideas. Need to anchor TVs or big furniture? Need to get scary harmful chemicals up and out of reach? Need to block off stairs? We’re trying as much as possible to make a Montessori/yes space for Adalind. So getting down on her level and taking a look around for dangers is huge. This may look different next spring, or even this fall! But get down there and see what they’re seeing and put in some safety steps based off what you see. You might be surprised!

Below is a link to a printable safety checklist made for your convenience to use while you’re doing week 1 of the spring cleaning challenge! Be sure to share how it went! I was surprised at how many safety issues I came across while preparing for this and we are working hard this week to correct them!! Check in next week, Monday March 12th for Week 2 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge– The Kitchen!!

 

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