Your Spring Cleaning Guide from 55 Plus Communities in Texas
Achieve That ‘So Fresh and So Clean’ Spring Feeling in No Time
What do spring cleaning and a football team have in common? They’re more successful when a game plan has been laid out! We all know that deep cleaning – in spring or any season – can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. Our team at our resort-style retirement communities in Texas has plenty of experience tackling spring cleaning, and we’re here to help you create a foolproof game plan that will leave your home looking like a million bucks. What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
Make a List and Check it Twice
With so many to-dos, it can be easy to overlook or miss a spot when cleaning. To avoid leaving any dust bunnies behind, begin your spring cleaning journey by assessing your home and creating a checklist based on each room (we’ll touch on the importance of this aspect next). Here are some examples of tasks by room that you can add to your list:
All rooms: wipe down walls, clean floors and rugs with appropriate methods (mop, shampoo, vacuum, etc.), disinfect high-touch areas like door knobs and light switches, remove any trash, dust ceiling fans and blinds, clean windows/window sills, and make note of any needed repairs as you go.
Bathroom: scrub and bleach toilets and showers/baths, restock toiletries, clean countertops and fixtures, clean the mirror, freshen the shower drain, and wash bath linens.
Bedroom: wash bed linens, dust furniture, and wash any dirty clothes.
Laundry room: restock detergent and dryer sheets as needed, clean the inside of your washer and dryer and remove any lint from the dryer.
Living room: dust coffee and side tables, vacuum any upholstered seating and toss curtains and pillows in the dryer to fluff them.
Kitchen: clean the oven, wipe down the inside and outside of the fridge, clean the sink and garbage disposal, wash dishes and silverware, wipe down cabinets, polish countertops and clean the microwave.
Outdoors: hose off and vacuum floor mats, clean patio furniture, sweep the porch, and water the plants.
One Room at a Time
Pro tip: tackling your spring cleaning room by room will help streamline your efforts by keeping you focused, organized, and motivated by the results. Some people may prefer to start with the ‘problem child’ room first, while others may prefer to start with the one they use the most. Whatever the case may be for you, create a schedule of the order you will tackle the rooms and stick to it–you’ll thank us later!
Get the Goods
Once you’ve created your cleaning checklist, ensure you have the appropriate supplies required to complete the tasks. While it may be tempting to create a collection of awesome cleaning products, be sure to ask yourself this question while supply shopping: can an all-purpose cleaner do the job? That’s often the case! Keeping your collection minimal also means keeping your clutter minimal. Some cleaning products we recommend are all-purpose cleaner, microfiber towels, dishwashing detergent, baking soda, a microfiber mop, and soap.
Out with the Old
Can you truly deep clean without also decluttering? We think the two go hand-in-hand! Decluttering your home should be the first step you take when cleaning. Identify belongings in each room (and drawer) of your home to identify items that you no longer need or have gone bad. As you do so, determine whether they should be thrown away, donated or sold. Once you’ve decluttered, you’re ready to get cleaning!
Start from the Top
Our final tip is to always work from top to bottom when cleaning your home. Begin with the ceiling and work your way down to the floor to avoid dirtying up anything you’ve already cleaned.
We all want to start our days on the right foot, and prioritizing a well-balanced breakfast is a great way to make sure you have energy all day! Our residents have access to healthy breakfasts every day of the week, but for our friends at home, one easy way to add a nutritious punch to your morning meal is by adding spinach to a simple scramble.
It is extremely easy to make for yourself or a loved one if you’re short on time in the morning. Simply heat up a nonstick pan, add your eggs, some spinach, and a little of your favorite seasoning (we love everything bagel seasoning)! Turn the eggs occasionally to cook them through, and you're ready to eat.
If you have more time, you can add cheese or avocados too!