Living Space: Tackle spring cleaning with this handy checklist
Even if cleaning isn't your thing, you have to admit nothing ever feels as good as when the house has had a good purge and a deep clean. You feel lighter and the house seems easier to live in. That's the reward for all that hard work. Use this list to get some serious spring cleaning done and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with it.
Do a thorough purge. Before cleaning, do a major sweep through the house looking for doubled, broken, unloved and unused items. Be merciless. When in doubt, throw it out.
Put away. Try to clear off as many horizontal surfaces as possible. This makes the house feel neater and makes it easier to clean.
Start up high. Clean off tops of doors and doorframes, and sweep the corners of ceilings for cobwebs. Vacuum blinds; dust lampshades. Clean off glass light fixtures inside and out. Wipe down dusty heating vents.
Get behind. Vacuum and clean behind entertainment centers, the fridge, stove, washer, dryer, sofa and beds.
Clean the bedrooms. Vacuum and clean out underneath beds; flip mattresses; wash mattress pads and protectors in hot water; set pillows out in the sun.
Clean all floors. Give the floors a good scrub, steam the carpets and scrub tile and grout.
Reseal granite. Now is the time to pamper your hardworking granite and marble by resealing. Give it a coat of sealant while the carpets are being steamed.
Clean under sink cabinets. Restore order underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks; pitch bottles, jars and cans with small amounts.
Clear out coat closet. Have a missing glove? Maybe your winter coat's seen better days or your umbrella is broken? Go on and throw these out.