Hopefully you have listened to the great moving advice everyone has given you about getting rid of everything you do not need or want before you start packing. The less you have the easier spring cleaning will be. Now, if you are like most, the kitchen will be your biggest project. This guide will help, but you may need to tweak it a bit depending on if you are doing your cleaning at the house you are moving into or out of.
- Clear the Clutter – A quick 20-minute cleaning session will prep your kitchen to be deep-cleaned. This includes washing dirty dishes, vacuuming, and clearing away the clutter on your kitchen table and counters. If the trash bag is full, take it out, because you will likely need space in the bin to throw things.
- Dust – Everything in the kitchen needs to be dusted, from the ceiling fan to above the refrigerator to the backs of the chairs. There are different dusting tools you can use, but not every tool is ideal for all surfaces. A dusting attachment on your vacuum is perfect, if you have a HEPA filter. Feather dusters, lambswool, microfiber cloths, electrostatic dusters, and paper towels all have their pros and cons. Dusting will help you determine if the walls need washing.
- Windows – Remove blinds or curtains to clean the windows. Vacuum, clean window sills, and wash both the inside and outside of the glass. Remove the screens and rinse. Curtains, tiers, and blinds should be cleaned according to their guidelines.
- Refrigerator – As long as you have the fridge unplugged you can vacuum the coils. This is also a good time to vacuum behind and under the fridge. Remove everything from inside, and clean using vinegar and water. A baking soda and water paste will get rid of any hard stains. Make sure you throw away old items before filling the fridge again.
- Oven – If you have a self-cleaning oven, you will have already pulled the lever to start it. Otherwise, you will spray an all-purpose oven cleaner inside, and let it do its magic. Baking soda and water can be helpful for oven stains, too. If your racks have serious buildup, Carbona’s Oven Rack and Cleaner will scrub away residue without causing any damage to the rocks. Make sure you remove the knobs, spill catches, and burners from the stove and clean these in the sink, too.
- Appliances – Put a glass of water in the microwave for about a minute. The steam will soften any food residue inside, so all you have to do is wipe it clean. You will want to empty and scrub the toaster, and wipe down the blender, food processor, coffee maker, and any other small appliances you have.
- Cabinets – This is a huge job, but you will be happy if it is done without cutting corners. Remove everything. If you have not gotten rid of those excess Tupperware lids and coffee mugs you don’t need now is a good time. Also, check the expiration date on food. If your cupboards are lined, you might want to reline them.
- Dishwasher – Run your dishwasher empty with baking soda and vinegar added. If you have stains, empty a Lemonade Kool-Aid packet inside the detergent cup. It will take care of those stains.
- Drawers – Like the cupboards, the easiest way to clean the drawers is to remove everything, wash well, and reline them. Put everything back in some sort of logical order.
- Sink and Counters – Stains on counters can usually be taken care of with a lemon. Just slice it in half, and rub it on. Otherwise, vinegar and water will clean these surfaces. Lemon peels can be fed to the garbage disposal to make it smell good. If you have spots on your faucet and sinks, rub a dryer sheet on them and the spots will buff them shiny again.
- Floor – The floor will be the last thing you clean. This is the perfect time to get on your hands and knees and scrub the baseboards, too.
Thoughtful moving advice to keep in mind is to focus on one room at a time. You want to avoid walking to other rooms where you may get side-tracked. Although you can listen to your favorite playlist this would be a good time to listen to an audible book to make the process feel less like work.