I’m so excited for my very own Spring Clean and Purge Party! Check out the introduction to the party and jump in and join us! When you are done your room, add your blog post of your before and afters (or just how it went) at the end of the week on the “room summary” post. Can’t wait to see how we all get so neat and tidy together!
This week we will tackle the BATHROOM(s).
I have two full and two half baths. I’m hoping one week will be enough for me. Here’s the list I’ll be following. Don’t be surprised if as we progress the list starts to sound the same. It’s not rocket science, it’s house cleaning; I can only be so original for each room! Please leave a comment if I forgot something that you include.
Remember, you have ONE WEEK to complete this entire list. You can do it in one day or spread it out. I’ve tried to put it in some-what sequential order.
- General Tidy ~ of counter tops and put everything in its place, especially if it doesn’t belong in the room.
- Drawers, Cupboards, Medicine Cabinet ~ One at a time completely empty, vacuum and wipe down all sides, front and knobs with a damp, soapy cloth. Get rid of all expired medication; often your pharmacy will take it to dispose of without entering the landfill). Purge what you don’t want or use and put everything back. It’s great to sort like with like for a tidy look and to take inventory of what you need or need to use up.
- Dust ~ today use a damp, soapy cloth to get a deeper clean. Start at the top of the room and include tops of curtains, cobwebs in the corner (you may need a stool or an extendability duster if you are short like me), light fixtures or ceiling fans, window frame, top of shower stall and any crown molding, door frame, top of towel holders, all middle sections of the room perhaps including some high traffic wall splattering areas, light switches, door handles, pictures, plants, vents, baseboards.
- Vacuum ~ move any furniture if you have it and really clean those hair balls up!
- Launder ~ mats and, if applicable, curtains that can be washed. If you don’t want to wash curtains, give them a good vacuum and spot clean with a damp cloth.
- Clean ~ bathroom fixtures (shower, toilet, bath, sink, etc.) Use elbow grease and get in the corners that you don’t normally spend the time on with a regular cleaning.
- Floors ~ mop or steam clean carpets.
- Windows ~ Clean the window inside and out if possible. Remove the screen and wash it with soap and water. It’s best to use a cloth and wipe it down too.
- Purged Items ~ Drop off to donate or list items you want to sell. Don’t let this sit more than the time it takes to finish your next room. You’ll regret it (just as that box in my garage from last year’s spring clean!).
- Repeat all of the above for each bathroom.