The weather is already getting warmer, and summer will be here soon. It’s time to pack up the space heaters and down comforters and put them back into storage, and replace them with room fans and cooler bed clothes. Depending on your demographic location and your living arrangements, you might like to open all the doors and windows when the weather gets warmer, allowing the air to filter through your home and air things out; or it might be so hot that you have to close everything up and crank up the air conditioning.
Regardless of what it is, almost everyone has a routine that they go through in preparation for the warmer weather, and part of that routine often involves a bit of spring cleaning. It’s hard to put things away and get new things out without cleaning them first, and once you get into cleaning mode with one thing, it’s easy to fall into a cleaning frenzy and start scrubbing down the whole house.
One key cleaning spot for spring cleaning is the bathroom. It may be the least desirable space to clean, but it is often the most necessary. After a while, the mirror starts to gather so many water droplet stains that it becomes difficult to see through, the bathtub starts to grow mold and mildew, things clutter up inside of drawers and on top of counters, and dust balls start to gather under the vanity and behind the toilet. So, what are the key areas to clean in the bathroom as part of your spring cleaning ritual?
Towel and Vanity Cabinets
Cabinets are one of the most important areas to go through as part of your spring cleaning. Begin by taking everything out of the cabinets and wiping down the interior of the cabinets. You might be surprised to find out much dust, debris and clutter can build up in cabinets over time. Scour the inside of them, especially if it is a cabinet where your clean towels are kept – you wouldn’t want to have to dry off with a mothball-covered towel. Once the inside of the cabinets have been cleaned, go through everything that was previously stored in the cabinet. Are there old, ratty towels that can be thrown away or moved to the rag pile? What about old toiletries that have expired and should no longer be used? Go through your stuff and try to get rid of anything that will not be used and just takes up space.
Tub/Shower Scrub Down
We all know that mold and mildew love warm, damp spaces (a.k.a., the bathroom!). We’ve seen it at that friend’s house that has a huge black spot forming in their bathroom ceiling, or maybe it’s happened in our own bathroom. Yet, this knowledge doesn’t make the cleaning process any more appealing. Use this spring cleaning as an opportunity to give the tub and/or shower a thorough scrubbing. This is the time to bleach those stains and remove surface mildew before it causes serious damage. It can be a great experience to step into a bathtub or shower after it’s been thoroughly cleaned, and you’ll feel much better when this task is out of the way.
Take Care of the Flooring
Whether it is hardwood or grouted tile, the floors in the bathroom need a good cleaning from time to time. Your cleaning methods may differ based on the material out of which your floors are made, but a good sweeping or vacuuming is necessary for most floors, followed by mopping (if you have anything other than carpet). Take special care of things like baseboards where dust and debris accumulates and is often ignored. Behind the toilet and under the bathroom vanity are also areas that see build up of dust and debris.
Countertops are another area that should get special attention. Water stains build up over time, as well as toothpaste and water splatter that covers the faucet, sink and counters. Surfaces are known to be one of the most bacteria and germ ridden places in any room of the house, but this couldn’t be truer for the bathroom. Use Clorox wipes or another safe anti-bacterial cleaning product to make sure that the counters are disinfected appropriately. While you’re add it, wipe down the toilet handle, bathroom door handles, and the light switches as well.
Medicine Cabinet Makeover
You don’t have a lot of space in the medicine cabinet to begin with, but after a while, things stop being as organized as you first placed them, and things tend be just sort of thrown into the medicine cabinet, as you close the door quickly hoping that nothing falls out – until you open it again, that is. Medicine cabinets are another space that tends to accumulate expired and unused products that never get removed. Take this opportunity to go through the supplies in your medicine cabinet and throw out anything that has expired or will no longer be used. Wipe down the shelves and reorganize everything in such a way that it will be easy to maintain over time.
Trim Shower Curtains
Not all curtains are made alike, and this means that some of your shower curtains will be too long for your shower. While this may not be a huge problem, trimming the curtains can give your bathroom a neater and more tidy appearance, and it can prevent the spread of dust and debris, as the curtains won’t sweep them together every time you open or close the curtains. If your shower curtains touch the floor, or come pretty close to touching it, they’re probably due for a trim, and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your bathroom.
Since you’re in the spring cleaning mode already, take this opportunity to create more organization in your bathroom. Even if you are the most organized person you know, things tend to revolt over time, and there are always new and improved ways to maintain order in your home. Make floating shelves out of old crates, install in-door shelving inside your vanity cabinets, hang a towel rack, etc. There are many ways to create organization in your bathroom, and we encourage you to find the right solution for your space.
Spring cleaning may not be fun, but it sure does feel good when it’s done. Spring cleaning in the bathroom is especially important if you’re one of those folks who never seems to have the chance to clean the bathroom as often as you would like. What are some ways that you like to reorganize and clean out your bathroom around this time of year? Leave your feedback in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!