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How-To: Spring Clean Your Entryway

Have you started your Spring cleaning yet? If not, you can get inspired with my Spring Cleaning Checklist, which you can download and print out. The PDF lists cleaning and organizing duties room by room, to keep things simple. I thought I'd expand on some of those tasks to help you get the most out of your Spring cleaning routine.

To see my tips for cleaning your entry,


  • Dust ceiling, fans, vents, closets, and light fixtures with a feather duster. Make sure your feather duster is made from ostrich feathers, though!
  • Wipe front door, tabletops, and door hardware with a damp rag. You can make a furniture polish to really put a shine on any of your entry tables, benches, and chairs.
  • Dry clean drapery and any musty communal outerwear in your coat closet. Choose a dry cleaner that uses eco-friendly practices. You can download a list of eco-friendly dry cleaners at the EPA's website.
  • Spray windows, mirrors, and glass tabletops with glass cleaner. Vinegar and water works great for cleaning windows, or you can whip up a batch of eco-friendly glass cleaner, too.
  • Tidy accessories, landing strip, and coat closet. Use a critical eye when going through your accessories, and decide if things can go in other areas, or if you really need them at all.
  • Shake your welcome mats outdoors. If your welcome mat has worn out its welcome, replace it with a new one for Spring!
  • Sweep and mop, or vacuum and spot treat floors. For a super-fresh smell in your entry, try using lavender.


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owlchicka owlchicka 8 years
Nice list, but why the ostrich feather duster? Wouldn't cobwebs and creepy crawly things get stuck in/on that? I don't want to import things into the home from the outside. Also, how does one *clean* an ostrich feather duster? :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Cast iron door mat? Good lord.
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