The underside of chairs and tables
You’re probably not going to find gum stuck to the table (at least we hope not!) but the underside of tables and chairs deserve some attention. “This is an often overlooked spot that gets grimy and gross as people pull their chairs up to the table with their dirty hands,” says professional organizer, Jamie Novak, author of Keep This, Toss That. If you have young children, you have an additional reason to clean: Chances are there are probably bits of food and streaks of ketchup on the underside of the table. Curious kids may be tempted to pick at the underside of the table and put the dried up food in their mouth.
Sconces, chandeliers, and other lighting
Is your eyesight getting bad or is your room really that dim? Although we usually dust the fan blades, we often neglect the actual globes and lamp shades of lighting fixtures. “At first glance, these may not seem dusty, but once you wipe one you will see a noticeable difference,” says Novak. Remove the globes and wash in soapy water, rinse, and air dry. Dust the inside of a lampshade and then wash with soapy water in the sink. Rinse and let air dry. Use this spring cleaning schedule to finish your whole home in one day.
The area behind your kitchen sink, stove, or prep area largely goes unnoticed because we focus more attention on the countertop areas where we can clearly see the messy surface. Over time, the splatters and grease can accumulate quite a buildup, Novak says. “A quick wipe and it may be very noticeable just how dirty the area has become.” Don’t forget about your bathroom backsplash area and the sneaky grime buildup you can’t see because it is behind the faucet. A toothbrush will get into the crevices around the base of the faucet and handles.