It is officially springtime, which means it’s about that time of year for the annual “spring cleaning!” That term can sound overwhelming, thinking about all the things that need to be done you’ve put off for an entire year. Don’t stress! Follow these helpful hints to get it done fast and pain free.
- Make a to-do list and stick to it. Do a slow walk-through of the interior AND exterior of your home. What needs attention? Dirty windows, grimy floorboards, stained kitchen counters? Focus on the big things that you usually skip over when regularly cleaning the house. Make a to-do list for both the inside and outside, and stick to that list. Don’t get sidetracked and start on small tasks you think of along the way.
- Take the time to declutter and organize your home while cleaning. Spring is a great time of year to host a yard sale; the weather is getting warmer and people are ready to spend some time outside instead of cooped up indoors. Go through closets and get rid of old clothes, used toys, furniture you want to replace, etc. Or, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of a yard sale (because let’s be honest, it’s a chore in itself…) donate to your local shelter or mission! Most are always looking for donations to help out the less fortunate. You could make a big difference in someone’s life by donating your used items.
- Get your carpet professionally cleaned, or rent a carpet cleaner. You don’t realize how much dirt your carpet collects until you see your fresh, clean carpet. Carpet cleaners can be rented inexpensively, or hire a team to come out and do a really great, professional job. You will feel so refreshed after walking barefoot across a nice, clean carpet.
- Stay green while you clean! It’s easy to buy a cheap cleaner at the store, but think about how many chemicals will be lingering in the air while you’re cleaning. Do a little research and find the best harsh chemical-free companies, or make your own cleaners at home. You’d be surprised how much some warm, soapy water can do.
- Protect your health. If you have allergies or choose to use heavy-duty chemicals while cleaning, wear rubber gloves and a mask to protect your skin and lungs. Always be sure to read the labels before you use chemicals. Make sure you’re not allergic to anything listed!
- Start with the light fixtures. Put in fresh light bulbs and clean out any dead bugs trapped inside the fixtures. Wipe down the outside too as dirt easily builds up on exterior light fixtures.
- Give some attention to gardens/flower beds. We tend to neglect flower beds in the winter. Make sure they aren’t drowning in weeds, leaves from the fall haven’t built up, and plant some new spring plants. The exterior of your house is the first things guests see when they arrive, so make sure they have something nice to look at!
- Clean the windows. Remove the screens and rinse them off with the water hose, or even with soap. Professionals finish off with a squeegee to make sure they’re spotless and leave behind no streaks.
- Wipe down all of your patio furniture. Outdoor furniture goes through a lot of wear and tear with the weather, so make sure to give everything a good wipe down and wash.
- Disinfect outdoor trash cans. Trash cans are often overlooked when cleaning. Remove any debris stuck to the bottom and spray it down really good with a bleach and water combination. Let it air dry, and the bleach will help with the smell.
Now that you’ve got a fresh, clean house, enjoy some time to yourself! Have a cup of coffee on your porch, or enjoy a good book curled up in your favorite comfy chair. Spring is a time for new beginnings, so start with a beautiful spotless home.
Written by Jordan Cummings