Warm weather is almost here! Now is the perfect time to dust away the winter cobwebs and execute a little deep spring cleaning. Are you getting the itch to start purging, cleaning and organizing? Keep reading for our tips to get the most out of your spring cleaning.
Divide and conquer
The goal of spring cleaning is to have the entire house spic and span for the refreshing new season, but that doesn’t mean the whole house has to be cleaned in a day. Divide the house into sections or prioritize by room. Don’t forget to include the garage, garden and patio/deck. Start from the inside and work your way out, top to bottom for efficiency and to prevent moving heavy items multiple times.
Start with the clutter
It’s important to declutter right out of the gate. Doing so will clear the space for sweeping, dusting, etc. and also reduce stress. Many of today’s design trends focus on clean lines that can’t be seen with clutter throughout the home. Spend some time organizing your closets and looking into that junk drawer. Recycle old magazines and papers from the previous year. Box items that are no longer used or needed and donate them. This simple process will eliminate unnecessary stress from your life. For tips on how to achieve a mid-century modern look in your home, click here.
Walls and windows need attention
Floors are scrubbed until they shine during spring cleaning in most homes, but many people typically forget about walls and windows. It’s true that most dust settles on the floor and other surfaces, but not all of it. A damp towel can be used to wipe down walls and blinds (starting from the top). Remove window screens from the outside wipe them down. When it comes to the actual window, a steam cleaner with a squeegee is a great way tool to get them to sparkle.
Give attention to small details
Thoroughly cleaning your home includes getting those pesky areas that usually elude the vacuum, mop, and duster, such as sliding door tracks and light fixtures. It’s easy to forget these areas as you go through the house, especially sliding door tracks for closets. Add these areas to your spring cleaning checklist and spend some time on the little details. Use an old toothbrush to help scrub the dirt and grime from door tracks to prevent the damage and improve appearance. Remove and wash your light fixtures, including the ones that appear clean. Clean light fixtures improve the atmosphere within the home and can save money on electricity.
Clean the air, too
Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important and overlooked parts of spring cleaning. However, doing so does wonders for improving your indoor air quality. When ducts build up dust over winter, the filters catch those unwanted particles, so they don’t enter your space. While you are working through your spring cleaning checklist be sure to replace your filter. It’s an inexpensive way to make sure you’re breathing clean, healthy air. If allergens, indoor chemicals, or odors are a larger concern for you, you can also consider getting an air purifier.
Welcome the new season with a heavy spring cleaning to refresh and revitalize your home. You’ll be ready to face the warmer days with a house that sparkles!
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