THE ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN
The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and our house still feels like it’s stuck with the winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.
We can all agree that nothing feels quite as satisfying as coming home to a clean house. We understand that cleaning your house from top to bottom can be very overwhelming and not to mention, time-consuming, so let’s take it room by room or appliance by appliance. No matter if you have five minutes to freshen up or an entire weekend to spare, its time to give your home’s trouble spots a refresh.
In order to make this year’s deep clean your most productive yet, we’ve rounded up some of our top spring cleaning tips. These hacks, products, and methods are sure to save you time and get every inch of your home incredibly clean.
Approaching your house room-by-room is the most effective way to deep-clean your home.. Use a room checklist as the springboard for deep-cleaning the areas of your home that need that extra attention.
Organize and Clear the Clutter
One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don’t need. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the natural spring urge to get rid of items that are weighing you down. Sorting your belongings into four categories: trash, give-away, store, or put-way. Now is a great time to plan a garage sale or to donate items to good causes. Your cleaning process will be a lot easier once all the clutter is gone.
Once you’ve cleared out the clutter, give your home some much-needed TLC.
- Empty out your kitchen fridge and thoroughly clean it.
- Sweep under your large appliances, like the stove and the fridge, and larger furniture pieces, like dressers, desks and the beds.
- Wash the windows, both inside and out.
- Clean vinyl or wood blinds and take any curtains or drapes to the cleaners.
- Flip your mattress. Don’t just clean your sheets; wash your pillows and mattress covers as well.
- Clean your upholstery or hire a professional to do it.
- After these more thorough tasks, do your usual scrubbing, mopping, dusting and vacuuming.
- If it’s warm enough, open the windows and let the fresh air in as you freshen up your home.
Break Cleaning Down into 10-minute Sessions.
Sometimes, spring cleaning can be a marathon. The best way to tackle this is, is by breaking your time down into short, highly productive chunks of time. Here are four things you can spring clean in the next 10 minutes.
- Dust: Brush a dusting wand over all open surfaces. A few minutes to spare? Break out the furniture polish for a quick shine.
- Clean doors and switch plates: Using a damp microfiber cloth, remove fingerprints, smudges, and germs from light switch plates and doorknobs.
- Dust ceiling fans: Place a pillowcase over the fan blade, then pull it toward you to collect the dust. After dusting, use a cloth dipped in warm, soapy water to clean off each blade. Then dry.
- Baseboards: Use a microfiber mop to swiftly clear dust and debris from baseboards.
Get the Family Involved
If you need a little help in your cleaning endeavors, get your family involved. Even the most unwilling helper can make a big difference in the workload. This is a great time of year to get the entire family to work together. Try throwing on some music or think of fun family reward as an incentive to get the work done.
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Let spring cleaning set a new tone in your home. If your space feels dark and heavy, you can make small changes to help make it light and fresh for spring. Adding new colorful pillows or art are great ways to change up your space. Replacing items like bedding, towels, table linens, and even window treatments are other ways to transform your rooms for spring and the warm weather ahead.