At long last, springtime is here! Warm weather is poking through the cold and the clouds, homeowners are firing up the lawnmowers and the weed eaters, and the spring home maintenance season is in full bloom. There are many components to this, and one of the most essential is spring cleaning. For your home’s curb appeal and for its overall health, it’s vital that you take some time to scrape away winter’s dust and grime and simply get your home feeling fresh and new again. For many homeowners, spring cleaning can feel like a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of things you can do to make spring cleaning as effective and efficient as possible—starting with some of the following tips:
- Shake down your doormats. This may seem like an odd place to start, but think about it: The role of your doormats is to collect dirt and debris and keep it from tracking through the house. By giving them a thorough cleaning you can ensure they’re doing their job well, and that you’re not just making the house dirtier while you’re walking through it and cleaning.
- Clean your carpets and rugs. Dirt, grease, and other unpleasant things can build up over winter’s course. Consider renting a rug cleaner, or simply give your carpet a thorough shampooing.
- Circle up to clean your kitchen. Start with the stovetop, and give it a good thorough cleaning, then circle your way around the rest of the kitchen. Always start with the stove because it tends to accumulate a lot of grease and muck, if you end with it, you may end up simply knocking all of that stuff onto your just-cleaned floors.
- Clean your dishwasher. There’s no time like the present to do this oft-neglected home cleaning task! You can clean it with a wet sponge dipped in baking soda, or you can run an empty load with just a pack of powder lemonade mix.
- Wash all of your walls, cabinets, and baseboards. They may not look like they need too much TLC, but trust us: After the winter holidays, they almost certainly do! Start at the top and clean your way downward, in nice vertical lines.
- Vacuum thoroughly. By “thoroughly,” we don’t necessarily mean you should feel the need to completely rearrange the furniture to get into every little nook. Instead, move each piece of furniture a couple inches to the side, then vacuum the place it previously covered. No need to create more work for yourself than is necessary!
- Dust off your ceiling fans and other hanging fixtures. If you don’t clean them, they may just be dropping dust and dirt down onto the floors below!
- Clean the bathrooms. Yes, it has to be done, and no, it’s not always pleasant! Invest in a linen cloth you can use to wipe down your shower doors; if you have shower curtains, make sure you launder them once a month, at least, to minimize the buildup of mold and mildew.
- Address the clutter. Chances are, you’ve got some clutter, somewhere in your house. The best way to address it is to sort everything out into piles—a pile to keep, a pile to throw away, a pile to donate. If it’s an item you haven’t used or even really thought about in a year or more, it probably doesn’t belong in the to-keep pile!
Spring cleaning can be a challenge, but it can also be invigorating—especially when you tackle it strategically and efficiently!