Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring is almost here and there is a renewed energy in the air. Flowers are about to bloom, everything is turning green again, and it is time to shake off the effects of the long winter months. There is no better way to celebrate the coming of spring and prepare yourself for new beginnings than with a deep spring cleaning. To help you brighten your home and help you start spring off on the right foot, here are some tips and tricks that will make sure your home is sparkling from top to bottom.
Start by Decluttering Your Home
Having clutter around your home affects your mood and increases your stress levels. The best way to bring peace to your home and your mind is by eliminating unnecessary clutter. Getting rid of clothes you don’t wear and other items that you haven’t used in years is a truly cathartic experience that will leave you feeling lighter and more free.
We have a tendency of piling clutter out of sight in closets and junk drawers. Now is the time to tackle these areas. Start by removing everything from the closet, cabinet or other storage area where it has been hiding and start eliminating the things you don’t need. Once you have identified the things worth keeping, put them back in an organized way that makes them easy to access. This might also be the time to invest in some organizational tools like baskets and shelving.
Tackle the Kitchen and Bathroom
If you are like most people, you probably vacuum and clean your floors on a regular basis but avoid deep cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. As you work your way through these rooms, here are some must-dos.
Kitchen Spring Cleaning List
- Wipe down all the cabinets. Grimy fingerprints can leave your cabinets looking old and worn. You will be amazed to see how a simple cleaning gives them new life.
- Go through your pantry and your refrigerator. Remove any old items, wipe down surfaces and reorganize all the items.
- Clean out the microwave. If you have been ignoring food splatters, it is time to confront them head on. You can make this job easier by microwaving a bowl of water with a lemon and a few tablespoons of vinegar. This will create steam and loosen stuck on food while also getting rid of any smells.
- Clean your cutting boards. Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle salt on your cutting board and scrub the surfaces using the open side of the lemon. This is an easy way to remove smells and stains.
Bathroom Spring Cleaning List
- Wipe down all the cabinets. Even your bathroom cabinets can become dusty and covered in fingerprints. Don’t forget to give them some attention.
- Replace your shower curtain liner. It doesn’t take long for liners to become moldy and it only costs a few dollars to put in a brand-new liner.
- Throw away old medicine bottle and toiletries. Bathroom drawers and cabinets are great for collecting expired cough syrup, old cosmetics and other odds and ends. Go through all your storage spaces and dispose of any old items before reorganizing your bathroom.
- Scrub your grout. Clean grout will make your bathroom look like it has been remodeled. There are plenty of fast acting cleaners on the market that you can spray on, wait fifteen or so minutes and then scrub away for sparkling results.
Clean Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are other areas that are often forgotten during regular cleanings. However, dirt and dust don’t just collect on the floor. If it has been awhile since you took a close look at your blinds, window sills and doors, you may be surprised to see just how much dust has accumulated. You can easily wipe down window sills, door frames and blinds with a wet cloth. Just remember to start from the top and work your way down.
Vacuum Vents and Change Air Filters
This is an especially important step if anyone in your home suffers from allergies. Use your vacuum attachments to clean out vent grates and openings and put a clean filter in your HVAC system. It is an easy way to keep the air clean and make everyone a little more comfortable.
Tackling your spring cleaning list might feel overwhelming at first, but if you break it down into steps, it can be a more manageable project that relieves stress. Tackle one room at a time and stop avoiding those problems areas that tend to be forgotten or overlooked. In the end, you will feel better and enjoy your home even more.
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