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Spring is here! After a long winter of having the house all closed up, I like nothing more than to open all of the windows and doors and air out my home. And I always get the urge to deep clean my home in the spring. It’s a great way to refresh my home after being in hibernation mode. But spring cleaning can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan in place. And I have certainly gotten off track a time or two when I start the spring cleaning process.
Here are some things you can do to start spring cleaning your house:
The first thing to do is to get rid of any items that you no longer need or want. Go through one room at a time. Pull out any old clothes, toys, and other household items that are taking up space. Donate or sell items that are in good condition. And throw away anything that is no longer usable. Don’t forget to go through closets, dressers, and other storage spaces. I do a major declutter once every year and am always amazed at how much “stuff” accumulates throughout the year. But I always feel so much lighter once it’s done!
Work from top to bottom
Once you’re done decluttering, It’s time to work on some deep cleaning! A good rule of thumb is to start with the ceiling and work your way down to the floor. Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high shelves first. Any dust that falls from these areas can be dealt with later. Then clean your cabinets, cupboards, windows, and window sills. And dust and polish furniture. Once those things are finished you can vacuum, sweep and mop the floors.
Focus on neglected areas
There are some areas of the house that rarely get cleaned. So pay extra attention to areas that tend to get overlooked during regular cleanings. This can include areas such as baseboards, blinds, and the tops of cabinets. I even include wiping down doors, molding, and lightswitch and outlet covers which often need some cleaning.
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You’ve now decluttered and cleaned your house. But now it’s time to organize your remaining items in a way that makes sense to you. Having your home organized is also a great way to reduce stress. Clutter can be stressful, and so therefore it is important for each item that you own to have a spot where it is always kept. Doing this can also save you time!
- Decide on the areas of your home that need the most attention and create a plan of action. Prioritize areas that are most frequently used and those that will have the biggest impact on your daily life.
- Create a system to keep your belongings organized. This could include storage solutions such as bins, baskets, shelves and drawers, labeling, and designated spaces for items.
- It can be easy to become disorganized again so make it a habit to put items back in their place after use. Then be sure to schedule time regularly to clean and tidy up to prevent clutter from piling up.
Want some ideas about how to organize your clothes and your closet? Check out this post I did on that!
Don’t forget to clean up outside!
Your home is more than just the interior spaces! Cleaning up outside is just as important as cleaning up inside. And spring is a great time to clean up your outdoor space as well.
- Declutter outside! Get rid of any broken outdoor furniture, broken pots, or anything else that needs to be removed.
- Take this time to sweep the porch, wash windows, and clean outdoor furniture.
- This is also a great time to powerwash the house, porch, deck, sidewalks, and driveway. This will help to remove any dirt, grime, or mold that has built up on your siding, eaves, or gutters.
- Clean out your gutters. Debris can accumulate over time and clearing them out ensures that water can drain properly. This can help prevent damage to your roof. Flush out the gutters with water once the debris has been cleared to ensure they are working properly.
- Wash the windows.
- Trim trees and shrubs. Overgrowth can damage your own, so cutting back trees and shrubs is important for protecting your investment.
Remember to always take safety precautions when working on ladders or using a pressure washer. Wear appropriate safety gear, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all tools and equipment.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Follow these simple steps and you can handle spring cleaning with ease. Then enjoy your clean and organized home!