Here are 10 Overlooked Spots In Your Home That Could Use A Makeover… with these simple suggestions you will see a big difference in your home!
Every home runs on a set of systems. Some are integral to your house’s structure, like heating and plumbing. Others are created according to personal preference, such as cleaning routines.
However, daily life constantly throws wrenches in these systems. You only have so much energy and time, and it’s easy to fall behind on household chores. This spring is the perfect time to get your housekeeping back on track. Here are 10 overlooked spots in your home to start.
1. Wipe the Windows
Windows get dirty so slowly that it can be challenging to realize when the dust and grime have gone too far. However, clean windows let in more light and can brighten the atmosphere of your whole home.
Prevent yourself from missing this chore by choosing one day a month to wash your windows. Even if you can’t reach the outside, cleaning the inside will make a big difference in the interior of your home.
2. Declutter the Bedroom
Your bedroom is meant to be a place of peace and refuge. However, because they are private, they can quickly turn into dumping grounds for unfolded laundry and bins of old things you plan to donate.
Take a few hours to clear out your bedroom space this spring. Declutter as much as you can so this room becomes a haven for the end of your day. You don’t want it to be a catch-all space that reminds you of everything you didn’t get done.
3. Wash Your Baseboards
Although everyone knows floors get dirty, it can be tricky to remember that walls need washing, too. Trim and baseboards are especially notorious for collecting dust and grime.
Scrubbing your baseboards should only take about half an hour. However, it can make a big difference in the cleanliness and attractiveness of your home. Once you start paying attention to baseboards, you may find yourself cleaning spiderwebs and dust off the walls and ceiling as well.
4. Dust Your Blinds
Like every other surface in your home, blinds collect dust. Over time, it can turn into a sticky layer that impacts your air quality and looks terrible. To prevent this situation, add dusting the blinds to your weekly cleaning routine.
Dusting blinds can be tricky since they are easy to break. You can use a soft, damp cloth or a microfiber duster to gently clean each vane without causing damage. Using a vacuum attachment for cloth blinds can also be effective.
5. Organize Your Closet
The closet is another area that quickly becomes disorganized. Fix this problem by dedicating some time this season to decluttering and organizing your clothes.
Many people pare their clothes down to seasonal capsule wardrobes. These sets of clothing stay within a favorite color palette so you can create many outfits with fewer items. If you can’t bring yourself to donate anything, try storing off-season clothes in the attic.
6. Deep-Clean Carpets
Carpets help filter the air in your house, but they work best when they’re deep-cleaned. Deep-cleaning your carpet will bring all the grime to the surface and steam out allergens and debris.
You can also take this opportunity to treat any surface stains. Most can be removed with simple cleaning solutions you can make in your kitchen. You may have to apply them several times before they will completely come out.
7. Clean the Oven
Your oven is easy to overlook on cleaning day. However, it’s common for food to drip and then burn on the bottom of this appliance. Although some ovens have self-cleaning functions, many homeowners don’t make use of them.
Once a month, you should clean the inside of your oven. Make it easier by investing in an oven liner. This useful tool will catch future drips and is easier to clean than your oven.
8. Sterilize the Washer
Although it may wash your clothes, your washing machine isn’t always effective for keeping itself clean. Thankfully, it’s easy to clear out mold and mineral buildup.
Add some bleach to an empty hot wash cycle. Next, run a second cycle with white vinegar to reduce odors. Be very careful not to combine bleach and vinegar, as this will create a toxic gas.
9. Clear Out the Pantry
The pantry is the organizational hub of your kitchen. One that’s well-stocked can give you peace of mind in case of emergencies, but it increases the risk that items in your stash will go out of date.
It’s a good idea to pull everything out of your pantry and reorganize about once a year. This will help you to check that everything is still edible. You can replace items and change your storage system if needed.
10. Bring in the Light
Lighting can completely change your home’s atmosphere. Natural sunshine improves mood, energy and focus. In addition, having a cozy space in the evenings can help you wind down after a long day.
Survey your home and consider how you could improve your lighting. You may need to add or remove curtains or change out a fixture. You can also use candles and lamps to increase light in a dark space.
It can be challenging for homeowners to find the time for deep-cleaning. However, you can get a lot done if you have a plan and tackle one area at a time. Use this list to identify any overlooked areas in your home and prep your space so you’re ready for every season.
Cora’s passion is to inspire others to live a happy, healthful, and mindful life through her words on Revivalist – wholeheartedly convincing them that everyday moments are worth celebrating. Cora has spent 5+ years writing for numerous lifestyle sites – hence her sincere love for both life and the beauty of style in all things. Keep up with Cora on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.
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