These 10 Ways to Prepare for Spring Cleaning This Year are going to inspire you and will make the process a little bit more organized and easier!
It’s almost that time again! Spring is on its way, and many people are starting to plan out their spring cleaning regimes to prepare their homes for the warmer months. Follow these tips to have a more impactful spring cleaning that will help you organize your entire home and leave it sparkling.
1. Survey Your House
Make a list of what you’d like to clean, and rank those items or areas by priority. You may choose to prioritize cleaning that you don’t complete very often over one of your routine chores. Keep an eye open for any easy DIY projects. While you clean your bathroom, you may choose to remove the caulk and add new caulk using a simple caulking gun to give your bathroom a fresh look for spring.
By mapping out where you plan to clean first, you can feel more prepared for the overall task of spring cleaning. This time of year is the best time to refresh your home so you can enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the warmer seasons.
2. Buy Your Supplies
To clean your home effectively, you need to have the right tools. Start stocking up on proper disinfectants and cleaning supplies before you begin spring cleaning, so you don’t have to break away from your chores to get more at the store.
Remember that you shouldn’t mix any cleaning supplies that aren’t meant to go together, because you can create toxic vapors or cause damage to your lungs or eyes. Reading labels can keep you out of harm’s way while spring cleaning your home.
3. Start With the Exterior
When someone approaches your house, what do they see? Curb appeal is essential in making your home feel inviting or more valuable.
If your house needs a fresh coat of paint, consider applying it before anything else inside your house. If you have a sunroom or any prominent windows on your home, consider power-washing them to elevate your curb appeal and get rid of any grime or snow residue. Having clean windows will enhance the natural light that shines through them, giving you the vitamin D boost you’ll need to take on spring cleaning after a long winter.
4. Optimize Your Entryway
Your entryway is the first thing a guest sees when they walk through your door. As such, you should optimize it to be welcoming and meet every need — not to mention be spotless. As your guests survey your entryway, they’ll think the rest of your home is just as tidy.
Put care into cleaning your entryway, as well as equipping it with basics like a coat rack and a bench for people to rest. A sparkling entryway is more inviting than a dirty one, so take care to prioritize tidying up your entryway before any other area inside your house.
5. Declutter Your Kitchen
Kitchens hide so much clutter. Spring cleaning is the perfect excuse to go through all of your cabinets and wipe them down. While you clean out your cabinets, you can get rid of things you don’t use. By doing so, you’ll create a minimalistic lifestyle to be envied.
Take this time to look through your pantry, too. You may find that you have expired food sitting at the back of your pantry. Cleaning out your pantry will help you take stock of what food you really need.
6. Go Through Each Room
Take your cleaning a room at a time. Tackling too many rooms will leave you too exhausted to finish even one. Focus on the most important room first, then work your way down to the least used or least important.
When you declutter, look for things you haven’t worn or used for a while. If it’s in nice condition, consider selling or donating it. Otherwise, you can throw it away or use it for rags. Once you declutter, you’ll find so much space in your home — and fewer places for dust to hide.
7. Wash the Walls
One area of your home you may not have thought to wash is the walls. They become dirty like the rest of your house, but they aren’t cared for as often. You should start by dusting your walls to knock loose any tiny particles. Then, mix gentle dish soap with water.
This solution should be delicate enough to clean any wall, but you still want to test a small patch of the wall before washing the entire wall. Once you know you can use this method, you can wash your walls of all the grime and dirt that has accumulated over the winter and, possibly, the last year.
8. Treat the Floors
Once you’re finished washing the walls, it’s time to deal with the floor. Depending on the type of flooring, you’ll have to treat your floors differently. If you don’t think you can adequately care for your floors, consider replacing your flooring with something less high-maintenance.
Carpet floors are some of the easiest to take care of. While their fibers may trap certain allergens like pet dander or dust, you can vacuum them away easily with the right tools. If you want your carpets to smell fresh, sprinkle scented powder that’ll leave an aroma. This substance will help it smell as clean as it is — but if you want to go the extra mile, you can always shampoo your carpets.
With hardwood floors, use a proper cleaning solution to make them shine. Your floors should be clean and sparkling once the solution dries. Also, you can use spring cleaning as an opportunity to fill in any scratches in your hardwood. Just use a crayon the same color as your flooring on the scratches, then melt it down and buff it out. Soon, your floor will appear scratch-free.
9. Keep a Record
Jot down when you finish things and how frequently you should clean specific areas of your home. You may not need a deep cleaning every week. Keeping this record can take some of the stress off of you. You might need to clean your toilets every week, but you shouldn’t have to wash your walls with the same frequency.
These notes will help you the next time spring cleaning rolls around, as you’ll know which chores need your immediate attention and which can be left for later. Next spring cleaning will require much less effort!
10. Don’t Try It All at Once
If you want to clean your entire home in just a day, you will get overwhelmed. Account for at least a few days of cleaning. You might have to do some cleaning after work or after your children go to bed. It’s okay to take your spring cleaning a day at a time, room by room. Taking more time to clean may ensure you clean your house more effectively.
Keep Your Home Feeling Fresh Year-Round
Spring cleaning won’t keep your house spotless forever, but it can set a baseline of cleanliness for your home. Make sure to keep up with your regular chores after you’ve finished spring cleaning, and you won’t see your home fall into disrepair. That way, you can keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and enjoy your clean home for weeks to come.
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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