The snow is melting, the days are getting warmer, and the flowers are starting to bloom. It could only mean one thing: spring has arrived. And what better way to start the season but with a spring cleaning. It’s a great way to jolt your home out of the winter blues and prepare it for the months ahead.
Many families also take advantage of the warm weather to start long-delayed home renovation and construction projects. But whether you’re just replacing a few windows or looking for new hardwood floors, it’s essential to clean and prepare your home before embarking on a significant project. Construction can be messy, so cleaning your home before the project starts can make life easier for everyone.
1. Clean methodically
When cleaning a home from top to bottom, it’s best to introduce some method into the madness. You may feel like you’re being pulled from all directions, so one way to make your cleaning more organized is to focus on one room at the time.
Start by cleaning the storage spaces and work your way to the main living spaces. Clean and organize the least-used parts of your home first, such as the attic and the garage. Afterward, you can focus on the bedrooms and the bathrooms. And finally, the kitchen, dining room, and living room. Use a checklist to help you stay focused and to ensure nothing is left behind.
2. Sort the clutter
We accumulate so much clutter in the course of our day-to-day lives, so use this moment to get rid of the things that you no longer need. I’m sure that your closets and drawers are full to the brim with items that you barely use, and you probably need the space for the year ahead.
Go to every room in your home and collect all the things that you don’t use anymore. Sort them into three piles: keep, throw away, and donate or sell. Don’t forget to check with local laws about the type of items you can send to the trash pile.
3. Turn it into a family activity
You don’t have to do everything alone. If you feel overwhelmed with all the cleaning and organization, why not enlist your family to do it with you. Having a few helpers helps reduce the load, and you get to turn a tedious activity into something fun for the entire family. You can even spice things up with games and music.
4. Don’t buy cleaning products you don’t need
Many homemakers take advantage of spring cleaning to buy new cleaning supplies and products. But if you’ve done well so far with the existing cleaners you have, then why do you need to buy new stuff? All of that is just gonna gather dust in your cabinets, and you know it.
If you really want to buy new supplies, then go for spare microfiber cloths and mop heads instead. Or you could swap out an old brand for a newer, milder one.
These pointers will help you freshen things up in your home. With a few small changes and a bit of TLC, you can cast the winter cold out and let the light and warmth back into your home.