Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring time brings many things; including flowers, rain, and the dreaded spring cleaning. I, like most people, dread the annual spring cleaning but it is worth it when its all said and done. I feel so great about the hard work I have done and that I get to enjoy the organized clean home I slaved over.
Spring cleaning does not have to be a daunting task. It also does NOT need to be done in one day. However, if that is the way you work, more power to ya. I personally can get seriously overwhelmed by the intimidating task of cleaning and organizing. Breaking up these tasks up are what are going to get me through to the finish line. No matter what is on your spring cleaning agenda, everyone needs a plan of action. Break it up or do it in one day. Whichever you choose, give yourself a little reward when you finish. You deserve it 😉
My To-Do’s for Spring Cleaning:
During fall and winter we are tracking in so much crap. Whether in your area you see snow, rain, ice salt or mud some of it is going to be tracked in to your home. Spring is the perfect time to clean your carpets. You can totally do it yourself, renting a Rug Doctor, or hire a professional. Either way, you should get this done at least once a year. This small expense once a year could potentially prevent you from having to replace down the road. I love having them professionally cleaned. We use Sears, they do an awesome job and they have a great rate of 3 rooms for $99. Click Here to check for Sears Discounts near you. Totally worth it in my opinion but again, you can totally do it yourself– Click Here for Rug Doctor Rental Discounts.
Cleaning out my closet actually brings me so much joy. I know weird right? But honestly I love trying things on to make sure they still fit, I love getting rid of things I have not worn nor will wear any time soon. Firstly I start with an easy task, shoes. Rarely do I ever get rid of shoes but I have no problem taking a look through and getting rid of any that I don’t have a need for. However, to keep my husband sane, we have an agreement that I keep off-season shoes downstairs on a shoe rack in the laundry room. So I take winter shoes downstairs. If you are pinched for closet space and need to store winter clothes elsewhere take this time to fold and store sweaters and heavy coats in water tight bins. If you are bad at getting rid of clothes, like me, try this tip a friend of mine suggested. You put your clothes hangers on the rack backwards, and as you wear-wash-and-return that item, you put the hanger on the rack the correct way. This will help keep you honest on if you actually wear an item. Pick an amount of time you are comfortable with, and if you haven’t worn that item– donate it!
Spring is such a beautiful season. You will want your windows to be crystal clear to be able to take in all the beautiful scenery. Inside window cleaning happens on a regular basis for me but I can tell you I did not go outside in the last 3 months in 30 degree weather to clean the outside of my windows. It just didn’t happen. I am taking this time to clean the outside windows. I am super lucky to live in a ranch style home, so pretty much all of my windows are easily reachable. Only for a few do I even have to get on a ladder. I know that is not the case for most, so this may be a job you decide to hire out. If you can do it yourself, use this glass cleaner. It’s seriously the best. Non-streaky and gets a great clean on the especially dirty exterior windows. Don’t forget to clean off your screens if you have them. What good are clean windows if you have dirty screens? To clean use warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; and rinse thoroughly.
This is more of an organizational task than cleaning. I start with my pantry. Organize your cans to put like foods together. For me that means canned veggies together, tomatoes (sauce, Italian diced, rotel, etc.), Mexican (black beans, enchilada sauce, green chilies, etc.). Continue this with seasonings, pasta, baking items and so on. Then I head to the cabinets. Go through your cabinets and arrange the cups, pans and appliances you use most often to the front. For me spring brings more events of us entertaining in our home. We will use the appliances like the blender more often in the upcoming months. Margaritas of course 😉 We will also use our entertaining items like our chip and dip tray, glass drink dispensers and such often this Spring/ Summer. I move these items to the front and move my 500 coffee cups to a top, unreachable without a step stool, shelf. Take this time to wipe out each shelf you rearrange. While I’m at it, I deep clean the faces of the cabinets and pulls.
Spring time is a great time to Clean and Organize your home. Weather your to-do list looks like mine or you have other tasks on your mind, it’s good to take it one step at a time. Clean Up and Clean Out. You will feel ready for Spring and Summer having less clutter and a clean home. If you take one tip from this article it would be this: put your clothes hangers on the rack backwards, and as you wear-wash-and-return that item, you put the hanger on the rack the correct way. After a set period of time (whatever you’re comfortable with) if the hanger is still on the rack backwards- donate that item!
Do you have something to add to my Spring Cleaning List? I’d love to hear from you!
Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on Transitioning Your Skin Care Routine for Spring.