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Time flies, and before you know it, the coldness of this winter will once again give way to the comforting embrace of spring. You know what that means, right?
Yes, flowers will soon be back in bloom, birds will be singing their cheerful songs again. Shoveling snow out of the driveway will no longer be a part of your daily chores, but that’s not all.
Sometime in the not too distant future, people will take part in the yearly ritual known as spring cleaning. Now, you might be already feeling overwhelmed by just thinking about that. But it’s helpful to remind yourself that spring cleaning provides you with a great opportunity to reset your home and properly prepare it for the months and even years ahead.
To help you out, we’ve put together a spring cleaning list of things you can do to more effectively clean up home and keep it in pristine condition long-term.
Without further ado, let’s get to the list.
1. Get Rid of Chemical Cleaners and Replace Them with Organic and Homemade Solutions
As the saying goes, old habits die hard. If you watched your parents using chemical cleaners growing up, then there’s a good chance that you’ve been using them too.
There may have been a point in time when chemical cleaners were the only options readily available to homeowners, but these days, there’s no good reason to continue relying on them.
They are harmful to the environment and they’re also dangerous to our health. Certain chemical cleaners have been linked to neurological diseases and even cancer.
The typical chemical cleaner also has a noxious odor that is unpleasant to deal with.
Furthermore, if you have pets in your home, it could be dangerous to use chemical cleaners around them.
They could get into the containers of those chemical cleaners and the aftermath of that will not be pretty.
Organic cleaners are much safer to use around cats and dogs and the best part is that they are just as effective as their chemical counterparts.
Invest in organic cleaners that will be better for you, your family, your pets, and the environment. They may be a bit harder to find, but they will be worth the effort in the long run.
If you’re running low on organic cleaner, whip up some yourself. White vinegar and lemon are just two of the items that have been commonly used for daily household and they are quite effective.
2. Search for Leaks and Make Repairs if Necessary
Fixing pipes and other things that are broken in your home is no easy task when the weather can still be described as freezing.
That excuse is no loner valid once spring rolls around though.
This is the time of the year when you should conduct a thorough checkup of the pipes in your home to see if anything needs to be patched up.
Check the pipes under your sink, in the bathroom and go outside as well to see if anything there got damaged during the winter.
It’s also a good idea to check up on the roof, the window frames, and even your garage door just to see if any of them need to be repaired.
Hopefully, nothing pops up, but if there are problem areas, they will be easier to address during the spring.
3. Clean the Parts of Your Home That Are Routinely Exposed to the Elements
Cleaning outdoors is a nearly impossible task during the winter, but once again, the warmer weather is more forgiving and conducive to being more active.
Assuming you’ve already administered the home repairs necessary, you can move ahead to cleaning up.
Scrub your doors, your walls, and your windows thoroughly using those organic cleaners you recently bought.
If you have a taller house, call on the professionals and have them handle the task of cleaning the higher points of your home.
You want to make the effects of this outdoor cleaning session last for a long time, so don’t shy away from putting in the work.
Reserve a weekend for this undertaking and if you have kids, ask them to help out by cleaning up in the yard as well. By turning cleaning into a family affair, you effectively make it a more enjoyable activity.
4. Pay Attention to Your Lighting Fixtures
The light fixtures working in the different rooms of your home just continue doing what they have to no matter how long they are asked to work.
That’s why many homeowners are caught off guard when they stop working.
Make it a point to check up on them while you’re going through spring cleaning and see if any need to be replaced or may need to be replaced sometime soon. Purchase replacement bulbs if necessary.
If you’re looking for a quick way to brighten up your home, dust off your lighting fixtures and return them to their former glory.
5. Thoroughly Clean Your Kitchen and Bathroom
People take very little joy from having to clean up inside the kitchen and/or the bathroom and understandably so.
Those parts of your home can get really dirty. If you’ve neglected cleaning them up recently, then you’re in for a long day.
Still, no matter how unpleasant cleaning up in the bathroom and in the kitchen can be, those tasks need to be done. Prepare yourself properly by getting some rubber gloves and plenty of organic cleaner.
Take the time to clean everything up including the toilet and the sinks. Remember to look under the bathroom and kitchen sinks to see if anything is in need of repair.
You should also devote some cleaning time there to prevent the emergence of mold in your home.
Cleaning up in the bathroom and kitchen won’t be pleasant, but it will be good for you and your family.
6. Reorganize Your Cabinets, Closets, and Drawers
De-cluttering is all the rage right now and it’s a good trend to follow. Many, many homeowners are guilty of hoarding too much stuff in their cabinets, closets, and drawers. All items they won’t be using again anytime soon.
If you want to improve your home, it’s a good idea to get rid of things you don’t need any longer.
Sort your items into different categories. Such as items that you’ll keep in an accessible place, items that you’ll store away, items that you’ll give away, and item’s that will go in the trash.
With the items sorted, you can proceed to reorganize your cabinets, closets, and drawers. This way they can be neater and more orderly. You’ll thank yourself for doing this in the future. Especially when you quickly find something that you need because you kept it in the right place.
7. Tinker with Your Home Design or Go for Full-Fledged Decoration
Ok, the repairs, the cleaning, and the reorganizing are all ready. Now you can get to the fun part, which is decorating your home.
You don’t necessarily have to make big changes. If you already love the way your home looks, a few tweaks here and there will suffice.
Get a new vase or maybe add a small table and use them as complementary design elements in your home.
If you’re feeling a bit bolder or perhaps just saw that some pieces of furniture in your home are in need of repairs, then maybe it’s time to look into a full-fledged overhaul of your home décor.
It’s up to you to decide what you want to do. Just make sure you have fun with whatever you decide to do.
Were you able to pick up some valuable tips from this spring cleaning guide? Did you have fun going through it?
We’re hoping you did. Also we’re similarly hopeful that you’re now more excited to take part in this year’s spring cleaning.
There’s no denying that spring cleaning is hard work. Right now, your spring cleaning list is probably looking quite lengthy already. No matter how daunting the work may seem though, you need to take on it.
Spring cleaning is not just about tidying up inside your house. It’s also about making your place of residence feel like a home again. It’s also about making sure that everyone living inside will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
By accomplishing the items listed in this article, you are more than able to do that spring cleaning right.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this article in the comments below. If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends and family members who could also use some advice before taking part in spring cleaning.
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