Winter is finally on its way out, and spring is just around the corner. The beginning of spring evokes images of chirping birds, blossoming trees, and people spending more time outdoors. But there’s also one event associated with the spring that perhaps not everyone looks forward to – spring cleaning.
The prospect of spring cleaning can feel overwhelming. All of a sudden, it’s time to tackle all of the chores that you’ve put off doing since… maybe even last spring. But you know that it’s something that needs to be done. Fortunately, if you focus on just putting one foot in front of the other and attacking the larger tasks first, your spring cleaning will be complete in no time – meaning more time to spend outdoors appreciating the sunshine and mild weather.
Here are some time-saving spring cleaning tips to kick-start your seasonal housecleaning:
Organize Your Closet
Now is the perfect time to go through all of the clothes, accessories, and shoes in your closet and pull out anything you hardly – or never – wore over the past year. If you know you have some clothes that you could live without, consider donating them to a local thrift store or charity.
After you’ve sorted out unused and rarely worn clothes from your closet, reorganize your clothes based on how you determine what to wear in the morning. Do you usually look for clothes based on their color? Or do you look for an outfit based on what you’ll be doing that day? You can organize the clothes in your closet according to dark colors and light colors, you could segment it by function – for example: dressy clothes on the left, office wear in the middle, and casual weekend attire on the right.
If you’re itching for a new look for your home to go along with the change in season, consider rearranging your furniture. Moving around coffee tables and sofas into a new layout will make your living room feel fresh and new. But more importantly, it will give you an opportunity to vacuum and sweep in areas that have long been hidden under the furniture.
Deep Clean Tiles & Grout
Hopefully you already give your bathroom a good once-a-week cleaning, but when was the last time you dedicated your efforts toward deep-cleaning the tiles and grout? Giving the tiles a thorough cleaning doesn’t require expensive chemicals. Simply mix a solution of baking soda and water, and use a cloth to wipe down the tiles and in between each tile.
Clean Ceiling Fans & Air Conditioner Vents
Sooner or later, it’ll be time to run your ceiling fans and turn on the AC. Before that time comes, make sure that your fans and air vents are clean and dust-free to ensure clean air quality inside your home. A cloth and a vacuum with an attachment work well to clean up fan blades and the vents, but could create a bit of a mess if your ceiling fans are more than just a little dusty. If you’re worried about getting dust all over your furniture and carpeting, use a pillowcase to easily wipe each blade. Then throw it into the washing machine!
Bonus Tip: Stain Removal
Stain removal is an ongoing task – not one that can simply be taken care of once every spring. If you spill something that you think may cause a stain or odor, quickly blot up the liquid first – carefully so as not to rub the liquid deeper into fabric – and then use cold water to flush the fabric. Don’t use hot water, as this will set the stain and make it more difficult to lift. If there is an odor, use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then rinse.
There’s no wonder why people fear spring cleaning — it can be a lot to handle, especially when you’d rather be doing other things. If you need a little help around the house with cleaning, or if you want someone else to do your spring cleaning altogether, there’s no shame in hiring a maid service. The Maid Crew in Richmond, VA is a great local maid service that offers both recurring services and one-time cleanings — perfect to get the job done right in time for the spring.