Tips For Cleaning Your Home This Spring

by Anne Middleton, on February 22nd, 2016
tips for spring cleaning

Spring is here, so set aside some time for spring cleaning.  We’ve created a spring cleaning checklist to help you get started. Instead of trying to tackle it all in one day, plan to take on one project at a time.  If it takes a few weekends, so be it!  Make this your weekend warrior project for March and you’ll have a home even Mr. Clean will be envious of. Though the average American home spends $600 on cleaning supplies, you don’t have to break the bank when you plan ahead.  Ready, set, go!

o  Stainless steel. Your kitchen will feel lighter and brighter when you give a little love to your stainless steel fixtures. 

o Organize your closets. If your closet is a nightmare, tackle it.  First, thin out anything that doesn’t fit, looks bad on you, and is dated or worse-for-wear. Organize what remains and invest in some space-maximizing closet enhancements, like a shoe rack, if necessary.

o Clean the walls. If you’re not up to do a re-paint, mild dish soap and water works on most walls. 

o Update your linens. Raggedy towels are depressing.  If your bath linens are stuck in the 90s, update them.  Take advantage of white sales around you.   

o Get your carpets cleaned and take care of your furniture.  While you’re moving the furniture out for the cleaning, have a helper polish it. If you don’t have felt pads on your furniture’s feet, put them on. 

o Reorganize bookshelves. Books get dusty and some of our well-loved, older books can attract silverfish.  If you’re a bibliophile, there’s no better way to show your love for your books than to spend a day dusting them off, mending the covers and organizing them.

o Thin out your tchotchkes. If it isn’t an antique and doesn’t have sentimental value, box it up and give it to charity.

o Digitize your files. If you can go paperless on your bills, that’s great for the environment and will be a huge help when it comes to managing your clutter.  Scan any important documents , then shred away.

Maid service can be pricey with some paying upwards of $130 to get a single-family home tidied up, and though it’s nice to have a thorough cleaning from time to time, there’s a lot of spring cleaning you can do on your own!  Pick a day to get started and you’ll be SO happy you did.