It’s that time of year again. Winter looks like it’s finally gone and the temperatures are getting near t-shirt weather. I am a huge fan of spring-cleaning. So much so that I don’t just spring-clean, I do monthly cleaning. I’m not anal retentive where everything has to have a place and the house must be spotless but I do like to clean out my closet often and get rid of clutter. Below are some tips and tricks to spring-cleaning your room/house.
- Don’t do it all in one day. If you have an entire house to keep clean, you’ll know it’s a tedious task. I only just became a homeowner and already I can see how overwhelming it can be (and I haven’t even moved in yet). In order to tackle cleaning an entire house you should to go room by room. Instead of trying to clean everything in one day, try to clean one room a day and you’ll be done within a week!
- Purge your clothes. I’m guilty of hoarding all my clothes for as long as possible because when it comes to parting with them, I struggle. But getting rid of clothes that you no longer wear is so therapeutic! Not only can you donate your gently used clothes to a shelter or store like Goodwill, but it gives you an excuse to go buy more. J When going through your closet, ask yourself, “Have I worn this in the past 6 months?” If the answer is no, be like Frozen and let it go.
- Get rid of useless knickknacks. My mother is one of those people who has a lot of knickknacks and unfortunately for her, I’m the complete opposite. I don’t like holding on to things that don’t have a purpose. I guess I’m not a sentimental person because I throw out old trophies, china dolls or posters from friends all the time. Some things might be too sentimental for you to get rid of but try your best to throw out/donate any novelties you don’t need.
- From the windows to the walls! Wash it all. Make sure to wash your laundry and especially your curtains. They can hold onto dust and dirt and washing them every so often can breathe new life into a room. As for rugs and carpets, if you can’t wash your rugs, then try beating them outside to get any dirt out. Carpets require some more effort. Try renting a carpet cleaner from somewhere like Home Depot in order to get a good deep clean. Carpets hold on to so much dirt, skin cells, pet hair, etc. Renting a carpet cleaner is cheaper than paying a professional to come in and clean and you’ll know you’re getting a job well done.
- Wipe down everything. Tables, baseboards, ceiling fans, EVERYTHING. Dust hides everywhere and in order to get your house fully cleaned, you need to wipe it all down. One of the most overlooked spots are the walls. Spider webs can hide in the corners of rooms and on the walls so wipe them down with something like the Swiffer 360 Duster Extender. It makes the entire cleaning process easier because you won’t be climbing on furniture in order to reach the ceiling or corners of the room.
- Clean inside and out. Windows need to be cleaned regularly, both inside and out. Dust and dirt can build up on the outside of the window so even if you clean the inside of them, the outside can make them look dirty. Some windows pop out so you can clean them from the inside, making the process much easier. Also think about power washing your house. It’s not a typical spring-cleaning task but giving some attention to the outside of your home can breathe new life into it and pay off in the long-run.
- Go through your books. Similar to clothing, books can easily accumulate and people hold onto them for a long time. If you’ve read a book and know you won’t read it again, donate it to your local library. For any books you haven’t read, look them over and decide whether you’ll read them one day. If not, get rid of them.
- Get furniture reupholstered. Spring-cleaning is the perfect time to get ay furniture reupholstered. If your couch is stained, ripped or you’ve fallen out of love with the color/pattern look into getting it changed. If your furniture is just broken, then skip the reupholstering and look into investing in new furniture.
- Refinish those floors. Refinishing your floors might be one of the lengthier processes to spring-cleaning but it is necessary if you have scratched and worn wood floors. This Old House has a good article on how to refinish your floors and what it will cost.
- Make your garage a garage again! Garages are for storing cars not storing random shit you accumulate over time. Clean out your garage of any clutter you’ve stored in there. Either find another spot to put the things in there or throw it out! You’ll finally have a functional garage again. You’ll thank yourself over the next year when you don’t have to run out in the rain or dig your car out in the snow.
There is so much joy to be found in our little homes – in the day to day, the routines and the care… This sweet girl took it upon herself to vacuum and what an example she is for me when it comes to my attitude regarding chores. Nearly dancing as she cleaned – I guess this is a bit fancier than the popping toy version 😉❤️
Bonus tip: If you’re not enthralled with the idea of donating clothes, books and knickknacks, then try holding a garage sale. You will be able to get rid of things while making some extra money.
After you’ve finished spring-cleaning, your house is sure to look good as new. What are your tricks to spring-cleaning? Do you have a favorite product?