Spring is in the air! The energy that comes with longer days and warmer temperatures makes Spring the ideal time to deep clean and freshen up our homes! Spring cleaning is easier if you begin with a good decluttering first. Getting rid of excess means there is less to clean and dust and creates breathing room to reimagine your spaces. Consider starting with these impactful areas when decluttering home this Spring.
Are bulky winter coats, boots and gear taking over your front entrance? Wash or dry clean coats, scarves, gloves, hats and wipe down boots. Go through each item and discard or donate anything that no longer fits or wasn’t worn over the season. Now you can pack away the remaining items into storage and give the entrance area a thorough cleaning, including scuffed baseboards and your front door. Nothing says “Welcome Home” like a clean and organized entry!
Bathrooms are hard working rooms in any house and Spring is the perfect time to give them a deep clean. Discard any unused or expired products. Take everything off surfaces, shelves, and drawers so they can be wiped down and disinfected. Put back only the products you are currently using. Clean walls, grout, baseboards, light switches and fixtures, and doors. Donate old towels and replace with new white towels as needed. A citrus or floral hand soap is a nice touch to bring the outdoors in!
The end of the winter season is the perfect time to switch out your wardrobe for warmer weather clothing. Many of us struggle with limited space in our bedroom closets. Any clothing that no longer fits, brings joy or has not been worn in months should be donated. Pack off season clothing in bins or vacuum bags and store elsewhere in your home. Tidy up nightstands that tend to be collection zones for miscellaneous items at the end of each day. Refresh your rooms with a deep clean under dressers and beds, wash or dry clean draperies and put fresh linens on beds.
Time to clear out the kitchen of unused gadgets and reclaim cabinet and counter space for better organization. Don’t forget to check expiry dates on all pantry items and toss all stale dry goods. Wipe down interior and exterior of cabinetry before organizing the remaining items. Scrub the oven, fridge and sink to keep your kitchen sparkling! Outdoor entertaining and barbeque season is here, so find a handy spot for all the outdoor glass and dinnerware.
REIMAGINE AND RECLAIM YOUR SPACE
Take a moment to evaluate how your spaces are working for you. Can areas be reimagined or reclaimed to increase enjoyment, efficiency, or elevate style? Overflow areas like garages, spare rooms and basements are junk magnets. These areas can be the hardest to declutter because they often contain all those miscellaneous items that don’t have a proper home elsewhere. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, it’s time to say goodbye. Decluttering these spaces first makes cleaning and organizing much easier! Divide these multi-functional areas into zones and use storage solutions such as hooks, cabinets, and shelving to maximize space and functionality. Enjoy the benefits of these now beautiful and functional spaces all year long!
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. Here are some spring cleaning tips to get you started and keep you motivated:
- Spring decluttering will speed up the cleaning process and achieve a better result
- Make a plan – clean room by room and prioritize the areas of your home that will have the biggest impact or need the most help
- Ready, Set, Go! Set a timer to keep each task on track and avoid distractions.
- Keep cleaning supplies to a minimum. Excess supplies create unnecessary clutter. Opt for a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths.
- Go from top to bottom – work from ceilings to floors so dust does not settle on areas you’ve already cleaned.
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