Spring is in the air! Everywhere you look, flowers are starting to bloom, leaves are bursting from the trees, and the grass is looking a little greener. Springtime is a favorite season for many here in Northeast Ohio; it’s a time of rebirth and warm breezes carrying promises of the summer ahead.
It’s also time to open the windows, let in some of that fresh air, and buckle down on your annual spring cleaning tasks. Whether your goal is to give your home a deep cleaning or simply to finally clear out the spare bedroom that’s become a storage space, there are a few common chores everyone should consider completing so your home becomes the tidy, organized place your friends and family can relax and enjoy life in.
It’s Time to Tackle these Spring Cleaning Chores
Take pride in your home this spring! However, don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed before you even get started; begin by focusing on the area of your home that needs the most work, and then move on from there. You may find you won’t want to stop once you get started!
Here’s a list of the spring cleaning tasks you should add to your list of things to do this season:
- Start by de-cluttering. Every annual spring cleaning project should start off with some de-cluttering and organization tasks. Put things back in their proper places and start purging broken items, clothing that has been outgrown, or stuff that’s no longer being used. Go through the storage spaces in your home first, like closets, the attic and/or basement, so that as you start putting things back in their proper places you’ll be sure to have plenty of space to do so.
- Work up to down. A great spring cleaning tip is to start by cleaning ceiling fans, crown molding and walls before vacuuming or washing floors. This way, you aren’t doing double work later as dust and grime ends up on the floor. Make cleaning ceiling fan blades simple by using a pillowcase to catch dust. Then, dust moldings and walls with a vacuum brush attachment before wiping clean with a microfiber wipe or all-purpose cleaner.
- Wash the windows and screens. Washing the windows is often a dreaded task, but think how much nicer they’ll look with that spring sunshine streaming in! Clean windows with warm, soapy water and dry with a squeegee or lint-free towel. Don’t forget about the dusty screens! Take them outside and hose them off, then leave them in the sun to dry.
- Freshen up bedding and curtains. If you’ve got a large enough washing machine at home, throw the comforter in for a nice washing. In fact, wash all the linens, including pillow shams, bed skirts, and mattress and pillow protectors. Or, bring everything to the dry cleaners for a yearly washing. Draw off dust and wrinkles from curtains or drapes by tossing them into the dryer with a damp towel on the fluff cycle for about fifteen minutes.
- Dust every surface. Get into those nooks and crannies! Take everything off the shelves, dressers and tabletops so surfaces can be thoroughly wiped down. Then, clean off any dusty objects before setting them back on the shelves, too.
- Shampoo and vacuum carpets and rugs. Consider renting a carpet cleaning machine or having your carpets professionally steam-cleaned this spring. Most importantly, focus on the high-traffic areas within your home; the places where dirty shoes may have trekked in mud or grease from outside.
- Clean out the fridge and pantry. Go through every shelf in the refrigerator and pantry and toss any expired food or condiments, then remove everything else to thoroughly wipe down every surface. Use combination of soda water and salt to get rid of built-up grime or spills.
- Shine up faucets and fixtures. Lay paper towels soaked in vinegar around your faucets and plumbing for about an hour to remove lime buildup. This will allow any deposits to soften and easily be wiped clean, leaving behind a shiny surface you may not have seen in a long time.
Finally, use spring cleaning time as a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your home safe throughout the year.