Tuesday, March 7, 2023 / by Adam Donaldson-Moxley
Spring cleaning is an important way to maintain a healthy, happy home. It can help you breathe easier, reduce stress, and create a more welcoming environment for family and guests. Here are our top 10 favorite things from the spring cleaning survival guide.
Make a Plan
A spring cleaning schedule is an excellent way to maximize your time and ensure you don’t get overwhelmed by the tasks at hand. Plan for what you can take on today, identify home chores for the week, designate projects for the month, and set overarching cleaning tasks and goals for the season. Creating a well-crafted plan will help you prioritize what surfaces need scrubbing, which rooms could benefit from decluttering, and where new home organization systems should be put into place.
Change Air Filters
Be sure the air in your home stays fresh by swapping out your furnace and air conditioning filters. While you’re at it, switch out your furnace filter with a fresh one which may carry the effects of your spring cleaning well past summer and well into autumn!
Dusting might seem like a basic chore to put on your spring cleaning list, but have you thought about all of those typically-forgotten cracks and crevices? Ceiling fans, air vents, window blinds, picture frames, bookshelves, light fixtures, mirrors, and baseboards should all be on your list! If your dusting is typically a quick once-over, use this time to move trinkets and clear clutter. One pro tip is to use different vacuum attachments to reach hard-to-dust spaces.
Scrub Walls & Baseboards
Cleaning the baseboards, ceilings, and walls are tasks to include on any spring cleaning checklist. Many renters and homeowners go for long periods of time without doing this chore. But if you really want a sparkling clean home, wipe away grime and dust from these areas with warm, soapy water, which is safe for most painted walls and baseboards.
Tend to Electronics
Since electronics are a major part of daily life, it’s important to include their sanitization and reorganization in your spring cleaning list. This is the perfect time to test if your electronics still work, replace old batteries, and even upgrade outdated systems. Afterward, practice cord management with a cable management box or cable organizers and ties. And be mindful of how to correctly dispose of or recycle electronics when spring cleaning!
Empty Your Fridge & Freezer
It’s easy for your fridge and freezer to accumulate expired food and ice buildup, so make a note on your spring cleaning list to tackle this area. Empty this kitchen appliance and throw out expired food before wiping down your fridge and freezer. Remember to get the coils, too! While your freezer is defrosting, pull the fridge away from the wall so you can vacuum and mop the floor underneath it. Then be sure to let all the ice from your freezer melt before plugging your appliances back in.
Clear Out the Pantry
It’s easy to put off pantry organization, so why not add it to your spring cleaning checklist? Buckets, bins, and tubs can all be labeled and organized by frequency of use to create a pantry that’s as functional as it is visually appealing. Spring cleaning encourages you to remove outdated canned goods, expired food, and unwanted non-perishable items from your pantry. Purging your pantry also allows you to restock shelf-stable items and options that you’ll actually use.
Scrub Tile & Grout
Even if you regularly clean your shower, when was the last time you really put your back into it? Whether you use a toothbrush or have a special cleaning tool, make sure scrubbing the tile and grout throughout your bathroom is on your spring cleaning checklist. Clean the toilet—including the base—and don’t forget the sink and bathroom vanity, either!
Organize All Closets
Some of the best tips for spring cleaning and organizing involve tackling cluttered storage spaces. Because they tend to get stuffed with items that don’t have a home or things you want to keep out of sight, deep cleaning your home closets is a must!
Try New Home Layouts
Welcome the new season by mixing up the layout of your home! Need ideas for how to get started? These feng shui tips for your bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom can inspire you to create a natural flow in each room and invite in good energy. Plus, moving around furniture can aid your spring cleaning by allowing you to dust, vacuum, or wash hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
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