The sun is shining with a whole new radiance and the world is starting to look bright and green once again.
Springtime just makes you want to embrace everything that is fresh and new. Because spring is finally here, it’s time to throw open the windows and tackle those projects that you have been putting off all winter!
Getting your house in order and making it fresh and clean is a really good way to embrace the new beginnings that are happening outside in the world around you. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started with your spring-cleaning.
Now is the best time to go through your closets and drawers and clean out the corners. Set up three boxes while you are doing your cleaning. Label them as:
- Throw away
As you are cleaning and reorganizing, place all of the items that don’t have a specific place in your home in one of the three boxes. If the item does has a place but it isn’t there then put it away! It’s time to remove and donate unwanted items, haul away the items that aren’t usable to the dump, and put away the items you want to keep.
Tackle your big cleaning and organizing jobs one at a time. Now is a good time to reorganize and clean attic, basement, storage rooms or units, and garage. Plan a day or two for each area so you can do a thorough job on each.
Now it’s time to clean the outside of your home:
- Sweep dust, debris, cobwebs, and dirt off of all surfaces. If you don’t have one, rent a power washer to power wash the exterior walls, porch floors, deck, patio, driveway and sidewalks. Don’t forget to do the garage floor as well. If you live in an area where salt is used for sidewalks and roads during the winter you might have to do a little patch up work on your concrete surfaces. You can find patch kits at your local do-it-yourself centers. Now that you have everything clean, it is a great time to paint anything that needs it.
- Wash and clean your outdoor and patio furniture and umbrellas. Replace the cushions if you have taken them off for the winter season. You can generally use a power washer on your outdoor furniture as well. Fix or repair as needed.
- Clean and shine up the barbeque grill. Make sure your bottle is filled and that all of the hoses and connections are in good repair.
- Take down and clean all outdoor light fixtures and replace light bulbs as needed.
- Clean the debris and leaves out of your gutters. This should be done before spring rains so you will have clear drainage.
- Wash the outside of all windows and scrub down the doors. Polish brass kick plates and doorknobs.
- Clean trash and debris from basement window wells.
- Clean and repair mailbox as needed. Replace house numbers on the house, mailbox, or curb if they are missing.
Back inside the house there are more chores to be done!
- Clean out the refrigerator and freezer. Consider making donations to a local shelter of good food items. Make sure you vacuum backs and coils when you pull out the appliances to clean under them.
- Pull out the washer and dryer to clean under them. Remove the lint from the hose attached to back of your clothes dryer. Check the vent on the outside of your home for lint buildup as well. Check and tighten washer hoses.
- Vacuum and wash baseboards, walls, and ceilings as needed. Don’t forget the doors! Now is the time to paint or to do touch ups as needed. Repair any damages or chips.
- Tighten all of the hinges and knobs on cabinetry. Repair drawers and doors as needed. Wash down cabinets and oil if needed.
- Steam clean carpets and area rugs and upholstery. You can do this yourself by renting a steam-cleaning machine from your local grocery store or do-it-yourself center. Consider hiring a professional to clean carpets and upholstery. They are usually very competitive in their rates and cleaning carpets is a big job! They also have much better equipment and products to do the job.
- Reseal natural stone surfaces such as granite countertops, tile showers, travertine floors, and fireplaces. Purchase the proper products and follow the directions for each surface.
- Clean or reseal and repair grout in bathtubs and showers. Replace caulking as needed.
- Check all faucets and replace washers as needed. Clean drains and make sure you don’t have any small leaks.
- Wash windows on the inside. Take down and clean window treatments and curtains. It is time to tackle the blinds and shutters. Dust and clean as needed. If you take the blinds down you can clean both sides thoroughly. Take them outside and place on a sheet or tarp and use a long handle brush with hot, sudsy water to scrub clean. Let dry before hanging back up.
- Clean and reorganize kitchen cabinets and pantry and throw away outdated foodstuffs. Replace spices as needed. Wash dishes and pans. Remove and donate items that you haven’t used in the past year.
- Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures throughout the house. Replace burned out light bulbs. Clean lampshades and replace light bulbs.
- Clean silk plants and decorations. Use a commercial spray cleaner or place in a shower and quickly spray with a light mist shower spray.
- Repot plants as needed. Clean leaves. Take large plants outside and spray clean.
- Clean pet beds and doghouses, birdcages, or other animal habitats.
- Check all fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Replace batteries if needed.
- Oil door and drawer hinges.
By simply cleaning and performing regular maintenance on your home you are doing what can be the most important thing any homeowner can do. You are preserving and maintaining the value of your home while you welcome the beginning of spring.