Are you wondering how to clean your home for spring? The start of the year is the perfect time to declutter and turn over a new leaf. 78 percent of households spring clean every single year.
Whether you prioritize bedrooms or your closet, spring decluttering is a great way to remove dirt and unnecessary clutter from your home. So how do you clean your home for spring? Finding the motivation to clean can be hard work if you don’t know where to start.
Do you want to learn more about spring cleaning your home? Here is a simple spring declutter checklist to help you get started.
Spring Cleaning Preparation
Before you start spring cleaning you should gather all the equipment you will need. A cleaning caddy is a useful tool to keep all your cleaning products in the same, handy place. You could also write a physical list of all the places you plan to clean.
Having a clear vision will help to keep you motivated during your spring clean. Crossing off each task can also help you to keep track of your progress. You could set a timer for each room that you plan to clean or schedule your day to fit everything in.
Be clear on when you should have your spring cleaning finished. A deadline will help you stick to your tasks and complete the cleaning on time.
Remove Clutter From All Rooms
Deep cleaning can be very difficult when there is clutter in the way. Research shows that excess clutter in the home is bad for our brains. Our home environment can impact our mental health and productivity.
Cleaning your home will be much easier when there is less clutter lying around. Set out empty boxes with “donate” and “garbage” labels on them to help you stay organized. Once you have filled a box you can leave it by the front door and donate it or dump it.
Once your living area is clutter-free you should be able to conduct a thorough deep clean. Wash soft furnishings such as cushion covers and curtains (check the care labels for how to wash them first). Wipe down windows and doors and vacuum all the floors.
Collect all the controllers and remotes and clean them with a damp cloth and anti-bacterial spray. Be careful not to use excess water as this can damage electronic devices. Wipe down any other surfaces that are touched such as doorknobs and tables.
Use cable ties to tidy up loose wires and keep all electronics in the same place. If you have lots of controllers and devices you could use storage bins to organize them.
Decluttering your kitchen will make cleaning everything much easier. Promoting good hygiene practices in your kitchen will prevent illness and stop food from going bad. Start by clearing out your fridge and freezer and removing any unnecessary and expired items.
Organize your pantry and clean inside your cabinets. You can use transparent food containers with labels to help keep everything organized. You could even design a custom pantry to make the most of limited space.
You can also take this time to defrost your freezer. A freezer should be defrosted at least once a year to avoid excessive buildup of ice.
Remove all products from the bathroom before you do a deep clean. Throw out any unused items and expired medications. Clean the toilet, bath, and shower before replacing any of the products.
Make sure that you stock up on emergency supplies and replenish your first aid kit. Wash the floor mats and towels and then clean the floor beneath.
Adjust the clothing in your wardrobe to reflect the season. Store any clothing in vacuum-sealed bags and put them into storage. Pull out everything in your closet and focus on closet organization.
If your home lacks storage space you could explore the different types of custom closet installations. Remove any items that you do not wear and keep your wardrobe simple.
Clean all surfaces and wipe down photo frames. Take everything off the floor and vacuum the floors. Check for spider webs and dust in hard-to-reach areas and vacuum in the corners of each room.
Outdoors And Additional Spaces
Outdoor areas can often become hiding places for clutter. If some boxes need to be donated then leave them somewhere visible. Set yourself a reminder to donate them before they get forgotten about.
Garage storage cabinets are excellent for storing tools, decorations, chairs, and car supplies. Consider adding some heavy-duty storage into your garage or basement to help organize your things. They are easy to clean and adjustable to allow maximum storage space.
Organize holiday decorations by using transparent containers with labels. This will make finding things easier throughout the year. Dust and clear away any debris and leaves before putting items back.
Clean the inside of your washing machine to prevent mold and run a cleaning cycle. Pull out the washer and dryer and vacuum behind any other appliances to remove dirt and lint. It is important to clean out driers and AC units to get rid of grime and prevent fire.
Pressure wash your driveway and paths and remove any debris that has built up over winter. Trim bushes and trees that are obstructing paths and remove any dead plants.
Get Help With Your Spring Cleaning
It can be difficult to fit spring cleaning into our schedule along with work and family commitments. By using our spring declutter checklist you can manage your tasks and give your home a fresh start this spring. Try not to take on too many tasks at once and create a deadline for finishing.
Would you like some help with organizing your home? Schedule an appointment with The Closet Doctor today to discuss your needs. Organize your home and start fresh this spring by making the most out of your living space!