Goodbye winter…hello spring! Finally, the cold months are behind us and the warmer days are here. The change of season can bring a desire to tidy up your home, especially if it’s on the market. Spring cleaning may sound like a grueling undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. By getting the whole family involved and letting in the season’s fresh air, these ditech to-dos will make your spring cleaning a weekend success!
Declutter before rolling up your sleevesDo a walk-through of your entire house and clear it of all clutter to make cleaning easier on you—but don’t stop at these mini messes. Pack up and store away your winter clothes, and get rid of the things your family hasn’t used in ages. Consider donating before throwing anything away.
Get cleaning supplies in orderBefore you get started, make sure you have all the cleaning products needed. As you walk through the home, jot down what supplies are necessary. Things like dust spray, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags, cloths, paper towels, sponges, and gloves are must-haves for almost any type of spring cleaning.
Make your windows shine
Clean carpets and furnitureYou don’t necessarily need to hire a professional cleaner to make a difference. You can easily and inexpensively rent a carpet cleaner from most home improvement stores. If not, a thorough vacuum of all carpeted surfaces and furniture can eliminate most of what winter dragged in. You may be surprised just how much gets stuck in those couch and chair cushions.
Focus on the kitchenThe kitchen itself requires even more attention. The first order of business is to go through all cabinets, drawers, and the refrigerator and toss any out-of-date food and drink. Reorganize pantry shelves and cabinets to make food prep and cooking easier on you.
Next is where the all-purpose cleaner and mop come in. Scrub all surfaces, backsplashes, and consider wiping down the fridge and tables and chairs. Then, once your floor has been swept, put the finishing touches on your kitchen with a good mopping.
Dust woodwork and light fixturesDust and dirt buildup are inevitable every season, especially in the winter. It’s important to wipe all wood furniture (coffee tables, dressers, desks, etc.) along with banisters and baseboards. Don’t forget lamps, light fixtures and ceiling fans. Just because you can’t see the dust, doesn’t mean it’s not there. This may be the best time to change any air filters and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
Organize your garage/shed
Take it outside
After the harsh winter, inspect your gutters and roofing to be sure the snow and ice didn’t do major damage. Then assess your entire yard to find any weak spots. Things like uprooted grass, patio and deck damage, pavement cracks, or a rotted fence should be tended to. Once this is all examined, get your curb appeal ready for the spring sun!
By being thorough and energized about your spring cleaning, you truly take care and ownership of your home. Execute these ditech to-dos, and you’ll start the new season off with a fresh mind and clean house!