It’s spring! It’s spring! Or so the calendar tells me. I have to admit it doesn’t feel much like spring where I am but I do see signs. The robins are in the back yard, the tulips are blooming and the grass is starting to green up. So, you know what that means – time for some spring cleaning.
Some people love spring cleaning, starting fresh and new with the season. And some people, like me, love the idea but aren’t all that keen on the actual job. But over the years I have picked up a few tips and trick that help keep me motivated and on track to get the job done:
Start with closets
There is something very rewarding about cleaning out the clothes closets. Out with the old, and my favorite part, in with the new. And the nice things about purging and organizing the closets is that it isn’t undone with the first sticky hand print.
Wash the walls
This is probably a job that most of us don’t do all that often. I know I don’t really think about (or see) the walls being dirty, except maybe in the bathrooms or kitchen. But they collect a surprising amount of dust and grime. Giving the walls a good scrub down helps make your home look and feel fresh.
One room at a time
I know sometimes it can be hard to focus on just one thing but if you can complete one room, or even one area, at a time the satisfaction of seeing a job complete is great motivation to move on to the next.
Make it a family affair
Crank some tunes and make spring cleaning family time. If you have a little one that’s too young to really pitch in or maybe helps a bit but gets distracted, make sure you have an activity handy that they can do while you clean. Cleaning time can also be the perfect opportunity for story time (so have some in mind or make them up as you go along) with the little ones.
Clean the windows
This is not my favourite job but it might be the most rewarding. There is just nothing better than the warm spring sun shining through sparkling clean windows. I generally leave this task until close to the end so I can sit and enjoy the view afterwards.
And the curtains
There’s no sense in having bright clean windows if your drapery is dirty and dingy. If your curtains are able to be laundered now is the time to do that. If not then clean your windows treatments as best you can.
Put away winter
I don’t know about you but my closets and drawers just aren’t big enough to hold clothes for all four seasons. So when the spring and summer stuff comes out the fall and winter clothes get put away. I always give them a wash before I pack them up so when it’s time to take them out they just need a quick spin in the dryer with a fabric softener to freshen them up.
Take care of carpets and rugs
We don’t have carpeting in our home but we do have a few area rugs and door mats so they get a good cleaning this time of year. If they aren’t really soiled but just need to be freshened up they get a good sprinkle of carpet freshener and a thorough vacuum and any rugs that need more attention get cleaning with our little carpet cleaning machine.
This is actually the one part of spring cleaning that I love. The yard work. It’s a chance to get the family outside and enjoy the spring weather. Again have fun with it, put the music on (just not so loud it bugs the neighbors), make sure everyone has work or garden gloves (the dollar store is great for that), bring your water bottles and enjoy it.
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