In a couple of months, spring will knock on the door. Therefore, it is high time you start preparing to clean your house for the most delightful season of the year. Spring cleaning and decluttering are necessary to get rid of all the dust that is followed by the winter air and all the winter outfit hoarding.
On top of everything, keeping the environment clean and organized is as important during these times of the pandemic.
Cleaning and decluttering should be easy and enjoyable. Well, in this article, we will see a few easy ways on how you can prepare your home for the nice breath of spring air to enter.
10 Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Tips
- The Blankets and Comforters
These are the most used things during the winters that need to get cleaned in spring after several weeks of usage. Start collecting every blanket and comforter lying around the house and throw them inside the washing machine. It may take a few rounds to clean them, depending on the loads you have.
- Lights and Ceiling Fans
Now, this is a dirty job to do. We don’t want to encounter dust, but these lights and fixtures generally need cleaning. To start, take a microfiber cloth to wipe the dust and trap it in the fabric to not fly away in the air. Also, microfiber cloth prevents resetting the dust.
- Mirrors and Windows
It’s pretty easy to clean mirrors and windows with the help of a glass cleaner only. If you don’t have a glass cleaner solution, use vinegar instead. While cleaning the windows, don’t forget to clean the window panes and sills where most of the dirt accumulates. If too much dirt is stuck, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck them out. If you are too lazy to do that, then pull away from the dirt from the window with a cloth and finish it off with a wipe of the cleaner.
Housekeeping and cleaning is not an easy job; hence the cold chills of winters can make you feel lazy about it. If you have spent the entire winter without dusting your house, it is high time to do it in spring. Use a microfiber cloth to dust off the furniture, including lamps, picture frames, tv stands, etc. Give that dusty bookshelf lying in the corner of the house a nice thorough dusting by taking out all the books. The walls and ceilings might have got spider-webbed, so use a long-handled broom to dust out all of those.
- Decluttering Cupboards
By now, your closet and cupboards might have gotten hoarded with all those heavy jackets, jumpers, and sweaters. It is time to get rid of them for the next nine months or so and let your closet breathe. So, take out all the winter essentials and pack them into the storage room and refill your wardrobe with fresh summer outfits.
- Kitchen Cleaning
Now you can spend the entire day cleaning the kitchen, so spare a particular day for this. Start by washing the vent filters, oven racks, and stove grates. Soak them in lukewarm water and dishwashing soap mixture for an hour. Till they are soaking, deep clean the inside-out of your refrigerator and oven. After an hour, gently scrub the soaked items with a soft scrubber to eliminate all the oil residues and stains. Then, dry them off before placing them again.
Don’t forget the countertops and cabinets as they need some care too. If the cabinets are wooden, they probably require dry wiping inside out. If you have a pantry, you may also need to clean the shelves, get rid of the expired items, and restock with fresh groceries.
- The Bathroom
If you have more than one bathroom in the house, it might take you a couple of hours to clean them. Start by spraying toilet cleaner all over the toilet and leaving it for some time. While that is doing its job, move onto the bathtub. Wash the bathtub with regular detergent and water mixture; depending on the material, scrub it as hard or as gentle as it needs. Then wash the wall, sink, faucets, and counter similarly. Next, move on to the toilet and scrub clean inside-out thoroughly with a toilet scrubber.
Don’t worry about the floors; we will talk about it in a minute.
Carpets are hardest to clean, especially when you have pets and kids. The former sheds hair, and the latter stains it somehow. You can either buy a pet hair removing broom or use a high-power vacuum to clean it to deal with pet hair. And for stains and spots, use a stain remover widely available in markets nowadays. If you wish to wash the carpet, make sure you read the washing instructions written on its label.
First, use a vacuum cleaner to give a good wipe to clean the floors. The vacuum will pull out every spec of you that could have left. Next, mop it with plain water mixed with a floor cleaner for a pleasant scent. Simple vacuuming and mopping does a fantastic job of keeping any floor sparkly, be it hardwood or tile
- Throw the Trash Away!
Hang on! We are almost done. It is now time to collect all the trash from your house’s dustbins, your outside haul, and cleaning spree and throw them away outside.
After you are done with your spring cleaning, it’s now time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Open the windows to let some fresh spring air come in, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine or lemonade on your dazzling clean house. If you feel lazy or demotivated just by reading how much work you need to do, then think of the results and set off to mission spring cleaning and decluttering.