Spring officially began on March 20, but if you live in the northernmost parts of the United States, you may just now begin to see spring days when it comes to your weather.
Now that the late snows have passed and some people are starting to open their windows and air out their homes, it’s time for you to get out the old broom and dustpan and dig into the nooks and crannies of your home.
But if it’s been a while since you did a deep clean on your home, you may not know where to get started. Check out our list of spotless spring cleaning tips to make sure you don’t miss anything in your home.
7 Spotless Spring Cleaning Tips in 2019
Let in the Light
Let in the light this spring by cleaning your windows well and investing in new curtains or blinds.
The best way to clean your windows is with a little bit of Dawn dish soap and hot water. Although there are a ton of different products out there on the market that promise a streak-free shine, nothing beats the basics when it comes to window washing.
You may also want to invest in a squeegee and dust-free cloths for the best finished effect.
Move Items to Storage
When you start to put away your winter clothes and other bulky items, it can be difficult for you to find storage space for them in your home. Consider renting a storage unit for your items so that you have more space in your closets.
Make sure that you decide very carefully what items you will move to storage. A lot of people hold on to things thinking they will miss them if they’re gone, but then wonder why they spent years paying monthly for the item to stick around.
Also, be careful that you pack the items that you will store with care. If water or air is able to get at certain fabrics and materials, then it can cause damage over time. Not to mention the animals that might be lurking in the back of your storage unit.
Get the Whole Family Involved
Cleaning your house should be a family affair. You can even go as far as making it a family tradition by getting everyone t-shirts, planning the day in advance, and selecting a special playlist for the occasion.
To ensure everyone is able to play a part, you should assign the tasks in advance and delegate to each person the items they are capable of.
If you have small children, they may do best with easier activities like matching socks, sweeping the floors, and dusting furniture. While older kids might be more capable of cleaning windows, moving around furniture, and running the pressure washer out back.
Give Your Oven Some Love
Most people use their ovens at least once a day, but even more so in the winter. After a long few months with the windows closed and your oven burning daily, it’s important to show it some love and give it a good cleaning. Start by setting the oven to its cleaning setting or the highest temperature setting if your oven doesn’t have a self-cleaning feature.
Let everything burn up. Note that your home may get a little bit smoky. This is a good time to open a window and let in that fresh spring breeze.
Next, let the oven cool and sweep out all the ash from burnt food matter. You can follow up by cleaning the oven rack and window more carefully if desired. You will also want to move your oven out of the way and clean its sides and behind it. When you are cooking it’s easy to drop food into the cracks. Now is a good a time as any to retrieve it.
Stay Motivated When Spring Cleaning
The key to finishing your spring cleaning is staying motivated. One of the best ways to do that is by coming up with a great music playlist to keep you from noticing how much work you are doing.
Consider filling the playlist with songs from your child so that you can sing along and be in a good mood while you clean.
Don’t Over Clean
Although spring is a great time to clean out the corners of your home, if you want to make a big impact, don’t try to take on too many projects at once.
Consider dividing up the tasks on your list over a few different weekends this spring so that you can get everything done without having to give up all of your free time at once. You’ll also be better able to focus your attention on the cleaning project at hand.
Don’t Forget the Outdoors
Once you’re done cleaning the inside of your home, it’s time to move outdoors and get your yard, patio, and garden in shape for the spring.
Start by fertilizing your lawn, servicing your lawnmower, and cleaning any plant debris from your flower beds so that anything you have planted will be able to easily break through.
You should also rent a pressure washer for the day and clear out all of the chemicals, dirt, and salt from the snow last winter
More Home Improvement Ideas
Now that you have a better understanding of spring cleaning, it’s time to tackle the chores in your home. Take your time and make a list of everything you want to get done over multiple weekends to ensure you don’t overwhelm yourself or your family. Check out our home improvement posts for suggestions and guidance.