Spring cleaning has historical roots that go back to when homes were heated with fires and kerosene. At the end of the long winter season the houses were filled with soot and grime – hence the need for a spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is also a time-honored tradition in some religions and cultures – think of celebrating the Spring Equinox. And, the term spring cleaning is used metaphorically for any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing project.
According to RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer, a thorough top to bottom cleaning is a must before listing your house for sale. A messy house can be a red flag, leaving buyers to wonder what repair problems might be hiding under the dirt. You get to make a first impression only once, so when it comes to your house don’t skimp on making it a fabulous one.
Six Spring Cleaning Tips
The Spruce (https://www.thespruce.com/spring-cleaning-a-complete-checklist-1900106) offers these tips that are sure to help you (and your family) get started.
1. Clean Room by Room
Approaching your house room by room is the most effective way to deep clean it. Create cleaning checklists for each room to help you get organized and to remind you of the areas that need extra attention. Feel free to skip the areas that have been cleaned recently, and focus on the parts of your home that were largely neglected over the winter.
2. Organize and Clear the Clutter
One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is often getting rid of clutter. A systematic four-step approach can be helpful for this. Identify problem areas, analyze reasons for the clutter, determine solutions, and implement them. Sorting your belongings into four categories—trash, give away, store, or put away—can also be effective as you go through the spring-cleaning process. Move the clutter out as soon as possible, whether it’s bringing a donation box to a charity or planning a yard sale.
3. Get the Household Involved
Make spring cleaning a household endeavor. Even young children can be excellent helpers. Assign age-appropriate chores, so everyone feels included. Try throwing on some music as you all clean or establishing a household reward as an incentive to get the work done.
4. Tackle the Seasonal Chores
Many chores need to be done seasonally, especially in preparation for warmer weather. So incorporate them into your spring-cleaning routine to get them out of the way early. For instance, tackle outdoor chores, such as cleaning the grill, patio, and outsides of windows, as soon as the weather warms up. Also, store winter clothing, bedding, decor, and other items. And pull out your spring items to give your home a refreshed look.
5. Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum
If you need to shop for new cleaning products for spring cleaning, keep your items to a minimum. Myriad cleaning supplies can create unnecessary clutter, and you probably don’t need all of them to keep your home fresh and clean. Opt for a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths. Those items will cover the majority of surfaces in your home. Then, purchase other specialty cleaning supplies only as needed.
6. Establish New Cleaning Habits
A thorough spring cleaning that covers the whole house is a great opportunity to establish ongoing cleaning habits, which can make the next spring cleaning even easier. For instance, don’t try to do all of your spring cleaning in one day or even one weekend. Instead, tackle items on your spring cleaning to-do list for just 15 minutes each day. That will help to get you in the habit of tidying up for 10 to 15 minutes per day even after you’re done with your spring cleaning tasks.
Bottom Line: Follow these spring cleaning tips to make your spring cleaning a breeze. Remember – before you start make sure you have the best products to remove stains, vacuum dirt, shine floors and more. HAPPY SPRING!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
This is Home: The Art of Simple Living, by Natalie Walton
33 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier
St. Petersburg Communities
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