Spring cleaning may not be your favorite chore – but with all of this extra daylight, sooner or later you’re going to notice those traces of dust that have accumulated in your home during winter hibernation. With some determination (and your own room-by-room checklist), you can effectively and efficiently spring clean your home in no time.
Bedroom Cleaning Tips
The American Cleaning Institute reports that 76% of spring cleaners place bedrooms as their top spring priority – followed by the kitchen, bathroom and living room. Since you spend a significant amount of time here, make the room a relaxing and refreshing place to be.
- Get rid of dust. Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt and germs will need a deep cleaning to prepare them for another year of wear. Dust, vacuum and wipe walls, ceilings and carpets.
- Open the windows. Fresh air will reduce allergens and germs in mattresses, even if you can’t haul them outside.
- Wash everything. Wash sheets, pillowcases shams and mattress pads. Place any heavier bedding with your winter items in a storage facility near you.
- Coordinate your closet. Organize and make room for spring clothes and accessories. Need some extra closet space? Shelving can expand your already existing space.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
It’s easy for the kitchen to get a little icky over the course of a long winter, even if you are a clean-as-you-go fanatic like Anjali Prasertong of the Eat Your Greens blog. ” I’m willing to believe there are cooks out there who cook better in a kitchen where the counters are cluttered and the dirty bowls aren’t immediately put in the sink,” Prasertong writes. “I just can’t be in their kitchens without a sponge nearby.”
- Empty your refrigerator. Yes, it has to be done. Empty and unplug the fridge and freezer for a thorough clean. Shana Ecker, Huffington Post contributor, suggests using a solution of a tablespoon of baking soda and a quart of hot water to remove grime and crumbs.
- Fight the grease. Tackle the tough stove, oven and microwave grease with steel wool pads. Lemon juice mixed with water helps to loosen and lift grease.
- Conquer the cabinets (and surfaces). Don’t forget the tops of cabinets that often get ignored — you will be surprised (and maybe a little grossed out) by what you find when you clean them for the first time. Dishwashing liquid mixed with water is a simple yet effective solution.
- Make your floors shine. You’re going to need one final sweep after tackling your counters and appliances. With a damp mop, give your floor a clean shine. Interested in DIY cleaning products? Lemons and olive oil make great natural cleaners.
Living Room Cleaning Tips
Picture this: you’re entertaining friends. Everyone is having a great time. The nice woman you met at your daughter’s soccer practice drops her phone into your couch cushions, and — after she retrives it — her hand looks like the cover of A Million Little Pieces.
Oh, the shame! Don’t let it happen to you — clean that living room
- Dust. Nobody likes dust mice (except dust cats?). Dust your shelves, counters and baseboards — and, if you have hardwood floors, beneath and behind any furniture. For hard-to-reach surfaces like ceiling fans, Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner, suggests an extendable duster that bends to a 90-degree angle. Itâs great for bookcases and shelves, too.
- Let there be light. Dirty bulbs emit 20 percent less light than clean bulbs. Give your lightbulbs a wipe with a damp microfiber cloth.
- Deep clean furniture. Just because you don’t see stains doesn’t mean your couch is free of dust, crumbs, animal fur or allergens. Many hardware stores, including major chains like Lowe’s and Home Depot, rent upholstery cleaning machines, which can help clean your favorite room in a matter of minutes.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips
There are a lot of ways your bathroom can get messy. Do you need me to get into details? I think we’re on the same page.
- Tackle the tub. It’s as easy as salt and a grapefruit. Sarah Rae Trover of Apartment Therapy gives step-by-step instructions for making your tub sparkle and shine. There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh grapefruit, she notes It can give your bathroom that extra boost of freshness that is usually only obtained with heavily scented candles and not-so-friendly cleaning products.
- Own the throne. The porcelain throne — and porcelain sink, for that matter — need to be scrubbed down. Baking soda and white vinegar are popular homemade cleaning solutions. Make sure you scrub beneath the rim — and make sure you wear rubber gloves.
- Go for a flawless floor. Last, but not least, make your floor sparkle. Be sure to shake out rugs and reach in those hard-to-get corners.
Garage Cleaning Tips
It’s easy to forget (or intentionally) ignore your garage during the spring cleaning process. Make sure you don’t “accidentally” forget to tackle this chore — you’ll be the one who pays the price when a toboggan falls onto your car in July.
- Be prepared. Now is the time to swap out and store your seasonal gear (like snow blowers, shovels and winter apparel) and make room for grills, lawn mowers and patio furniture. A self-storage unit will help you declutter your home, organize your garage and finish off your spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning may be a lot of work, but thatâs why it only comes once a year. Now that you have a fresh and clutter-free home, keep it that way! Have any other spring cleaning tricks and tips? Share them in the comments below or tweet us @LifeStorage.