It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung, and summer is right around the corner. And you know what that means. It’s time for the yearly spring clean!
Obviously, cleaning is a year-round chore. And that’s true no matter how much it annoys us. But spring is the time for deep cleaning. The time we root through our cupboards, purge ourselves of things we no longer need, and get into all the corners that can be overlooked on the weekly sort-out.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get scrubbing, room by room.
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The hub of the home; the kitchen. It’s the place where everything happens. And that means it sees a lot of dirt and grime. So, because of that, you probably give it a good scrub quite regularly. But, for the spring clean, we need to go further.
- Check Your Appliances
Spring is a great time to go through all your appliances and give them a good once over. Check they’re all still in good working condition first. Anything that isn’t working should be repaired or replaced to avoid causing an injury.
- Deep Clean Them
Once you’ve sorted the working appliances from the broken ones, it’s time to get cleaning. Focus on the main 3; the oven, the fridge, and the dishwasher. They see the most use, so they’ll need the deepest clean. To save yourself a bit of cash, use a mix of baking soda and vinegar rather than separate cleaners made for each appliance. It’ll clean just as well, but you might need to leave it in the oven for a bit so it can really get to work.
- Organize Cupboards
Even with all the best intentions, kitchen cupboards always become an organized mess. And very often, a disorganized one. Take this opportunity to go through all your plates, pots, and pans to get them orderly again. You might even find some things you thought were long lost.
- Purge The Pantry
The same idea applies to your pantry. There will undoubtedly be sauces and spices well past their best-before date. Collect them up and throw them out. They’re doing nothing but taking up space.
- Declutter Everything
We’re all guilty of using the kitchen as a dumping ground. That leads to clutter everywhere. Try to collect everything that doesn’t belong in this room and find new homes. If you’ve got lots of stuff and nowhere for it to go, invest in storage boxes to hide away the mess.
Your bathroom sees just as much action as the kitchen. But the dirt and grime will take on a different form. This room needs to be well-aired to avoid mold issues. And deep cleaning is a must.
- Get It Clean
First things first, you need to get the bathroom clean. Be mindful of any harsh cleaners because they can wreak havoc with grouting. And don’t forget any overlooked areas like the shower head and behind ventilation. Make sure to air the room out once you’re done to get it dry and avoid mildew.
- Organize The Cabinets
Just like in the kitchen, a bathroom is where we horde stuff. But this time, it’s body care items. There are half-used bottles of shampoo, aftershave you got for your birthday, and soaps that make your skin scream in anger. Don’t hold onto them any longer. Throw them out or donate any unused and unopened products that are still in date.
- Give It A Lick Of Paint
There’s no better way to refresh a room than with a lick of paint. Choose something that makes the room feel like new. Your very own home spa. And you can even add in new towels to amp up the feeling of fresh luxury.
The Living Room
One of the more straightforward rooms to contend with, your living room still needs a major sort-out. Spring cleaning is the time for blowing away cobwebs. So blow away the old living room and introduce the new.
- Organize And Declutter
A year of accumulating new stuff means you’ll have plenty of music, films, games, and media to sort out. Rather than trying to stuff it into cupboards that are already brimming with items, find a new storage solution. There are plenty of cheap, ready-made options that’ll organize the room with ease.
- Upholstery Deep Clean
Upholstery is the most important area to deep clean in the living room. We’re talking about couches, armchairs, and curtains. Start by vacuuming up all the loose dirt and crumbs. Next, spray the offending item with water and a cleaning agent mixture. Leave it to work for 5 minutes, then vacuum up with an appliance that can handle liquid.
- Don’t Forget The Carpets
The same goes for your carpets. They need a deep clean. If you don’t have a tool that can clean your carpets with a water mixture, don’t worry. This is a job worth getting done by professionals in carpet cleaning.
The bedroom. Your retreat within the home. Not only does it need spring cleaning too, but it deserves it. And you deserve it. You deserve a bedroom that you can relax in. Not one that stresses you out because it’s a mess.
- More Decluttering
The decluttering never ends with the spring clean. So if you’re tired of seeing stuff strewn all over your nightstand, sort it out. Do you need everything on display? If not, put it into storage. If you’re blessed with one, it can go in the attic or basement. Or you can utilize under-bed storage.
- Kondo Your Clothing
Marie Kondo is all about only keeping things that spark joy. Use this ethos to go through your wardrobe. First, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, doesn’t spark joy, or just isn’t your style anymore. Then, do your bit and donate it to charity so someone else can get some use out of it.
- Deep Clean Mattresses
Nothing appreciates a deep clean more than your mattresses. We don’t need to tell you how many crawlies live there to convince you, either. You can use a similar sort of process as cleaning upholstery. And if you have a steam cleaner, get that in on the action too.
Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task. But with this room-by-room guide, you can tackle it like an expert. Your refreshed home will give you the feeling that a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
Put on some music, grab your cleaning supplies, and get ready to transform your space! Remember: cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore – make it fun by involving the whole family. And once it’s all done, sit back and appreciate all your hard work!