Everyone has the usual household chores that they get done every day or every week, but there are some things that are usually left until you have an excuse for doing a thorough clean. Well, spring is the perfect excuse. It might not feel like it yet, but the days are slowly getting longer and warmer, so what better time is there to let in some fresh air and wipe away all of the bugs and germs of winter. I know what you’re probably thinking, yes, spring isn’t quite here yet, but it is only just around the corner, so it’s sensible to start making plans now. While you’re doing so, make sure you remember the eight important steps listed below.
- Remember The Forgotten
When you’re completing your usual chores, there are lots of things that you probably forget or decide to put off until you next clean, and then forget about them. Luckily, these things aren’t necessarily important and don’t need to be cleaned every week, but they do need to be cleaned at some point, and what better time to do this than spring. Your walls and door frames are just two examples of these types of things. Some warm water and a little washing up liquid will do wonders and get rid of all of the grime of the past year, so don’t forget these forgotten things during spring.
- Deep Clean Carpets
Most people vacuum their carpets every few days, or once a week at the least, so it might be surprising that your carpets are actually filthy; You just can’t see it. Renting a carpet cleaner or hiring a professional to clean your carpets will bring life back into every single room of your home. It will get rid of any built-up hair, dirt, or dust, and leave your carpets looking as clean and fresh as the day you first bought them. They can usually also get rid of any stains that may have occurred over the past year too.
- Clean Windows When Cloudy
Depending on where you are in the world, it can be absolutely freezing throughout winter, so getting outside and cleaning your windows is as unlikely as a pig flying to the moon. Unfortunately, over winter, your windows will have suffered quite a lot due to the wind, rain, and snow, so they could probably do with a good clean now that it’s starting to warm up. Just be sure that you do this on a day that is fairly cloudy, as water will dry too quickly on your windows when sunny, and will leave streaky marks.
- Move Everything
All throughout the year, you’ve probably just cleaned around pieces of furniture or kitchen appliances, as moving them would be a lot of hassle. However, if you want to give your home a thorough clean this spring, then you are going to need to get some help and move everything around so that you can clean where furniture was. This is especially important when deep cleaning carpets if you want to avoid sofa shaped dark patches in your living room. To make this feel more worthwhile, you could use this as an excuse to move rooms around and give them a new look.
- Don’t Forget To Declutter
If there is ever a time to contact a skip bin hire company and have a proper clear-out, it’s springtime. When I’m on a decluttering mission, I tend to follow one simple rule – If something is broken, or I haven’t used it in the past six months (and it’s not a seasonal item), then it can go. Go room by room, and put everything in “keep”, “donate”, and “throw away” piles and make sure to keep them separated to avoid any mix-ups. Trust me, I know that this is not going to be very easy, but you will feel a lot more relaxed at home when you don’t have unwanted junk spilling from every cupboard and drawer.
- Change Your Wardrobe
Throughout winter, you will have been wearing mostly warmer clothes, like jumpers, long-sleeved tops, scarves, and gloves. When it starts to warm up, the last thing that you want is only to be able to find these types of clothing. To make your life a lot easier, get all of your clothes out and separate them into “spring”, “summer”, “autumn”, and “winter” piles. Then you can make your spring and summer clothes more accessible by bringing them to the front of drawers and your wardrobe and put your others to the back or store them away somewhere, like your attic.
Bill St. Clair, the assistant fire chief at Coast Guard Fire and Rescue in Kodiak, displays a type of smoke detector commonly used in the United States Oct. 11, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. Most modern models of smoke detectors are designed to not only detect smoke but carbon monoxide as well. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.
- Complete Safety Checks
Although this isn’t necessarily a cleaning tip, it is something that you should regularly do, so spring is a great excuse and reminder. Go around your home and test all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they all work. You should also test your fire escape plan, or come up with one if this isn’t something that you’ve thought about yet. You should also purchase a fire blanket or extinguisher, if you don’t already have one, and make sure you know how to use it.
- Get In The Gutter
Throughout winter, you should have been checking your guttering regularly and cleaning it out to avoid causing any damage to your home. However, a lot of debris can build up in your gutter in a short space of time, and because spring is notorious for its rain, it would be best to give it one more clean out, just to make sure that your guttering can function properly. You can also use this time to repair any damage that might have occurred over winter.
Some people absolutely love spring cleaning, and some people absolutely hate it, but whatever side you are on, you can’t deny that it is incredibly important. However you feel, I hope that these tips will help you, and ensure that you don’t forget any important spring cleaning steps this March.
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