Tips for Spring Cleaning
The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and your cluttered closets are calling. If the change of seasons has you itching to delve into feng shui, then rest assured because we’ve compiled the essential tips for spring cleaning to get you on your way.
Cut the crap.
Junk drawer? Sports-we-never-play bin? Winter coats that haven’t seen the light of day for 12 years? Get rid of it.
It can seem intimidating to chuck out those items that you love to hang onto “just in case,” but if you’re going to take spring cleaning seriously, then you must do it! Our houses are full of things we don’t use, clothes we don’t wear, and papers we don’t need. And they will just keep piling up until we do something about it. Think hard about the things you’re on the fence about. Have you used it in the last year? Is it a family heirloom? If you saw it in a store tomorrow would you feel compelled to buy it? If your answer is NO, then it’s not something you need to keep.
The good news is that you don’t have to send unwanted items to an unconscionable death in a landfill. A lot of organizations love to make use of your former treasures. Send clothes to your local Salvation Army (http://salvationarmyusa.org/) to support families in need, or to an organization like Dress For Success (https://www.dressforsuccess.org/), which helps low-income men and women prepare for job interviews.
And for other items, like old cell phones, books, and home goods, check out this article by Apartment Therapy on where to donate: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/25-places-to-donate-your-stuff-175389.
Make organization enjoyable.
Once you’ve cleared out all of the unused and unnecessary items, consider putting effort into making organization enjoyable. Invest in some decorative baskets and bins, like these jute storage baskets from H&M: http://www.hm.com/us/product/41211?article=41211-A. Having a designated place for all of your belongings will help keep you from collecting too much clutter. Plus, your place will have a clean, fresh feel to match the change of seasons.
Sweep, dust, and rearrange.
When furniture sits in one place for too long it collects dirt and shelters dust bunnies. Pull your furniture away from the walls and clean thoroughly around and under it to make the most of your spring cleaning efforts. End with a new arrangement to make the room feel updated.
A change in seasons requires a change in your outdoor furnishings. Your spring cleaning regimen should include servicing your summer items like lawn mowers and patio furniture, and cleaning up the yard after the snow has finally melted. If you’re a gardener, make preparations for your flower bed or veggie patch, and draft plans for summer curb appeal.
Enhance your view
When tackling spring cleaning, consider brightening up your space by targeting your windows, blinds, and light bulbs. Clean the inside and outside of your windows with a rubber-edged squeegee. This will keep them streak-free and it’s much faster than the old method. For your wooden blinds use a bit of wood cleaner and a sponge. For blinds made of other materials, use a damp cloth or take the entire piece outside to spray with a hose and let dry. Unscrew light bulbs and wipe down with a microfiber cloth to clear dust and buildup. Targeting these areas will help give your house an overall cleaner, brighter feel.
Apply these tips for spring cleaning to make the most of your time and get results that will last the whole year. You’ll feel happier at home and you’ll be free to get out and enjoy the things you love doing.