With the official start of spring now less than one week away on March 20th, the end of this long and bitterly cold GTA winter is approaching a welcoming reality. Those in new houses or condos may soon be thinking about clearing out winter’s mess and getting ready for spring with fresh new home décor to complement the spring wardrobe updates. With the spring thaw comes a great time to begin spring cleaning in your house or condo. From wardrobe updates to removing winter stains to purging or relocating winter items, spring cleaning your house or condo will get you on the right track for the rest of the year. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help you make an easy transition from winter to spring in your house or condo:
Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your house or condo. Purge your unused winter clothes and accessories – if an item hasn’t been worn in 2 years, it’s time to get rid of it. Next organize your spring wardrobe by how you get dressed and by colour, your closet will look appealing making your morning routine much easier.
A house mudroom or condo foyer normally gets the brunt of winter with dirt, snow and salt filled boots dragging in all of winter’s biggest mess. Whether you’ve got laminate, hardwood or tile floors in this part of your home, a proper (and regular) cleaning regime coupled with an effect area rug will keep the mess under control. For your big spring cleaning however, consider scrubbing the tile grout with a gentle mixture of water and baking soda to help lift the dirt and winter sediment from your floor. For natural hardwood, consider washing more frequently as salt stains can really damage the wood. For the big spring cleaning clean-up don’t forget to wipe down the baseboards and any vents in those areas as small stones and debris from winter boots can find their way to walls.
Noting says spring like sparkling-clean windows. For inside and out, use squeegee and sponge, rags for drips and ladder for second storeys and tall windows. This might be the one time of year window fabrics like drapery, blinds or curtains are removed with hardware in order to give full access to the window pane for a thorough spring cleaning. Your house or condo will feel brighter as the longer hours of daylight shine through a gleaming window devoid of winter sediment.
For easy spring updates throughout your house or condo, switch out throw cushions, artwork and accessories which can be easily swapped out. Doing so creates a totally different mood allowing you to make updates seasonally or whenever you feel like playing with a new colour or pattern.