Spring cleaning and organizing is a time to declutter, scrub and polish. Not only does your house look better, but studies have shown that cleaning and organizing increases a person’s energy level, reduces their stress level, and clears their minds; all of which makes a person more productive and happy. Also, a good spring cleaning of a home can help its occupants avoid allergy symptoms by reducing the allergens in the home. So how does one get started? Below are five must-do tips to help you get started with your spring home organizing and cleaning.
Tip 1: Create a Springtime Odd Jobs List.
A springtime odd jobs list includes essential household tasks that need to be done once or twice a year, for instance:
- Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors by pressing the test button. If no alarm sounds, replace the batteries.
- Inspect the HVAC filters.
- Check the gauge on the fire extinguisher for adequate pressure level.
- Get air conditioning system serviced for the summer.
- Repair/replace damaged window screens
- Take all the curtains, large bedding items, winter coats, etc. to dry cleaners.
- Arrange to have carpets and upholstery steamed cleaned.
Tip 2: Make a Spring Organizing and Cleaning Calendar
For each day on the calendar, assign yourself a task, allowing for one hour to complete it. Examples of tasks include:
- Day one: declutter dressers, bedstands, desk
- Day two: declutter closet
- Day three: declutter room
- Day four: clean baseboards, walls, light fixtures
Tip 3: Declutter and Donate
Decluttering can be overwhelming, but the rewards are well worth it: less to dust, an easier time finding things, and ultimately less stress in your life. One method of decluttering that has proven successfully is the five-box method, in which five large boxes are labeled with trash, donate, keep, relocate, and sell. Tackle one room at a time by placing every item in that room, including what is in the closets, dressers, pantries, cupboards, etc. in one of the five boxes. After sorting all the items, throw out the trash, deliver donations, and set sell and relocate boxes aside to deal with at the end of your spring organizing.
Tip 4: Gather Together the Supplies and Tools
Having easy access to the necessary supplies and tools will help you get the job done as efficiently as possible. Suggested cleaning supplies include a bucket filled with all-purpose and glass cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, terry-cloth towels and cleaning gloves; also a broom, vacuum, and a steam cleaner for hard services. Handy tools to keep nearby include a flat and Phillips screwdriver and hammer. And, an apron with lots of pockets will help you easily transport cleaning products from room to room.
Tip 5: Take Your Time and Thoroughly Clean Inside and Out
Decluttering not only helps you get more organize by it give you the opportunity to deep clean and get rid the dust and dirt hiding in less public spaces of your home. For instance,
- Steam or vacuum and flip your bed.
- After cabinets and dressers are emptied, wipe the insides down with a damp cloth.
- Clean kitchen sink disposal with vinegar ice cubes.
- Clean range hood filters using a degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes then rinse it off.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils so the refrigerator will run more efficiently.
- Clean the baseboards.
By attacking one task at a time, room by room you will soon have your home clean and organized and ready for summer. For more information on spring home organizing and cleaning tips visit Mosaik Homes.