In addition to your everyday household chores, spring is a great time to complete a thorough clean. Here are a few simple things that can be done in each room to make your house clean and welcoming:
Declutter and donate
Does your home feel stuffy? Start your spring cleaning off on the right foot by decluttering your home. Take a few minutes to go through your belongings and find items to donate. There are many wonderful local organizations that collect gently used items such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and The American Red Cross. You could also choose some local charities to donate too. The Cherry Street Mission and various donation drop spots are also available. Visit their websites to view lists of accepted and needed items for donation.
Wash light fixtures and dust lampshades
Dust can build over time on top of appliances and household items that are infrequently used. Spruce up your house by giving things a thorough wipe down. Have your home feeling fresh and tidy after wiping down your lights, tables, and other items that have collected dust over the winter months. Grab a ladder for help with those hard to reach places that could be collecting dust.
Wash walls and baseboards
Keeping your floors and baseboards clean isn’t an easy task to remember, but the walls of your home need some TLC, too. Gather up your supplies to begin sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping down your floors and walls to remove built up dirt and grime. By catching up on these cleaning tactics, you can make your home feel rejuvenated as the warmer months approach.
Wash doors and door knobs
Do not overlook giving attention to the door handles in your home. Whether it is your front door, bathroom door, or the door to your bedroom, bacteria has its way of sticking to the surfaces of commonly used everyday objects. Keep your family healthy and happy by cleaning off the surface of your door handles with cleaning spray and an old rag/towel. Remove smudges and other unsightly blemishes from the surface of your door as well with these simple cleaning tactics.
Wipe off switch plates
A tip that many homeowners overlook is wiping down their light switch plates. To clean these, take a spray bottle and paper towel or microfiber cloth, and spray the cleaner directly onto the cloth. You can then wipe down any sticky residue stuck on your plate, along with stains or smudges left from pesky fingerprints. Additional cleaning tactics can be implemented with the use of q-tips to get into the harder to reach areas of your light switches.
Clean out registers and vents
Dust bunnies can gather even in remote areas like the surroundings of your air conditioner/heat vent covers. If you’ve been slacking on changing your filters, chances are you’ve got some extra cleaning to do. Your best bet in cleaning these areas is to grab a vacuum and suck up the extra dust particles. You can go further with your cleaning tactics by wiping them down with a microfiber cloth or slightly dampened Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. By taking these simple steps, not only will you have a cleaner home, but cleaner air as well.
Deep-clean floors, carpets, curtains, and blinds
Your floors can take in a lot of dirt and grime from the everyday activities your family partakes in. Keep your floors spotless by taking the time to wipe down areas where boots and shoes have been collecting wet spots from the snow. Having a designated spot for shoes to dry can save you a step from doing extra cleaning in the months ahead. As spring and summer approach, grass and mud stains can become more common. The blinds and curtains in your home can also use a look over to remove any stains left by your family members, as well as remove additional dust stored in the fabric.
Wash windows and screens
Keep your house feeling brighter in the spring by cleaning off the windows and screens in your home. Dust and dirt will build up over time on screens and blinds. Wash them off by taking a wet paper towel, and running it along the surface of the screen. For your windows, using a cleaning solution like Windex with a paper towel or sponge. This will do wonders on your windows!
Touch up paint
Some areas of your home may have damage and need some additional time and care to fix them up. Check to see if your walls have any cracks or chipped paint areas that need retouching. You can easily hire a painter to come in for bigger jobs needing done in your home, or you can go to your local hardware store and grab a can of paint yourself. Be sure to color match your paint with the current paint color in your house, or totally reinvent a room by giving it a new paint job.
Check smoke detectors
Continue to protect your family during all hours of the day by making sure your smoke detectors are up to date with their batteries. It is recommended to replace the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year, and to completely replace the smoke alarm after 10 years. Take things a step further by purchasing a carbon monoxide detector for your home. These devices protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning that may normally go undetected.