It’s our favorite time of year again: spring cleaning season! Whether it’s renovating your kitchen, updating old appliances, or cleaning out your garage, spring is the perfect opportunity to refresh your home.
We know cleaning isn’t the most fun thing in the world but it’s not as daunting as it seems — we promise! Don’t know where to start? That’s why we’re here. Here are our top spring cleaning hacks for clearing out clutter and regaining your space.
1. Gather Your Supplies and Turn On Your Favorite Playlist
First things first, arm yourself with your spring cleaning supplies. Rubber gloves, dust rags, garbage bags, a vacuum, storage bins — everything you think you might need for a deep clean of your house. You’ll need different tools and supplies for each room: a mop and soapy water work well for tile floors, but you should never use water to wash hardwood! Make sure your supplies are easily accessible to make spring cleaning as painless as possible.
2. Work Through One Room at a Time
The best way to tackle any spring cleaning job is to break it down into manageable chunks. Pick one room to start and don’t move on until you’ve cleaned it from top to bottom. With one clean room under your belt, you’ll be empowered to take on the next … and the rest of the house after that. Start small and work your way through your home one room at a time. Before you know it, spring cleaning will be a breeze.
3. Clean the Trickiest Things First
Each room will pose its own set of challenges. Ceiling fans, washing machines, gutters and ovens are all a hassle to clean. With each new room, get the hardest part over with by tackling awkward items first.
Ceiling fans can easily be cleaned with a pillow case; just put it directly over the blade like you would a pillow, and sweep dust right into the sack. Baking soda and vinegar can work wonders on washing machines and ovens. Gutters are one of the biggest spring cleaning jobs and you need to be extra careful when climbing ladders. If you don’t do well with heights, we recommend calling professionals.
4. Be Honest About What You Actually Need
One of the toughest parts of spring cleaning is deciding what to keep and what to throw away. This can cause decluttering paralysis which makes it impossible to clean out your home. Be honest with yourself: do you really need those stacks of out-of-date magazines or your textbooks from university? Are your kids ever going to play with their Playstation 2 or Barbies again?
With every item, ask yourself one question: when was the last time anyone used this? If the answer isn’t any time in the last year, you can (and probably should) let it go.
5. Make Use of Storage
Of course, there will be many things you don’t want or need to part with. But that doesn’t mean everything has a place in your home all year round. Storage will be your best friend when it comes to spring cleaning.
Now that the sun is finally showing its face, stow your winter clothing and heavy blankets in bins under the bed or in the basement. Hang up your skis or snowboard until the slopes open up again next year. Swapping bulky winter stuff for lighter spring gear will automatically make your home feel cleaner and brighter.
6. Throw Things Away — Be Ruthless!
Clutter can find its way into every room of your home without you even realizing it. Junk drawers, condiments shelves, and closets are all breeding grounds for unnecessary stuff. Go through your fridge and kitchen cupboards, and throw away anything past its expiration date. Get rid of hair products and make-up you never use, and purge your closets of clothing and shoes you don’t wear anymore. As you spring clean your way through your home, you’ll realize that getting rid of little things can make a big difference.
7. Dispose Responsibly
Once you’ve spring-cleaned your way through your home, you’ll likely be left with piles of trash and junk. This is a good thing — it’s the sign of a job well done! There’s only one step left until you don’t need to think about spring cleaning for another year: disposing of your junk responsibly.
It might be tempting at this point to chuck everything in the dumpster and wipe your hands clean. But you should always do whatever you can to recycle and donate whenever possible. Don’t want to do it yourself? As the unofficial sponsors of spring cleaning, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is happy to take your junk and get rid of it the right way.
Spring cleaning is a big project that takes a lot of preparation and hard work — but it’s worth it. If you follow our spring cleaning checklist, you have a clean, shiny home to share with family and friends in no time.