Spring is finally here, which means warmer weather… and spring cleaning. While the latter may not be as pleasant as the former, deep cleaning your home, especially if you plan to downsize, is important to the overall maintenance of your house.
These four tips can make spring cleaning and downsizing your home much easier.
Take it one room at a time.
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. Perhaps it has been awhile since you’ve deep-dived into that “junk drawer,” or maybe you just have a big home and have collected a lot of stuff over the years.
Make it easier on yourself by choosing one room at a time. Spread this out over a few days or weeks, whatever works best for you. We recommend focusing on the main living areas first, like the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Go through these rooms one at a time and clean the ceilings, furniture, walls, baseboards, and floors.
Organize and clear the clutter.
It may sound strange, but spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning. This is also the best time to get rid of things you just don’t need anymore. If you are downsizing and moving into a new home, this time gives you the opportunity to only pack up what you truly need.
Open your closet and really ask yourself what you’ve worn in the last year. If there are things you can donate or get out of your house, do it now while you’re thinking about it so it doesn’t become a chore later.
Skip over your children’s bedrooms—for now.
As said before, start this cleaning mission with the high-traffic areas of your home. This usually means the living room, kitchen and/or dining room, pantry, bathroom(s), and master bedroom.
After most of the house is cleaned and decluttered, set a date for your grown kids to come back home and go through their own childhood bedrooms. Ask them to make the same piles you have been: keep, giveaway, trash, store. This makes it much easier for you, and your adult children will have the opportunity to take a walk through their childhoods.
Get outside and enjoy the fresh springtime air!
Spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to the inside of your house. On a nice day, get outside and wash the windows and power wash your house. Deep clean your grill and patio furniture, as well, so they are ready for more regular use in the warmer months ahead.
Spring cleaning may not be your favorite time of the year, but it is necessary in order to keep your home in the best shape. For more tips on maintaining and enjoying a beautiful home, subscribe to our blog!