Spring Cleaning

Welcome spring with a serious scrub-down.

It’s spring! It’s the season of rebirth, regeneration, and spring cleaning. After a long winter cooped up indoors, it’s time to throw open the windows, air out the house, and remove that winter layer of dust. Tackling your house from top to bottom will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to bloom with spring.

Spring cleaning provides an opportunity for a clean slate. It’s a great time to address the bigger stuff that you miss during weekly maintenance cleaning. It’s also symbolic—it’s a time to let go of the old and make room for the new. Freshening up your home will help freshen up your outlook. You’ll feel reborn—just like those tulips that are starting to peek through the soil.

Below, the basics of spring cleaning.

Clear the clutter: The change of seasons is an excellent time to clear out the clutter. Before you pack away your winter clothes and toys, sort through your collection and get rid of anything you didn’t use during the season. If you have winter clothes you never wore once, it’s time to pass them along to someone who will wear them. Visit each room in your house and take an honest assessment. Get rid of what no longer serves you.

Transition: Once you’ve removed clutter, box up any out-of-season items and store them away until next winter. Update your closet by bringing out your spring/summer wardrobe.

Deep Clean: Deep cleaning takes things a few steps further than your weekly cleaning routine. This is the time to do those larger cleaning tasks that only happen once or twice a year, such as:

  • Vacuum and dust areas you normally skip—such as underneath furniture, behind the refrigerator, or on top of cabinets.
  • Wash curtains and blinds.
  • Wash windows and windowsills.
  • Wash walls and baseboards.
  • Take area rugs outside and shake the dirt and dust out of them.
  • Wash comforters, duvet covers, bed skirts, and shams.
  • Rotate and flip mattresses.
  • Wash shower curtains and liners.
  • Clean out the refrigerator. Remove everything from the refrigerator. Toss anything that is past its expiration date. Wash all of the shelves and drawers in warm, soapy water. Wipe the interior down before refilling it with food.
  • Clean out kitchen cabinets in the same way you do the refrigerator, by removing everything and wiping them down.
  • Sweep out the garage.
  • Sweep and power wash patios and decks.

There’s no doubt that spring cleaning is a lot of work—but taking a weekend to tackle your house will leave you feeling lighter and brighter and ready for spring.