Spring Cleaning Tips to Last Year Round
By Charles Kim
According to a survey by the American Cleaning Institute 72 percent of Americans engage in the ritual of spring cleaning every year. From small apartments to large homes, the ritual is different for everyone. The one thing that should hold true for all is to have a plan. Here’s a list to consider and to start with if this is your first Spring Cleaning effort.
- Declutter. From clothing and linens to small appliances, label each item in one of two categories—to keep or not to keep. Keep in mind the local charities that look forward to this time of year for donations. Make sure to clean the spaces that you use for storage before returning the items you choose to keep. And organize what you store to maximize your space.
- Close the door on winter. Heavy coats, scarves and boots can be stored away to make room for lighter spring and summer jackets and shoes. If you have small children who will likely grow significantly in a year, consider donating their gear now versus holding on to items that they will likely outgrow before its time to use again. Snow blowers, shovels and winter sports equipment can be placed in storage to give your home more space.
- Breathe easier. With windows closed and heat flowing through vents for months at a time, indoor air pollution could be at an all-time high come spring. Schedule a duct cleaning, a professional carpet cleaning, and get a tune-up for your air conditioner.
- Get in the zone. Leave no tile untouched, no pillow unturned. Arm yourself with vacuum, brooms, dustpans, sponges, rags, mops, floor cleaners and rubber gloves and make sure to go from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. Too much to undertake? Many cleaning services offer deep-cleaning options to ensure every corner is sparkling clean.
- Doesn’t have to be spring to clean. Inspiration gets you started, but habit keeps you going. Take smaller versions of your spring cleaning and make it routine, keeping your home fresh and clean throughout the year. You might be surprised with how much happier, healthier and relaxed you’ll feel.