Springtime means more than just sunny days, blooming
flowers, and outdoor activities; it means getting
your home nice, clean, and organized. Of course,
while most people get excited about the outdoor
activities and events that happen during the spring,
there are only a few who like spring cleaning. Here
are some tips to help you get through your spring
cleaning so you can enjoy the outdoors and the
While there still may be a bit of chill in the air,
spring is just around the corner. As we get closer
to spring, it's time to think about getting your
outdoor areas, including your patio furniture, ready
for warmer weather. Use these top spring cleaning
tips to be ready to spend time outside with friends
and family the moment it begins to warm up.
Try to come up with a plan before you start. Some
areas of your home may need more attention than
others, or they need to be done first. One of these
may be the garage. If you are wondering where you
are going to store items, but your garage is
cluttered, dirty and a mess, you may want to get
that space organized first, so you have storage
space for items from other places in your home.
Once you have somewhat of a game plan, you can think
about what all you may need to make it happen.
That's right, even though you may be trying to
declutter or throw out some stuff; you may need to
buy some items first. If you need more storage, you
may want to look into bins that can fit under your
bed for extra clothes, or perhaps, extra shelves for
storage containers in the garage or a storage
closet. You may also need to buy some cleaning
supplies too. If you have tile, wood, and carpet
floorings, you will need different cleaning
solutions and tools for each surface. Other cleaning
supplies may include glass cleaner, dusting
supplies, and bathroom or kitchen cleaning supplies.
Try to declutter before you start organizing or
cleaning an area. If you are going to dust off the
mantel of your fireplace, but you have little
knick-knacks on it, it may be a little difficult to
dust. Throw away any items you don't need or want
anymore so they are no longer a problem for you.
Once you have everything somewhat decluttered you
can then clean with ease; for the most part at
This tip may seem difficult at times, mainly when
you are decluttering one room and find something
that belongs in another. You should try and take
care of one area at a time. A lot of times when you
are picking stuff up, you get distracted easily, and
it becomes harder to make progress in one area.
Instead, make small piles of items that need to be
returned and then when you are finished with that
particular area, you can put away other items.
Try to keep safety hazards in mind as well. Many
homeowners don't think about future safety matters
when they are spring cleaning. This may mean instead
of trying to plug things into one power outlet or
surge protector; you find somewhere else to plug
items in to prevent and electrical fires. Avoid
stacking several boxes on top of one another. Too
many boxes in one stack can become unstable and
fall, either on you or a visitor, which would mean
you may have to file a liability claim with your
If you see that something is broken, such as a pipe
is leaking or a door isn't completely on its hinges,
go ahead and fix them if you can so you won't have
to worry about water damage from pipes or a break in
from an unsecured door. Check with your insurance
company to see what particular instances they may
cover because some companies don't cover problems
that could have been prevented.
Additional Cleaning Spring Tips
Ask for assistance
If you are looking to get your home and outdoor
space ready for friends and family, it can't hurt to
ask for their help. Throw a cleaning party so that
you can recruit your kids, friends, and family
members to help with sprucing up around the house.
With more people, you can ensure that all of the
work is done quickly, so no one has to take on too
much on their own.
Don't Be Afraid to Throw Out Things That Don't Work
Spring is a great time to take an inventory around
your house to see what you need and what may have
seen its better days. Spring is a time for new
beginnings in the form of budding flowers and
sprouting trees, so it should also be a time of new
beginnings for that old moldy outdoor patio
furniture that you've wanted to replace for so long.
Remove Stains from Countertops
Removing stains from granite countertops can be
tricky. Make sure to have your countertops sealed
after they are installed and periodically after
that. To clean your countertops, use a solution of
half cup ammonia in a gallon of water.
Create a Different Mood In and Around Your Home
One way to dress up your home this spring is by
using different types of pillows, towels, and
bedding to dress up any room. Colorful pillows can
make that patio furniture look new again without
much effort. Do not forget to clean also the
upholstery and cushions for the garden furniture.
You may try to clean them at home using appropriate
cleaning products, or you may use professional
cleaning services to make sure the garden furniture
is perfectly clean for the warm evenings.
Painting Whether it's your deck that needs a facelift or
your grimy walls, paint can go a long way to giving
your home a completely new look. Using the paint can
give your home a new look without spending a
fortune. When people typically think about painting,
they think about the inside, but adding a coat of
exterior paint to a deck and even outdoor furniture
can really up to the curb appeal of your home.
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