Spring is the time of year that many people perform a deep clean on their entire home. It’s an opportunity to air the house from months of having the windows closed over the winter, and to let in the fresh air. The nicer weather and longer, sunny days have people more energized and motivated. Cleaning your home is a great way to begin a new season.
If you’re going to do a thorough spring clean, use this as an opportunity to declutter your home. You can go through the items in your home and toss out what you no longer need. Maybe you want to look through your closet while you are switching over from warm winter gear to lighter spring fabrics. Do the same for your children’s closets and clear out all the clothing that they have outgrown. Consider donating or selling any items that you haven’t worn in a while.
Clean out all the old, unused items in your home. You can get rid of toys that your children no longer play with, and appliances that don’t get used. You can even extend this purge to the outdoors and take inventory of any old bikes, yard maintenance and gardening tools, and sports equipment that could be donated. If you gather enough items, you may want to have a garage sale to make some money from your old possessions.
Household Deep Clean
Traditional spring cleaning involves going from room to room in the home and cleaning all surfaces. If you do a truly deep clean then you’ll start with brushing the ceiling with a clean broom or cloth to knock down any accumulated dust webs or particles. Continue on with the walls and clean all of the doors and windows inside and out. It’s a good idea to remove and wash your curtains, rugs, and all bedding. You may even want to clean your upholstery and your carpets as well.
Of course, this is in addition to the normal dusting of surfaces, cleaning counter’s and so forth. Many people use this as an opportunity to move out appliances like your fridge and stove to clean the areas behind them and the floor underneath. This approach will leave your home feeling fresh, clean, and new.
Look at the Big Picture
Take stock of the big picture of your home. Spring cleaning can be an opportunity to make sure everything is working properly and is structurally sound. For example, has your roof leaked over the winter? When was it last replaced? You may wonder how long does a roof last? The type of material that was used determines how long a roof usually lasts. A standard shingled roof can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years. Make sure you are familiar with the age of your roof and any repairs that have been done. Other signs that your roof may need attention are missing shingles, noticing that the granules on the shingles are starting to wear off. or that the shingles are starting to buckle.
Your basement is another area of the home to take a close look at. Did you have any trouble over the winter or spring with your basement taking on water? This may be an opportunity to investigate this and see if any repairs need to be made or any preventative measures need to be done to prevent any future damage.
Spring is a great opportunity to clean the outside of your house as well. You can pressure wash your deck and clean the siding of any dirt that built up over the winner.
The Main Takeaway
Spring cleaning can be a lot of work but the payoff is well worth it. You’ll feel much happier and relaxed once your home has been cleaned, you have cleared out any unwanted or unused items, and have evaluated your home for any potential problems and issues. Resolving a problem before it begins can also potentially save you a lot of money. This spring, make the effort to do a full deep clean both inside and out to have your home looking like new again.
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