After being shut indoors during the winter months, it will soon be time for us to come out of hibernation and get into the swing of spring. Thursday, March 19th marks the return of warmer temperatures. In order to make an easy transition from winter to spring, we must prepare for it — starting with the not-so-fun task of spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime and improves the air quality of your home. This may include finally cleaning out those closets, getting rid of worn down furniture, changing out your home decor to something airier, and so much more. Before you get overwhelmed, let me help you. Peep the below list of spring cleaning tips to make your home your springtime oasis!
Make a cleaning supply checklist.
Before you begin your annual spring cleaning, you must first gather your supplies. So, I’m totally guilty of being so excited to purchase some new spring-scented cleaning supplies while still having half-empty bottles of cleaning supplies at home or coming home from a store run only to realize that I’ve forgotten a product that I desperately need to start the spring cleaning process. That’s why it’s a great idea to make a checklist of everything that you will need to avoid duplication or simply forgetting. I would also recommend getting rid of some of the older cleaning supplies that you’re no longer using.
I am a super fan of the popular “clean with me” video series on YouTube, so I’ve heard a lot about Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. I’ve been using the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner for my kitchen countertops and stovetop for a little over a year now and I’ve been loving it. I thought I would opt for a less harsh chemical for the kitchen area since that is where food is prepared. The products are made with natural plant-based ingredients that are safe to use around children and pets. Not to mention, it smells super clean and refreshing, which is perfect for spring cleaning. It’s clear that I’ve become a different person when the thought of new cleaning supplies and home fragrances make me happy.
Create a sorting system.
Creating a sorting system is a great way to not only spring clean, but it’s a method that I use regularly whenever I’m cleaning my home. Closets, drawers, and cabinets are a big part of the decluttering and purging process, so a great way to create a sorting system for these areas would be to pull everything out and place them in piles. Determine what needs to be donated, kept, or trashed. When putting these areas back together, I would suggest investing in some organization and storage shelves or containers. I am a huge fan of the cube storage bins, which I use in my laundry room. They’re a great way to keep things sorted, organized, and neat. If you have children, I think these are also great to use in their rooms and play areas as well, paired with the organizer system to put them in.
Change up your bedding and bathroom decor to something more bright and airy.
I’m a woman who likes to change up her living room decor as the seasons change, but I can also admit to neglecting other areas of my home. I don’t know about you, but the rooms that I tend to place on the backburner as far as switching up the decor would be my bedding and bathroom decor. I would simply just wash it, put it back, and carry on. It’s been a while since I’ve seen something new in these rooms. So, I say let’s take the time to shop around for new bedding and bathroom decor. These areas deserve a refresh too. I’ve fallen in love with this 3-Piece Decorative Bathroom Decor Set, more specifically this ombre microfiber rug, which I’ve never seen before.
Put together a bomb playlist.
There is nothing that helps speed up the process of cleaning for me like a bomb playlist. When I know that I’m about to engulf myself in hours of deep cleaning, I put on music that best describes my mood. Some days it may be R&B and others it may be Hip-Hop. Although lately, I’ve been loving this Soulful Sounds playlist that I’ve put together with music from Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Musiq Soulchild, Amerie, H.E.R., Amel Larrieux, Common, and more. I’m more prone to burning incense as I clean when listening to this particular playlist. Either way, I just allow the music to take me away.
Purge your clothes and shoes.
As a person who purged a large number of clothes and shoes last year, either donating it or completely tossing it, I know that this is by far the most dreadful process ever. However, if it needs to be done, let’s get it done. You can eliminate a lot of clutter just by getting rid of unwanted or useless clothes and shoes. Besides, with spring around the corner, our favorite places to shop are going to be updating their websites with the newest and cutest sandals, dresses, and rompers, so we need to make room. You know, out with the old and in with the new, right?
Clean your baseboards and don’t forget to dust.
You would be surprised how much cleaner and brighter a room can look when you clean the baseboards. I know for me this is something that I often neglect when cleaning on a regular basis. The baseboards in my living and dining room area are not bad at all, but the baseboards in my bathroom could use a good scrubbing. Also, don’t forget to dust those shelves, televisions, bar carts, or any other flat surface in your home that doesn’t get as much attention as the others.
Enlist the help of your family.
If you are someone who likes to clean without others in the way, you can skip this tip. However, if you live in a house with your spouse and children, don’t be afraid to enlist their help with the household chores. Cleaning a home where there are other occupants should be a team effort. This way the responsibility to keep it clean is placed on everyone in the house. People tend to appreciate a clean space more when their hard work goes into it.
Replace furnace and HVAC filters.
To ensure not only a clean space but a healthy one, be sure to replace your air filter. According to US Home Filter, it is a general recommendation that you should change your air filter in your home every 30 days when using less expensive fiberglass filters. High-end pleated filters can last as long as 6 months. If you do not change the filter, it will no longer be able to filter the air properly, letting dust and contaminants get into the AC. New filters are an inexpensive way to ensure your home is filled with clean and healthy air!
Clean up after spring cleaning.
I know you’re probably thinking, huh? But, let me explain. Yes, you’re cleaning, but you’re SPRING CLEANING. You’re pulling things out of closets, cabinets, and drawers, trying to sort through it all, which can create small piles of more mess. After you’ve done your spring cleaning, you may be required to do a little more picking up and cleaning up before vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping.
Spring cleaning your home is a huge task and it can take all day, so my last tip is to treat yourself for all of the hard work you’ve done. Take a hot shower, change into some comfortable loungewear, and enjoy a warm piece of apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can even catch up on a couple of new shows or movies, sit back, and admire your clean and refreshed spring-ready home!