Now that it's almost April, it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning. Spring cleaning might sound boring, but it is important for everybody as it offers you the perfect chance to freshen up your home. Added to that, if you or anybody in your family suffers from an allergy, spring cleaning becomes even more essential. Enjoying a clean and tidy home is something you owe to yourself. After all, who doesn't love to live in a well-cleaned and tidy house?
-The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment-
1) Make a Plan
For any job to be efficient, you first need a well-planned schedule. When it’s about spring cleaning, scope out your home and list down what rooms and areas need the most work. Try to remember what areas of your home you usually skip during routine cleaning and thus will need some extra attention during your big spring cleaning job. When making your plan, it is a smart idea to first list down every room from most important to least important. After this, make an individual cleaning plan for every room on itself to see how you can best tackle the cleaning task ahead. When you focus on one room at a time, you’ll be able to stay focused and work more efficient - making your spring cleaning a whole lot easier.
2) De-Clutter Your Home
One of the most important things to do during your 2019 spring cleaning is to de-clutter (one of our recent emails covered this very topic https://www.shawnandemma.com/tips-to-declutter-your-home). Get rid of old and useless items and tidy up your home. Decluttering does not only make your home more livable, but it also helps you to stay organized. Added to that, a well-organized and clutter-free home also has positive psychological influences. Recent studies show that, when you live in a messy home, your brain finds it difficult to come to rest. The reason behind this lies in the fact that clutter sends an indirect signal to your brain, showing that work is not done. This, in turn, adds to your stress levels and psychological pressure. Luckily, it’s not difficult to de-clutter your home. First, try to see what items really no longer have value and get rid of them. After that, organize the items that you have left and store them away out of sight. The best storage solution for a clutter-free house is, without a doubt, a modular storage closet that helps you to store and organize all your small items in style.
3) Work From Top to Bottom
All seasoned cleaners should know this already but, just in case, we’ll mention it again. When you start cleaning, work from the ceiling down. By doing so, left-over debris will fall downward which you can then clean again while you’re working your way down. This method will save you a lot of time and cleaning stress. So, get yourself a vacuum with an extension hose, and start cleaning your ceiling, fans, and high closets first. After this, work your way down and dust off your regular furniture and items before vacuuming the floor.
4) Find the Right Vacuum
One of the most used and thus most important tools for spring cleaning is your vacuum. As of such, it's essential that you know how to pick the right one. Personally, we would highly recommend using a HEPA vacuum as these beauties do not only remove dust, but also catch particles that you can’t even see. HEPA vacuum cleaners trap pet dander, allergens, and all other types of tiny household particles. This makes it the perfect cleaning tool especially for households with people who suffer from an allergy.
5) Consider Alternative Cleaning Methods
Most of us use the vacuum for our basic cleaning job and, for the more extreme cleaning tasks, some chemicals or toxins to get rid of those nasty stains. At LANGRIA, however, we find it important to start spring off in a clean, healthy, and environmentally friendly way. This is why we highly recommend you to try out some alternative cleaning methods and tools. Think for instance about a steam cleaner. These gadgets are environmentally friendly and can be used to clean nearly anything ranging from your microwave to your floors, appliances, furniture, and even your balcony or porch. Because steam cleaners only use hot water, they offer a 100% toxic-free user experience. Just keep in mind that not all materials and items can be steam cleaned so make sure to double check before you start your 2019 spring cleaning task.
6) Don’t Forget the Walls
It’s funny, most people clean their floors and furniture, however, they forget about their windows and walls. It’s important to realize that not all dust settles on the floor. As of such, it is essential to keep your walls and windows clean as well. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to clean these areas. Simply get yourself a damp cloth and wipe them down. With respect to cleaning your walls and windows, we don’t recommend you to use any chemicals.
7) Don’t Skip any Rooms and Places
When we do our spring cleaning, most people only focus on the main living areas such as the living room. It is, however, important to pay close attention to every room in your home. If you don’ do this, the dust will simply travel from one place to another and all your cleaning has been for nothing. Therefore, remember to clean every room and don’t skip areas such as your kitchen or bathroom. Clean out the cabinets, change shower curtains, empty the refrigerator, clean your kitchen appliances, and throw away old cosmetics. In some cases, you might even want to consider cleaning or upgrading your old bathroom and kitchen fan. Also, one of the most overlooked yet important part of spring cleaning is your air filters. Check your filters and air conditioners and make sure to replace furnace and HVAC filters in case necessary. You can even consider getting yourself an air purifier to cleanse the air in your room.
8) Decorate Your Home for Spring
Now that you’re all done with your 2019 spring cleaning, it’s time to enjoy your clean and tidy home. Get yourself some lovely spring decorations or add some colorful spring flowers to your living areas. With your clean and de-cluttered home, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the happy spring and summer season ahead!
If you're considering putting your home on the market this spring, then this makes cleaning even more integral! As a seller, clean and fresh homes present best on the market. Looking for more spring cleaning advice or real estate in general? Feel free to reach out. We are always here to help!