It’s that time of the year again – the sun is shining bright, the air is warming up, and the leaves are changing color once again. Spring is here, and with it comes spring cleaning. Being cleaning and organizing enthusiasts, we love any excuse to give our homes a deep clean, especially this time of the year. It’s time to let some air in and give our homes a bit of brilliance and sparkle to accompany the arrival of spring.
Though no doubt rewarding (spring cleaning can even help you manage stress!), the idea of tackling every room in the house, stubborn stains, and cluttered nook and cranny can feel overwhelming. So much so that you may wonder, where do we even start when you have a closet in serious need of organizing and ceiling fans that could use a thorough wiping, plus a whole host of other things on your to-do list?
We get it – which is why we’ve come up with this one-weekend guide to help your home say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. You can consider this as your unofficial checklist and guide for what to do during spring cleaning. If you want to make this a bit more fun, recruit family members or friends in exchange for a free dinner or a bottle of wine! Let’s get started.
Make a Checklist
Trying to deep clean every part of the home can be challenging. In some cases, it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by the magnitude of cleaning and decluttering that needs to be done. To stay organized and on track, start by making a list of all the things you would like to get cleaned.
Pro-tip: instead of simply starting at the top of the list, rate each task by urgency – this will give you a list of priorities to help you start where cleaning is most needed.
Work from Top to Bottom
When starting off your cleaning session, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force debris downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. Start off by dusting and vacuuming your ceilings and fans and then get to your windows, furniture, and other items before finally vacuuming all the dust and debris off your floor – this method is both time and effort efficient.
Walls and Windows Need Love Too
We almost always clean our floors rigorously, but we tend to forget about our walls and windows. Remember – not all dust settles on the floor and other surfaces, but a lot of dust settles on walls and windows too. Use a damp cloth to wipe down walls and blinds, starting from the top, and wipe down the window screens both inside and outside. Instead of using chemical cleaners, homemade DIY solutions or a steam cleaner with a squeegee is a great way to clean windows.
Don’t Forget Your Fittings and Appliances
The first thing that comes to mind when we think of the word cleaning are big spaces like bedrooms and living rooms, but while you’re on your cleaning spree, don’t forget that your bathrooms and kitchen fittings and appliances like your microwaves and refrigerators can use some wiping too. All you need is a damp cloth and a 3-step homemade cleaning solution (one cup of water, one cup of vinegar, and two tablespoons of lemon juice) to tackle all those stains and splatters and achieve clean and shiny fittings and appliances once again.
Our personal favorite, decluttering, is not only great to organize your homes, but it’s also a helpful tool to de-stress your mind and help you feel more in control and energized. Set aside some time to dust and organize your closets and cabinets (kitchen and bathrooms included) and look through all your drawers – this is also a great way to simultaneously weed out items that are worth donating or discarding.
Think Green When Your Spring Clean
If you’re putting in the effort to deep clean your home, let’s also make sure that you are doing it the clean way. Instead of using traditional, chemical-based cleaning solutions and wipes, consider using environmentally friendly cleaners that keep your homes chemical-free and your conscience guilt-free. For cleaning solutions, opt for cleaners that are made from natural ingredients, or make your own cleaning agents from combining distilled vinegar, baking soda, water, and essential oils. When it comes to choosing your wipes and towels, opt for compostable, chemical, and bleach-free wipes like the Good Karma kitchen towels. Our kitchen towels are great not just for food, but for kitchen countertops and other surfaces too.
Don’t Let Your Trash Become Trash Too
All the decluttering and cleaning is bound to bring out items that are worth discarding and disposing of. While tossing things into a plastic trash bag is the easiest thing to do, let’s instead be mindful to choose trash bags that are compostable and/or biodegradable. After all, spring cleaning is all about starting off the season on a clean note, so why not end it on a clean note too?
And that’s it – this 7-step guide is all you need to set the tone for a spring clean and give your homes a seasonal upliftment. We hope this guide helps you master the mess once and for all, leaving your homes looking sparkly clean and oh-so-organized. Here’s to saying goodbye to messy and cluttered drawers and hello to a clean and refreshed home!