One of the best parts of spring is spring cleaning. Sure that might feel a little demented but it’s true. There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting your house cleaned all the way up and all of the way out. Looking around at a fresh and new feeling home is incredibly satisfying.
So here’s how you get started:
1. Go Room By Room
First, go through every single room in your house. Look at every shelf. Look in every drawer. Look in every cabinet. Look under and behind every single piece of furniture. Gather up every single item that does not belong in that room and put it in a basket. Then take the contents of that basket and put every item in the room in which it actually belongs.
Don’t clean yet. You’re just organizing.
2. Surface Clean and Organize
Once everything is in the right room, go back to where you started. Do a basic cleaning of the surfaces and put every object in its correct space.
3. Pare Down
Go back through every single room again. This time the goal is to clean out instead of clean up. Be as ruthless as possible. For every item you own ask yourself these questions:
1. Does this have tremendous sentimental value?
2. Have I used it within the last twelve months?
3. Will I actually use it within the next twelve months?
Be honest. If the answer to those questions is no, put it aside to either be donated, tossed out or sold in a yard sale (or online).
Get rid of pests. Just because you haven’t seen any bugs or critters within the last few months doesn’t mean they won’t start popping up again now that the weather is changing. Call your local Terminix rep and have them come out and do an inspection and help you take preliminary measures against invasive pests.
Now is when you really clean. And when we say clean we don’t mean simply wiping off a counter and running the vacuum.
1. Start by emptying the room and washing the walls and ceiling. Launder any drapes. Wash the windows. Wash out closets and wash down closet shelves. Deep clean the carpet with a professional grade carpet cleaner (or polish any hardwoods).
2. As you move each piece of furniture back into the room, give it a thorough scrubbing and polishing as well.
3. Wipe down every wipe-downable surface as you put your possessions back in place. Use a dry paper towel to wipe dust from books. Use a cleaning cloth and some gentle cleanser to wipe off knick knacks and tchotchkes.
4. Put (freshly washed of course) linens back in place.
Don’t forget to clean the outside of your home and to do a thorough going over of your yard. Hire a professional to power wash your siding and landscapers to get the yard in shape if you aren’t equipped to do these things.
And you’re done! Your home should feel brand new again. Enjoy that feeling!