Spring Cleaning Tips

Toronto Life
Spring in Toronto by Abdallahh 1
Spring in Toronto by Abdallahh

Spring is in the air, Easter is approaching, and you still haven’t finished the annual spring clean… It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got just a few boxes lying around or your house is a complete mess: clutter is always bad for both your mind and your wallet. However, there’s good news: if you follow our tips, you can get your home organized without driving yourself crazy. Let’s start with the inside of your home.

Let your family help you

Well, let’s be honest: you’re not going to clean up your entire home in a single day. Therefore don’t set yourself unrealistic goals. However, one thing you can do to speed things up is to break up the spring cleaning tasks among all your family members. Even your youngest kids may participate if you inject some fun into household chores. Count on the fact that kids love to compete, so all you have to do is give them a task and award the one who does the best job with a prize. You’d be surprised how effective this strategy is. Older kids can help you with laundry duties, dishes, vacuuming, checking under-the-sink areas, putting magazines, books, and DVDs where they belong, cleaning floors, scrubbing bathrooms, and organizing closets.

De-clutter

Before you can even start thinking about a deep clean, you will need to de-clutter your house. From organizing your closets, books, magazines, and toys to tackling overstuffed storage areas, you will need to have a plan. One piece of advice: don’t try to de-clutter all areas at a time because you can soon feel like you’re drowning under the enormous amount of stuff that needs to be sorted through. It’s a good idea to divide the whole process into several steps and tackle one room at a time.

Organize the Stuff You’re Getting Rid Of

Organize your stuff by John Steven Fernandez
Organize the stuff by John Steven Fernandez

No matter how hard you try to limit or sort the amount of stuff that comes into your home during the year, there will always be something you haven’t used for a very long time or something you don’t need at all. Just take a look around you, go through what you have, and ask yourself if you have used something in the past year. If not, it’s probably time to get rid of it. However, if it’s not easy for you to throw things away because of different memories or sentimental value associated with it, there are more sophisticated and less wasteful ways of saying goodbye to these items. You can organize a garage sale, donate things to charity, or simply find somebody else who needs it. Once all your clutter is gone, the cleaning itself can start.

Let Some Fresh Air In

After a long winter, it’s time to fill your lungs with fresh air. Open the windows and let the air flow through the house. This will not only bring the season’s freshness inside, but it will also flush out indoor air pollutants and VOCs and chase away old cooking smells and any stale or musty odours that have built up during the winter months. Don’t forget to take basic precautions if you have little children!

Windows

Clean Windows by Amanda Slater
Clean Windows by Amanda Slater

Bright days look even brighter if you have clean windows. You definitely don’t want to look out at the beautiful spring days through your own fingerprints, smudges, or mildew. If you prefer the natural approach to window cleaning, you can mix two cups of how water with one-quarter cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of cornstarch. Your windows will shine like never before. For a similar result, you can combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray the window, and wipe it dry with a sheet of old newspaper. Second only to vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice are your “go-to” non-toxic cleaning products.

Fridge and Freezer

It’s surprising how many people don’t understand the dangers of improper food storage. The spring’s arrival is a good signal to roll up your sleeves and get out a bucket of warm water and cleaning cloths to wipe away any spills on the interior walls, shelves, and rubber gaskets of your fridge and freezer. It’s advisable to take everything out, go through all your jars, containers, and plastic bags filled with unidentified food, check all the labels, and throw away the expired foodstuffs. Vegetables and fruit require extra attention. If there are strange odours, try putting some fresh baking soda in an open container at the back of the fridge. This whole process should be repeated every four months; however, checking the inside of your fridge at least once a week is a good idea.

Carpets

Even though we may consider our carpets accessories, they are among the filthiest items in our homes. This pretty understandable given the facts we walk on them every single day and that anything can fall into them. Therefore carpet cleaning has become a necessity, especially if you have children or pets. If your carpet is valuable or very delicate, we suggest hiring a professional service to clean it for you. Otherwise, you can do it yourself. A vacuum cleaner is a must, but you may need to treat certain parts of the carpet individually and use some homemade carpet solutions.

Floors

If your floors are dirty, the whole home feels dirty. Even though you clean the floor with a damp cloth or sweep it with a broom from time to time, it really needs a deeper cleaning once in a while. If you have ceramic tile floors, it’s recommended to start with a broom and remove loose dirt, dust, and hair. Once that’s done, use a mop, a rag, or even steam cleaners to make it shine like glass. Use only warm water! If you have vinyl floors, a quick sweep or vacuuming should be sufficient if you do it on a regular basis. For a deeper clean, use water with a mild detergent mixed in. Cleaning hardwood floors is not difficult. All you need to do is find out how your hardwood floor is sealed. Surface-sealed floors, for example, don’t need much; it’s enough to sweep and use a mop afterwards. Penetrating-seal–treated and oil-treated floors require protection with liquid or paste wax and the last group of floors, lacquered, varnished, shellacked and untreated ones also need liquid or paste wax.

Curtains

Curtains by Hobvias Sudoneighm
Curtains by Hobvias Sudoneighm

The best thing to do with your curtains after winter is to take them all down and throw them in the washer, using the delicate cycle. If you have heavy curtains, be sure to purchase a commercial cleaner, spray it on the drapes, and them vacuum it off.

Accessories

When everything else is ready, get some new home accessories that will add modern style to any room. Put a new vase on the table, hang a new picture or a mirror on the wall, or simply cut some fresh flowers from the garden and bring them inside. We guarantee that even such a minor change will bring a welcome breath of spring to your home.

2 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning Tips

March 15, 2013 at 1:20 am
palm harbor apartments says:

A little goes a long way when it comes to spring cleaning. I agree with your post that it’s almost unrealistic to finish cleaning your home in a day unless you don’t own much things and you live in a tiny apartment. Also, ask for help when apartment cleaning since this will help speed up the process.

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November 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Your blog is very nice.These tools are really very helpful…:-)

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