As the winter begins to melt away, the weather warms up and the days get longer. Spring brings the excitement of new beginnings and we begin looking forward to watching new life grow. What better way to start this new season than with a little spring cleaning? There are few things better than coming home to a clean house.
Get in the Zone
Most of us have to “get in the zone.” If you don’t absolutely love cleaning, find a little motivation by buying some fresh cleaning supplies lighting your favorite candle, cranking up the music and ordering some takeout so you don’t have to worry about cooking for the day. This will prepare you for the work you have cut out for yourself during the day and will make your job a little bit easier.
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get rid of the excess clutter in your home that you don’t have any need for. Having a clean and spacious home has many health and sanitary benefits and can help you breathe a little easier.
Out With the Old, In With the New
To begin, prep a few large trash bags and begin tossing items that your family has either outgrown or has no use for. If you don’t need it, get rid of it! Has it been laying around for years without serving a purpose? Throw it out! Anything that is broken or can’t be used should either be thrown away or donated. We promise, you’ll start to feel better instantly!
While you may already have a list in mind of what you want to clean, we’ve put together a checklist of areas to deep clean that are often forgotten.
- Check your gutters and roof for debris. Using a blower or broom, clean them out so everything is tidy before the next season.
- Check the batteries in your smoke detectors. When was the last time you replaced them?
- Clean the exterior windows. Check all windows and doors for cracks and leaks.
- If your home is in need of a good pressure washing, now is the time!
- Wash windows and screens.
- Dust and disinfect window blinds. Remove and wash curtains.
- Wipe moldings and baseboards with disinfectant and cloth
- Clean out vents.
- Wash light fixtures and dust lampshades.
- Dust ceiling fans. You’d be surprised at how quickly dust builds up!
- Clean switch plates and light switches.
- Clean out your closet! Donate clothes that no longer fit and rotate clothes for the upcoming season.
- Deep clean and disinfect mattresses. It’s easy to forget that they need to be cleaned too from time to time!
- Dry clean pillows. How often do you actually get around to this?
- Vacuum under each of the beds. You’d be surprised at how many dust bunnies you find!
- Wipe down and disinfect all of the furniture.
- Remove all items from the refrigerator and freezer. Use disinfectant to clean the shelves.
- Throw out expired condiments and pantry items.
- Deep clean the oven.
- Remove items from drawers and wipe down the cupboards.
- Wipe down and disinfect inside the microwave.
- Disinfect and spray down the garbage can.
- Wash shower curtains and replace liners with fresh ones. Wipe down shower doors.
- Disinfect and rinse out garbage can.
- Wash toothbrush holder and replace toothbrushes with new ones.
- Remove items from bathroom drawers and throw out expired toiletries.
- Clean insides of drawers and cabinets.
It sure was a long day! Now that everything is nice and clean, there’s one more thing left to do. Reward yourself! Indulge in your favorite treat and head out to H-E-B to treat yourself to a Lone Star Living bouquet. Arrange them in your “go-to” vase and set them down where you can enjoy them while you relax. Not to mention, flowers will give an extra special touch to your new tidy home. It’s important to treat yourself, especially after a job well done.