Spring cleaning is one of the smartest tasks you can undertake each year. In actuality, despite its name, “spring” cleaning should be done at the beginning of each season in order to deep clean your home and purge it of any unnecessary clutter. Here are five areas of our home that we often forget when spring cleaning:
Not many people notice their baseboards on a daily basis, but they can get mighty gross. Being adjacent to the floor, baseboards endure a lot of abuse and get covered in filth from feet, pets, and dust. Fill a bucket with warm sudsy water and grab an old toothbrush. Gently scrub each baseboard, wiping the dirty water up as you go along with a cloth so the floors don’t get wet and damaged. You may be surprised what a difference clean baseboards make in regard to the aesthetic beauty of your house!
- Junk Drawers
Admit it. You have a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. Or at least one in each bathroom and the kitchen. Junk drawers are actually wonderful places to keep objects that don’t have a “place” in your home. These catch-alls house all sorts of random things like paperclips, pens, coins, batteries, and coupons. But, keep adding “junk’ to these drawers, and you’ll need to start using an additional one at some point. To clean out a junk drawer, dump it out and only put useful things back in it. Throw away dried up pens, expired coupons, old mail, and other useless stuff. It’s okay to have a junk drawer as long as you keep it under control.
What do clothes have to do with spring cleaning you may ask? Many people add and add to their closets without ever purging them. Next thing you know you have old concert t-shirts from the eighties crowding your space. Instead of picking things out of your closet to donate or throw away, take everything out and lay it on your bed. Only return what you love back to your closet. Make sure you do this to each of your kids’ closets as well. Kids grow and their clothes get rips and stains from every day wear and tear. Purging wardrobes is a great way to know what’s missing or what needs to be replaced.
It’s easy to forget about the vents in your house. Air vents get caked with dust, pet dander, and other allergens and those particles end up in the air we breathe. Replace these at the beginning of each season. And our dryer vent can become a fire hazard if it’s not cleaned regularly. It’s worth paying a professional to come do this properly for you.
This one may seem obvious when it comes to spring cleaning, but many dusty spots are neglected during a regular dusting routine. Check the top of your refrigerator, as well as your cabinets. Dusk your blinds and plantation shutters if you have them. And, underneath furniture and the tops of fan blades are other spots to clean. Removing all that dust will make the air in your house easier to breathe!
Spring cleaning can be cathartic and even fun! There’s no better feeling than having an immaculately clean and thoroughly purged home, even if it only stays that way for a short time!