Spring is here we could not be more ready! The flowers are blooming, the housing market is booming, and there’s no better time to dive headfirst into spring cleaning. Whether you are planning to stay in your home or sell it, getting your home ready for spring can be as simple as giving your space a thorough clean. This is something that you can do now to keep your home in great shape for the future.
Although the task may seem daunting, we are here to give you our tried-and-true tips. Give your home a much-needed spruce before the hustle and bustle of summer hits. So, grab your Windex and your Pledge, and let’s get to work!
Step 1: Declutter
With any cleaning process, the first and most important step is to declutter your space. This may be the most challenging part as you will have to make decisions on what to keep, donate and throw away. The best place to start with this step is by doing a little at a time. Whether it’s 30 minutes in one room or an hour in one drawer – decluttering piece by piece will make the process easier overall and allow you to thoroughly go through your belongings prior to the actual cleaning.
Step 2: Clean
Now, that you have gotten rid of the clutter, it’s now time for the clean! For those type-A personalities, this step will be super satisfying as you will get rid of all the gunk from seasons’ past. Here is a list of cleaning tips from Good Housekeeping to get you started:
- Kitchen – The kitchen is great place to start as it is one of the rooms that easily gets dirty. Put lemon rinds into the disposal to freshen up your sink, give that microwave and stove a deep scrub, and dig out the granite cleaner to make those countertops shine. Pro Tip – Declutter your fridge so it is easier to clean!
- Bathroom – Cleaning the bathroom is never anyone’s favorite task, but it can really make a noticeable difference since you use the space every day. Start with simple tasks like replacing the shower curtain and wiping down the sink and mirrors. Then, throw on those gloves, grab that sponge and bleach and give the shower and toilet a deep clean. Looking to go the extra mile? A toothbrush and some baking soda can really make the grout look new again.
- Windows – “Wait for an overcast day and start on the shady side of the house, as direct sun can lead to streaks.” Windows may not seem like they are deserving of cleaning priority, but a good wiping and dusting can allow more natural light to enter the home while also getting rid of those pesky dust particles that make spring allergies even worse.
- Head Outside – Depending on your outdoor space, this cleaning item may be more or less time-consuming. For the basics, we recommend hosing off the porch and patio furniture, mowing the lawn, cleaning out those gutters, adding fresh mulch to the flower beds, and add a pop of color with some fresh flowers. If you live your life outdoors during the warmer months, this space is not one you will want to overlook.
Step 3: Update & Organize
The last step is to make those updates and organize your home for the next season. Replace the lightbulbs, put away those winter sweaters and conquer that list of updates that you have been adding to since last summer. This final step will really round out the entire cleaning process and leave no task left unchecked. This means you can start this next phase in your home, whether you’re staying or selling, with ease.
Now your home is ready for spring!
Being a homeowner can be a lot of work. Start each season with a list of tasks to maintain, organize and improve will make a difference in the long-run. If you are getting your home ready to sell this spring, contact your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent to help you get started. Don’t have an agent? Contact Catharine Pappas to be paired with an agent today.