It’s May, which means we’re well into the spring season. Spring is a time for rebirth. Flowers are blooming, fawns are taking their first steps, and you need to clean your home!
Spring cleaning is a must for everyone. It gives you a chance to purge your home of winter grime and vibes. That means cleaning the floors and changing out your drapes or throw pillows for something light and airy.
But where do you start?
Spring cleaning can seem intimidating, but it really isn’t. Look at this list of trends to help get you in spring cleaning spirit!
Make A Schedule
Think about what areas need the most work. Are there areas that you typically skip that needs some love? You should start at those places.
However, regardless of where you start, it’s paramount that you have a plan in place. Have a list of tasks that take more time and others you can accomplish in five minutes. You can complete a task every day until you’re done.
De-Clutter for Spring
Studies show that the more disorganized your home is, the more stressed out you tend to be! Clutter can raise the stress hormone cortisol, as it signals to your brain that there’s still work that you need to finish.
Because of the pandemic, we’re spending more time at home, which means it’s even more important to keep living and working spaces clear of clutter.
Go through junk drawers, closets, and dressers. Take out everything that doesn’t suit your needs any longer or is inappropriate for the season.
Part of the purpose of spring cleaning is to make you feel better. You can’t do that if you’re spraying chemicals and toxins all over the place.
While they may clean your surfaces, some cleaners aren’t the best for you. Exposing yourself to dangerous substances is not worth it! A steam cleaner is an excellent green option for spring cleaning.
You can use a steam cleaner on your microwave, tile, hard floors, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. They’re 100% natural and free of chemicals.
If you don’t own a steam cleaner, white-distilled vinegar, baking soda, and warm water is a natural combination that’s perfect for cleaning.
Work From Top to Bottom
It’s essential to work from room to room. However, where do you start in each room?
Start at the ceiling and work your way down. If you have dust on your ceiling, walls, or ceiling fan, it will fall to the ground. You don’t want to vacuum more than once, so make sure you start from the top and finish at ground level.
Don’t Forget About Your Walls & Windows
You probably don’t think about cleaning your walls and windows during your regularly scheduled cleaning, but they need TLC.
Use a damp towel to wipe down your walls, baseboards, and blinds (remember to start from the top). Remove and wipe down your window screens. For your windows, a steam cleaner and a squeegee can work wonders.
Keep Your Air Pure
If you haven’t recently, seriously consider replacing your furnace and HVAC filters. You can even replace a regular filter with a more robust one with a high MERV rating. This step will help keep you healthier as you welcome all the spring dust, dander, and pollen.
You can also get an air purifier for the different rooms of your home. It can help keep your air clean of allergens, odors, and indoor chemicals. These are especially useful in the bedroom for anyone that suffers from seasonal allergies.
Set A New Tone
Your space may feel dark and heavy after winter. Swap out the darker winter colors and fabrics for something that screams springtime! Add new colorful pillows, light and flowy drapes, and new bed linens. You can even swap out your towels and table linens for something that brightens your home and your day. Just make sure to clean and iron (if needed) everything before putting it out.
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