It may not feel like spring yet, here in the Comox Valley, but summer is fast approaching….we hope. I always feel like Spring is a fresh start, a new beginning.
A deep spring clean can make your home feel fresh and clean. It also helps to be sure your home’s air is healthy to breathe. Dust and allergens collect over the winter months, so spring is a great time to be sure to get rid of them. A clean and clutter free space helps reduce stress and gives a more calm feeling to your home.
The process of spring cleaning can be a bit overwhelming., not to mention time consuming and tiring. Take it room by room. Set an amount of time aside to tackle each area. To help ease the spring cleaning blues, use these helpful hints to freshen up your home for spring.
Front doorway as well start at the first place yourself and visitors see. Wiping down that front door, sweeping walkways and door step, adding a new welcome mat and potted plant, can make your front door clean and inviting.
Windows and blinds. Let that sunshine in! Don't forget to remove screens and hose them off outside. Cleaning windows on overcast days prevents streaking. Use a microfiber cloth for a lint free shine.
Wipe walls, doors and handles. Removing handprints and stains can give your walls and doors a fresh new look. Using a microfiber cloth helps rids of lint and residue.
Clean carpets. Sprinkle carpets with baking soda, then lightly spray with water. Let dry for atleast 3 hours or overnight. Vacuum up any light traffic stains and pet hair.
Sinks. Run a lemon through the garburator. Pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to clear out drains. Follow with hot water.
Countertops. Spruce up granite and quartz by adding a bit of mineral oil to your cleaning cloth to help put on a shine on your counters.
Deep clean the fridge. Remove contents from the fridge. Clean all removable shelves and storage containers. Toss out expired condiments. Add a fresh box of baking soda to deodorize.
Declutter and clean kitchen cabinets. Try to keep as many items off your countertops to feel less clutter. Clear out any items in your cupboards that you haven’t used in the past year or so.
Reorganize that junk drawer. Make sure all items have a purpose and are still needed. Restaurant closed last year, so get rid of the menu. Never did find the piece to go with that item you’ve been saving, throw it out.
Wash shower curtains. This not only clears away mold and mildew, but also prolongs the life span of the curtain.
Clean makeup brushes with warm water and your facial cleanser. Rinse well and remove excess water with a towel.Throw away old expired cosmetics.
Freshen up throw pillows, blankets and curtains in the dryer. Air only for 10 minutes then hang immediately to avoid wrinkles.
Dust ceiling fixtures. Grab an extendable duster and attack ceiling fans, hanging and recessed lights, moldings and more. Make sure to start your cleaning here, from top to bottom, so you don’t have to vacuum your floors twice.
Sanitize kids toys. Soak any washable toys in warm water with vinegar. Don’t overlook the dishwasher, some toys are dishwasher safe. Pop in a mesh bag for a quick easy way to clean a large amount of toys. Just remember to turn off the heat dry.
Purge closet. Go through clothes and shoes. Rid of old stained clothes. Donate clothes you don’t wear anymore. Make room for some fresh new summer items.
Spring cleaning your home is so rewarding…after it’s done.