hankfully, winter’s just about over, which means you have to deal with the aftermath it’s left in your home. If you’ve got wood floors, you may have given up two months ago on consistently mopping up after salt-soaked shoes, and if you’re taking the fans out of storage to prep for soon-to-be-warm weather, they probably need dusting. We’ve got your back -- here’s our guide for what you need to make sure winter is gone for good. Here’s how to spring clean your house.
Let’s start at the top. If you’ve got ceiling fans, they’ve probably collected a hefty amount of dust and if you’re anything like us (which is to say, forgetful), you probably haven’t cleaned them in a while. Pick up one of those dusters with the long handle. Clean off the blades, and if you can reach, spray some anti-dust spray on them to keep the problem at bay--you’ll soon be keeping your windows open more, which doesn’t mean less dust, it means more. Starting at the top of your home is best because it would be seriously foolish to clean the rest of the place and then do the ceiling fans, no? While you’re up there, use a vacuum attachment to get the dust out of the corners of walls.
Floors, fans, walls, and closets should all have a place on your spring-cleaning agenda.
Moving on to the windows and screens, take the plastic wrap off of the sill and frames. The plastic that kept you warm all winter is no longer necessary, as you very well know. Once that’s gone, a swipe with some Windex is fine for the pane, while the screens should ideally be taken off and scrubbed with a brush. If you’ve never done this, prepare to be kind of grossed out. Despite looking clean because the dark color hides dirt, window screens hold onto a lot of filth. Dishwashing soap is fine for this task. Finally, wipe down the blinds.
Floors that aren’t wood -- linoleum, vinyl, tile -- should be waxed to bring back their luster. Wood floors should be cleaned with a mild soap solution then oiled to keep them from drying out. Many manufacturers have products that combine these two steps, making wood-floor upkeep as simple as mopping.
As for other cleaning projects like closets, donate any clothes that don’t fit from the prior year or that you haven’t worn in a long time. If you have the storage room, move your cold-weather clothes there and replace them with your warm-season clothes. Remove any broken hangers and organize the apparel in a way that makes sense to you -- for example, work clothes on one side, non-work on the other, things that can be used as both in the middle. Get spring and summer clothes mended or tailored if they need it.
The same method should be used for things like bookcases or stacks of mail -- get rid of or donate what you don’t need or want anymore.
Spring is a good time to turn your mattresses and box springs, too--regular rotation will keep the wear levels even.
Scrub the tub in your bathroom and clean off the tile on the walls. Soap scum buildup has a quick fix so long as you don’t let it build up year after year.
In your kitchen, sort through your pantry and get rid of things that are past their sell-by or use-by date. Again, if there are items you don’t need or want, you can donate them -- so long as they’re still safe to eat.
Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be a stressful, arduous task. Little by little, you can bring the life back into your home, without spending an entire weekend on the project.