Spring Clean Your Home
Edited by Debbie, Lynn, Nate Pepperell, Eng and 4 others
Spring is a time when we almost all feel like we can get a fresh start. Looking out our Windows and seeing the beauty of the new grass and flowers, and breathing in the clean air filled with the smells of freshly cut grass and sunshine can be very inspiring. We probably also want our homes to appear nice, inside and out, so we lift up our Windows, turn on some good music, and begin our spring cleanup. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help your house look its best:
- 1Dust Ceilings, Walls, Corners, and Crevices.Start upstairs and work your way down. When Windows are cracked or kept open in rooms, its very easy for dirt and dust to get in and land on surfaces. You can use soap and warm water on many surfaces, but you will need to use different cleaners for wood or other surfaces that may be damaged by water. Be sure to remember window sills and frames where the most dust collects.Advertisement
- 2Wipe All Pictures, Mirrors, Fixtures and Windows.A water-and-vinegar mixture will make glass sparkle! And don't forget to clean the window blinds.Advertisement
- 3Vacuum Carpets and Upholstery.Be sure to take small rugs outside to shake the dirt off, while you can clean larger rugs with a vacuum or carpet cleaner. Move your beds and other furniture to remove the dust that accumulates under them. And be sure to take cushions off of couches and clean underneath where food crumbs and other unsavory items can collect.
- 4Clean Counters, Cabinets, and Appliances in the Kitchen.Grease and grime can cling to these areas, and the many textures of foods, drinks, and oils can build up quickly. Scrub the floors, and wax them if needed.
- 5Spray Tub, Toilet, and Sink in the Bathroom.Wipe down any light fixtures or switches and empty waste baskets, then clean them before adding a new trash bag or throwing in any waste. Scrub out the toilet with cleanser and a brush, mop the floors, and clean the mirrors and faucets.
- 6Clean or refresh the beds and clothes.Wash all bed sheets, pillow cases, comforters, clothes, etc. You may take them to a laundry shop.
- 7Divide the burden.Tell your family that you will be dividing the work.
You may try these cleansers for cleaning your walls, floors, sinks, etc. and removing stains.
- Bucket, broom, dustpan, mop, paper towels, and rags.
- Glass cleaner, bleach, wood cleaner, soap, and water.
- Garbage bags.
- Arrange your closets. Remove all clothes and accessories that are not in use and classify the others by how you use them.
- Keep in mind while cleaning that it can also be good exercise.
- Play some good tunes while working to get you in a good mood and keep your energy levels high.
- Protect your hands from harsh cleaners by putting on rubber gloves.
How to Sort Out Things To Let Go
It is often difficult to decide which things you still want to keep and which things are already worth giving away. This is because of the sentiments that go with the items that you have at home. However, if you keep on deciding that you would not want to throw away stuff, you will end up having too much things piling up and you will not have any space for newer ones.
Here are some tips on how to be able to successfully sort out things:
- 1Assess in terms of frequency of use.If you have a piece of clothing that you have not even used once over a period of 1 year and it is not a specialty clothing that's only used for specific events, then you can conclude that it will be used better elsewhere. You can donate it or sell to secondhand shops, especially if the quality is still good.
- 2Consider if you will really use it later on.There are so many stuffs at home that people usually keep just because they anticipate that they may still need it in the future. For example, old bottles, carpets, etc. Although they are of no use right now anymore, you would think that you may need them later on that's why you save it in your garage or storage room. However, most of the time, for things saved like these, you'd still see them 10 years later completely intact because they have actually not been required to use over that period of time. Consider if it's more worthwhile to just send these things to recycling centers instead of keeping them for future use.
- 3Consider your storage space.You may imagine that you will be able to actually accommodate everything in your home, that's why you are not so much bothered about having to let them go. However, actually looking at what's available in terms of space can help you a lot in knowing what to keep and what not to keep. Allocate your storage for specific things and stick to that limit. For example, you can say that you would use half of your garage for household stuff, a quarter for old clothes, and another quarter for kitchen stuff. Anything over that should be given away.Advertisement
Questions and Answers
What should I do if my husband do not want to help?
What should I do if my husband do not want to help?
Your husband is not a child. Tell him you would like it if he helped you with the work. If he refuses, just don't do anything for him. He'll get the message that respect needs to go both ways.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Recent edits by: Christine dela Cruz, Pia Marie Villamante, Anonymous