Spring is here! The weather is changing, the flowers are blooming and the house, well… needs cleaning. After those long winter months of cuddling up by the fireplace, it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get to work. Don’t let bees be the only ones working this spring.
Let’s tackle inside the house first. It is hard to know where to begin, so here are a few tips on making this process smoother.
Clean room by room.
Starting with one room and finishing it before moving to the next can help keep you on track. Make a checklist of things that need to be done in each room. Sweeping, dusting, and mopping are a few big ones.
A good method to consider is this; if you have not worn it in a year or longer, it goes. This can help eliminate those clothes that you think you *might* wear one day. Don’t worry, we all go through it.
Just thinking about going through clutter stresses you out. Make things easier on yourself. Separate things into categories - trash, donate, and keep. That way, when everything is separated, you can bag up the trash and donate items a lot easier.
Early spring weather is the perfect weather for yard sales. Imagine a breezy spring morning in your yard, making money off things that once made you happy that will now make someone else happy! Yard sales are perfect for selling furniture, clothes, shoes, etc.
Get the family involved.
Make spring cleaning fun, not a chore. Something that might help is lighting candles, opening the windows, and playing music. Make sure everyone in the household has a task and get to work!
Now that the inside is all clean, it’s time to work on the outside.
As a homeowner, you need to make sure your entire house, which includes the outside, is up to date. This will help keep up the value and longevity of your home.
Check pipes and water lines.
Coming off those frigid winter months, making sure nothing has burst is very important. Typically, you will know if a pipe has burst, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
Clean out the gutters.
Before April showers come, you need to make sure your gutters are clear from all the debris that has collected. This task can be done by a professional or yourself. If done by yourself, make sure to use caution and always have someone with you to keep you stable on the ladder.
Making sure your roof is in mint condition is very important when thinking about the value of your home. Roofing repairs can be expensive, so don’t wait to fix shingles or any other wear and tear. Again, use caution if you choose to do this yourself instead of a professional.
Another good thing to consider is outside touchups. Maybe you have some chipped paint, a hole in your fence, or just simply pressure washing your driveway. Doing these small things can liven up your outside.
We’ve put together a handy checklist of items to help you. Print it out and get started today! Happy Cleaning!
Download Spring Cleaning Checklist