It’s that time of year again. Finally, the bitter cold of winter is giving way to bright spring days, and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to throw open your windows, write out that to-do list, and haul out the cleaning supplies.
Some people dread spring cleaning, but others look forward to it because it’s a chance to revitalize your home. You can deep clean all the spaces that have been neglected during the winter months, re-paint, clean up the yard, and finally let in some fresh air.
Taking on a big project like spring cleaning can seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be a huge hassle. Here are some tips that will help you get through your spring cleaning and get your home ready for the summer in no time.
Why not start by getting the outside of your home ready first? You can take your time cleaning the inside of your home and readying it for summer, but if you wait too long to get your yard together then your grass and weeds could get out of control.
Start with the basics. Rake away the dead leaves, pick up sticks and branches, and mow the lawn. Pulls weeds, till the soil in your garden, and take some time to revamp your pool.
While you’re cleaning up the debris in your yard, this would be an excellent time to start an outdoor compost pile. It’s great for the environment and it will make excellent fertilizer when you’re ready to plant your garden again. It also gives you a quick and convenient location to toss all those weeds, twigs, and grass clippings.
Spring cleaning usually involves a lot of harsh chemicals. You use powerful cleaning agents to scrub your floors, countertops, bathroom, and kitchen, but you don’t need to. There are amazing natural alternatives that you can use to get your house summer-ready.
Vinegar is a perfect substitute for many cleaning agents. You can mix equal parts vinegar and water, and use it to eliminate tough soap or scum build-up in your bathroom. It’s safe to use on your showerheads and other stainless-steel appliances and it’ll leave them shining as if they’re brand new again.
Another great alternative is lemons! You can put lemon rinds in a bowl of water and microwave them for two minutes. Then, you simply wipe the inside of your microwave with a clean cloth. No elbow grease is required with this easy and natural cleaning practice.
The downside to summer is the reintroduction of pests. Mice and insects come out in abundance in the summertime and they could infiltrate your home in you aren’t careful.
If you live out in the country, or in an area that sees frequent infestations, then you’re probably going to need a professional pest control service. However, there are other ways to keep pests out of your home.
Start by making sure there are no spaces around your windows and doors that became damaged during the winter. Add spray insulation for a quick fix to prevent bugs and other pests from coming into your home.
Another solution is to mix up some vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean the windows, walls, and doors in your home where pests and bugs frequently enter. The vinegar will remove any pheromone trails that insects have left behind and prevent more from coming in.
Make sure to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning because this is where a lot of insects and pests will be drawn first. The smell of food is often what lures them in. Wipe down your counters, table, and stove after every use, and don’t leave dishes to pile up in the sink.
Your mudroom will probably need a deep clean to get it ready for the summer. Winter weather often means snow and that could cause you to drag in a lot of dirt, rock salt, and other debris that’s gotten mixed in with the snow you’ve been stepping through.
Give the floors and walls a solid cleaning. This is also a great time to update your mudroom’s storage. You can check Pinterest for unique storage ideas like this awesome shoe and plant combo storage.
Don’t be afraid to get a little whimsical with your storage ideas. You can even turn one wall of your mudroom into a storage area by installing hooks for hanging jackets, keys, umbrellas, and more!
With summer just around the corner, getting your spring cleaning done is essential. Write down the list of projects you want to tackle, and then organize them based on how time-consuming they are, and which needs to be done before the others.
Enlist the whole family to help. If everyone has projects to work on then you could get all your spring cleaning done by the end of the weekend. Bring the fresh air back into your home and use these tips to help you get your home summer-ready.