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Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home and Mind

Updated: Jun 20

Spring has finally arrived, and it's time to bid farewell to the cold winter weather and welcome the sunshine and warmth of the new season. With this shift in weather, it's also time to give your home a much-needed spring cleaning. A deep clean not only makes your home look and feel fresh, but it can also have a positive impact on your overall well-being. It's a chance to declutter, refresh, and organize your living space to create a welcoming and comfortable environment. However, the task can feel daunting, and you may not know where to begin. But no worries! Here are our top 5 spring cleaning tips to refresh your home and mind.

Home cleaning tips

1. Make a plan

Before you start your spring cleaning, it's essential to make a plan. Take a walk through your home and assess what needs to be cleaned in each room. Start with the areas that need the most attention, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Make a list of tasks for each room, such as decluttering, dusting, and vacuuming. Setting realistic goals for each day can help you stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Also, consider hiring a professional cleaner to help you with the more challenging tasks or to clean your carpets and upholstery. Here is a step-to-step guide on how to create your plan:

  • Create a checklist of all the tasks that need to be done in each room, including dusting, vacuuming, washing, and organizing.

  • Set a timeframe for each task and prioritize them based on their importance.

  • Assign tasks to family members or roommates if possible, and make sure everyone is on the same page about what needs to be done.

  • If you are hiring a professional cleaner, make sure to schedule their visit in advance and discuss your expectations with them.

2. Declutter

Decluttering can be a discouraging task, but it's an essential part of spring cleaning. Take a ruthless approach when evaluating items and ask yourself if they bring you joy or have a useful purpose. If not, it's time to let them go. It's helpful to sort items into categories such as donate, sell, or toss. When getting rid of items, remember that you're creating space for things that matter to you and making room for a more organized and functional living environment. Start decluttering by following these simple tasks:

  • Start with one room at a time, and take everything out of the closet, drawers, or cabinets.

  • Sort items into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Be honest with yourself and ask if you really need or use each item.

  • Donate gently used items to local charities or host a garage sale to make some extra cash.

  • Throw away expired food and medicine, as well as any broken or damaged items.

3. Clean from top to bottom

When it comes to cleaning your home, it's essential to start from the top and work your way down. This may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people neglect this simple rule. If you don't clean from top to bottom, any dust, or debris that you dislodge from higher surfaces will fall onto the lower ones, forcing you to re-clean areas that you've already tackled. Nobody wants that kind of frustration, right? So, take the time to dust your ceiling fans, light fixtures, and crown moulding before moving on to the windows, walls, and baseboards. Once those areas are sparkling clean, it's time to tackle the floors. Sweep or vacuum first, then mop, making sure to catch any dirt or dust that you may have missed. By following this methodical approach, you'll ensure that your home is cleaned thoroughly and efficiently.

4. Tackle the deep clean

Spring cleaning is the ultimate opportunity to take on the cleaning tasks that may have been on the back burner for a while. Appliances such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher are often overlooked in regular cleaning, making them a perfect starting point. To clean your appliances, you can use a cleaning solution that's safe for your appliances or create your own using baking soda and vinegar. However, it's not just the surfaces of your appliances that need attention. The areas behind and under your appliances are notorious for accumulating dust and debris, so it's important to give them a thorough cleaning as well. To eliminate bacteria and germs, you can use a steam cleaner on surfaces. With this approach, your appliances will be as good as new, and your home will be cleaner and healthier.

  • Clean the oven by removing the racks and soaking them in warm, soapy water. Use an oven cleaner to scrub the inside of the oven and wipe it down with a damp cloth.

  • Clean the refrigerator by removing all the food and shelves and wiping down the inside with a solution of water and vinegar. Don't forget to clean the coils and the rubber seal around the door.

  • Clean the dishwasher by removing the filter and washing it with warm, soapy water. Use a dishwasher cleaner to remove any buildup and sanitize the inside.

  • Use a steam cleaner to sanitize surfaces, such as countertops, bathroom tiles, and floors.

5. Organize and refresh

Finally, organizing and refreshing your space can have a positive impact on your mental health. Take time to rearrange furniture or add new décor to create a space that feels welcoming and calming. If you're short on space, invest in storage solutions that can help maximize your available space. Don't forget to take advantage of natural light by opening curtains or blinds and letting in the sunshine. A fresh and organized living space can help you feel more relaxed and energized, making it easier to focus on the things that matter most.

  • Use storage containers, drawer dividers, and closet organizers to keep everything in its place. Label each container or drawer for easy access.

  • Add some plants or fresh flowers to bring a touch of nature indoors. Plants like spider plants, snake plants, and peace lilies can help purify the air and improve your mood.

  • Rearrange furniture or switch up décor for a new look. Consider adding some bright and cheerful colours to celebrate the new season.

To sum up, undertaking spring cleaning can seem overwhelming at first, but implementing these top five tips can transform the task into a manageable and rewarding experience. With careful planning, such as creating a list of cleaning tasks for each room, and prioritizing areas that require more attention, you can efficiently and effectively tackle your spring cleaning. Additionally, decluttering your space by getting rid of unnecessary items, deep cleaning your appliances, and organizing your belongings can bring a renewed sense of order and freshness to your living environment. So, don't hesitate to apply these five tips: make a plan, declutter, clean from top to bottom, tackle the deep clean, organize and refresh, and enjoy the satisfaction of a sparkling clean and organized home. Happy cleaning!

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Melcom Homes is an eco-friendly home builder in Alberta that builds affordable, sustainable, energy-efficient homes. Melcom values creativity and innovation that pushes the envelope in the green building industry.

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