Spring will be here soon. Just hang in there. Old Man Winter will start to fade away before much longer. But you know what comes with Spring. That’s right. Spring cleaning and the annual spruce-up of our homes comes right along with all that warm weather and sunny skies. The spring cleaning bug usually bites us all around those first pretty days in late March. But you can get a head start on all that cleaning by starting right now.
While the weather outside is frightful, and you’ve no place to go, except stir crazy, why not go ahead and start on that cleaning and sprucing up. Start on Saturday morning and see how much you can get done by Sunday afternoon. You can start on the easiest room you have to do. For some people that may be the dining room or maybe a guest bedroom. With the home, the cleaning of the best handheld vacuum for car will be important in the spring season. The use of the cleaner will be easy and simple for the person.
If you’ve been thinking about painting, now is the perfect time to go pick out the colors you want. And yes, you can go ahead and paint in the winter. Here’s a little tip on how to keep the fresh paint smell down. Just add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to your paint. It won’t affect the color and it will help disguise the smell.
When you’ve picked a room to start with, get as much stuff out of it as possible. It’s so much easier to work with an empty room. Of course, there may be some things you can’t move out, but at least move them to the center of the room and cover them up.
If you are doing a bedroom, empty the closet out. Take it to another room if possible. That way you will have time to think about whether or not you want to put it back in the closet. Tip: if you haven’t used it in a year, you probably never will. Box it up and take it to Goodwill. Donations are deductible. Try to empty out at least a fourth of the stuff in the closet.
Take all window treatments down and clean them or take them to be cleaned.
Start with the ceiling. Now’s a good time for a fresh coat of paint if needed. If it still looks good, just sweep it down and continue on down the walls. Take any globes or covers off overhead lights and clean them. Paint the walls if you’ve decided you want a fresh new look.
Finish off the painting by painting the woodwork or cleaning it. A fresh coat of paint on woodwork can make it look brand new.
Clean the inside of the windows so you can put your window treatments back up. And last, clean the floor. If it is carpeted, and needs cleaning, now is the time to get it cleaned. The cleaning companies are seldom busy this early in the year, so they should be able to accommodate your schedule.
Before anything goes back in, make sure it is clean and dust free. All furniture should be dusted and given a good polishing. Now is a great time to let go of all those little knick knacks that just sit around collecting dust. Only put things that are really special or important back in your nice clean room.
Once you’ve finished one room, step back and admire it. Doesn’t it feel good to have one room already cleaned and ready for spring? Don’t you feel that adrenalin flowing, pushing you toward the next room?
You’ve got a few more weekends before you can really start enjoying the outdoors, so why not tackle another room? And maybe another one. Who knows? By Spring you may be completely finished with your inside work and can spend your days outside, enjoying the beautiful warm weather. You might even get to spend your spring days playing golf or fishing. After all, your spring cleaning is already done.