Get Your Home Ready for Spring in Just One Week
March 12, 2018 | Kendra Gildea
Crisp, fresh air, blooming flowers, warmer temperatures, and longer days are on their way. The winter seemed like the longest. Winter. Ever. And March 20th is rapidly approaching. Dust and grime have been accumulating, and those winter germs are lurking at every corner. What better way to welcome Spring and rid your home of dust, grime, and germs than to do a bit of Spring cleaning?

Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task, but we have a few tips to get your home and office Spring ready in just one week so you can enjoy the warm weather to come, with your family and friends:

Set a Task for Each Day:
Before you start, set a schedule for yourself for each day of the week.  It’s easy to lose motivation, but with the right schedule, you can stay on track.  Set aside one hour each day to tackle one chore. Here is sample schedule:

Monday: Declutter each room
Tuesday: Clean and dust light fixtures and shelves
Wednesday: Sanitize surfaces and air vents
Thursday: Mop and scrub walls and floors
Friday: Vacuum carpets and upholstery
Saturday: Reorganize and rearrange rooms
Sunday: Spend the day catching up on laundry

Do Not Hold Back When Decluttering:
This is one is tough and the reason why this needs to be completed first. We all go through a bit of nostalgia when we’re cleaning, which makes it tough to get rid of items you haven’t used in months, and are collecting dust.  Here is a great rule of thumb when deciding if something needs to go: If you haven’t used it or you don’t love it, it's gone.
Donate, Sell, or Throw Away Clutter:
Keep in mind that just because you don’t love it or use it, doesn’t mean someone else couldn’t get good use from it. First, determine which items you don’t use. Then, decide if you should donate, sell, or throw away these items. Research your local donation centers, or post about items you’d like to see benefit someone else in your favorite neighborhood app, such as Nextdoor.

Work from Top to Bottom:
There is nothing worse than having to clean something you swear you just cleaned!  So with this in mind, use the sample schedule above to clean and dust overhead fixtures and shelves before you get to items like walls and floors. While you’re up top, remember that this is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be changed at least once a year. Use this time of year as a reminder to change the batteries in your home smoke alarms.

Use a Checklist:
Along with a schedule, you might benefit from a checklist. Spring cleaning does not need to be daunting. The checklist is here to remind of the things you might otherwise overlook. You can find a number of checklists online that can help you with remembering the small, yet important tasks you don’t want to miss.

Happy Cleaning!
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