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Spring Cleaning Doesn't Have to Be a Bummer

Chris Holm

Whether buying or selling, hundreds of clients in the Armstrong and North Okanagan area have relied on Chris Holm since 2007...

Whether buying or selling, hundreds of clients in the Armstrong and North Okanagan area have relied on Chris Holm since 2007...

Feb 19 6 minutes read

Spring is just around the corner, and for many, that means it's time to tackle the dreaded task of spring cleaning. But don’t stress. Whether you’re cleaning up your home to sell it or you just need to freshen up your space, spring cleaning doesn't have to be an overwhelming chore. In fact, with the right approach, spring cleaning can be a rejuvenating experience that leaves your home feeling revitalized. Here are some tips to make it happen.

Set Realistic Goals

Before you start, create a list of tasks you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning session. Be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available, and spread things out to make them easier. Breaking down your cleaning goals into manageable items can make the process feel less overwhelming and help you stay on track.

Declutter Before Cleaning

Before diving into deep cleaning, declutter your space by going through each room and getting rid of items you no longer need or use. Donate or sell items that are in good condition but no longer serve a purpose in your home, and toss items that are past their usefulness. Decluttering not only makes cleaning easier but also helps create a more organized and spacious living environment that will stay tidy for longer.

Gather Your Supplies

Make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies and tools on hand before you begin. Stock up on essentials such as all-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, sponges, vacuum bags, boxes for donation, and trash bags. Having everything you need within reach will help streamline the cleaning process and prevent unnecessary interruptions.

Take It One Thing at a Time

Trying to clean your entire home in one day can be exhausting. Instead, focus on one room at a time. Start with smaller, less intimidating spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms and work your way up to larger areas like the living room and kitchen. This approach allows you to give each room the attention it deserves without feeling overwhelmed.

Alternatively, you can start by tackling one item at a time throughout the entirety of your home. For example, you can clean all of the windows in the house or remove all of the blankets and bedding for cleaning. This method prevents mess from one room getting shuffled to another room while you’re in the cleaning process.

Work from Top to Bottom

When cleaning each room, start at the top and work your way down. Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high shelves before tackling surfaces at eye level and then finally cleaning floors. This method prevents dust and debris from falling onto areas you've already cleaned, saving you time and effort in the long run.

Don't Leave Any Areas Out

During your spring cleaning spree, don't overlook often neglected areas such as baseboards, window sills, cabinet doors, and behind appliances. These areas accumulate dust and grime over time, and you’ll be surprised by how much newer and fresher your space will look by giving them a thorough cleaning. Use a damp cloth or vacuum attachment to tackle hard-to-reach spots and restore them to their former glory.

Freshen Up Soft Furnishings

In addition to cleaning surfaces, don't forget to freshen up soft furnishings such as curtains, upholstery, and rugs. Vacuum upholstery to remove dust and pet hair, and consider steam cleaning carpets for a deep clean. Launder curtains and washable rugs to eliminate odors and stains, leaving your home smelling and looking its best.

Spruce Up Outdoor Spaces

As the weather warms up, it's also a great time to spruce up your outdoor spaces. Sweep away debris from patios and decks, clean outdoor furniture, and tidy up garden beds. Investing a little time in outdoor maintenance can enhance your home's curb appeal and create inviting spaces for outdoor relaxation and entertaining.

Involve the Whole Household

One effective way to keep spring cleaning from being an exhausting undertaking is to involve everyone who lives in the house. Get everyone involved by assigning age-appropriate tasks to each member. Not only does this lighten the workload, but it also teaches valuable lessons about responsibility, teamwork, and taking pride in your living space.

Reward Yourself

Finally, don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done! Plan a fun outing or treat yourself (and the rest of the house) to something special once your spring cleaning is complete. This can be as simple as a meal at your favorite restaurant or something relaxing, like a massage or a spa day. Simply knowing that there's a reward waiting for you at the end can provide the motivation you need to power through even the toughest cleaning tasks.

Spring cleaning may not be the most glamorous of tasks, but with the right mindset and approach, it can be a rewarding experience that leaves your home looking and feeling better than ever. By following these tips, you can tackle your spring cleaning with confidence and ease, leaving you free to enjoy the beauty of the season ahead. Happy cleaning!

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