Taking on a spring cleaning project? Good for you! Before you run out to buy new organizer bins and cleaning supplies, or pay for a cleaning service, take a look at these tips:
- Start by considering what you can get rid of – less stuff means less to clean and organize
- Break your house into sections, like bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces, and then make a plan for cleaning each section, from organizing to dusting and vacuuming.
- Take a trip to the laundromat to wash sheets, blankets and bulky bedding instead of buying all new items.
- Vacuuming doesn’t have to be a chore! Spend the most time on highly-trafficked areas, like an entryway or hallway, and just do a quick pass on a guest room or closet.
- Use cleaning products you already have! Check under sinks and in closets for bleach, vinegar, sponges, and gloves (maybe you bought them for last year’s spring cleaning), and use all of that before you run to the store for new supplies.
- You can easily refresh your furniture with a quick cleaning and new throw pillows. Don’t forget any outdoor furniture on a patio or balcony so you can enjoy the warmer weather when it arrives.
- Cleaning light fixtures and appliances will help give them a longer life, and make your home cleaner and brighter.
By cleaning your walls, floors, furniture, and appliances, you can keep your house looking good as new without the cost of pricey repairs or replacements. And when you’ve gathered up everything you no longer need, consider selling or donating it to enjoy a little cash or a write-off on your next tax return.*
A few hours of cleaning in the spring can help refresh your home after winter storms, and get you ready for the sunny weather that will come as we leave the colder months behind!
*Not intended as tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor.