Tis’ the season! That’s right, spring cleaning season is upon us. If you need to get your house in order before a busy summer, this is the time to do it.
The regular spring cleaning includes mopping the floors and cleaning the bathroom, but what about those easy-to-forget spots that need some TLC? Here a few places you shouldn’t forget to clean this spring:
Wipe down baseboards and high ledges
The baseboards are often forgotten and tend to collect dust from the floor throughout the winter months. Getting down on your hands and knees and wiping them down is an annoying, but necessary task. By using a natural cleaning solution, it will also leave your house smelling nice. An easy mix includes water, vinegar, lemon, and any preferred essential oil (I use patchouli). Top ledges can be difficult to clean, especially for those who aren’t quite tall enough to reach them. Try using a Swiffer with the cleaning solution on it. Those ledges will be clean in no time!
Cleaning out the cupboards
The kitchen cupboards store food and every utensil we use to eat. Cleaning the kitchen area is essential for healthy and safe eating habits and emptying the cupboards for a scrub down a few times a year is equally as important. Using a cleaning solution in a bucket with a sponge, remove everything from the cupboards and wipe them. Also remember to sponge the front of the cabinets to rid them of fingerprints. This is a good time to match plastic containers with their proper lids and recycle extras. Don’t give me that face, I know there are missing lids in there!
The bi-annual give-away
Collecting things seems to be a common human trait and, if the habit goes unchecked, your house will soon resemble an old antique shop full to the brim with crap. At least two times a year, it is therapeutic to go through the house and purge yourself of unwanted items. Extra travel lotions or children’s clothes that are too small could be well-used by someone in need. If you have kids, teaching them to give old toys and clothes away helps them to understand the importance of giving to others as well. Plus, who wants to be on the show Hoarders? I don’t!
Dusting the curtains
Taking the curtains down and washing them is a tough task, but will help in allergy season. Dust clings to fabrics and can be especially harmful in the spring season. Clean curtains help mitigate dust in the home and freshen up the colour of the curtains. While the curtains are down, it is a good time to do the next task on the spring cleaning list: the windows.
Dousing the windows
With sunny weather on its way, scrubbing the windows from the inside-out prepares for the warm. open-window weather ahead. Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that works well on windows when mixed with water. Using a natural scent with an essential oil will help lessen the vinegar smell in the room.
It is time to get on the old cleaning sweats, tie your hair back and get these tasks out of the way. You will feel amazing afterwards and your house will be fresh and ready for a warm spring season ahead.
What’s your most frustrating, but rewarding, spring cleaning task? Let us know in the comments below!