6 Spring Cleaning Tips for a Fresh and Inviting Home
Spring brings new beginnings & the yearly tradition of spring cleaning. Tackle your cleaning with Luxoclean's tips & services to make the process easier.
6 Spring Cleaning Tips for a Fresh and Inviting Home
May 8, 2023
Despite some record colds this past year, the winter months have finally started to fade away. This means it is time to welcome the arrival of spring and all the new beginnings that come with it. For many of us, this also means it's time for a yearly ritual: spring cleaning. But did you know that spring cleaning has a rich history that dates back centuries? Deep cleaning in the springtime can be traced back to many ancient cultures, including the Persians, Jews, and Chinese.
These cultures believed that a thorough cleaning was necessary to prepare the home for the new season and to ward off the negative energy of the previous year. Today, spring cleaning is still an essential tradition that allows us to refresh our homes and our minds. Yet as valuable and essential as spring cleaning can be, many people just don't know where to start. Thankfully, the Luxoclean team has plenty of experience with spring cleaning, and we've put together some tips and tricks to help you get started.
Ready For Some Spring Cleaning? Here's What You Need to Do to Get Started.
Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to refresh your home and get organized for the year ahead. However, preparing yourself mentally and physically is essential before you dive into cleaning your home. To avoid getting overwhelmed, create a to-do list of all the areas you want to clean and declutter. Break the list into manageable tasks, and tackle one section at a time. Enlisting the help of family members or hiring a cleaning service like Luxoclean can make the process more manageable.
Getting into the right mindset for spring cleaning is crucial for a successful cleaning session. It's easy to get bogged down by the sheer cleaning and organizing needed, so take time to visualize the result. Imagine how fresh and welcoming your home will look and feel after cleaning. Additionally, make sure you take breaks and rest when needed. Spring cleaning can be physically and mentally exhausting, so be kind to yourself and take things one step at a time. Following these getting-ready tips, you'll be well-prepared to easily tackle your spring cleaning and achieve a fresh, inviting home.
Let's Get to It! 6 Spring Cleaning Tips to Get Your Home Fresh and Ready for The Season to Come.
Now that you're mentally and physically prepared for your spring cleaning session, it's time to dive in and start! We've shared six spring cleaning tips to help you prepare your home for the season. These tips cover everything from decluttering to deep cleaning, leaving your home clean, organized, and inviting.
Decluttering can be a powerful way to improve mental health and create a more peaceful, organized living space. Studies have shown that clutter can lead to increased stress and anxiety, decreased productivity, and even poor eating habits. On the other hand, decluttering has been shown to boost mood, increase focus and energy, and help people feel more in control of their lives. If you're feeling overwhelmed by clutter in your home, here are some easy steps to get started.
- Start small - Decluttering an entire room or home can feel overwhelming. Instead, start with a small, manageable space, such as a closet, a drawer, or a single shelf. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and momentum to tackle more significant projects.
- Sort items into categories - As you begin decluttering, sort your belongings into categories such as "keep," "donate/sell," and "toss." This will help you make more objective decisions about what to keep and let go of.
- Be ruthless - When deciding what to keep, be honest about what you use and need. Don't hold onto items just because you feel guilty about getting rid of them or because you might use them someday. If you haven't used or worn something in the past year, consider letting it go.
- Set up a donation/selling system - Once you've sorted your items, set up a system for donating or selling them. Consider using online platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Poshmark to sell clothing and other items or donate to local charities or shelters.
- Create a system for maintaining organization - To prevent clutter from building up again, create a system for maintaining organization. This could include regular decluttering sessions, a daily cleaning routine, or a designated spot for everything in your home.
2. Deep Clean Your Carpets
It's believed that the carpeting in your home may hold up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This means your carpet may be harboring germs such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter, Norovirus, etc. For this reason, we recommend that you rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional to clean your carpets deep and remove any dirt and stains.
3. Tackle the Kitchen
Your kitchen is a prime place for bacteria to fester. Common bacteria in the kitchen include E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella, shigella, norovirus, and hepatitis A. Not only is that bad for your health, but it doesn't sound all that appetizing.
As part of your spring cleaning routine, clean your refrigerator and pantry, scrub your oven and stovetop, and organize your kitchen cabinets and drawers. And you should know that it is recommended to do a deep cleaning of your kitchen (especially the refrigerator) every three to four months. So, this spring cleaning process can kick off a cleaner and healthier kitchen later.
4. Freshen Up Your Bedding
Experts recommend that you wash your sheets at least once per week. And while most homeowners follow this recommendation, things like pillows and comforters aren't addressed and are often forgotten. To that end, experts suggest replacing your pillows every one to two years. So if those pillows are starting to yellow or discolor, or they've lost their puffiness, now is an excellent time to get new ones.
And did you know that your bedding could be the culprit behind poor sleep quality? Quilts, comforters, and duvets can trap allergens like dust mites, making it essential to know how to wash them properly. By washing your bedding two to three times a year, you can ensure that your bed is always fresh and clean, and that allergens aren't wreaking havoc on your allergies.
If your washing machine isn't large enough, you may need to bring it to a dry cleaner or laundry service.
5. Scrub Your Bathroom
When it comes to scrubbing your bathroom during your spring cleaning session, there are a few key areas that you won't want to miss:
- Shower and bathtub - Soap scum, grime, and mildew can build up quickly in the shower and bathtub. Use a scrub brush and an effective cleaning solution to thoroughly clean these surfaces thoroughly, paying close attention to any corners or crevices.
- Toilet - The toilet is another area that requires extra attention during your cleaning session. Use a toilet bowl cleaner to scrub the inside of the bowl and a disinfectant spray to clean the exterior and surrounding area.
- Sink and countertop - Don't forget to clean your sink and countertop! Use a gentle cleaning solution and a soft cloth to wipe down these surfaces, paying close attention to any stains or discoloration.
- Medicine cabinet and vanity - Take the opportunity to declutter and organize your medicine cabinet and vanity during your bathroom cleaning session. Discard any expired or unused products, and use organizers to keep everything in its place.
Focusing on these critical areas ensures your bathroom is clean, fresh, and germ-free. Not only will it look and smell better, but it will also be a more pleasant space to use.
6. Dust and Polish
Though it's best to dust the surfaces in your home at least once every two weeks, now is the time to get to places you tend to miss. And remember that dusting is not just intended for horizontal surfaces. If you haven't done this as part of one of the previous steps we shared earlier, now is the time to wipe down the vertical surfaces, too, such as bedroom and closet doors, artwork, etc. And, of course, don't forget ceiling fans, light fixtures, baseboards, and air vents, too. By dusting these often-forgotten areas, you can ensure that your home is clean and free of dust and allergens, creating a healthier and more pleasant living environment.
Don't forget the spring cleaning finishing touches
Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen your home and prepare for the coming season. You can create a clean, organized, and inviting space by following these six tips - preparing, decluttering, deep cleaning, washing bedding, and dusting often-forgotten areas. Next, don't forget to add the finishing touches, like fresh flowers, scented candles, or new throw pillows, to make your home feel like heaven.
If tackling spring cleaning seems overwhelming, don't hesitate to contact Luxoclean for help. Our team of professional cleaners can handle everything from deep cleaning to organizing, leaving you with a home that sparkles and shines.