Its that time again. Here are tips I have pulled from years and years of spring cleaning.
The first thing that you will need to do is create a checklist. It will be less chaotic if you divide the cleaning up into segments. Create a schedule for the rooms of your home that will be cleaned; do not attempt to clean every area of the home in one day. Spacing the areas out allow you to do a thorough cleaning, without rushing. Dedicate at least one hour per day for cleaning; you could spend more time cleaning each day, depending on your schedule; however, make sure you take at least one hour out of the day to clean a specific area or room in the house.
Remove the Clutter
You may love all of the items that you have in your living room, dining room, TV room, and other areas of the home, but the less clutter, the better. Your home will need to be as clutter-free for the holidays as possible. Removing the clutter from your home provides space for family and friends that will gather at your home during the holidays; this will also allow you to start the New Year off with a clutter-free home.
The most common areas of the home that experience the most clutter build-up include: offices, porches, and any tables around the house. You will need to remove old magazines from these areas of the home; be sure to shred any bills that you have lying around the home. If you need these items, store them in a secure place that no one will have access to while visiting your home. If you have items from the previous holiday season, throw those items away, unless they can be used for another holiday season as well. Do not keep those things that are useless, regardless of how much you may love them.
Storage Bins are Your Friends
When it comes to storing items in your home, storage bins are your best-friends. Do a complete walk-thru in your home and store those items that do not complement your holiday décor. Do not throw the items in the bins; store them properly to reduce any risks of damage. For some items, such as art, you will have to package them; a bin will not be safe or secure for these items. Place these non-essential items in your garage – or the storage area of your home. Once the holidays are over, you can bring them back out; right now, you need the space, so use the bins.
Clean, Clean, and Keep Cleaning
Take out those prescription glasses to walk through your home with a visitor’s vision. Look for dusts, dead leaves, dirty windows, and anything that is not squeaky clean. Wash your windows and clean the carpet. If you are not going to hire a carpet cleaner, you will need to shampoo the carpet yourself. A good vacuuming is great, but a vacuumed carpet that has been shampooed is even better. Clean the baseboard with a mop. Be sure to press and launder the shower and window curtains in your home, as well as your bedspreads.
When cleaning, you have to target those areas and surfaces of the home that are often forgotten. This includes the porch floor between your washer and dryer. Be sure that you remove and clean the rugs in your home.