Spring is in the air and so is the dust, dirt and clutter that has built up over the winter months! Whether you are getting ready to sell your home, need to take an inventory of your belongings, you need a good cleaning from top to bottom or maybe it’s just time to transition into the warmer weather; spring cleaning is a good idea for every home. Once you have completed the task you will feel organized, tidy and just a little bit lighter!
Here are a few tips to help you get started, followed by a general checklist to help break the daunting task into smaller more manageable ones and ensure you get everything done. Also listed are some specific jobs for certain rooms and areas in your home.
1) Get four large containers and label them:
Put Away- items that are used regularly and need to go back to their “home”
Get Rid Of- items you don’t use anymore that are in good enough shape for a 2nd life
Storage- items not used regularly or that are seasonal but you still need to keep and find a place to store in your home
Garbage- anything that doesn’t fit into the other categories
2) Depending on the size of your home, how you like to get things done and how much time you have, you can choose to either dedicate a
whole weekend to the job or assign different days to different rooms. The last chart divides your home into 7 areas, so if you choose to do one area per day then you can get the job done in one week!
3) If you want the whole family to get involved (this can be a challenge, sometimes quicker and easier just to do it all yourself!) here are some ideas to encourage them:
-Each person should do their own bedroom, especially if they want to decide what goes into the ‘Garbage‘ container!
-Let them read the checklist and decide which room/area they would like to do
-Organize a garage sale at the end of the clean up and make a rule, “The more you help, the higher percentage of profits you get”.
Walls & Ceilings - vacuum to remove dust and then wipe down Dust thoroughly – from the top of the room down and then vacuum the dust that settles on the ground
Shelves - take everything off, dust and wipe-down
Doors - wipe down thoroughly and polish metal hardware
Windows – remove and wash screens -clean window treatments; check curtain labels, many can be machine washed -clean glass (from the inside and out)
Upholstered Furniture - remove cushions and beat out the dust (outside) – vacuum under the cushions and in crevices – read care labels to clean
Wooden Furniture -wipe down and then wax (if appropriate)
Rugs – vacuum and then shampoo -rugs without backings, including oriental rugs, require professional cleaning
Floors – sweep and mop – most non-wooden floors can be waxed
*Don’t forget to move all of your furniture to clean under and behind thoroughly!
AREA ROOM – SPECIFIC TASKS
Bedrooms – Flip mattress and replace winter bedding with more lightweight ones. Wash pillows, most can be machine washed. Put winter clothes away and bring out warmer weather ones, also get rid of items you no longer wear.
Bathrooms – Scrub EVERYTHING – Discard expired hygiene products, cosmetics and medications.
UPDATE FIRST AID KIT!!!
Living Room – Dust TV and stereo equipment, Swap heavy curtains, rugs and throws for lightweight ones.
Kitchen Clean all appliances (turning off power to do so), including removing food from fridge and freezer to defrost and clean.
Dust cupboards and shelves and clean out drawers Scrub sink Throw out expired food.
Office Clean computer and dust keyboard Organize files.
Stora ~ Get rid of what you don’t need.
Utility Areas – Organize In areas with concrete floors use blocks to lift items and boxes off the floor to preserve and protect them.
Outdoors – Sweep cobwebs off porch ceilings and walls, Scrub decks, patios, walkways and driveways. Wash outdoor furniture and toys
Replace burnt out and broken light bulbs and fixtures.
Just think of how fantastic you will feel when your whole home is clean, organized and up-to-date! If you are getting ready to sell your home then it will be ready for showing and make packing and moving so much easier. And if you’re not then you can feel good about keeping your family healthy by getting rid of those hidden germs (that are there no matter how clean you keep your home!). When you are finished you can give back to the community by donating gently used items; or make some extra cash by having a garage sale, (check out our garage sale
blog for some tips).
HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!!
Associate | REALTOR®
Your St. Albert Area Specialist!
KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton REALTOR® | Edmonton Home Stager
Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
Area Specialists | Lifestyle Marketing
REALTORS® : Looking for a great Team environment to grow your business…see our Brokerage Model for info on how to make that happen!