How did it get to be March already? We’ve been hoping for warmer weather and spring and here it is…right around the corner! Spring weather goes hand-in-hand with spring cleaning. It’s time to clean out all the corners and get your home ready for the kiddos being out of school, backyard get-togethers, and all the things. This month the blog will be all about spring cleaning and getting your home ready for warmer weather. We start with spring cleaning preparation in 6 easy steps.
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Start With a Plan
Let’s talk about prepping for spring cleaning. I get it; it’s “only cleaning”, but spring cleaning is generally more involved. And the better prepared you are, the easier it will be. @Home With Sunflower Designs is busy prepping, and I’m sharing my six steps to help you prepare for spring cleaning:
- Check the outside of your home. After a long winter, the outside of your home needs some TLC, and possibly some repairs. Take a walk around the house, looking for what needs to be done. Gutters likely need cleaning out. Perhaps you need some caulking or paint touch-ups. Take inventory of what needs to be done, and make a list of the things you want to accomplish.
- Take the inventory inside. Just like the outside, now’s the time to take stock of what needs to be addressed on the inside of your home. It’s a great time to replace the filters in your HVAC system. If you have a maintenance contract on your HVAC equipment, schedule a visit and have the filters changed. Make sure everything is working properly so you can avoid the AC being out of order when the heat of summer arrives. Just like the outside, make a list of the things you need to accomplish on the inside of your home.
- Have you finished decluttering? If you haven’t finished decluttering your home, now is the time to pick a room and make a dent in this important activity. Even if it’s just your closet, carve out some time to weed through things and dispose of what no longer serves you. Maybe it’s the kiddos’ rooms. Those toys that don’t get played with anymore, would make great donations to a family in need. In case you haven’t read my blog on decluttering Tame the Clutter is on my website, and provides you with pro tips for decluttering your home.
- Buy light bulbs and batteries. Spring cleaning is a great time to make sure you replace burned out light bulbs, and replace batteries in the smoke alarms.
- Do a window refresh. If you handle window treatments now before you begin actual spring cleaning, you will have it out of the way. If your valances or curtains can be machine washed, it’s a great time to do that now so that they are already clean when you begin the deep cleaning. Now is also a great time to clean your mini-blinds and plantation blinds.
- Buy the supplies. Now that you’ve taken stock of both the outside and inside of your home, you have a good idea of what supplies you will need. It’s a great idea to have a cleaning supply caddy to corral all the supplies, and carry them from room to room. This Romanoff Utility Caddy is the one I’m using currently, and it’s perfect to keep your cleaning supplies organized.
It’s All About the Preparation
Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” If you take some time to prepare, your spring cleaning will go faster and you can be more efficient. Here @Home With Sunflower Designs our spring cleaning involves reclaiming the pool area and getting the pool ready for pool season. We will be sure to show you some before and after images.
Helping you create a beautiful home is what @Home With Sunflower Designs is all about. Each week we offer suggestions on ways to add beauty and simplicity to your surroundings, so that you and your family can enjoy your home. Until next time… #livecreatively!