Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to get rid of the clutter that’s been piling up since the holidays. And while the mornings are still cool, these spring afternoons are heating up fast, so it’s best to handle your spring cleaning before the temps get unbearable. This is Texas, after all!
Here are our favorite tips for toppling the to-do tower and getting your home in order once and for all.
Take it one room at a time
Tackling a full house of clutter and chaos can be tough, so cleaning one space at a time allows you to take your time and be thorough. Surf Pinterest for week-by-week cleaning lists that will help make the task easier. Whether you need to get organized or you’re looking to give the whole house a deep clean, keep it down to earth with manageable tasks and realistic goals. For more inspiration, check out the bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo. This is also a good time to invest in some durable and easy-to-clean drawer inserts and countertop organizers, which will help prevent clutter from building up again.
Start with the closet
If you’re still unsure of where to start, try tackling your closet. If you haven’t touched an item of clothing in six months (or six years), chances are you can part with it. If it’s a sentimental item, like a high school hoodie or something passed down by a relative, consider putting it away in a memory box or displaying the item in an office or library. If you’re short on space, invest in some sturdy vacuum bags and store winter gear under a guest room bed or coat closet.
Use some shortcuts and invest in new items
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a soul-sucking experience. Instead, learn to embrace shortcuts and life hacks. For example: Instead of steaming your curtains, try spraying them with wrinkle-release spray and give them a quick once-over with a lint roller. Steam-clean your microwave before you scrub by microwaving a bowl full of one or two cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Zap this concoction for five minutes to lift off any stuck-on foods. Finally, forget the scrubbing and pressure washing your front and back porches and simply get some fresh, new welcome mats for the season instead.
Know what not to skip, and don’t be afraid to call in the experts
Deep-cleaning gutters, grout and carpets typically only need to be done once a year, but they can help prevent your family from getting sick and keep more costly home repairs at bay. Don’t risk miserable seasonal allergies, gutter leaks, tile re-grouting or premature carpet replacement by skipping over these important spring cleaning tasks. Call a professional cleaning company to help you tackle these intensive tasks and breathe a sigh of relief.