Spring Cleaning Tips
In case you got sucked into a vortex last week, it’s April now, and with April comes more sunlight which means visible amounts of dust. But don’t worry, I consulted Martha’s handbook and have come up with this list that will give your home a refreshed look with minimal effort. You’re welcome.
Clean out your fridge
Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, unused leftovers, ingredients we bought for a one-off recipe or something that is now unrecognizable always ends up at the back of our fridge. For a refreshed cooking experience, take EVERYTHING out of your fridge, get rid of expired or unused items and wash your drawers and shelves with warm water and dish soap. If you’re feeling extra neurotic, grab a toothbrush and really get into those nooks and crannies. Make sure you allow your shelves and drawers to come back to room temperature before reinstalling them or you might risk cracking! Add a fridge deodorizer or a box of baking soda to help trap those produce fumes to keep your food fresh.
Deep clean carpets and rugs
Listen, you need to do this. It’s non-negotiable. If you aren’t sure that renting a heavy duty carpet cleaner is really worth it, try it one time. That’s all it takes to realize that we’re all gross. Dirt, debris and all sorts of bacteria squat in our carpet fibres and you can’t get rid of it with just your average vacuum.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan
For the warmer months, your fan should be turning counterclockwise to create a pleasant breeze. You’ll feel like you’re on a beautiful Caribbean island but don’t worry, the gridlock and smog awaits you outside... in reality.
Replace your bedding
Changing your sheets or comforter/duvet cover to a vibrant and bright pattern or a crisp white instantly refreshes your room leaving you feeling rejuvenated!
Dust your light fixtures and bulbs
Allergens are out in full force with the arrival of Spring. Dust bunnies can hide everywhere, especially places you never think to clean. Add your light fixtures and light bulbs to your Spring Cleaning regime to combat forgotten dust accumulation.
Clean your windows
Windex can work in a pinch but think about investing in a heavy duty sponge and a squeegee to minimize streaks and maximize cleanliness. Warm water and a few drops of dish soap will do the trick!
Wash your blinds and curtains
Dusting and washing your blinds/shutters helps to get rid of particles that are definitely more noticeable in natural light. Refresh your windows by steaming your curtains so they look neat and tidy.
Stock up on your cleaning supplies
If you’re anything like me, you have a full repertoire of cleaning products and tools for every task imaginable. Take the time to check your inventory and replenish your go-tos so that you don’t run out and find yourself with streaky mirrors before you host your family for Easter dinner.
What are your Spring Cleaning tips and tricks? Share them in the comments below!