Spring is the season of new life, so it’s the perfect time to breathe fresh air into your home. If you’re about to dive in for some deep cleaning, these tips can help you make the most of your time. At Cresent Furniture, we know how important it is to have a clean, organized and happy home to accomplish peace of mind, so here’s how to make that happen.
Create A Plan
If you live in your home as much as we do, there may be several areas that need some TLC. We suggest drafting a game plan before you start. What areas would you like to tackle? Give yourself plenty of time for each. For example, deep cleaning the bathroom may take a couple of hours if you’re just cleaning, but if you’re organizing drawers, it may take longer. Estimate your time accurately by making a to-do list for each area.
Buy Cleaning Supplies (or make them yourself)
Nothing will set you back faster than not having the cleaner or sponge you need. Since you’ll probably dress in clothing you don’t mind getting bleached, dirty, or stained, it’s not easy to just hop in the car and head to the store during a deep cleaning project.
Make a list of all the cleaning materials you’ll need for your projects, and go shopping before you start. Save money by shopping at dollar stores, using coupons, or making cleaning solutions yourself.
If you are worried about harsh chemicals and prefer a DIY approach to cleaning supplies over name brand cleaners, Laura Newcomer offers some easy to make and effective homemade remedies DIY Cleaners.
Start From The Top Down
You may look at your less-than-white carpet or tiled floor and frown, ready to attack with stain remover and bleach. But wait! Start with the top of the room first. Dust and dirt will settle into the carpet while you clean, so starting with the floors will only double your work. Swipe a broom or extended duster around the edges of your ceiling to remove dust and cobwebs. Make painted walls sparkle again with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in water. You can even mix in a small dollop of dishwashing liquid to remove tough wall stains. Make sure to dust blinds and baseboards before moving on the floors.
Remove Tough Stains
There are a ton of stain removers on the market, all claiming to do the same job. The key to removing stains successfully is to blot—not wipe—as much of the stain as possible, right when it happens. Use cold water rather than hot to blot stains. Then, either use a stain removing solution, or go pro with a wet/dry vac or carpet shampooer. You can rent these from most grocery stores if you don’t already own one. You may need to hire carpet cleaners if you have truly combative stains. But you’ll love the fresh, clean carpet when they’re done!
For closets, cabinets and drawers, purchase simple organizers from the dollar or value store to group items and eliminate clutter. Some of our favorite go-tos are cubby systems, fabric bins, decorative trunks, shoe racks, and over-the-door organizers. Your options are nearly limitless, so evaluate what you need to organize each area and search stores or DIY tips for the perfect solution.
Add Something New
Reward yourself for all your hard work by adding something new. Replace outdated linens with vibrant spring colors. Whether you reupholster the couch or just add some new throw pillows, updating a small part of your decor can invigorate your aesthetic and rejuvenate you for spring.
Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task, but once you break it down into achievable goals, it can be fun and certainly rewarding. So go on, hop to it!
Author – Richard Tomkins – Cresent Fine Furniture