SPRING CLEANING 101
The practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter. Just as spring itself is different for much of the country so are tips for cleaning. In the Northern states, the snow starting to thaw is the first sign of spring. For Atlanta, Georgia, it is pretty different. Since we rarely get snow, our first sign of spring is the thick layer of yellow pollen that is on everyone’s car and the budding trees. And of course the not so fun part of allergies. The true thick layer of pollen hasn’t started quite yet, but I can tell that it’s sure in the air!
Luckily, there is so much beauty to spring here in Georgia such as the sun comes out and warms up our weather, flowers start budding, birds chirp more, and everyone gets out and about more. These are just a couple of the reasons why Spring is so insanely enjoyable.
Because everyone gets out a lot more, it also leads to a lot of people neglecting their homes in the spring. You hear about spring cleaning all the time, but in reality, not many people actually take the time to do it (including myself). I’ve decided to take it upon myself to find a fail-proof way to get your spring cleaning done, without having to spend too much time on it since you have a list of things to tackle. Here’s what I came up with:
Your closet probably looks like a disaster right now. Winter clothes take up a lot of room and a lot of people do not have that kind of space. In addition to your clothes closet, you probably have extra closets around the house where you have packed in items such as wrapping paper (from Christmas), gifts that you probably won’t use, and other miscellaneous items. Am I right? If so, it’s time to clean all of these out! Tackle your most dreaded closet first and then go from there, tackling one each day, each hour, or whatever other attainable time goals you set for yourself.
After you clean your closets, tackle your drawers and jewelry box. If you have any jewelry or other valuables that you do not use anymore, consider selling it or getting a collateral loan with it from Chapes-JPL in Buckhead. The Atlanta-based company, Chapes-JPL, offers specialty collateral loans on things like jewelry, handbags, luxury cars, fine art, antiques, watches, and more. This is the perfect way to make money from the things that you find in your closet and drawers that you do not use anymore!
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Now is the time to take out all of your plates, clean out your cabinets, check all food items in your pantry and your fridge, and give everything a thorough scrub down. The thing about your kitchen is that you probably spend a lot of time in it and you probably do most, if not all of your cooking in it. This leads to it being one of the dirtiest rooms in your home. It is full of grease, grime, dust, and other gross particles that you will definitely want to clean out. Your first step will be to start fresh. Clean out the sink, make sure all of your dishes are clean and get rid of all the junk (and old food). Then, you can start top to bottom, dusting, wiping down, and scrubbing until everything sparkles. You’ve got the idea!
Blinds are another tricky spot because you probably don’t clean them as much as you would like to and they attract so much dirt, dust, and even hair (especially if you have animals!). Merry Maids says, “If your blinds are heavily soiled, they’ll need more than a dusting. However, the cleaning process you use will vary depending on whether your blinds are plastic or wooden.
How to Clean Plastic Blinds
- First, you’ll use the above steps in the Simple Blind Cleaning section to remove as much dust as possible from your blinds.
- Next, take your blinds down from the window and fill your bathtub with warm water.
- Soak the blinds in the tub for at least one hour.
- Remove the blinds from the tub and wipe any remaining dust away with a microfiber cloth.
- Wipe your blinds dry or hang them outside to air dry before placing them back in the window.
- Clean your tub so that you don’t have to shower with dust bunnies at your feet.
How to Clean Wood Blinds
- Follow the steps in the Simple Blind Cleaning section above to eliminate as much dust as you can.
- Try to remove extra dust using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment.
- Finish cleaning wooden blinds with a cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Wipe down one side with the cloth and cleaner. Then turn the tilt wand until the blinds are rotated 180 degrees and wipe down the other.
And that’s all there is to it when it comes to cleaning blinds. However, that dust will quickly pile back up. To keep your blinds easily maintainable, try to clean them every few weeks or so.”
Baseboards, Doors & Walls
Over time, your baseboards, doors, and walls will get a layer of dust and grime on them, as well, and they will need a good rub down. If your baseboards are especially dirty, consider using wipes or a cleaner specifically used to clean wood. Walls, at least most of the time, just need a dusting and maybe an extra layer of paint here and there, and doors could sometimes use a scrub down, as well.
Under Your Heavy Furniture
One place that you probably never consider cleaning is under your heavy furniture. If you are able to, move your furniture before cleaning so that you can get in the corners that never see any attention. This is very basic, but it will help you feel like your house is actually very clean.
Do you Spring Clean your home? What are some of your favorite tips? Feel free to share below!