Spring has finally arrived!! That means it’s time for spring cleaning and home maintenance. If you are homeowner, spring cleaning should be a two-pronged approach: indoors and outdoors. Here @Home With Sunflower Designs, we often take the divide and conquer path. I am in charge of indoors and Mr. Sunflower Designs is in charge of outdoors. Here are some tips we have gathered to help you get started.
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Sunflower Designs Cleaning Tips Cleaning Indoors
Just like decluttering, spring cleaning is best accomplished one room at a time. However, if you want, you can approach it by task. For example, clean all the windows before moving on to cleaning window treatments. Base boards can frequently be forgotten, so be sure to clean them at least 3-4 times per year starting with this spring cleaning. Ceiling fan blades can also easily be forgotten, so be sure to tackle them during your spring cleaning extravaganza.
If you don’t ordinarily vacuum or sweep under/behind furniture now is the best time to enlist some help to move things so you can give your flooring the deep cleaning it needs.
Here is a quick list of things to do that you might not think of during indoor spring cleaning:
- Clean walls and outlets
- Replace filters for HVAC
- Clean faucets and showerheads
- Clean dryer vent
- Wash interior windows
- Test smoke alarms and replace batteries
- Flip mattresses on beds
The last thing I like to check before I consider spring cleaning finished is our welcome mats. Following the winter months the welcome mats can get worn and need replacing. I’m crushing on these . At these great prices, get one for the front AND back doors!
Sunflower Designs Cleaning Tips for Outdoors
Home maintenance is something that should be done year-round, but during the early spring it’s a great time to reclaim the outside of your home from Ol’ Man Winter. There are things that perhaps require professional handyman services. But for the most part, many of these things can be accomplished by the average homeowner.
Gutters need cleaning, and depending on the height and pitch of your roof you may want to hire someone to handle your gutters for you. There are likely areas where caulking and/or paint should be touched up. We often find that paint touch ups are necessary on the front door, or shutters.
Does your garden hose need replacing? What about your outdoor tools? Check to see if any of them need repair or replacing before you really need to use them.
Here is a quick list of things to handle during outdoor spring cleaning:
- Clean gutters
- Wash exterior windows
- Check foundation vents
- Clean the grill
- Prep your garden
- Clean outdoor furniture and umbrellas
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Timing is Everything
If done properly, spring cleaning is a huge undertaking. It’s impossible to accomplish everything in one day, or even one weekend. But if you set aside one month (or longer depending on the size of your home), you can call it a wrap. Here’s hoping your spring cleaning is successful this year….and don’t forget to make a playlist so you can jam out to your favorite tunes!
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!