Have you begun noticing the changes? Maybe not depending on where you live, but it's almost time to enter a new season. Soon flowers will bloom, the sun will shine, and your house...well let’s just say there may be a chance it hasn’t yet embraced the fresh season. During the winter months, your home can accumulate a huge amount of dust due to the simple fact that you flat out don’t feel motivated to clean as often. I, too, take part in this inactivity; for me, cold weather is the perfect excuse to spend time cozied-up with a super plush blanket.
However, spring is coming, so you get a good opportunity to wipe away the winter grime. According to BT, “another reason for cleaning taking place in spring is that warmer weather and longer days work as a stimulant for a lot of people to become more active.” Your active work to improve your home’s appearance not only gives your home a complete refresh, but it also improves your cleaning habits. Dedicating time to the cleanliness of your home also exposes you to new tricks that you can use in the future. With that in mind, the following nine spring cleaning tips will help you freshen up your home, so take some time out of your day to complete at least one of these tasks:
1. Cleaning the Refrigerator
While guests only see your fridge’s exterior, the inside is just as important. It’s always a smart idea to clean your refrigerator often because of the stains and crumbs that can build up. Deep clean shelves and bins to get rid of the bacteria using warm, soapy water.
2. Declutter Your Closet
Over the years we get bored our current wardrobe, so we add more to it. We buy more and more clothes, often forgetting that we lose more and more space in storage. Oftentimes our closets and drawers are full of old--sometimes unworn--shoes and clothing. Go through those spaces and remove the items that you don’t wear or don’t want. Donate them to Goodwill, charity, or a friend. If you want to make a little money, you could even sell your old items--just make sure they are still in good shape.
Also, remove the clothing that you only wear during the fall and winter months. Place them in storage, so they’ll easily be available for the colder seasons. You can also organize your wardrobe to make it appear more appealing. Check out the video below! And don’t hesitate to organize your drawers, too. Get rid of those unworn clothing items to free up more space.
3. Reorganize Your Workspace
Whether this is your office at work or your at-home homework space, spruce up the area. Recycle useless papers, place your writing utensils in one location and wipe down that desk. Due to the many distractions, we face in our lives (social media, TV, etc), we often forget about our unorganized workplace. It’s only until we have to use it do we realize that it actually needs some order. If your space is overflowing with clutter, make a plan to tidy-up.
4. Freshening Your Bedding
According to Good Housekeeping, you only need to clean your sheets, pillows, or comforters “two or three times a year, so they should be at the top of your list during spring cleaning season.” Most bedding materials can be placed in the washing machine, but always double check. While those are being washed, clean your mattress. Vacuum for crumbs, dust, and any other materials. Also, use a stain remover to get rid of any unwanted spots.
5. Disinfect Your Disposal
With all the food that you throw away via your kitchen disposal, it only makes sense that it will eventually start to smell. Nothing to be overly concerned about. Just run a couple of disposal cleaners to dispel the foul order. Plink Garbage Disposal cleaners are great solutions for a pungent disposal odor.
6. Clean Your Light Fixtures
I know what you’re thinking: why does something so small--and possibly irrelevant--need to be cleaned? Well, regardless of how small they are, light fixtures do set the mood in every room in your house, so it makes sense to keep them clean. They don’t take much; just use a duster or some disinfecting cleaner/wipes.
7. Arrange Your Makeup
Going through your huge makeup collection is definitely a must this spring season. Over the years we buy more and more makeup, increasing the size of our collection. It’s great. We have a lot to use, but we often don’t use all of it. That being said, go through your collection and throw away expired products or any that you don’t use. Also, take the time to clean your makeup brushes with brush cleaner or gentle soap and hot water.
8. Unclog the Drains
Often, unwanted materials get stuck in drains, slowing down the process and maybe even clogging the drain. Use some Drano to unclog those pipes, and if you want to freshen the drains in your house pour scented ammonia down to dispel the unwanted smell.
9. Vacuum the Dust
This should be a regular chore considering dust bunnies are always around. However, if you are one of those people who rarely vacuum, spend some time going over big spaces, as well as cleaning the corners and tough spots. Use the variety of tools that come with your vacuum to get to those different areas.
10. Find New Ways to Organize (shelves, racks, etc)
Sometimes the best way to spring clean is to find new ways to organize the items already in your home. Utilize those shelves, build some racks, purchase some containers. Using these devices can ultimately free up some space throughout your home, making it seem more organized. Even doing something like organizing your closet by color could make a huge difference in your daily routine.
11. Sanitize Your Phone
According to an article published by Times, “cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.” The natural bacteria that we generally develop over time is placed on our phone each time we text, email, game, read, etc. Therefore, make it a habit to use some glass cleaning cloths on your phone here and there.
Have any other tips for this upcoming spring cleaning season? Share them with us in the comments below!
SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.