It’s that time of the year where we get to open our windows and let the fresh air in! Spring is here, making her presence known, so I think it’s time to do a little spring cleaning. Trust me, I know, why cleaning? It’s the last thing you want to do after a long (and cold!) winter but cleaning up your home for the warmer seasons is truly for the best. During the winter, dust tends to make a home underneath your couch and the snow hides fading paint on your deck. By ensuring your home is organized and tidy can actually help you reduce the stress in your life. If you’re unsure of where to start, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered.

Step one: Make a schedule

It’s easy to say that you’ll get the cleaning done next Saturday, but are you really sure you’ll do it? By writing down when you’ll tackle your list, you’ll hold yourself accountable. If you simply voice out loud that you’re planning on cleaning, it’s definitely easier to forget about it. Take a look around your home and see what rooms need to be sorted out the most, then schedule some time to organize them. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Make sure you’ve got at least two days set aside.

Step two: Used least to used most

Once you’ve decided on what rooms need to be cleaned the most, start with the room you use the least. If you start with the room that you use the most, such as your bedroom or living room, you may not want to clean the rooms that you use the least! That being said, it shouldn’t take you as long to clean these rooms, and you may only need to vacuum and dust. Save your energy for the messier rooms ahead.

Step three: Don’t keep what you don’t need

Spring is about saying goodbye to the old and embracing the new. You’ve probably wondered a few times where all of the extra stuff has come from, so now is a good time to get rid of it! There are plenty of options, especially around Edmonton, where you can drop off clothes you haven’t worn and furniture you no longer need. Love the furniture, but need a change? Give it a new look by reupholstering it. You should also go through your medicine cabinet to see what’s expired.

Step four: Freshen up your home

Sometimes, all you need to do is change the scent in your home. During the winter, we tend to gravitate toward more earthy scents and smells that make us feel cozy around a warm fire. However, as the snow melts, you’re probably one of the many who cannot wait to get outside. You can still keep your home smelling wonderful by purchasing candles or diffuser oils that offer floral scents.

Step five: Don’t forget about the outside

Remember the barbeque grill that should have been cleaned before the snow fell? It’s time to get it ready for patio season! Unless going outside isn’t really your thing, you’ll probably spend a lot of time enjoying the warm weather. This means you can’t ignore the mess winter has left behind. Replant the flowers that have withered and remember to water your grass. Take a look at how your deck and steps faired during the winter and repair those if needed.

Spring-cleaning may seem like an awful idea but, by the end of it, you’ll appreciate how clean your home looks and feels. If you’re feeling up to it, you should definitely invite some family and friends over, if only to show off all of your hard work.

 

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