The change of season causes us to use our homes differently. Spend an early spring weekend to get your home in order so your summer weekends can be full of adventures and hikes, rather than cleaning and organizing when the sun’s out.
But, before you deep clean, you must declutter. Keeping a clean home is a lot of work, so here’s a list of spring cleaning and organizing tasks that you should check off to enjoy your home.
12 Projects to Add to Your Spring-Cleaning List:
Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects
Clean out your clogged gutters.
Get rid of the leaves and debris blocking your gutters. If your gutters are clogged, water cannot easily escape.
Not a fan of ladders? Please don’t risk it! Hire a professional to do it. Spend your spare time doing something else and spare yourself the possibility of falling and getting hurt.
Pressure washing is extremely satisfying, but it should also be part of your home maintenance routine to get rid of mildew and grime. It’s a simple task, but there’s a lot to know. There are different kinds of pressure washers. Gas-powered ones provide a higher PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch) and GPM (gallons of water per minute) than electric versions and clean surfaces more quickly. Electric pressure washers need to be plugged in and take much longer to clean a large area. Figure out the pressure washer, engine size, and nozzle choice that best work for your project. The color-coded nozzles indicate the angle of the water stream. It’s a dirty job, so depending on the area you must clean, you may want to hire a professional to help you.
Pick up the yard.
Your yard just went through the winter and has been neglected. It’s time to clean up outside to prepare for the sunny days ahead. Pick up fallen branches and sticks, prune back shrubs, rake leaves, and remove dead plants and weeds. Late spring is typically a good time to fertilize the yard.
Remove moss from your roof.
Green moss can be bad news for your roof. If left untreated, moss can cause your roof to degrade and shorten its lifespan. We highly recommend hiring a professional for regular maintenance. Replacing a roof, while necessary, is not a fun remodeling project. Roofs are costly, and the goal should be to prolong replacing your roof as long as possible.
Clean your windows (inside and out!)
It may take a few rounds of cleaning if your windows are extra dirty. First, rinse the outside of your windows with a hose, then use a bucket with cool water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Rinse again with the hose and use a vinegar and water solution or a commercial cleanser. If the windows are high up, you may need special extension poles and use a squeegee or a lint-free towel (or newspaper) to dry. Save this chore for a cool day. It’s best to clean windows on a cloudy day so the cleaner doesn’t dry on your window.
Interior Spring Cleaning Projects
Check expiration dates on pantry items.
If you did some pandemic stress-shopping, look at expiration dates. Cans can get buried on deep shelves, so it’s best to take everything out of the cabinet, check the dates, and put them back organized. Tip: Jarred spices and herbs last one to two years. Check to see if yours are still fragrant. If not, replace them and add a sticker to write the date on the bottom. Quit buying Paprika every time you’re at the store. Be sure you can easily see what you have so you don’t overbuy. Have a notepad nearby to create your grocery list as you go.
Purge lonely Tupperware.
No lid? No place for it in your kitchen. Recycle, repurpose, or toss any Tupperware containers that don’t have a lid.
Organize the bathroom cabinets.
There’s truly no better feeling than getting ready in an organized bathroom every morning. There’s only so much space. Go through your stash of Sephora samples, expired makeup, and half-used lotion bottles. The more you can easily see, the more likely you will use the products. Spring is a great time to go through your towels to make sure that you recycle any mismatched or ratty towels and turn them into cleaning rags. Resist the temptation to buy a ton of plastic organizers until after you know what items you need to organize. Reward yourself with a trip to the Container Store, Target, HomeGoods (or Amazon) — our favorite places to find helpful storage solutions.
Go through every closet.
Don’t put off the annual closet purge any longer. Stand in front of the mirror and try on everything you own to see what fits, what you’ll wear, and what needs to be thrown into the donate pile. Enlist a friend or family member to help you determine what makes the cut. Pack up bulky sweaters and winter jackets until next year. Before you invest in fancy hangers or make a trip to the Container Store, be sure you’ve done a purge. You only want to organize what’s left. Don’t forget to go through shoes, purses, luggage, jewelry, and your dresser drawers.
Create a new zone.
Clear out space to create more usable areas of your home. Convert an unused guest room into a home gym and give your Peloton the space it deserves. Read up on How to Create a Home Gym. Create a workout area if you’ve cleared a corner of the garage. Rethink your space and look for opportunities to utilize better what you have.
Donate books you no longer need.
Don’t forget about children’s books that your kids or grandkids may have outgrown, cookbooks you’re tired of, and books you’ve already read and don’t need to reference. Host a book swap with friends or drop them off at a little free library box in your neighborhood. https://littlefreelibrary.org/
Park your car in your garage.
Your car is worth more than the junk you’re storing in your garage. There, we said it. Make it a goal to get your car parked in the garage. Need extra storage? Think vertical. Overhead storage racks, shelves, matching bins, hanging sports equipment, the garage is a place where you’ll have to involve the whole family and get ruthless with decluttering.
Start spring cleaning now.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. There’s never been an easier time in history to get rid of something you don’t want. Donate or list unused furniture, fitness supplies, or anything else taking up room on OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, or Craigslist. If your items are still in good shape, someone else may be excited to put them to use. If your style has changed, consider offloading lamps, artwork, rugs, or other furniture you no longer want. Out with the old, in with the new.
Roll up your sleeves and get dirty. There’s nothing like a clean home to make you love where you live again. Once you’ve completed your spring cleaning tasks, reach out to our team to see how we can continue to improve your home with a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, home addition, or brand new custom home.