The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Posted by Hayden Bickerton on April 14, 2017
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Spring is the time of year when everything starts to bloom again—so why shouldn’t your home get its own rebirth?

It’s time for your shutters to shimmer, your carpets to command respect and your baseboards to blind your guests with how clean they are. For the full spring cleaning effect, check out these guidelines to make sure you don’t miss a single nook or cranny.

1. When in doubt, throw it out.

The best way to make your cleaning easier is to have fewer things to clean up and clean around. Make a sweep of every closet, drawer and cabinet in your home. Have you used these things in the past year? Did you even know what was in that drawer?

If you see the same items over and over again but never use them, that’s a good sign that it’s time to part ways with them. You also shouldn’t be overly sentimental with old clothes, toys or decorations. The relief you get from simplifying and decluttering your life is far more satisfying than keeping the same old things around you all the time.

2. Dust around the things you don’t normally move.

When was the last time you moved your TV off its stand? Have you looked at the top of your fan blades? What about the top of your fridge?

Plenty of places in your home get overlooked when you do your routine cleaning. Dirt, dust and grime collects there and lowers the air quality of your home, making it harder to breathe especially for people with allergies. A full assault against all the dust in your home will have the air in your home feeling as pure as rain on a spring morning.

3. Don’t forget about the permanent parts of your home.

This includes baseboards, wainscoting, tray ceilings, fireplaces, even that ugly chandelier you’ve wanted to get rid of since you moved in. All of these things that can’t be moved around easily require extra attention when you’re doing a deep clean.

A good wipe-down and dusting of these areas is essential, but you can also take it a step further by restoring life to these items. Rent a shop vacuum and deep clean your carpets. Sand down and restain your table to rediscover its classic wood surface. Or repaint your baseboards for a strong accent that highlights the rest of the room by contrast. Spring cleaning can also involve a DIY project here and there.

It can be a good idea to hire a handyman for this part, but if you know what you’re doing, make sure not to neglect systems like your furnace, air conditioning, and plumbing.

Something as simple as replacing the air filter on your furnace can drastically improve the air quality in your home, which absolutely counts as “cleaning”. If you have a hose outdoors or a sprinkler system, it might need to be flushed out before you can start to use it again. Backyard areas where tools and equipment are kept will also need to be sprayed down and swept, even and especially if they are rarely used.

This spring cleaning checklist serves equally well as a checklist for a home seller. No matter what your occasion, Franklin Realtors is here to help you. Just give us a call anytime at 417-818-1237.

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