Guide for Spring Cleaning in a Month

Guide for Spring Cleaning in a Month

Why do people tend to have a big home cleaning session in the springtime? It’s all about weather and storage rotation. In most parts of the world, changing from winter to spring means you need different clothes and equipment on hand and in storage. Some hobby equipment and many lawn tools only become necessary during certain parts of the year. You can remove clutter and free up a lot of space by putting winter gear away for the season.

It’s helpful to set a schedule to organize your efforts to get a job done. This is especially true for a large project such as spring cleaning for an entire house. There are two ways to tackle spring cleaning: all at once or over time. If you have a whole weekend to spare and maybe some family members who are willing to help, the all-at-once method is a great way to go. Many people find this to be too much for a single weekend, however, so below is a guide to help you focus on certain tasks each week. That way, you can get the larger job done in small bursts by focusing on small parts at a time.

Week 1: Initial Purge

During the first week, you should focus on getting rid of things. Concentrate on one room at a time, and sort your belongings into groups to be kept, thrown away, recycled, and donated. This step goes much easier if you focus on one or two rooms per day. After a room is completed, take out the trash and put the goods to be donated into your car or near the door. Next time you go out for errands, remove all of these boxes and bags of stuff to get them out of your house for good.

Week 2: Closets and Drawers

The second week is a great time to do more in-depth cleaning of closets, drawers, and other storage spaces. Empty each closet and dresser completely and sort your clothes into seasonal groups. Make sure your spring and summer clothes are more accessible, and move winter gear into storage. Depending on your situation, this might simply mean pushing the winter gear into a harder-to-reach place in the closet. For others, it might mean packing it away for storage in your basement, attic, or storage unit.

Also use this time to organize your garage, attic, basement, and other storage areas. Again, it’s helpful to focus on one major area per day. While the storage spaces are empty (or at least less full), make sure you wipe them down.

Week 3: De-Cluttering

After removing a lot of belongings as trash, recycling, and donations and cleaning out your storage spaces, your home should be much easier to de-clutter during the third week. Spend some time with home office clutter. Go through mail, bills, tax information, important receipts, and any other miscellaneous paperwork. If you have kids who leave a lot of art and schoolwork lying around, have them help you determine what is important and what is no longer necessary.

Use your storage spaces wisely. Bookshelves aren’t just great for storing books. You can keep lots of items off of tables and counters by storing them on a bookshelf. That way, they’re still readily accessible but not in the way of daily routines.

Week 4: Deep Clean

Now that you’ve de-cluttered and organized your home, it’s time to get some deep cleaning done. The fourth week’s chores should be much easier now that your stuff is out of the way. Do all of the rare, once-a-year cleaning jobs. Here is a brief list of tasks to remember:

  • Dust ceiling fans, lamps, fixtures, picture frames, etc.
  • Clean the blinds, drapes, and windows, including the frames and both sides of the glass.
  • Clean the walls, baseboards, air vents, and corners of each room.
  • Vacuum, polish, and otherwise clean furniture. Flip the mattresses.
  • Clean floors, shampoo carpets, and shake out rugs.
  • Replace light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, and various filters.
  • Clean under and behind kitchen appliances.
  • Clean and organize the fridge, freezer, and pantry.
  • Deep clean the bathrooms.

Again, splitting these chores up along an entire week will make them much more manageable.

Home Maintenance

You can also take this time during spring cleaning to perform some home maintenance. Not only does home maintenance help keep your house looking clean, but it also keeps your appliances running smoothly and more efficiently! For more detailed information, check out Complete Protection’s blog that goes over some easy home maintenance tasks for each area of the house.

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Winter Cleaning: Why Wait Until Spring?

Many of us grew up hearing that spring is the time to deep clean the house after a long winter. It’s certainly harder to open up the windows and air out the house during the colder months. However, winter cleaning is the perfect way to do many deep-cleaning tasks that usually wait until spring. Why force yourself to stay indoors dusting and scrubbing when the weather gets nicer? Why breathe in dusty, stale air all winter? If you do a lot of the spring cleaning in the winter (when you tend to spend more time indoors anyway), there will be less to do when the weather changes for the better, so you can get outside and enjoy it!

Disinfect

Bad smells from trashcans and bathrooms make it unpleasant to hang out inside during the winter. Rinse your trashcans with water. You can either using a garden hose if it’s warm enough outside or a bath faucet or showerhead if not. Disinfect using a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. (You can also use a one part bleach to 6 parts water mixture, but it’s less environmentally-friendly.) Let the trashcan sit for an hour, then pour out the liquid and scrub with a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse and dry before replacing trash bags or throwing away waste. If possible, dry the trashcans in direct sunlight for extra bacteria-killing power.

After you do your normal bathroom-cleaning routine, once and a while it’s a good idea to deep clean the toilet brush and its holder. Spray the brush and holder with a hose or in the tub, then fill a bucket with a hot water mixture with either vinegar or bleach as outlined above. Let sit for at least an hour, then rinse and dry. Again, allowing them to dry in direct sunlight will help remove even more bacteria.

Dust

Dust settles everywhere. A big part of spring cleaning includes dusting hard-to-reach and out-of-view places, but you can perform this task just as easily during winter cleaning. Here are some of the places to focus on:

  • Door frames.
  • Trim and baseboards.
  • Art and mirror frames.
  • Electrical outlet plates.
  • Smoke detectors, CO detectors, and thermostats.
  • Cabinet tops.
  • Light fixtures.
  • Ceiling fan blades.
  • Computer monitors and TVs.
  • Shelves and books/knickknacks.

Vacuum

When you vacuum a room, you might move furniture around to vacuum the floor underneath. But once in a while it’s also important to turn over furniture and vacuum the bottom. Tip over furniture, especially upholstered chairs and couches, and vacuum out the dust bunnies and other debris that accumulates on the underside. This task is much easier with two people!

Another place to focus on vacuuming is behind the refrigerator. Your fridge works more efficiently when air flows freely around it and dust isn’t clogging the condenser coils or ventilation. You can see more information about refrigerator preventative maintenance in Complete Protection’s blog here.

Filters

Changing your furnace air filters regularly is an important step for keeping the air in your home clean and fresh. A dirty filter also makes your HVAC system work harder and run less efficiently. At the very least, these filters should be changed once or twice a year, but it should be done more often if your family has pets and/or allergies. Changing them every 60 to 90 days is usually the best policy.

Doorways

Winter weather makes it hard to keep the floors around doorways clean. There are a few things you can do to help prevent slush and grime from being tracked into the house. Boot scrapers and rough doormats let people wipe the worst muck from their shoes before entering, and a boot rack allows people to leave their wet shoes at the door. Keep a chair or two nearby to make it easier for people to remove their footwear.

If you get these winter cleaning and maintenance tasks done during the colder months, it’ll make spring cleaning much easier and faster. It will also keep your house fresher and more pleasant while you’re stuck inside. Don’t spend your time indoors during the beautiful spring weather!

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Fall Maintenance Checklist

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s finally starting to get cooler. With fall approaching and winter fast on its heels, there’s a lot to do around the house to make sure it’s ready for the change in weather. Regular maintenance will make it less likely that you get a surprise at the worst time and make your home more energy efficient as well. With its milder weather, fall is a great time for these tasks. By going through an essential fall maintenance checklist now, you can make sure your house is ready for winter.

Not all of these steps will be necessary for every house or region, so feel free to pick and choose what works for you. Also, if a task seems too difficult or dangerous (such as stomping around on the roof), please call in a professional instead of doing it yourself.

Exterior Maintenance

Check for cracks. Use caulk to repair any damage in areas where masonry and siding meet and around windows, doors, and utility accesses. Caulking is quick and easy and fixes numerous problems. No matter what climate you live in, water and temperature damage can occur. Keep your house well insulated and prevent mold and water damage by fixing up those cracks!

Check for peeling paint. If paint is peeling or blistering on the exterior of your house, it means the layer is no longer fully protecting the wall, and damage will occur. Fixing this problem early will be cheaper in the long run.

Check the garage door seals. Weather-strip the garage door, and make sure the seal between the door and the ground is tight.

Check the driveway. If you find any damage, clean it, repair with driveway filler, and coat with sealer.

Set up the windows and doors. Remove your screens from the windows and doors, treat them with a protective coating, and store them for the months when you don’t want to open up the house. Install storm windows and doors.

Clean out the gutters. After the leaves fall, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear. Flush them out, check to make sure the joints are in good condition, and tighten any loose brackets. Clogged gutters can cause damage from water and ice. If your gutters are getting old, consider replacing them with new ones that include leaf guards to make the job easier.

Inspect the roof. Temperature changes can cause roof shingles to become loose and fall off, opening your house to all sorts of problems in the winter. Water damage and poor insulation can be devastating in the winter, and you don’t want to find out during a storm that you have a leak.

Yard

Check the porch and deck. Make sure railings, handrails, stairs, and supports are in good condition

Trim the trees and bushes. It’s much easier to trim the foliage after the majority of the leaves have fallen.

Fertilize the lawn. A high phosphorus mix of fertilizer will help your grass bounce back when spring returns.

Organize your garage. Make sure everything is clean, in its place, and ready for summer equipment storage.

Put equipment into storage. Check your garden tools, yard equipment, and deck furniture for damage, make repairs if necessary, and store or cover them. Drain the hoses and store them indoors, and shut off all water valves to prevent ice damage.

Drain fuel from gas-powered equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, and leaf blowers.

Check winter equipment. Make sure all of your snow and cold weather equipment is in working order and ready to be used.

Check and fill bird feeders. If you plan on feeding birds during the winter, it’s best to continue with the feeding regularly throughout the colder months.

Empty soil from plant pots. This will prevent ice damage and cracking that can ruin good clay pots.

Prepare the pool. If you have a pool or hot tub, check the cover for damage and replace it if necessary. Drain and clean the pool before it gets cold.

Interior Maintenance

Check seals around windows and doors. As with the outdoor fall maintenance, make sure you check the indoor seals as well. A large portion of energy costs for a house in the winter comes from heating. The more insulated your home is, the less money you’ll have to spend to keep it warm. Apply weather stripping and caulk where necessary. Don’t forget windows in the basement and attic.

Having your furnace and heating system checked. Bring in a professional for a heating system checkup before anything goes wrong. Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your appliances don’t fail at the worst possible time, and it will make sure they run more efficiently.

Check the fireplace. Make sure your fireplace is cleaned out and has no visible cracks or other problems. Have a professional chimneysweep clear out the chimney. A stuffed up chimney is a dangerous fire hazard, so make sure it’s it working order before using it each year.

Change the direction of your ceiling fans. When the weather is hot, you want your fans blowing air down towards you to cool you off. In the winter, however, it’s better to change your fans to blow upwards to shove the hot air at the ceiling downward.

Test the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Make sure you have extra batteries on hand.

Prepare the air conditioner for winter. Clean the outside of the air conditioner and vacuum its internal parts. If you have window AC units, remove them and put them in storage. If you have a unit that stays outdoors, cover it with a tarp or dedicated AC cover.

Clean any humidifiers regularly. This keep bacteria from growing in the moist environment of the appliance.

By taking advantage of the mild fall weather, it’s easy to prepare your house for winter. Take these fall maintenance steps to make your house more energy efficient and maybe even prevent serious and costly problems from arising during the winter. If you want more tips about improving home energy efficiency, check out Complete Protection’s blog here.