What I don't love about the chore of spring cleaning is that once the weather gets nice I want to run outside, not be cooped up at home with rubber gloves and a duster. This month, though, is sort of that sweet spot when I can still justify a day indoors before I start to blow off my apartment for greener, sunnier pastures.
Here, I try to make the process less of a chore with our roundup of best spring-cleaning tips. Take your time, go room by room if you want, and soon enough you'll have your home prepped for the season.
- Dust shelves, blinds, vents, moldings, light fixtures
Anything that collects dust and you usually ignore. Not a fan of dusting? Check out our 10 tips for Dusting to ease the pain.
- Wash your windows
Get help with our compendium of window-washing tricks.
- Clean window treatments
(Including your shower curtain). Here are our tips for caring for curtains.
- Flip your mattress
It's something you should do every season. You'll get more use out of it and you'll sleep better.
- Change your winter bedding to spring,
Even if it just means storing woolier blankets away. Here's some minimalist inspiration.
- Change your clothes from warm to cool and pack away your seasonal clothes
You'll see these unexpected benefits.
- Donate unwanted clothes
Try one of these 25 places.
- Vacuum and shampoo carpets
(Here's a green DIY way to do it) and shake rugs/cushions outside. Wax wood floors too.
- Check your smoke detector batteries
Here's all you need to know about smoke detectors. Replace your HVAC air filters too.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet and makeup bag
Use our guide to expiration dates in the bathroom.
- Organize your paperwork
Here's some helpful advice.
- Clean your computer and TV.
- Clean your deck and furniture (even your indoor/outdoor trash bins)
Here are 5 tools to make it easier.
Have more ideas or tips? Please share below!
Re-edited from a post originally published March 19, 2013 - DF