Spring Cleaning

The Last Step of Spring Cleaning is Also the Most Fun

published Apr 3, 2021
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Apartment Therapy’s Spring Cleaning Cure is a free 20-day cleaning plan that helps you tackle the most common spring cleaning tasks to give your home its deepest clean yet. Sign up now to get all 20 lessons in your inbox.

The best part of a deep clean is how good it feels when you’re done. Knowing you’ve crossed a lot of big tasks off your list and can feel calm and in control of your home is an amazing feeling. Even if you didn’t finish everything, you finished something — and that’s worth celebrating!

So the final step of spring cleaning is enjoying your home. But because cleaning doesn’t always have the same visual oomph as decluttering or rearranging the furniture, I recommend putting the finishing touch on your spring-cleaned home by adding some flowers or fresh clippings to your nightstand.

As we wrap up our five days in the bedroom and 20 full days of the Spring Cleaning Cure, do one last sweep and then treat yourself…

Day 20: Clean and clear the tops of the dresser and nightstand. Then leave yourself some flowers.

Bedrooms tend to get really dusty. And because they’re more private, and we spend less time in them, the surfaces in the bedroom don’t often get the same attention as your other living spaces. The final assignment of this Spring Cleaning Cure is to clear off your bedroom’s dresser, console, or nightstand surfaces.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Clear everything off each surface
  • Do a pass dry-cleaning with a duster or a dry rag
  • Then spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner and take a second pass wet-cleaning
  • Put your things back on each surface, making sure they’re each cleaned or wiped off as you set them down

For a finishing touch, leave yourself some flowers on your nightstand. Or a small plant, or some green clippings from your plants outside. Flowers are the love language of the Cure family — they symbolize how much thought and care you’ve been putting into your home lately. And will renew your home and your spirit with fresh life.

Taryn's Tips

Do not forget to celebrate your spring cleaning efforts! Treat yourself to cut flowers, a new houseplant, a bowl of fancy fresh fruit, or whatever says “clean” to you.

And that’s a wrap! I’m so proud of you and all you’ve done to get your home in sync with this cleaning season. If you left anything undone on your list, that’s ok! If it’s important to you, put some time on your calendar and make a commitment. If you need help, now or later, you can always check out Apartment Therapy’s archive of cleaning tutorials or find me on Instagram for some encouragement.

Thank you so much for being a part of the Cure!

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