Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Cherry blossoms and magnolia buds are bursting with color in San Mateo as the region awakes from winter and transitions into Spring.  It’s that time of year to shrug off the winters blues and “spring” into the new season. Spring cleaning is a long-running tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes in preparation for the more active spring and summer months ahead.

We’ve compiled a few helpful hints to help you get a jump on making your space shine:

Take Each Room One at a Time
This is an extremely effective way to deep-clean your home any time of the year, but especially in spring. Create room checklists to ensure you are addressing all issues.

Get Organized
Decluttering will clear your house as well as your mind. Tidy your space, transform your mind – like Marie Kondo. We all have a tendency to accumulate items that can weigh us down and limit a streamlined lifestyle. Try this easy tip to prioritize items – trash, donate, utilize, or store; this classification scale is an effective way as you begin the spring-cleaning process. Discover 8 Decluttering Lessons Learned from the Decluttering Bible 

Get Ready for Active Spring Living
For those chores which can be put aside during the fall and winter months, it is now time to address those items which are utilized in spring. With warmer weather comes more outdoor activity so it’s time to clean those stoops, patios, windows and grills. Be sure to put out a potted plant of tulips or daffodils for a lovely pop of color and cut flowers to bring inside your home!

Include the Entire Family
If your cleaning endeavors seem a bit daunting, get the entire family involved. Even the little ones can contribute, making a big difference in your overall goals. Need some help motivating the troops?  Try turning on some music or establishing a family reward, such as a nice dinner out or special treat as an incentive to get the work done.

Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum
Try to resist the temptation to go out and purchase new cleaning items.  Take an inventory of all items you have on hand especially those that are the real champions of spring cleaning, such as a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths. For those who are a bit crafty, there are even homemade cleaners you can make yourself that will save you money while protecting the environment.

For those who need a bit more prompting, check out these helpful spring cleaning tips:

DIY Recipes for Toxic Free Cleaners 

Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning: The Ultimate Guide

29 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

8 Spring Cleaning Tips to Get It Done Faster

Happy cleaning.

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