Plan Ahead For Your Big Spring Cleaning

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Spring might still be a little while away, but it’s never too early to start planning for your annual spring cleaning. Everyone’s spring cleaning needs will look a bit different, especially depending on what kind of home you live in. Take a look at this list and see what you need to start planning for so you’re prepared for your spring cleaning.

Recovering From Rough Winters

It’s no secret that winter weather can be a challenge on any home, but especially for those who live in colder climates. If you’re up against any sort of winter precipitation, you’ll have your work cut out for you this spring. As soon as the snow and ice melt, one of the first things you’ll want to do is clean out your gutters. This can help avoid damage if the temperature suddenly drops below freezing again. The number one most common form of ice dam damage is collapsed rain gutters, but thorough cleaning can help prevent this. While you’re at it, make sure your gutters are installed properly to prevent damage next winter. Gutters should angle so water will flow to the downspouts. The rule of thumb for this slope is a vertical 1/2 inch for every 10 feet of horizontal run.

Updates, Upgrades, And Improvements, Oh My!

Spring cleaning isn’t just about emptying out clutter and sorting through your closet. Your annual cleaning spree can be a perfect time to check out areas of your home you usually take for granted and make upgrades. When was the last time you checked on the state of your home’s water heater, for example? A standard water heater only lasts 10 to 15 years before corrosion attacks the tank walls. Make a list of all the major utilities and appliances in your home. Then, figure out when you last scheduled repair or inspection. Chances are you’re overdue for at least one upgrade, improvement, or inspection.

Keeping Inside In and Outside Out

While it’s always nice to be able to keep your windows open and enjoy the fresh spring air, you don’t necessarily want too much of the great outdoors entering into your home. Spring brings back all of the pests that you went without during the winter, including insects, rodents, and more. A whopping 56% of homeowners report having had a problem with ants within the past year. While you’re cleaning, check for any signs of pest infestation in your home. You might not have to deal with black bears or other large critters, but even the smallest pest can easily become a menace. Keep an eye out for any small gaps under windows or doors where unwelcome guests could enter, as well. You don’t need any small animals getting in and making a mess of your hard work.

The Little Details

Finally, it’s easy to get hung up on the big parts of spring cleaning, from repairs to home improvement projects. Remember to take some time to focus on the little details that could use some organization. Even the smallest things, like organizing the papers in your home office — almost 15% of which research has proven will be misplaced — can make a big difference in the way your home looks and feels. The smaller cleaning tasks can sometimes help to break up the bigger chores, as well. This helps you stay on track and get through your whole to-do list without burning out. Remember to stock up on healthy cleaning supplies to get you through these tasks. One EPA study confirmed that the toxicity of household cleaners are three times more liable to cause cancer than external pollution. Look for organic household cleaners whenever possible. If you’re in a DIY mood, try your hand at making cleaning supplies at home.

Some homeowners work hard to keep their home looking as expensive as it is year-round. After all, the average sales price in Manhattan was $1.9 million for condos in 2017. A home worth that kind of money should be kept as clean as possible. However, for those of us who can’t afford that sort of luxury home, spring cleaning is a great time to help your home stand out and shine.

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  1. I loved this! I agree with you when you say the best spring cleaning tips involve organization! That’s probably because you can keep it organized and clean long after you do the task, which makes it that much better! I really enjoy spring cleaning and especially having a clean, healthy home! I recently spilled a glass of red wine on my cream colored carpet and worried I’d have to replace it (because it was a nasty stain)! Luckily Chem-Dry of Santa Clarita offers a same day carpet cleaning service and they got me taken care! The stain is completely gone and I couldn’t be happier!  

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