As a self-proclaimed neat freak, I look forward to spring cleaning every year. It’s a great time to take stock of what things you want to keep and what you can easily part with. Spring cleaning is an age old tradition, and comes from the practice of thoroughly cleaning the home at the end of the year, which for many cultures falls at the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Personally, I enjoy spring cleaning because it means I don’t have to do much in-depth cleaning when it gets to the really hot part of summer. Over the years I’ve built up a list of things I like to get done during my annual spring cleaning routine. The best part is some of them are things you don’t even have to do yourself!
Here’s my list of spring cleaning duties that I complete each year, I hope it helps motivate you with your spring cleaning!
Restart the Garden
Once the temperatures have stabilized in my area, I always take some time to give my garden some TLC. I have quite a few perennials planted in my garden, so I don’t always have to do a whole lot of planting, but it does help to come in and trim everything up to give it a fresh start for spring. I usually find a few different kinds of annuals that I like and plant those around my flowerbeds. Once my plants are set up for a productive season, I like to get some mulch and clean up the edges of my beds. It’s helpful to do this before your bushes and plants start growing and get in your way.
Get Furniture Professionally Cleaned
This is one of the easier tasks on the list because it’s not something that I ever do myself. I don’t trust myself not to damage my upholstered furniture, so I hire experts in my area. I live in Northern Virginia, and I usually call Absolute Carpet Care to take care of this for me. Over the course of a year, upholstered furniture can really take a serious beating, especially if you have kids or pets. Getting an annual cleaning from a professional upholstery service will make sure your furniture stays looking nice for years to come.
Wash Curtains and Other Fabrics
There are a lot of fabric surfaces in your home that you probably don’t often think about cleaning. Curtains and drapes are the big ones that I always forget about until spring cleaning time. You’d be amazed at the amount of dust and other grossness that gets trapped in the folds of your curtains and drapes over the course of the year. That goes double for drapes that aren’t moved on a regular basis. Taking these down and throwing them in the laundry is an easy way to get some dust and allergens out of your home’s air.
Go Through Your Closet
Everyone likes to do some spring shopping to spruce up their wardrobe for the warmer months, but not many people take the time to get rid of old stuff that they don’t plan on wearing anymore. This is the perfect time to go through your closet and pick out stuff that you haven’t worn all year. Make a pile of Donate, Trash, and Keep and go through all of your outfits. This can even help you pick out stuff that will match when you do your spring clothes shopping. Anything in good condition that you don’t wear can be donated to your local thrift store or homeless shelter.
Clean Out the Fridge
Frankly, this is something that you should probably do every 3 months or so, but if you haven’t cleaned out the fridge in a while, this is a great time to do it. I tend to forget about the stuff in the back of my fridge that I definitely don’t plan on eating, but isn’t smelly. It’s easy to know when you need to clean stuff out when that stuff reeks, but for old jarred or canned goods or food left in Tupperware, it can go unnoticed for a very long time. Take this opportunity to clear out some space in your fridge so you’ll have all of your Tupperware ready for summer BBQs and picnics. The extra fridge space is always good for storing your favorite summer beverages or extra summer snacks like pasta salad or cucumber salad.
Hopefully this list will help you get started on your spring cleaning, and if you’re anything like me, once you start you’ll continue to see things that need your attention. I’ve learned to really enjoy the spring cleaning routine, and I hope that my list will help you enjoy your spring cleaning. It’s always nice to get a fresh start in your home, not to mention the fact that a deep cleaning will make your home healthier for you and everyone in it.