By Katie McKenzie
Look out the nearest window. What do you see?
Hopefully, you see melting snow, or better yet, a patch of blue sky. Springtime is on its way and as soon as it warms up, you’ll want to spend every waking moment outside. If you use the next few weeks productively, you’ll be free to enjoy springtime when it arrives.
With that in mind, now is the time for spring cleaning.
Where to Begin?
Implementing a thorough search-and-destroy of your home’s clutter can be a daunting task. You can follow a few simple steps to keep yourself on track: throw it out, organize it and clean it up.
Before you can do anything else, throw out the junk. Whether it’s that sweater you got for Christmas that you’re probably never going to wear or a stack of magazines that’s been sitting there for years, there is extraneous stuff in all of our lives.
Where should it all go? If there are items that can’t be donated, throw them away or recycle them. For clothes, toys and other items someone else can use, pack it up and donate it (and step into spring with good karma).
After you do this, you may want to treat yourself to a few new things. For every 10 items you give away, why not buy something new for yourself? This will motivate you as you clean. If, say, your bed sheets look tired, dump your old ones and go find brand-new sheets in whatever color intrigues you. Cleaning is much more fun when you’re also working toward a decorating goal.
Organize What’s Left
The next step is the hardest for many people: organize what’s left. Hopefully you’ve scoured your home and are left with just the things you’ll need.
It may be time for a Target or Walmart run to pick up extra storage bins. You can also repurpose existing milk crates, shoe boxes or other creative forms of storage to stow away clutter and put everything in its place.
After you’ve done the steps above, it’s time for a detox. Pull out the Windex, vacuum and feather duster and go to town on every flat surface. Don’t just hit the counters and tabletops, use wood cleaner and dust the blinds, too. If you have heavy curtains, vaccuum them.
An extra step would be to get your carpets cleaned. You can even rent the necessary equipment — a shampooer/extractor — and do it yourself if you’re short on cash. Remember, spring marks the beginning of allergy season for many people. A thorough spring cleaning will make things easier on you and your family when the pollen hits.
The hardest part of cleaning up your home might be staying motivated throughout the weekend. Put on your favorite playlist and open the windows. If it’s a nice day, it will help you get moving and into the spring spirit.
Of course, don’t forget the clean, beautiful home you’ll have at the end of your efforts — the best reward of all!
Katie McKenzie is a contributor to NewHomeSource, where you can search for and get information on new homes and new construction communities. You can find her on Google+.