There’s no time like spring to do some spring cleaning.
While the profundity of that statement sinks in, let’s take a look at why some sprucing up this April isn’t something to dread – rather, it’s a task that can breathe new life into you and your living space.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you clean up your apartment from its winter hibernation:
- Clear clutter: This is Spring Cleaning 101. Tidying up and getting rid of extra stuff not only makes good TV (just ask Marie Kondo), it lays a good foundation for your apartment’s spring transformation. Use bags or plastic bins marked “keep,” “donate” and “trash” to decide what you want to hold onto and what you can do without.
- Be prepared: Make a cleaning kit full of the right supplies needed to do the job: rubber gloves, carpet spot cleaner, sponges, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, glass cleaner or vinegar spray bottle, and a duster. If you’re so inclined, make your own baking soda and vinegar cleaning solutions.
- Clean out fridge and freezer: Do we really need to hold onto that ¼ bag of frozen peas at the bottom of the freezer another season? (Hint: No!) Look at expiration dates and act accordingly. Take everything out, discard old things and clean the space out before returning items.
- Swap out wardrobes: OK, it’s still Ohio – you’ll want to hold onto a couple hoodies and jeans, but transfer your warmest clothing out of sight and into storage. Wash them before you put them into plastic bins, ensuring they’re completely dry before putting them away for spring and summer.
- Focus on the oft-ignored places: It may be a while before you tend to them again, so don’t forget to dust light fixtures, blinds, moldings and vents. You’ll be surprised how much cleaner the space feels after tending to these areas.
- Add some color: Nothing feels as spring-like as adding some greenery or colorful flowers to your space. Adding some vegetation will help bring the new season indoors, brightening the mood of your apartment.