Spring cleaning is one of those things everyone has to do, no matter where they live. And while many people don't love to clean, the simple act of opening up the house and preparing for warmer weather can be fun and enjoyable. And by following these seven simple tips, you'll find that your spring cleaning is done in no time at all - leaving lots of time for the Vermont maple sugar season and other fun spring activities.
1. De-winterize. If you're opening up a property that has been closed all winter, or if you're coming home from a long vacation, it's very important that the first thing you do is de-winterize your house. Check for frozen pipes, and allow your home to heat up before turning on the water. This can help prevent your pipes from bursting and leaking. Also, don't forget to take down your storm windows and put in your window screens.
2. Clean the places you don't usually clean. Hard-to-reach or overlooked surfaces such as baseboards, walls, the tops of shelves, and the spaces under furniture are great places to begin your spring cleaning. These places are rarely cleaned, but a good scrubbing or vacuuming should suffice until next year.
3. Give your carpets and rugs a deep cleaning. You can rent a steam-cleaner from many grocery or home improvement stores, or hire a professional service to do your whole house in a day. Either way, a deep cleaning will wipe away all the winter grime and have your house looking and smelling great.
4. Close your flue or fireplace damper. Unless you're planning on keeping the fireplace burning year round, it's a good idea to close your flue or chimney damper during the spring. Doing so can help keep wind and dirt out of your house, and regulate the temperature if you're using the heater or A/C.
5. Scrub down the outside of your home. By washing your windows, cleaning your porch or patio, and cleaning all your outdoor furniture, you'll help your home look better and more welcoming. Some people use power washers for these tasks, but beware - they can easily remove paint, wood stain, or even vinyl siding if you aren't careful.
6. Clean your gutters and drainpipes, too. A good spring cleaning regimen will definitely include emptying out all the dead leaves, sticks, and other debris that falls into your gutters in the fall and winter. Neglecting this can easily lead to water damage or soil erosion around your house, so make sure you take care of it early.
7. Organize your belongings. Between presents, vacations, and tons of winter gear, it's likely that your home is feeling a little cluttered. Take some time to organize your clothes, decorations, and other possessions. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to stow away winter gear, reorganize your garages, closest and/or basement and get rid of what you don't need - your local Goodwill store or Salvation Army will gladly take donations, or you can always hold a good old fashioned yard sale.
Of course, this is just the beginning of all the spring cleaning you can do. There are plenty of other projects and ideas you can undertake during spring. Of course, if you'd rather skip the cleaning and take a look at one of our long-term rental properties that's already nice and clean, we certainly couldn't blame you.