From the crack of a baseball bat to the smell of freshly cut grass, these are the sounds and smells that signal the return of spring. For many, the season can't come soon enough. Snowbound, weather-worn homeowners will certainly attest to that. But there's another rite of passage that comes with the changing season: spring cleaning.
After being cooped up inside for the whole winter, you're probably ready to purge your house of dust and clutter. You're not alone, according to polling done by the American Cleaning Institute - about make spring cleaning a yearly ritual.
When you're a new homeowner, however, spring cleaning takes on new meaning. No longer are you tidying up an apartment rental. You've invested your hard-earned money into your new place. And if your property was previously owned, you may be giving it the time and attention that it never received from the prior tenants.
So what's the best way to approach your new home's first spring cleaning? Here are a few strategies, in no particular order, to consider as you roll up your sleeves and dig in:
1. Get rid of stuff you no longer usePerhaps the biggest boondoggle associated with spring cleaning is stubbornly holding on to belongings that no one uses. There are a variety of reasons for why people do this, such as sentimental value or thinking they may come in handy at some point in the future. But many people fall into the same trap year after year, gathering more but never letting anything go. To avoid this, set time limits. If you're unsure whether to get rid of something hiding in the back of your hall closet or taking up space in your attic, ask yourself if you've used or worn it in the last year. If not, then it's unlikely you will in the year ahead either. Better to toss it, sell it or donate it to someone who really needs it.
2. Clean in installmentsIf you've moved into a fixer-upper, you may find spring cleaning a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start? That's why it's best to approach the project "a la carte," cleaning one room at a time. Going room by room is much less daunting and gives you an idea of what you need to do in order to make the room look as good as new, whether that's as simple as putting things away or performing a more thorough cleaning that involves dusting, polishing, sweeping and/or vacuuming.
Looking for a good place to start? Begin in the bedroom. More spring cleaners tackle this room than any other room in the house, according to ACI. Then it's on to the kitchen and bathrooms.
3. Make a listSpring cleaning is a lot like weekly grocery shopping: In the days leading up to the errand, you know exactly what you need, but will you remember those things on the day of? Instead of relying on memory, write your cleaning tasks down on a list located in a common area, like tacked to the refrigerator or the family bulletin board. Making a list - and crossing tasks off once they're completed - helps you prioritize every step of the way, see what you've accomplished and remember what still needs work.
4. Get into the cleaning habitMake your future spring cleaning seasons less time-consuming by adopting a "clean-as-you-go" mentality throughout the rest of the year. Set the tone by adding small tasks to your daily routine, such as making your bed when you first wake up or wiping down kitchen countertops after breakfast.
Similarly, see if you can get in the rhythm of cleaning your bathroom once a week. That's no small feat - one survey from Ketchum Global Research & Analytics found that, unsurprisingly, the one chore American homeowners would love to never have to do ever again is . The same survey also found that, according to 62 percent of respondents, the bathroom is the part of the house that always receives the most thorough cleaning. So why not scrub little by little instead of all at once?
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