Spring Cleaning

It seems that the snowy atmosphere and cold temperatures are behind us, and with that comes the possibility of longer days and warmer temperatures. In addition, it’s a chance for home owners to begin the spring cleaning projects that make a huge difference in the long run, and allow for more downtime come those beautiful summer, Cape days.

To begin with, there are many good spring-cleaning ideas out there: let’s make sure we clean the overhead fans, blinds, carpets, baseboards, and the fridge. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s not just the cleaning, but the organizing and purging that comes along with this, because there’s a natural accumulation of things during the fall and winter, and not all of them are necessary for the warm temperatures.

When it comes to projects, there are a few important ones that shouldn’t be overlooked. First, it’s extremely important to dust the ceiling fixtures, walls and shelves throughout the house. This also means focusing on the draperies, curtains and blinds, taking them down in the process and following the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, the windows need to be attended to with a scrub and sponge, with the upholstery, mattresses, and bedding needing a good deep washing and drying. (It may be prudent to rent a rug shampoo to dig in and get out all those stains that popped up over the long winter months.)

Next are the kitchen appliances. This usually requires emptying, organizing and cleaning everything within vicinity. And while you’re there, make sure to touch up the counter tops and wall tiles, which can be damaged and will need extensive washing. The floors and rugs will need a wax and buff, and this project could take a day unto itself, as it’s no easy task to completely clean the floors, especially in bigger houses. When you venture into the bedrooms, make sure to check on the closets and drawers, removing items, organizing and cleaning everything inside. Finally, a sweeping of the entire house is usually a good way to cap things off, throwing stuff away, donating it, or putting it in storage. This is a good fire-safety measure, in addition to changing the batteries and removing dust on the alarms.

Phew, that’s a lot—right? And these projects might not cover everything if you have a bigger house with more appliances. So, why not put all of this in the hands of a trusted source—one that knows what needs to be done and can get it done safely and effectively? Home Sitters can be that resource for you, which can allow you to take a breath and enjoy your family time.