The Mr. and I have slowly been in the process of spring cleaning our apartment. Throughout the process I’ve been reminded that there is so much more involved than simply going through your closet and taking out the trash. Here are 7 spring cleaning tips to to remember as you go about your house cleansning this season:
1. Move It or Lose It // My golden rule for everything is that if you haven’t used it in the last year, you’re not going to use it in the next year (or any year after, for that matter). Donate it, sell it, or toss it. The exceptions: photographs, collectibles, and family heirlooms.
2. Books & Movies // I’ve enjoyed collecting movies and books for as long as I can remember, but as I’ve gotten older, my tastes have changed. Clueless will always be a classic chic flick, but some of those other girly movies? They have gots to go yo!
3. Food // Clean out your cabinets and fridge. I typically do this once a month, but it never hurts to do an extra sweep through during spring cleaning. Toss out almost-empty bags of snacks, mostly-gone bottles of dressing, sodas that went flat, and anything that has been hiding out in the deep, dark crevices rotting away.
4. Forgotten Corners // Vacuuming, mopping and cleaning the tub are all obvious tasks, but don’t forget to also clean things like baseboards, the back of your refrigerator and stove (so gross but so necessary), behind large pieces of furniture (i.e. the bed, couch, etc), windows, window screens, your dishwasher, washer and dryer, and (this might sound weird) your vacuum filter.
5. Face Lift // While it would be too costly to redecorate every year, it’s certainly reasonable to give your space a little face lift. Recover pillows (H&M Home has an amazing selection of covers that are super affordable), buy new hand towels, switch out artwork (for affordable options why not try painting a few pictures, printing off some of your photography work, or even framing some of your favorite quotes?), change up your coffee table vignette, switch out candle scents, and even buy new sheets.
6. Fresh Scents // After being cooped up all winter, it’s important to air things out and make them light and fresh. Besides the obvious opening of windows, I also like to light candles, fill our house with fresh flowers, and wash all rugs, pillow covers, curtains, bedding, etc. It’s also a great time to change out air fresheners, replace baking soda boxes in the fridge, and use a carpet powder on rugs. I also love spritzing the air with rosewater or lemon-lime infused water (just add lemon and lime slices or essential oil drops to water, fill up a spray bottle, and spritz away).
7. Technology // In this day and age our tech devices are almost as important as our homes are, so don’t forget to give those a “cleaning” too. Delete files, organize pictures, move things to a cloud, get rid of things you no longer need, refresh your playlists, and remove apps you are no longer using. While you’re at it, replace any cords that might be splitting, refresh your case, and don’t forget to wipe down screens.