The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist for 2019
The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist for 2019
Every spring, people across the country open their closets and begin the annual cleaning process. More than ever, people are downsizing their possessions and streamlining their lives in the hopes of living in a more peaceful space. As you are preparing your home, here is a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist and guide to help you get the most organized home for the coming seasons.
Supplies for Cleaning
It’s no surprise that spring cleaning can require a multitude of different cleaners and soaps. Plan ahead on what you’ll need to complete the task. For example, are you out of glass cleaner? Running low on laundry detergent? Order it online and have it arrive at your door ahead of time. That way, you’ll eliminate the hassle of going to the store and avoid interrupting your cleaning process buy more supplies.
When you look at your pile of stuff, it can be overwhelming. Like Marie Kondo says, start with one type of item before moving on to your next task. Even if you’re not going full KonMari on your home, be sure to break your spring cleaning into manageable pieces, like going room by room. That way, you’ll have a better chance of completing the project and won’t give up when the task seems never-ending.
For example, break out the mop or vacuum once, and do all the floors at once. That way, you won’t have to keep bringing the same cleaning supplies out of the back of the closet. Or, go around your home and wipe down all the glass surfaces and mirrors.
Where to Clean?
Tidying the clutter can help bring peace of mind, but don’t forget to also deep clean and scrub your home. While most people jump straight into downsizing clothes, but there are a lot of basic cleaning tasks that can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Especially if you’re living in a rental apartment, deep cleaning periodically can make it much easier to get your apartment move-out ready at the end of your lease.
Here is a spring cleaning checklist to guide your process:
- Microwave, stove, oven
- Floors, carpeting, and rugs
- Bathrooms, sinks, countertops
- Catch-all drawers and baskets
- Makeup and toiletries
- Dusting all surfaces
- Bedding, blankets, and pillows
- Baseboards and walls
Transition from Winter to Summer
The spring cleaning process is the perfect time to swap out your winter clothes for summer attire. Before you store, be sure to wash all your items so they’re fresh for next year. In addition, your winter boots could use a scrub down before they head to the back of your closet. They accumulate plenty of grime from the city, and you’ll have the peace of mind that dirt won’t be rubbing off on other items.
For a full list of winter clothes storage ideas, click here. In addition, be sure to locate your spring and summer clothes and organize them in your closet. If they were questionably cleaned last season, be sure to wash them again and prep for a busy summer ahead.
This is also a great time to take out patio furniture that may be sitting in a closet and get your outdoor space ready for guests. When the weather turns warm, you don’t want to be digging through your stuff to find these items, especially when you just want to sit out on the patio with your friends.
Opt for Stronger Storage Containers
There’s nothing more unsightly than a cardboard box. A quick upgrade to plastic storage totes can help make your items more portable and better protected from pests and damage. You’ll feel much better looking in the back of your closet when it’s organized. Challenge yourself to eliminate cardboard boxes during your spring cleaning process.
Pump the Jams
A great playlist can help you get in the zone for your cleaning extravaganza. Get inspired by putting together a list of your favorite songs. There are also some killer Spotify playlists that can be a great starting point. Whatever you choose to listen to, having some background noise can help make the process go by faster.
Improve the Air Quality
If possible, open a few windows and let in some spring air while you’re cleaning. It’s easy to feel like you’re breathing stale air in the winter, and spring cleaning is the perfect time for a refresh. In addition, you’ll likely be stirring up dirt and dust throughout the process, so cracking a window or exterior door can help prevent overloading on allergens.
In addition, you’ll want to give yourself a fresh air filter for your furnace or HVAC. Especially if it’s been some time since the last replacement, getting a new air filter installed is essential to keeping your air quality high in your apartment or home.
Refresh Your Home Decor
Once you’re done with the cleaning process, refresh the decor in your home. It can be as simple as purchasing some fresh flowers or a new item for your wall. It’s also a great time to rethink the layout of your home and rearrange furniture. Giving your apartment or home a fresh appearance can help you want to keep it clean for months to come and make it a happier place to spend time.
Try A Storage Solution
If you’re finding yourself rearranging, downsizing, and struggling to stay organized, you could benefit from a storage partner! Especially in New York City, we understand how limited your storage space can become. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to re-evaluate how much space you have in your apartment and determine whether you want to keep items or store them offsite.
Simplify Valet Storage makes the process easy by coming directly to your home or office to pick up pre-packed bins. The team takes your items to a climate-controlled, secure facility, and your stuff will remain protected until you’re ready to request a drop-off. It’s so simple to get organized without even leaving your home. And the best part? It’s affordable to get organized with storage beginning at just $30 per month. Get a quote today.