Spring is a beautiful time of year. It’s the first sight of warm weather after the winter months. Flowers are blooming all over Victoria (not so much the rest of Canada) and there’s more daylight hours to enjoy that beautiful and Vitamin D enriched sun. For home owners, tis the season for spring cleaning. Whether you rejoice at the opportunity or dread the idea, we’ve got some tips to ensure a successful spring cleaning.
Start with a plan
It’s never a bad idea to have a game plan prepared for how you are going to tackle your home. It helps to write out everything you need to accomplish to ensure nothing is forgotten. This way you can track what has been done if you are not able to finish all your cleaning in one day. You also want to make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies to get the job done. It can be a major momentum killer when you’re about to start a new task and realize you need to run to the store. If you’re not sure where to begin with your checklist or supplies, here’s an example of a spring cleaning checklist. Once you’ve got your game plan and supplies in order it’s time to let the fun begin!
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The first order of business when you are ready to begin is to declutter right off the bat. This is the time where you go through all your belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. If you don’t absolutely love it do you really need it? Ask yourself, have you used it in the last 6 months or even a year? If you don’t love it or use it regularly then it’s time to say goodbye. Decluttering your space will set you mind at ease and make it easier to know where everything is located. It will also open up spaces that haven’t been cleaned in a while. You will be able to see what needs dusting, sweeping or taken to the dry cleaners. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get rid of, take a look at these 8 lessons learned from the Decluttering Bible written by Marie Kondo.
Room by room
Trying to do everything at once will set you back, or you will end up not cleaning as much as you had intended. The key to a successful spring cleaning is to do one room at a time. You will get instant gratification seeing an entire room sparkle before you move onto the next room. When cleaning, start from the top and work your way down. It’s counter-productive to have dust and dirt from the walls fall onto your clean floor. Work smarter not harder!
We (should) all be vacuuming and dusting on a regular basis, but there are many pesky little spaces around the house that often get overlooked during a regular cleaning session. For those tiny crevices that need a scrub, like the tracks of your windows and behind the toilet, try using an old tooth brush and some vinegar. When dusting, don’t just dust around things. Remove the items completely so you can properly clean the surface. Once you’ve vacuumed the floors, use the nozzle attachment to get under your couch cushions and suck up everything under there. Extra points for those who wipe their remotes down with antibacterial solution.
Bring some life back into your place
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Now that you’re all finished your spring cleaning, it’s time to reward yourself! Buying some fresh flowers or a beautiful new plant will add a nice finishing touch to your refreshed space. Not only will they look great, but they will also improve your general well-being. Plants can improve indoor air quality and brighten your mood. Not a bad way to start the new season.
One of the main reasons for downsizing is because you have more space than you need. All that extra space only adds more time in your life allocated towards cleaning and maintenance. Downsizing into a brand-new luxury home in our waterfront community will reduce the amount of cleaning and maintenance so you can spend more time doing what you love. Register with us today and discover how you can become the newest member of our waterfront community.