January is the perfect time to start your spring cleaning – even though it might not be spring yet! After taking down all of your Christmas decorations, take the opportunity to freshen up your home for the new year. The holidays can cause a lot of wear on a home, especially if it is full of guests. Sometimes waiting until spring rolls around to give your home that deep cleaning and organization it so desperately needs can cause more damage and create a need for more repairs or replacements. So save some money and get a head start on spring cleaning before it is too late!
Caring for appliances
Kitchen appliances are always over worked during the holiday season, so it is a good idea to give them a thorough deep clean to ensure that they continue to work correctly. Rather than just wipe them down, pull out all the food from the refrigerator and clean all the shelves and drawers. Put a new box of opened baking soda in the door so the smell of leftovers does not overwhelm the whole kitchen every time the fridge doors are opened. Pull appliances away from the wall to clean the back of them as well as the wall and floor behind them to clean up any missed spills or food splashes. Set your oven to cleaning mode, and while it is being cleaned, run vinegar and baking soda through your dishwasher to freshen it up and make it function like it is supposed to.
House Beautiful suggests that organizing closets is the first step to organizing your home. Go through your closet and get rid of clothing you no longer wear. Dust shelves and vacuum the floor before placing everything back into the closet. Use products to help you stay organized throughout the year like hangers with clips to hang belts and scarves, and drawer organizers to keep accessories in place and easy to find. Tackle linen closets and coat closets as well to create more storage space that is definitely needed.
You might think it is old fashioned to clean walls, but take a rag with some gentle cleaner or even just soap and water, and wipe down even a small section of a wall in your house and you will see that walls truly need to be washed at least a few times a year. Ceiling fans, air conditioning, and heating units cause dust to collect on walls, and it is easily missed. If wall paint is chipping or faded, consider giving your home a fresh coat of paint if you got the time.
Improving the feel
Spring cleaning is a great time to give your home an improved or brand new feel. There are easy and affordable ways to give your home a new look, so flip through magazines or scan Pinterest for decorating ideas and search for the best deals to create a new look for the new year.
Reward yourself with a gorgeous new home now that you have decluttered, cleaned and organized everything.Spring cleaning is not an easy job.