We do not need to elaborate, we all know what spring means. Cleaning. It is not necessarily going to be the highlight of your springtime adventures, but it is important to get done.
So, what do you think of when we say the words, ‘Spring Cleaning’? Let us take a wild guess: dust mites under the bed, moldy food under the couch, scrubbing down walls, vacuuming every single inch of the floor, stripping the house bare, reassembling it, and everything in-between.
You may be thinking to yourself, “They are about to give me some tips so I don’t have to do that. Excellent!” I’m sorry to say, there is no ‘but’ or hints coming up. Spring cleaning is quite the task, and we’re not about to give you a solution in this article (however, check out some old articles under the spring cleaning tag for some hints and tips!). However, we are here to point out something you may have forgotten…
Spring cleaning is all about cleaning your property. Not only the inside of your home. The. Entire. Thing. That means the outside of the house, the back and front yard, and every molecule outside that belongs to you.
Don’t be scared: we have some tips for you.
First, the outside of your house is dirty. No matter how well the color hides it, it’s dirty. The worst thing about this grime is it happens very slowly, so you probably haven’t even noticed it. Now that we’ve mentioned it you won’t be able to un-see it. So do yourself a favor, and rent a power-washer. They are fairly inexpensive to rent for the day, and it makes washing the outside of your house so much easier than getting on a ladder with a bucket of soapy water and scrubbing away. It also helps clean the outside of your windows—BONUS!
Next up is your lawn and garden. Clean it up! Rake away any leaves that have managed to stay alive through the winter, dump some fertilizer in your garden patch, pull weeds, trim trees, give everything the best chance possible to flourish through the summer! Invest some time and sweat, and it’ll pay off. If you planted flowers that are annuals, make sure they are intact and will grow. Just because the label says they will last through the winter doesn’t mean that’s a guaranteed.
Organize your shed/garage. So many things get shoved away quickly when its cold and you don’t want to be outside for longer than needed. Take the time to reorganize in order to make locating and putting away items easier. Invest in some sturdy containers and LABEL, LABEL, LABEL! There is no such thing as over-labeling things. Trust us, it’ll make your life so much easier.
These are just a few over-arching tips to get you started thinking about this kind of stuff! Spend the time and it will pay off! Spring Clean your house inside and out for long-term results. Good luck!