So it's that time of year – spring cleaning. We all dread it. it's one of those things that we really don’t look forward to doing but feel really good about it when we are done. It's time to roll up those sleeves and get to work on the interior and exterior of your home. Both are just as important! Although most of us clean either every day or a couple times a week, it's really important that we focus on a few things that are easy to forget about at least once annually.
Here is a list of 5 things you should clean once a year. Let’s get to work!
1. Your Closet
We all need a change of style every now and then. We buy clothes and accessories and shoes and soon start to realize, unless you have unlimited walk-in closets in your house, that we are running out of closet space. Spring is a great time to do your annual closet clean up to get rid of those clothes that you haven’t worn once throughout the entire year. The best part is that you can donate everything that is in good condition that you don’t want anymore to someone who needs it.
2. Inside of Your Cabinets
Cleaning the inside of your cabinets might seem a little silly, but in the end it saves you time and money. For example - have you ever purchased anything at the store and realized you already had it in your pantry when you got home? It happens. The best way to approach this is to go one drawer and cabinet at a time, take absolutely everything out, clean the inside of the drawer or cabinet, and wipe off each item as you put it back. Chances are you have long forgotten about some of the things you own. Another benefit of doing this is knowing exactly where all your things are when you need them, like spices or canned goods. This is a great time to get organized!
3. Washer and Dryer
If you do your laundry once a week, you’ll have went through around 52 rounds of laundry with your washer and dryer. This can really take a toll on your appliances. Cleaning them can improve their effectiveness and even help prevent potential fires. To do this, it's recommended to set your washer to the hottest and longest cycle, and add two cups of vinegar and a quarter-cup of baking soda before starting the washer. After the wash cycle is done, simply wipe the inside with a wet sponge and wipe it dry. For the dryer, it's important to clean the lint screen after every single cycle. For a deeper clean, unplug your dryer and clean the walls of the dryer duct with a vacuum. Washing your lint screen helps too. Your washer and dryer will thank you!
4. Lights and Windows
It’s really easy to forget about your lights and windows when thinking of spring cleaning. Take some time once a year to go around your home and wipe off every light fixture you own – especially ceiling fans. They hold on to a ton of dust and debris, so if you notice that the air seems fresher afterwards, don’t seem surprised. As for the windows, it’s imperative that you clean both the inside and the outside. Grab a ladder to help you with the second-floor windows. If you feel uncomfortable getting on a ladder, there are window cleaning companies that will clean the interior and exterior of your windows. Even those hard to get skylights. If you didn’t know, regular cleaning can extend the life of your windows.
5. Garage and Shed
For some of you, this will be the most challenging task. If you use your parking garage as a personal storage unit, it’s time to reorganize and throw away the things you don’t need. You might even have enough space to park your car in the end! Get the most use out of your garage by utilizing wall hooks, shelves, drawers, and other proper storage areas. If you have a shed, take everything out and do a good sweeping to get rid of any leftover grass from the lawnmower or any dust and debris. It will instantly look a lot better.
These few things aren’t the only things you should clean, but they are definitely at the top of our list. Other things you should clean annually include power washing your home, cleaning your gutters, and washing your carpets. In the end, if you take care of your home properly and clean it once a year, it will look and function better in return. Just don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated while you work!