Across the country, birds are singing and flowers are blooming as the calendar creeps into April. Even as gray skies give way to sunshine, your floors and windows, unless addressed, are likely still carrying the grime and slime of daily use.
Although not a particularly scientific statement, it’s no secret that an orderly space can have a mirrored impact on its inhabitants. It can also be a calming force for those of us facing difficulty in maintaining focus for long periods of time. (raises hand)
And, with a deadly flu season flipping us the bird in the rearview mirror, it should go without saying that a good sanitation high-traffic spaces goes a long way to combat infection and the proliferation of viruses or bacteria.
For the sake of this post, we’re stocking up for more than your typical Sunday once-over. We’re strapping in for a full weekend canvassing that will make a noticeable difference for months to come. If dear old Mother Nature has the time and energy to clean up this time of year, so can we.
Essential things needed for Spring Cleaning
That next-level clean starts with reducing the overall footprint of your various things and stuff, stuff and things. Shoes can be a burden on any bedroom or entryway, optimize space in your closet and on the floor with a
hanging organizer .
Plastic bins are another staple of spring cleaning. Cardboard can break down and attract pests—plus, you want the optimal stackability that comes with using similarly sized and shaped containers.
Of course, you’ll need a basic array of cleaners, sprays, wipes, and the like. All-natural products are ever more in vogue, but usually a bit more expensive. If they’re out of your financial wheelhouse, gain back some bonus green points for using reusable rags instead of one billion paper towels—and by donating useful but unused electronics and clothing.
Don’t skimp on protecting the most important part of the house, yourself—with face masks and gloves to prevent exposure to nasty chemicals.
Rechargeable vacuum models often separate to reveal a convenient handheld option—great if you elect to add the family car to your to-do list.
While a vacuum addresses mostly visible matter, and polish or cleaner can mimic a sanitized surface, only steam or otherwise hyper-heated water will break down the oils that everyday stomping pushes into flooring.
Sure, a load or two of normal washing is ok during a proper spring cleaning, but save most of it for your usual laundry day.
Spring cleaning means each and every pillow case and cover, blankets, rugs, bedding, and curtains—you’ll need full and uninterrupted access to the washer and dryer.
Spring cleaning is as good an opportunity as any to replace items that are either inexpensive enough to do so, or gross enough to do so. Prime suspects are trash cans, bathroom rugs, shower liners, dish rags, and laundry bins.
Although each of the following items absolutely should be cleaned more than once a year, or even once a season, spring cleaning can and should now include sanitizing phone and tablet screens that carry a toilet seat’s worth of nastiness, and dusting of electronic fans and vents, power inputs, and camera gear. Clean tech is happy tech.