To many individuals, there is no greater feeling than that of opening windows at the end of a long winter of being cooped up inside their homes. To keep dust from blowing around the living space and worsening seasonal allergies, however, it is important to spring clean every room in your home. Additionally, cleaning your windows, refrigerator, appliances and walls is just as important.
While spring cleaning is an important step you must take to improve the look and feel of your home and its indoor air quality, cleaning your living space can also help boost your mood, activity levels and overall physical and mental health. To learn more about how to tell if you should roll up your sleeves and clean your home after a long winter, review the sections below.
Do you need to clean your home in the spring?
While springtime is an excellent season for cleaning your home after your windows have been closed for months at a time, individuals who live in warmer climates often choose to clean their homes annually at the beginning of each new season or several times throughout the year. However, the best time to spring clean a home is when you can open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.
How can I tell if I should spring clean my home?
Even if you clean your home on a regular basis, a thorough cleaning is often needed at least once per year, as very few individuals regularly clean their homes from top to bottom. For many, this process is known as spring cleaning. However, knowing when to spring clean a home is difficult if you do not experience long winters or you live in a region without changing seasons. Additionally, some families may need to spring clean their homes earlier in the year than others, especially if any household members suffer from seasonal allergies or live with pets. To explore the various telltale signs of needing to clean your home from top to bottom, review the following sections.
#1 – Your kitchen is filled with empty or expired food items
Spring cleaning involves more than simply vacuuming underneath couches and washing floors. During the process of spring cleaning your home, going through your kitchen cupboards, recycling empty boxes and tossing any expired foods or spices is just as important. In addition, if you find unexpired food items that you no longer want or need, you can donate them to a food shelf or homeless shelter.
#2 – Your refrigerator is filled with spoiled foods or reusable food containers
After a busy winter or a long year, you may forget to clean out your refrigerator and toss out any expired foods. If you run out of reusable food containers because they are all holding expired food in your refrigerator, this is another important sign that you need to spring clean your home and reorganize your kitchen.
#3 – Your drains are clogged
If your shower drain is filled with hair, or your kitchen or bathroom sinks suddenly take longer than usual to drain, this is often a telltale sign that it is time to spring clean your home. By cleaning your drains, the water will drain more quickly, and unsanitary water will not stand in the sink, shower or bathtub. Additionally, cleaning your drain will keep the surface of your sink, shower or bathtub much cleaner, as dirty water will not have a chance to stain your appliances.
#4 – Your shower caddy is filled with empty bottles
If your bathroom cupboards or your shower caddy is filled with empty bottles of body wash, shaving cream or shampoo and conditioner, you likely need to spring clean your bathroom as well as the rest of your home. Additionally, if your medicine cabinet is filled with expired medications or empty pill bottles, it is important to sort through each item and throw out any unwanted products.
#5 – Your windowsills are covered in dust and your windows are cloudy
If your windowsills are covered in dust or you can hardly see through them because they are so dirty, it is time to wipe them down. You will also need to clean your blinds, drapes or window treatments to ensure everything is properly cleaned.
#6 – The lighting in your home is dimmer than usual
If the days are getting longer but the inside of your home is just as dark, your dirty light fixtures could be to blame. While dirty light bulbs emit up to 20 percent less light than clean bulbs, your dirty light fixtures, lampshades and chandeliers should also be cleaned on a regular basis, as they tend to attract dust and bugs over time.
#7 – You have pets
If you have pets who shed their fur, you likely need to clean your home on a regular basis. However, if you find hair all over your furniture, rugs, clothing, or floors, or you notice pet stains on your carpet or upholstery, you likely need to do a deep cleaning of your entire home to neutralize any pet odors and allergens.
#8 – Your allergies are worsening
If your allergy symptoms seem to be worsening, spring cleaning may be in order. When spring cleaning your home, you will need to change your filters, clean your air ducts and vent registers, and wash the screens to your windows and doors. Thoroughly lean every fabric surface that can absorb allergens and make your conditions worse.
#9 – Your junk drawer is overflowing
If your junk drawer is overflowing and you are thinking about making space for a second drawer in your home, it may be time to de-clutter your living space with a little spring cleaning.
#10 – Your dining room table is covered in mail and other clutter
If your dining room table is covered in clutter and cannot be used for eating purposes, you likely need to de-clutter the rest of your home as well.
#11 – Your home has never received a thorough spring cleaning
If you have never thoroughly cleaned your home, now is the best time to give your home a full top to bottom cleaning. If you vacuum your floors, wipe down your countertops and clean your bathrooms on a regular basis, but overlook wiping down your cabinets, stainless steel appliances, windows, wood floors, refrigerator or oven, you may want to take the time to clean your entire home. Spring cleaning, if done right, always guarantees the best home cleaning.