Do you start spring cleaning your Pittsburgh home now, or wait until spring begins? Our winter days can be long and keep us indoors, so why not start your spring cleaning now? Then, as the weather starts to warm, we want to use that time to work outside on patios, decks, and landscaping.
Think about taking some time to work through your home room by room.
This is the most effective way to deep clean. A cleaning checklist will help you stay on task and remind you of areas that may need extra attention. Pay particular attention to the parts of your home that are neglected throughout the year.
Before starting, you should check your cleaning supplies. Do you have what you need? Spending money on tons of products isn’t necessary. Be careful of toxic products. You can make a chemical-free window and glass cleaner by mixing white vinegar, distilled water, and a few drops of essential oil. Using an old cotton T-shirt instead of paper towels is not only good for the environment but also leaves the glass streak-free and lint-free.
Take time to declutter and organize each room.
Regularly decluttering your home helps keep you organized. We all tend to dump things in a spare room or corner until we get “around to” sorting and putting these items away. We also tend to buy duplicates of products in our pantry and bathrooms that we don’t even realize. Experts advise us to make three piles: Keep, Trash, or Donate when sorting through things. Get into the habit of touching an item only once and deciding where it needs to go.
A thorough cleaning of the kitchen is frequently necessary, especially during the winter when we do more indoor cooking—clean behind refrigerators, ovens, tops of cabinets. Also, don’t forget to clean out the pantry of expired foods.
Now is a time to start developing new cleaning habits. Creating a simple 15-minute routine to maintain your hard work is a great idea. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and go through a room, putting things in place. You will be surprised what you can get done in 15 minutes, and you will spend less time on your weekly cleaning routines.
Getting other household members involved in the cleaning process can be helpful.
Teaching children age-appropriate chores teaches them life skills and helps them feel included. In addition, you can try making it fun by turning on some music or establishing a reward system as an incentive.
If you start spring cleaning your Pittsburgh home now, you will be able to get outdoors when spring finally arrives.
If you are thinking about selling your home, thorough cleaning and decluttering should be top of your to-do list. We can help you prioritize what you should do before putting your home on the market.