Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring weather will be here before you know it (As long as the snow finally melts…)!

The beginning of a new season often motivates a fresh start, and for many, this means one thing: spring cleaning. As the temperatures begin to rise, it’s the perfect time to pull back the curtains, open up the windows and let the fresh air in while taking care of the tedious tasks that you neglected all winter. Check out these helpful tips below to make the process a little easier on yourself.

  1. Ask friends/ family for help.
    Cleaning an entire home on your own can be a daunting task. Don’t tackle the chores by yourself! Instead, reach out to some of your loved ones for assistance. Not only will this make the cleaning day more efficient, it is also the perfect opportunity to bond with your family or friends. You can dig up old family photo books to look through, and find toys from your kids’ childhood to pass on to your grandchildren. An extra helping hand can also take care of the chores that are difficult for you to complete on your own, such as dusting in hard-to-reach places or rearranging large pieces of furniture.
  2. Make a spring cleaning checklist.
    Before starting, sit down and create a checklist of all of the tasks you’d like to complete. Spring cleaning generally consists of sanitizing and organizing rooms, but there are a dozen other chores that are typically overlooked. Aside from mopping, vacuuming, and reorganizing, consider these tasks.
  • Medicine cabinet – Remove all medications and prescriptions that are expired, as well as ones that you no longer use.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Replace all dead batteries.
  • Refrigerator and pantry – Eliminate all food that is expired.
  • Rooms and hallways – Replace all broken light bulbs. Also, eliminate area rugs that pose a tripping hazard.
  • Bathroom – Consider installing grab bars in the bathtub, shower and near the toilet.
  1. Reorganize before you cleanse
    Once you’ve eliminated the clutter in your home, you’ll have a fresh slate for cleansing and organizing. For your first task, gather all of your important financial, health and legal documents and organizing them in one space. This will save you time, money and stress in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, make the items you use regularly easily accessible, and place items you rarely use tucked out of your way. This is also the perfect time to check your home for any issues that make living conditions less safe.
  2. Eliminate the clutter.
    As we grow older, it becomes more difficult to part with the items we’ve accumulated over the years. However, hoarding the things that you rarely use takes up space and has the potential to negatively impact your physical and mental health. Take it room by room and make three separate piles: yes, no, and maybe. Place all of the items you use often in the “yes” pile while you turn items that are just taking up space in your home to the “no” pile. For items you’re unsure of parting with, place them in the “maybe” pile. For all of the things that you’re willing to part with, determine the condition and either throw them in the trash, or donate them to charity. The NSC Spring Flea market is right around the corner – the perfect place to donate gently used items! Donations are accepted in the lounge Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 21st.