There's just something about these first warm sunny days of spring that makes you want to throw open the windows, air out your home, and welcome in the new season! Of course we all know that the very next day there might be 3 inches of snow on the ground and we'll be back to hunkering down in warm fuzzy socks while huddled under a blanket! Such is the entry of spring into our lives each season, especially if you live in a northern part of our country! But aside from the promise of longer and warmer days- spring brings with it the desire to start fresh and anew- to clear our desks, our homes, and our lives of heavy clothes, dust & dirt built up from trekking in and out of the house, not to mention the piles of paperwork and clutter that have accumulated on our desks and countertops all winter long! So let's get ready to usher in the new season with these 5 Spring Cleaning Tasks to Tackle Today!
#1 Clean windows and screens
One of the biggest chores that calls out to me this time of year is to clean the glass on my windows and doors! My dog has spent countless hours all winter long with his nose pressed to the glass- watching for the kids to come home from school, seeing if the bunnies or foxes have made their way into his yard, or searching for the UPS man! The glass is a smudgy- dirty mess on both the inside and outside- so it is time for a serious cleaning! My favorite tutorial for cleaning windows (using the dish soap and squeegee method) is this one from Ask Anna Mosely (and she shows us how to clean the window tracks too!). We remove our screens each fall so we can enjoy the winter views through clear glass, but now that I want to open our windows- it's time to put the screens back in once those windows have been washed! I prefer to do this on a warm day when I can also wipe down the screens before re-installing them.
#2 Move and dust under furniture
Even if you keep up with the basic dusting, vacuuming, and mopping all winter long, those dust bunnies have been building up somewhere- under furniture, behind bookcases, inside of closets (especially if you have wood floors). So each spring I like to set aside a few hours and offer some chore money to one or more of my kids to help me move around furniture so I can clean under it and behind it.
#3 Battle back the paper clutter
It seems as if every season I start out with good intentions to file or shred items as I am done with them, but it rarely gets executed the way I intended- and I usually just end up stacking papers into one or more inboxes or piles. So while listening to some March Madness B-Ball on TV, I'll multi-task a bit and spend some time sorting and filing what I need to keep, and shredding those documents that I am done with. Last fall I was given the Fellowes 79Ci to try- and I am in love with this machine! It is 100% jam proof so I can feed in stacks of paper (up to 16 sheets at a time!) complete with staples and paper clips and it will shred it to smithereens. Their SafeSense® technology automatically stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening- so I can trust that my kids won’t injure their sweet fingers when they are shredding the junk mail. And it is quiet, so I can even shred paper while the “big game” is on! What’s nice is that it has a built in system that maximizes its energy efficiency 100% of the time (both when you are and are not using it), and it has an extended 20-minute run time, which really helps you to stay productive! The 79Ci is available at Amazon and Office Superstores with a suggested retail price of $239.99. And one of my favorite features is that this shredder is on casters, so I can easily slide it under my desk when I'm not using it- which keeps it accessible yet out of my way!
#4 Bring spring indoors with some flowering plants
I am just itching to get outside and start planting flowers and sowing seeds into my vegetable garden! But of course, it is still way too early for that- so I instead like to bring spring inside by adding some blooming orchids to small tables throughout my house. I've shared here before that I adore orchids because for $25 you can buy a bouquet that is dead in a week or you can buy a plant that will bloom for months, and then can be easily coaxed into re-blooming year after year!
#5 Makeover and refresh one small area
While I would love to do some re-painting on my walls- maybe tackle a kitchen cabinet makeover or even purchase some new bedding for our master bedroom- those are all financial investments that just aren't in our current budget. But what I can do instead is to change out some of our wall art to bright spring-inspired printables! A small change likes this makes me happy every time I see it! What's on your list of things to tackle for Spring cleaning?