The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the sun seems just a little bit brighter. Unfortunately, that means you can see the clutter and dust that’s been accumulating over the past few months. If you’re ready to dig out and need some spring cleaning ideas, we’ve got you covered.
Check out the following tips on how you can make the most of your spring cleaning to-do list.
Warmer days mean you can open up those windows and let the fresh air in! But don’t forget, this is also a great time to ensure that your indoor air stays fresh and dust free all year long. Take a few minutes and add changing out household filters to your spring cleaning list. This will help reduce dust and dirt as fans and central air systems are running this summer.
Clutter does not create good vibes. Take a few steps back, assess your closets, drawers, cupboards and shelves, and then make some hard-cutting decisions. You don’t need to go full Marie Kondo to declutter your home, but a few simple tricks will make a big difference.
It shouldn’t surprise you that everything from the chandelier in your dining room to the rug in your entryway can hold immense amounts of dust and grime.
Start from the highest areas (light fixtures, wall art, upper shelving and door tops) and dust downward to ensure both vertical and horizontal surfaces are taken care of. After dusting, vacuum the area to collect everything that has fallen onto the floor.
Use a high-quality wood oil to clean, condition and freshen wood surfaces, being sure to remove any excess oil before moving on. Next, give those windows a nice clean sparkle – inside and out. Lastly, wipe down natural stone and stainless steel surfaces to remove smudges and fingerprints.
If you don’t want to use any harsh chemicals, try cleaning with diluted vinegar. Not only is vinegar cost-effective, it’s also antibacterial and great for removing pet stains and odors. In addition to superb cleaning, vinegar also doesn’t leave any sticky or filmy residues -just a streak-free shine. You can be confident your kids and pets won’t be crawling through anything they shouldn’t (at least in the house), and you won’t get judged by your mother-in-law when she “pops in” unexpectedly.
While you’re cleaning surfaces, toss all of those entry rugs, sofa pillows and throw blankets into the laundry. Even though they may not show it – these items can quickly collect just as much (if not more) dust as other surfaces in your home. A quick shake of rugs outside followed by a good vacuuming will liven up your floors and make them look brand new. As for sofa pillows – if the covers come off, toss them into the washing machine (following all manufacturer suggested directions) and give the pillow innards a good shake outside.
If you’re like any of us interior designers and our clients, you have invested in beautiful pieces for your home. By adding these few steps to your annual Spring cleaning list you’ll prolong their life and appeal, ensuring the longevity of your prized assets. You can choose to hire a professional or go the DIY route, depending on how hands-on (or not) you want to be.
As you see the flowers blooming outside, it may inspire you to add some color inside. Make this a fun project and consider these ideas:
With spring cleaning, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. You can clean a little, you can clean a lot, you can organize to your heart’s content, or you can ignore it all until summer. It’s truly up to you.
However, if you’re feeling like a good spring cleaning just isn’t going to do the job and you need a little more than dusting and organizing to bring out the vibrancy in your home, contact us! As one of the top-rated residential interior designers in Denver, we believe that making your home a unique and enjoyable environment doesn’t have to be complicated. We work with you to design a living space that is creative, functional and stylish. Contact Andrea Schumacher Interiors today to learn more.