Tackle Spring Cleaning with a Plan

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1Now that spring is finally here, chances are you’re starting to think about spring cleaning. As temperatures rise and we open our windows again for that fresh breeze to clear the indoor air, we realize there’s nothing like a good, deep clean. And if you’re like many of us, you quickly feel overwhelmed, where do you begin and where will it end? If you have a lot of clutter, or have simply accumulated a lot over the years, having a spring cleaning plan will make a big difference.

 Spring Clean Room by Room. Don’t worry about which room you haven’t gotten to yet. Just focus on one room at a time, and before you know it, each one will be done. A check list can also help keep you organized. For each room create a list of what you want to accomplish. For the kitchen include cleaning out the cupboards, when was the last time you went through your old spices or got rid of containers without lids? In the bathroom, don’t forget to clear out the medicine cabinet. Within bedrooms, be sure to include a search under beds, and clean out dressers too.

 2Purge Your Closets. Chances are any closets you have are full. From off-season clothing, to old items you no longer wear, outdated magazines, and who-knows-what random items, our closets easily become a “quick clean fix” which need to be purged themselves. If you have many closets, treat these as a room of their own in your planning. Go from closet to closet and clean them out, setting aside items to donate or throw away. Take your cleaning a step further and add a closet organizer before you put anything back in.

 Donate or Discard? That’s the Question. As you clean out your home, watch for multiples of the same items. Do you really need 4 blue ties? Did you realize you had 2 copies of The Great Gatsby? It’s ok to keep just one. Have the kids outgrown their games and books? Now is a great time to donate the things they no longer use. Do you have a lot of craft or hobby supplies? If so, when was the last time you used them? Clean them out and organize what you will keep, discard or donate the rest.

 3As you purge your rooms, set aside items to be kept or donated and discard everything else. Take your discarding a step further and recycle what you can first. It’s also worth checking with the SWANCC about how to discard items such as old paint cans, outdated electronics and even expired medications. Proper disposal will make a difference in the long term. 

 A spring clean is also a great way to prepare for listing your home, or if you’re planning to buy a new one, don’t take your clutter with you, clean it out first. Check out this House Logic feature on Spring Cleaning Tips for People with a lot of Stuff for more ideas. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who keeps their client’s interests and needs in mind. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.