As we begin to shed off the cloak of winter and head back into sunnier days, spring is the perfect time to give your house a refresher that will last all year. But, how can you tackle such a big task, and how do you know what to prioritize? To help you streamline and make spring cleaning easier, we're providing the following tips for spring cleaning your apartment in Florida.
Spring cleaning can be a huge task, and you shouldn't try to finish it in a day. Instead, make a realistic plan to tackle everything over time. You can categorize tasks by room or cleaning method, such as dusting, vacuuming, and organizing. Making a schedule can help keep your ambitions in check while being realistic about what you can accomplish and maybe spark new goals.
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of all the dust accumulating in your home. When thinking about dusting or cleaning surfaces, keep a top-down approach. For example, clean ceiling fan blades before dusting tables and dust tables before vacuuming. You should always employ this cleaning method to avoid making new messes on areas you've already cleaned.
Since you'll probably kick up a lot of dust, there are measures you can take to help keep the air in your home clean. Before cleaning, replace your AC's air filter, especially if it's been longer than a couple of months. Also, consider using a portable air filter you can move around as you clean different rooms. When vacuuming, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA air filter and ensure you clean it before and after spring cleaning. When dusting, use a damp microfiber cloth to trap dust bunnies instead of pushing them around. Don't forget to dust those hard-to-reach or forgotten places, such as on top of cabinets, air vents, and wall baseboards.
While air filters and smart dusting methods can reduce dust and allergens floating around in your home, neither will impact your air quality when it comes to overusing chemical cleaners. You can get surprisingly deep cleaning accomplished by using many natural substitutes. A few of our favorites include soaking shower heads in vinegar to remove mineral build-up, refreshing stainless steel sinks with baking soda, and removing water stains with lemon. While natural substitutes can't be used for everything, you should try to limit the use of chemicals in your home as much as possible. This is especially true in rooms with limited airflow, such as bathrooms, as inhaling chemical cleaners in close quarters can seriously affect your health.
When doing a whole-home clean, it can be a great time to trim down on possessions that have outlived their use or were never entirely useful. Instead of trying to cut down done all at once, try doing it as you go. Be honest with yourself! It can be one thing to hang on to something with a specific purpose needed on occasion and another to endlessly hold onto something you "might need" later. If you haven't missed it over the last year or so, you're probably not going to miss it when it's gone. Take time to go through drawers, closets, cabinets, and shelving to remove unnecessary items to make organization cleaner and simpler.
To help make your life better after spring cleaning and to make next year's spring cleaning easier, put some thought into how you organize things. Investing in some quality containers for cabinets, drawers, and shelves can help keep things separate and neat, as well as provide designated spots for things so you have a system that you can follow all year. Also, think about how your daily life looks and if there are any tricks you can implement to make things easier and cleaner. A popular idea is a clothes rack for storing items like sweaters and jeans when not in use all day, instead of just laying them around wherever to be forgotten. When it comes to organization, having a place for everything can make cleaning up later easier.