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With temperatures on the rise and the nice weather quickly approaching, time is running out to get your spring-cleaning chores completed before summer is here. We know you’d prefer to spend time with all of your friends and family for the entertaining season, then think about cleaning the gutters or washing windows. So let’s jump into spring cleaning before the party starts.

Spring cleaning in general refers to a specific seasonal time to complete chores around your house and property that you typically only get to once a year, both inside and outside. The best time to get started is March through May, before the warm weather is here to stay and you’d rather be sitting on your patio enjoying the warm sun. Some of the most common chores to get done are cleaning windows, airing out your mattress and cleaning out closets or the garage. But let’s take a step back before you get overwhelmed.

Where do you start?
Start with the basics. Eliminate the clutter before making more. Everyone’s home is different and in different shape but starting to clean out your fridge, pantry, closet and other odds and ends is a good start. It’s also rewarding to see progress made and empty space from the decluttering process, which will keep the momentum going. Once you have decluttered prepare yourself—ensure you are stocked up with ample cleaning supplies and assess the situation, develop a plan ranking which area needs to be prioritized. Whether it’s high traffic areas first or the dirtiest area first, everyone has a different starting point, but it’s important to develop a plan so as not to get sidetracked or distracted in the process. Every destination features a road map on how to get there.

Keep yourself entertained. Whether you are getting children involved or have an audiobook, a podcast, or a playlist of your favourite jams, make the most of the situation. Something small like this can help take your mind-off the task at hand and eliminate distractions or the desire to quit prior to completion.

As mentioned, spring is here, and summer is knocking at the door. And with summer knocking at the door so too are the dinner parties and entertaining, which means people in the kitchen. Often overlooked, the cupboards in the kitchen can be something so quick and easy to clean and organize. We don’t realize how much time is spent in the kitchen, which is why it’s so important to be spotless. Take pride in your home. Doing a deep clean annually positions you for success and makes it easier to maintain throughout the year. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning, but why not make it easier where you can.

Areas to focus on…
With just 24 hours in a day, more time is spent in your bedroom than any other room in your home. With that in mind, it’s time to recharge your mind and body. We all know the feeling of a good night’s sleep so what if we can do something to make that feeling better and more consistent?

Utilize spring cleaning as an opportunity to do so. Remove those winter sheets, blankets and quilts and toss them right in the washing machine before putting them away until the fall. From there, take it a step further, throw your pillows in the wash and give them a good cleaning, prolong their life, and getting rid of any allergens. This is also a good time to wash your mattress protector and flip or rotate your mattress. Having a fresh, clean bedroom could help you sleep better, and your body will thank you.

Don’t forget about the ceiling fan and don’t be afraid to move stationary furniture around to get rid of the dust and debris that accumulates over time. You don’t want to see what it looks like if you skip this spring-cleaning task and leave it to next year. Moving furniture and cleaning every spot in the room also provides you an opportunity to make sure there are no leaks within the room, no mold, mildew, or other spots of concern.

The Forgotten Areas…
Wait, there’s more, every house has a dark corner that’s forgotten about. While in the kitchen, do not forget about the freezer. Go through it, getting rid of expired or freezer burnt foods, see the inventory of food you have, you never know what’s hiding in there! All of those hard-to-reach spots, like your light fixtures, ceiling fans or curtains, could also use some love as well. Give them a good scrub and you’ll breath a little easier, no really… a clean house can help with allergies. Eliminating any particles in the air can improve the breathing quality in your home.

Feeling overwhelmed or overworked?
Any progress is forward progress. Whether it’s a whole days worth of cleaning or a few hours. Any time spent is positive time and is an improvement. Don’t worry if there’s still things left, take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and if you rush yourself cleaning you won’t do a good job and it will just pile on next year.