March 20, 2016 by
Spring cleaning gets a bad rap. Yes, it entails work (unless you hire someone—which is totally legit, or you force your kids to work for free like you did for your parents), but the results are soooo satisfying that you won’t even mind. We promise. Tackle these 13 indoor and outdoor projects and you’ll be loving life come sunny days.
Super House Clean
You’ve got two options: deputize the family to be deep clean mavericks, or hire a team ofspring cleaning specialists to rock the job out. We’re not talking basic mopping here, this calls for wall scrubbing, ceiling dusting, oven cleaning, and curtain washing. It’s business time.
Take Care of Tile
If your tile grout has a mild case of wear and tear, use a DIY sealer painted on with a toothbrush to look as good as new. If mildew has set in, or large areas need to be redone, hire a tile and grout cleaning professional to solve it in one fell swoop.
Clean the Carpets
Get the mud and dog and red wine out from a long winter spent cooped up. Either rent a steamer from your local grocery store, or hire a carpet cleaning specialists to bring their big vans and fancy machines to breathe new life into your rug.
Wax or Restain Wood Floors
Life looking a little dull? Put new shine under your soles by having wood floors waxed or restained. It will look amazing.
Organize Your Life
Every home mag in the world tells you spring is the time to clear clutter and organize your closet, home desk, and garage. We understand that saying is easier than doing. If this herculean task of handling your stuff is beyond your powers, call in an organization professionalto save your sanity.
Spring and summer mean letting in fresh air, not showing off the grubby screen door that’s been neglected for decades. Remove all the screen windows and doors in the house, wipe them down, hose them off, then replace them (or better yet, hire someone to do it for you). The fresh air will smell all the sweeter.
Deep Clean the Mudroom
If you live in a snowy, rainy, or mucky area, your mudroom is coated in gunk. Get the space ready for spring! Clean and store winter wear in the garage. Wipe down the walls and scrub the floor. Put in a brightly colored rug. Hurray!
Ready the AC
Just check that it’s in working order before the first 100° day, that way you’ll get top-notch service when you need it.
Wash Outdoor Furniture
Wipe off the chairs, wash outdoor cushion fabric as needed, scrub down the picnic table, and restring the bistro lights. It’s patio party time!
Ready the Lawn
It’s probably looking pretty bad in your lawn right now. Piles of decayed leaves are showing under the melting snow. Get out there with a rake and elbow grease, or call in a lawn specialistto clean out the muck, fertilize, and get you ready for spring.
Pressure Wash the House
Professional washers get exterior paint looking as good as new after a winter—or, let’s face it, decades—of rain, dirt, and snow. This is also an easy curb appeal boost if you’re putting your house on the market.
Clean the Deck
Clean the cobwebs, swab the deck, reseal as needed—get ready for sunny days outdoors! If you have a massive deck, or major repairs to be done, call in a deck professional to get you set safely.
Repair the Driveway
Cracks in the concrete and weeds growing in make the place look janky. Patch holes with concrete resurfacer, reseal asphalt driveways to look smooth, and reclaim your position as best looking house on the block. All that sound like a hassle? Hire a driveway specialist and sip lemonade on the back porch while it gets handled.
Wash the Exterior Windows
Yes, even the windows on the second floor. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder, or have crazy angles on your house, have a professional window washer come so you don’t spend all spring in a cast.
Prep the Pool
Have the algae and debris cleaned off the bottom of the pool, make sure the filter is in working order, and safety check your ladders and diving board. If you’re hiring a pool professional to handle the chemicals, many companies offer lower rates for early spring visits when they’re slower than during the summer rush.
Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the spring!