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5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Refresh Your Home

March 21, 2013

Although you may not be able to tell from the subzero temperatures and light snowfall blanketing the Midwest, yesterday marked the first day of spring. Get a head start on your spring cleaning this year so you can enjoy the nice weather once it arrives.

Whether your kitchen pantry needs some pampering or your family room could use a face-lift, we’ve put together a few tips that will simplify the process and have you whistling while you work.


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Make a list. First things first: before you can kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, you’ll need to get a game plan. Making a spring cleaning checklist will help you stay on track and is a great way to strategically tackle all of your chores. Complete your least favorite and most time consuming chores first. Crossing off the most difficult tasks first will give you a sense of accomplishment and make the rest of your spring cleaning chores a breeze. To download a free printable spring cleaning checklist, visit The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking blog.

Photo courtesy of Etsy Shop MoreThanAMemoryAK.

Photo courtesy of Etsy Shop MoreThanAMemoryAK.

Recruit help. Get the entire family involved in the spring cleaning process. While enlisting help may feel like a chore in itself, it doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth. Start by creating an interactive family chore chart. At the end of the day, remember to take time to celebrate and reward your family with some fun incentives, like a trip to the ice cream parlor or renting a movie to watch in your newly refreshed home.

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Have a handy kit ready. Create a kit of all the cleaning supplies you’ll need to scrub, sweep and dust your home from top to bottom. Whether you have an apron with purposeful pockets or a big bucket nearby, you’ll definitely want to have spring cleaning essentials like multi-surface sprays, sponges, paper towels and rubber gloves on hand when things get dirty.

Photo courtesy of Sand & Sisal.

Photo courtesy of Sand & Sisal.

Embrace space saving storage ideas. If you want to bring order to the chaos of clutter in your home, check out our room-by-room guide of clever and affordable organization tips. Having a garage sale or donating extra items to charity are a couple of great ways to clear clutter while earning extra money or tax deductions.


Photo courtesy of A traditional Living Room by San Diego Interior Designer Robeson Design.

Extra fresh ideas. To inject a little extra freshness into your home this spring, open the windows and light some seasonally scented candles while you clean. You can even add a little feng shui to your family room by rearranging your furniture to change the look and feel of your home.

While spring cleaning is probably the last thing you want to do, following these tips will help simplify the process and make it more enjoyable. Happy cleaning!

Do you have any spring cleaning tips and tricks? Share them in the comments.

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