Although your spring clean is an annual, dreaded chore, it actually helps your home maintain its value and provides you with an opportunity to identify any potential problems before they become huge expenses. To help motivate you and simplify the process, here are eight spring-clean tips for both indoor and outdoor tasks:
- Trim any dead limbs from trees and shrubs. In addition, you may want to prune any limbs that hang down too low or that rub against one another.
- Rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage as well as prune any flowering perennials. Then, collect all the organic waste and deposit it into a compost bin or heap to use as fertiliser later.
- Seed any thin or bald patches in your lawn and apply fertiliser about every six to eight weeks.
- Patch or replace any worn wood in your fence or trellises. In addition, you should repaint any outdoor fixtures every two years or whenever the paint begins to chip and fade.
- Wipe down the interior of the refrigerator with distilled vinegar. If there are any particularly hard-to-remove spots, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto the area and then use a dish scouring pad.
- Wash all of the windows with a simple mixture of water and liquid dish soap.
- Have your carpets steam-cleaned and apply a water-based polish to restore the lustre to your hardwood floors.
- Dust heating and cooling vents along with ceiling fan blades with an electrostatic mop or a damp kitchen towel with a mild cleanser.
In addition, if you find any appliances, clothing or any other items that you no longer use, consider donating them to charity. And, while all of the above guidance may appear to be a lot of work, you can make it more manageable by dividing up the tasks across several days.