With winter finally making its way out of our lives, we’ve all started thinking about our spring cleaning. Maybe this is a project you tackle on a whim, or maybe you have a structured plan and a big checklist of everything you need to do this season to clean out, declutter, and refresh your life for summer.
Whichever type of person you are, we can guarantee that there are at least a few things you’ve forgotten to add to your list (or that jumble in your mind of everything you need to get done)! To help you out, here are a few of the commonly forgotten (or simply neglected) spring cleaning tasks that are actually pretty important to get done once a year or so.
Cleaning Out Your Attic or Basement
First of all, stop and ask yourself how long it’s been since you really cleaned out your attic or basement. The answer will probably make you cringe. Make a note to really get stuck into a deep clean and declutter of these areas in your home this spring.
However, if you notice that your attic has gotten really out of control, you might want to leave a task like this to the Attic Pros. Getting professional assistance can help ensure your safety against potential hazards like mould, pests, or insulation materials that might contain harmful substances.
Testing and Wiping Down Smoke Detectors
Your poor smoke detector has probably been neglected for a few years, too. These devices are a nuisance to maintain because they’re high up and out of reach, and it takes a little extra effort to really get them clean. But don’t try to use a vacuum cleaner to get the job done quick and easy – take the time to grab a chair if you need to, to climb up there and give it a proper wipe down.
Now is also a good time to test that the device is working properly. This might seem tedious, but it’s important for your safety to know that your alarm will go off in the case of a real fire.
Organizing your Garage
Another big cleaning and decluttering job that’s really worth tackling every couple of months is your garage. This is another area of the home that often becomes overrun with heaps of junk that you don’t really need. Spend a few hours going through everything and selling, donating, or throwing out unneeded items, before giving the whole space a thorough clean.
Once you’ve done some cleaning and decluttering, you can make sure you’re really making the most of your garage. Invest in some storage boxes or drawers that will help keep the space neat in the future.
Deep Cleaning Your Refrigerator and Pantry
Finally, handle your food situation! Deep cleaning your fridge can be a lengthy process, but it’s worth the effort, especially when you notice the amount of grime that comes out of a space that should really be more hygienic.
Get rid of old and expired food from the fridge and pantry, clean everything thoroughly, and reorganise all your stock so that it’s easy to see what you have, grab it, and use it, without letting anything go to waste.