For most folks, winter means hibernation. Sure, all that time spent indoors could easily be spent cleaning. But when you have TV shows to stream, hot chocolate to sip, and a warm blanket to snuggle under, why bother?
But spring is the time for renewal – a time to shake off the winter's cobwebs and let the sunlight energize you. Here are some ways to make your house an inviting, spring-ready haven by tackling all the small cleaning tasks you've been putting off for another day.
Springtime Sprucing Tips for Your Columbus Home
Though these tidying tips may seem insignificant on their own, together they give your home that extra appeal you will appreciate all season long. Put these seven ideas to use and your home will be guest-ready in no time.
Change outdoor bulbs.
Indoor light fixtures are often overlooked during cleaning, so outdoor fixtures usually don't stand a chance of getting a scrub. Buck the trend by removing your porch light fixtures and washing them in hot, soapy water, rinsing them, and drying them. Before you put the fixtures back, be sure to replace burnt-out bulbs with energy-efficient ones.
Pay attention to the porch.
Speaking of the porch, isn't it looking a little like a no-man's land since the thaw? All the old leaves, rock salt residue, and muck aren't an attractive way to greet visitors. Sweep the stoop, steps, and sidewalk leading to your door. Consider pressure washing the area if necessary.
Detail your doors.
Another overlooked area of the house? Door handles and hinges. Though they do plenty of work to keep your house running smoothly, they seldom get the cleaning attention they deserve. So take some time to polish the hinges and knobs. (Need some help finding safe cleaning products? Read this: "How to Pick Safe Cleaning Solutions for Your Home or Office.") As a final touch, put a new welcome mat outside the entrances of your Columbus home.
Perk up your place with plants.
Not only do plants improve the visual allure of your home, but they also purify the air, amplify productivity, and increase creativity. (For more productivity tips, read "How a Clean Workspace Boosts Productivity.") Consult Better Homes and Garden's guide "Choosing Houseplants" to get started.
Freshen up furniture.
Get your outdoor spaces ready for springtime gatherings by tidying up your outdoor furniture. Follow the manufacturer's directions for cleaning cushions and scrub down the actual furniture with soapy water, and then rinse. Use sandpaper or a wire brush to remove any rust spots on metal furniture.
Clean hard-to-reach places.
Wipe down ceiling fan blades, the top of your fridge, and behind kitchen appliances. Make sure to dust the ceiling corners, too – that's where you'll find the cobwebs. To learn more about combatting sneaky spots, read "5 Places Around the House You Don't Clean but Should."
Clear out the gutters.
Overflowing water from clogged gutters can destroy landscaping and cause roof leaks. Needless to say, each of these problems costs a pretty penny to repair. So save yourself the money by avoiding the issue from the outset. Give your gutters a thorough inspection and clear them of any leaves, limbs, or debris. Pay special attention to the elbow (i.e., the place where the gutter meets the downspout).
As a finishing touch, throw open the curtains to let the sunlight spill into your freshly cleaned house. If the weather's nice, open the windows so the fresh air will fill your home. Pour a glass of iced tea, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Get a Jumpstart on Spring Cleaning
On a clear, sunny day, it can be a chore to stay indoors, no matter how appealing a clean house sounds. Maybe you just need to kick off your season with a professional, thorough Columbus house cleaning.
Sound like you? If so, book a house cleaning consultation with us today.