Spring cleaning: the yearly tradition many people have of purging their home of all the unnecessary things they’ve collected over the year.
Many take this time to clean the carpets, the windows, and even repaint. It’s a great time to give your home a fresh makeover without spending a lot of money.
When you’re spring cleaning, you may find that you’re just moving things from one room to another. You need a little extra space to really clean your home the way you want.
One solution to this is to get a self-storage unit to temporarily hold all of your items while you clean the house and reorganize.
If you’re ready to start your spring cleaning, here are a few tips:
- Start cleaning from the top-down so you can keep track of what you’ve done. Start with the light fixtures, ceiling fans, and draperies. Then move on to cleaning the walls, windows, and furniture. Finally finish with the floors.
- Clean your windows from the left to the right, so you can keep track of what you’ve done.
- Test your smoke detectors and replace the batteries.
- Clean off all of the kitchen counters and your shelves, then wipe them all down. Wash any knickknacks or items you regularly have on your shelves and dust off any books.
- Go through any accumulated stacks of bills and other documents. File the ones you need to keep and shred any others.
- Pull out your appliances and wipe off the sides and the floor under it. You may discover some spills you didn’t realize had occurred. Now’s the time to clean that up.
- If you’re going to shampoo your carpets or paint, you might want to move all of the furniture from those rooms to your storage unit. You can often rent storage units for anywhere from a day to a month. You may even find a mobile storage unit that you can fill up and then call the storage company to come pick up. This means you don’t have to worry about transporting the furniture to the storage unit yourself.
- When you clean your furniture or mattress, think about putting down a tarp outdoors and let them air out for a bit. This will give your home a fresh feeling, plus the sunlight can actually kill some microscopic creatures.
- Go through your seasonal clothing and wash anything you’re not going to be using. Repair any tears or sew on any replacement buttons you need to do. Then you can box up this clothing in a wardrobe box and take it to the storage unit. As you do this, look over the items. Do you wear them regularly? If not, it might be time to donate them.
- Check for cracked tiles, broken handles, and other little issues that may need to be repaired. Make the fixes now before these problems become more serious.
- Make sure you sweep out the corners, the air vents, and other places that you might not normally get into or clean.
- Don’t forget to clean outdoors, too. Use a power washer to clean your siding. Wash down your windows. Be sure you remove any spider-webs or wasp nests, too.
- Sweep out the garage and wash it down to get rid of any spills. Put away your winter stuff and get out the summer items. You may want to store these winter items in a storage unit so they don’t take up space at home.
- Clean your lawn furniture and other items you’re going to use this summer.
- Give your yard a makeover by trimming the hedges, putting down new mulch, and aerating your yard. You may even want to plant some new flowers.
While spring cleaning does take some work, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll love how your home and yard look!
Storage Unit Humor
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