[This article was originally published in March 2020 and has been expanded and revised.]
Spring is finally here and there is so much to when it comes to cleanup and junk removal. But it always pays to have a plan before you jump in.
Of course, there are several ways you can approach a major spring cleaning projects so we've put together some helpful tips to make your spring cleanup a bit easier.
Spring Cleaning Means Inside - And Outside
While there is certainly plenty to do inside a home or office when it comes to cleaning up in spring, the winter weather has likely created a great deal of work outside, as well.
Spring cleaning, though typically thought of us giving a home a major cleanup and cleanout, is great for our outdoor spaces, too. And there's that "not-really-outside-not really inside" space we call the garage: it likely needs a good spring cleaning also.
So, where to start and what's the best approach to take when it comes to spring cleaning and the subsequent junk removal and disposal?
Tips for Welcoming In the Spring Season with a Major Cleanup
For many, spring cleaning is something to look forward to - if not for the actual cleaning work so much as for the chance to "clear the air" and mark the change of seasons.
As the folks at The Spruce put it,
The flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and the house still feels like it's stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the often hectic seasons of spring and summer. It can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be difficult.
And one of their top tips for spring cleaning is to approach your house room by room as this is the most effective way to deep clean it. They recommend creating cleaning checklists for each room to help you get organized and to remind you of the areas that need extra attention.
And, with that in mind, here are some additional tips for spring cleaning to help you in the process.
1. Clear Out the Clutter and Organize
One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is often getting rid of clutter. A systematic four-step approach can be helpful for this. Identify problem areas, analyze reasons for the clutter, determine solutions, and implement them. Sorting your belongings into four categories—trash, give away, store, or put away—can also be effective as you go through the spring-cleaning process. Move the clutter out as soon as possible, whether it's bringing a donation box to a charity or planning a yard sale.
2. Pick Your Cleaning Battles
There are a variety of ways to approach the tasks involved with Spring Cleaning.
- There’s the “Give It A Quick Dusting” method, which involves giving everything in the house a minimal wipe down of all surfaces and, possibly, washing the floor.
- There’s the “KonMari Method™" in which any physical object that does not give the cleaner joy gets removed, although this method sometimes involves the removal of the cleaning tools.
- And then there’s the labor-intensive “Deep Cleaning” Method, wherein everything gets cleaned, no matter how small.
Whatever method one chooses, it’s important not to stress
Spring cleaning should be primarily about getting your living (or working) space organized and refreshed, so pick the method that works best for you and your work style. And don’t worry about getting everything done in one day, either; if you feel a deep clean is needed, space it out over whatever time frame works best for you.
3. Ventilation Is Your Friend
Sooner or later, cleaning a house or apartment will involve some cleaning chemicals. Sure, you might be able to avoid it for a while by focusing on laundry and sweeping but depending on the level of clean you’re going for, eventually you’ll have to put down the Windex and break out some bleach or industrial scrub solution.
When using any cleaning solutions, always remember to keep a flow of air going in whatever room you're in, especially if you’re cleaning in an enclosed space like a small bathroom or a closet. If the weather allows, open a window while you’re scrubbing so the fumes have someplace to go. If the weather hasn’t warmed up enough, keep a fan going to circulate air and be sure to step away if you start feeling lightheaded.
The same rule applies for any part of your home where air circulation might be hampered, including attics, basements, and garages with the doors closed.4. Get Some Reliable Footwear
Sometimes, the act of Spring Cleaning will require the moving, scooting, lifting, or general rearrangement of something big and bulky.
It should be noted here that “big and bulky” does not just mean furniture or appliances, although those might need to be moved for vacuuming and dusting. No, “big and bulky” can also apply to smaller objects such as vases and large flower pots.
But no matter what item you’ve got to move, rearrange, and shove aside, always remember to have reliable footwear on when you’re doing the moving. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to be wearing steel-toed work boots; just pick something that has good grip and offers more protection than a sandal or garden shoes.
5. Establish New Cleaning Habits
A very strategic tip from one source recommends creating a new way to clean afterwards:
A thorough spring cleaning that covers the whole house is a great opportunity to establish ongoing cleaning habits, which can make the next spring cleaning even easier. For instance, don't try to do all of your spring cleaning in one day or even one weekend. Instead, tackle items on your spring cleaning to-do list for just 15 minutes each day. That will help to get you in the habit of tidying up for 10 to 15 minutes per day even after you're done with your spring cleaning tasks.
6. Get Some Background Noise Going
Music makes everything better, even with tedious activities like washing the floorboards or knocking away cobwebs. Blare some music while you’re working, and you may find those irritating tasks become a little less unbearable.
If you’re not feeling the music, try putting on an audiobook, podcast, or maybe an old move you’ve seen hundreds of times. People run marathons while listening to audiobooks, so why not try one while you’re working?
Junk King Can Take Care of Your Spring Cleaning Junk Removal
One of the almost inevitable results of a good spring cleaning and cleanout is junk.
In fact, you might find yourself looking at piles of junk and bulk trash items that need to be removed and disposed of somehow. Not to worry! We have the solution...
Junk King can provide fast, affordable, and eco-friendly residential junk removal service for homeowners, renters, and businesses. And one of the best parts about using our services is that remove the worry of how to get rid of your excess junk or extra-large trash piles after a major spring cleaning project.
And, if you'd rather load it yourself, and depending on where you live, you can may even be able to rent one of our user-friendly MINI Dumpsters. This is a convenient option that allows you to load your junk and debris over the span of two or three days, and then a Junk King team comes to remove it all for you.
If you choose to make use of our full-service teams that specialize in residential and commercial trash and junk removal, you'll be pleased to discover that we can often be at your home or place of work in mere minutes.
And one of the best things about using Junk King is that we recycle as much of the material that we pick-up as possible. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly junk removal service.
Our friendly and expert crews are fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your debris and other unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion, so call us today!
So, ready to get rid of your household junk after you clean? It's as easy as 1,2,3.
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