Somehow we are already in the middle of February as time in 2020 moves just as fast as every other year.
Soon it will be Spring and that means it’s almost time to do some much needed Spring cleaning. Whether it’s deep cleaning your home, yard work, accumulated clutter around the house, old appliances, or whatever else you can think of, it’s time to take a hard look at your home and see what needs to go. Depending on the extent of cleaning needed, it might be a DIY job, or you might need to call in some professionals.
Here are some things to consider when it comes time to do your Spring cleaning this year:
The different types of trash in your home and getting rid of it
When it comes to your household waste, it falls into three categories, each with its own process of disposal.
- Household trash is your everyday waste: food, food packaging, cans, cardboard boxes, diapers, etc. Your weekly trash pick-up handles this.
- Junk includes old furniture not worth selling or donating, old warn out cloths, worn out appliances and household accessories. This includes things such as old mattresses and box springs, televisions, barbecue grills, refrigerators, washers and dryers, old microwaves, and more. When buying a new appliance, always ask if the merchant will haul away the old one. Remodeling construction debris also is common, but your contractor should dispose of it.
- Hazardous waste includes paint and stains, cleaners, oils and pesticides. Do NOT put it in the trash or pour it down the drain. Refrigerators are both junk and hazardous material, since they contain refrigerant gas and a small amount of oil. Old fluorescent lights have gasses that make them hazardous.
For these things, check your city or county website to see if it offers extra services, such as pick up of large appliances or old furniture, for a small fee. Sometimes municipalities will schedule special days a couple of times a year to pick up large household items. The same applies to household chemicals. Many cities or counties have facilities where residents can drop off old paint, pesticides and other household hazards. Otherwise, you might consider hiring a junk removal service to come and hall things away for you.
Deep cleaning and De-Cluttering
In case you aren’t quite sure what types of deep cleaning things to do for your spring cleaning, here are some ideas:
- Cleaning the baseboards
- Wiping off the ceiling fan blades
- Emptying and cleaning your fridge and cabinets
- Cleaning the lint out of your dryer vent
- Shampooing your carpets
- Trimming trees and bushes
- Spraying your home for insects
- Shaking out rugs and curtains
- Replacing water filters, light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, etc.
- Dusting EVERYTHING
- Go through every closet, dresser, garage, and storage area to get rid of old cloths and things you don’t use anymore.
*A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it or used it in over a year, it can probably go.
These are just a few suggestions to go along with your normal cleaning this Spring. Once everything has been cleaned and all the junk taken away, it’s amazing how much more open and fresh your home will feel!