Around the House | March 6, 2014
The weather might not seem like it, but spring is just around the corner, in two weeks to be exact! All of the cleaning and reorganization projects that you have been putting off for the past few months need to be tackled. Spring is the time to freshen up, clean and reorganize the home after a long, cold winter. It is time to open up the windows and let the fresh air in and the musty cold air out. Spring cleaning activities actually date back over hundreds of years. During the winter months, homes were closed up tight to protect from the cold weather. Homes were heated by fireplaces and people used oil lamps for lighting, which left dirt and residue over everything in the home. When the first taste of warmer weather arrived, people would throw open their windows and doors and completely clean out their homes from floors to ceilings to furniture and linens. Today, we might not go to the extremes in cleaning projects that our forefathers did, but we have continued with the spring cleaning projects. Spring cleaning, reorganization and remodeling projects can be quite the daunting task. The most important thing to remember is to start with a plan and a goal for your project. Write down your goals on a list. Doing so will give you a sense of accomplishment when you can cross that task off of your list. Break down your projects into smaller easily attainable tasks. You can overachieve and get your house cleaning checklist completed in a weekend, but it is best to spread the project over a few weeks. Make it a family project and get everyone involved. The more people who help, the quicker the project will be completed. A major part of a spring cleaning project is decluttering and reorganizing your stuff. This is usually the hardest part to spring cleaning (if you don’t count having to clean the windows inside and out). Sort through the items in the room and decide what you want to keep in the room versus what you want to throw away, donate, sell or store. Make sure to remove the items that will not be going back into the room as soon as possible. Rent a storage unit to place the items that you still want to keep, but no longer have the room for or items that you want to sell in a garage sale. ezStorage has many different storage unit size that can fit your storage needs. You can also purchase packing supplies at each of our locations. Before you are ready to put the items that you want to keep back into the room, thoroughly clean the room from top to bottom, including wiping down walls, cleaning windows, deep cleaning rugs, washing and changing out comforters and linens and dusting furniture. Utilize all of the great storage solutions that are on the market from decorative shelving units to storage bins and baskets. Good luck in with your house cleaning checklists this spring! Keep an eye out for some great spring cleaning room-by-room tips from ezStorage in upcoming blog posts and Infographics!