Spring Cleaning Checklist

Where should you begin cleaning your home this Spring? Follow your intuition! In case you have none , here is an easy list to go by.

Cleaning Supply Closet

You can’t clean without supplies and you can’t clean with dirty tools either. Provide yourself the inspiration to clean by sprucing up your cleaning supply closets and cupboards. Do you have everything you need and is it in good condition? Are there upgrades to tools and products that will likely assist you this season? Now is the time to begin making the transition to greener cleaning products. Make a list of things that need buying or replacing such as brooms, mop heads, and all-purpose cleaning liquid to start with a few. Buy some disposable or reusable gloves, an apron, and put on some happy music you enjoy to get yourself in the mood.

Stale Air

Remove any window sealing plastic if you live in a cold weather climate and open windows as you clean. Employ every fan you own. Face fans away from you to draw stale air from the home and out the window. To cleanse the air of any odor or contaminants you might consider making a mixture of vinegar water to spray around. Consider making adjustments to your heating and cooling system in rooms of the home that don’t get good ventilation. Clean mold and mildew in bathrooms and basements with diluted bleach mixtures. Don’t take mold lightly, it’s extremely dangerous. Call a professional if you need assistance in the matter.

Typical Clutter

Typical clutter includes paper, unfinished craft projects, and excess clothes. Donate items you haven’t used in over a year and pack away clothes you won’t be wearing the next season (3-6 months from now) in rubber maid bins. Put dryer sheets in the storage containers to prevent smells from generating in the off season and be sure to seal the containers well from bug infestation or anything that would love the warmth of your clothing to nest in. Plastic garbage bags aren’t ideal. Cardboard boxes too can be a bug’s favorite place to nest.

Floors, Walls, and Surfaces

It’s likely that your surfaces have been neglected over the winter months. Many people like to clean their home from the ceiling down because it makes sense to clean falling debris only once. Your ceiling fans should be hit first with a bucket of cleanser and a cloth. Thoroughly clean corners and toe kicks of hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors. Consider renting a carpet cleaner or employing a company to do each room. It’s rather affordable. Walls, windows, and countertops, of course, should see a once-over.

Spruce Furniture

Mild soap and water in a bucket, applied with just a damp cloth is often enough to clean the surfaces of furniture, indoor and outdoor. You can also clean stuffed animals and pillows this way as well. Wooden furniture and home fixtures should be cleaned thoroughly and polished with a product designed specifically for wood or a natural oil.

Ways To Clean Energy In Your Home Or Work Space

As the sun pours through windows and wakes you earlier and earlier, and you’re able to enjoy open windows and fresh air being circulated inside by your favorite fans, you consider all the cleaning that’s not been done over the winter. In addition to actually taking a cleanser bucket and rag to every surface, wall, door, and floor, you might even consider intentionally “clearing the air” in the emotional sense. Some believe that the events that happen in your home, your stress, your thoughts and emotions can soak into all the materials that make up your home including walls, carpet, ceiling, furniture, and objects. Spring is a great time to clear your space’s energy alongside your spring cleaner. Here are other times you might consider clearing the energy:

  • When you move into a new place

  • After an argument

  • When someone moves out

  • After illness or death

  • When you bring an antique or second hand item home

  • Anytime you want good energy for a new beginning or project

Now that you’ve decided to cleanse the home, you need to choose how you’ll do it. There are several ways to do it, and the best one will be based on your preference. The act of clearing largely has to do with the energy you’re holding as you do it, so you should perform the ritual you gravitate toward. You can even forego the supplies and use only your mind by holding the intention strongly to clear the space of negative energy and energy that no longer serves you and other residents. Other popular methods are listed below.

Sage or Sandalwood

Burning an herbal bunch of Sage held together by string is a concept everyone has heard of. You can achieve the same effect (light smoke) by burning a Sandalwood incense. You should use a scent that you will enjoy and not just one you’ll tolerate and if smoke irritates you, consider making a room spray of water, a teaspoon of alcohol such as vodka for preserving and drops of your favorite essential oil. You can even add a meaningful stone or crystal to the spray bottle. If burning, the traditional method is to light it and circle it counter clockwise through each room, getting every inch of space possible, especially corners.

If you’ve burned an herb or scent that isn’t the most pleasing, you can burn something sweet afterward. Some enjoy burning a blade of sweet grass or a different incense. Open East windows and doors to air out the space to allow the energy of the sun to re-energize the space.

Purchase a Special Candle

You can purchase a special candle to dedicate to clearing your space, as well as implementing a new wish that you invest in each time you light the candle. This is a great way to manifest your desires and feel better about situations instantly. A large jar candle with a lid is best, as it burns the longest and can be transported easily. You can make your wish each time you light it, or just the first time and the energy will be imprinted to it.

White Light

Using white light is an important visualization technique of a lot of meditation practices. Many people surround themselves with white light (in their mind) on a regular basis. White light represents an energy that purifies the subjects inside it and illuminates anything it comes into contact with. The same white light can be used to cleanse your home. First, begin by imagining yourself in a white light “egg” if you will. With each deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, imagine that egg getting larger and larger until it fills the entire room you are in. Then, imagine the white spreading to each room in your home until it’s lit up around its exterior also. Now your home is cleaned inside as well as outside, purifying energies as they walk by or enter your home’s yard and neighborhood!

Pressure Washing 101

A pressure washer is usually a hose that is connected to running water inside a home or a building and also a running motor that creates the force or pressure behind the water, hence the name pressure wash. You’ve likely seen commercial buildings and parking lots being pressure washed to bring it to its best state for an optimal public image, the first point of contact, but there are countless other applications for it. The largest benefit of pressure washing what you can do manually is cutting your time in half. Your minimizing your safety risk and saving your back by employing a technique that can reach heights and places that you can’t.

Pressure washing can be applied to driveways, siding, roofs, grills, decks, cars and more. There are pressure washing products on the market for home use, but there are several things to consider when comparing home pressure washers to easily hiring a company to do this work for you. The first precaution is that the force behind the water makes it a deadly weapon that could severely injure a person if not used properly. Also, if you damage your property you are the only person liable. A professional will likely have different washers with different levels of force and know which projects to use them on. They will definitely have a higher powered pressure washer than you, if your project requires it. If you are consider an option in between, renting, be aware that you are aware of any damage you cause and that the item might not be in its best proper working order from being rented over and over again.

Pressure washing can cost between .08 and .80 per square foot and wash a number of things. If you do decide to move forward with this maintenance service, you can call your local commercial cleaner with your ideas and get their quote, references, insurance, bonding and licensure if you wish. Additional questions to ask maybe whether they use environmentally friendly products, hot or cold water (hot is optimal on hard to get stains), what range of pressure will be used and if they have any guarantees or promises to offer you.

All things considered, some things are best left to the professionals. For the cost, risk and reward factors, it’s best to hire a professional the first time you wish to pressure wash any element of your home or business. After you’ve learned the process you might consider purchasing a product for smaller things such as washing your driveway or car. One thing is certain. There is no debate as to how the appearance of a clean sided and roofed home can sell or make a store seem more inviting and safe!