Spring has sprung! March 20th is finally upon us and we can finally say goodbye to the chilly, ice-ridden winter where nighttime always seems to come a bit too early. You know what that means– it’s time for spring cleaning. That’s why today, Mad Trash is going to share our favorite tips for freshening up your home with our 2022 Spring Cleaning Checklist.
The History of Spring Cleaning
We promise that we’ve got some helpful tips coming up, but first, who doesn’t love a fun fact? So before we tell you to grab the trash bags, mop bucket, and (maybe) your wallet– let’s break the ice with some background on where the concept of spring cleaning originated from.
In ye olden days, people needed spring cleaning to clear out the mess that accumulated throughout the winter. Back before we had central heating, homeowners had to light fires and keep their doors closed to keep warm in the winter. They didn’t have convenient washers and dryers in their homes either, so unless they wanted to fetch water from a nearby well or stream, there probably wasn’t a lot of extra water for them to clean their linens and scrub the floors of soot and ash.
While homeowners don’t have to deal with those inconveniences anymore, many still have a biological imperative to throw open the windows and scrub down their living space as the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and the climate-induced stupor we’ve been crushed under lessens.
Mad Trash’s Spring Cleaning Checklist
Now that we know why spring cleaning started and have had time to celebrate the end of the daylight savings clock changes forever, let’s get started talking about our tips for cleaning up your home. Here’s the Mad Trash Spring Cleaning Checklist.
#1: Windows, doors, and glass cleaning
Get some soapy water and start cleaning the window and door tracks in your home. Then, you can grab some Windex and a microfiber cloth and start cleaning up all of the glass surfaces in your home. It’s a good idea to save the actual glass leaning for last in case some of the soap water splatters. Otherwise, you’ll need to start the process over again.
#2: Clean all of the surfaces in your home
Now, when we say clean all of the surfaces, we really do mean all of them. Spring is the time to go all out, so don’t just stop at shelves and countertops. Wipe down the walls, baseboards, scrub out your sink and bathtub, and whatever else you can. At the very least, you should dust everything.
#3: Clean under stuff
Lift up your couch, move your appliances around, clean out the space beneath your bed, pick up rugs– make sure there’s no dust left in our out of sight. If you don’t have Mr. Incredible-level capabilities to lift a couch up, we suggest going to your local supermarket and picking up a Swiffer Sweeper for maximum cleanliness.
Skip to :46 to see what we’re talking about!
#4: Freshen your linens
Clothes, towels, tablecloths, sheets, comforters– whatever you have, toss it in the washer with some laundry detergent and scented beads for a lovely smell. Don’t forget to add a dryer sheet for static-free laundry!
#5: Dust off the ceiling fan blades before your allergies kick in
I don’t know about you, but millions of Americans are allergic to dust, pollen, and other seasonal contaminants. Quickly dusting off your ceiling fan can alleviate a lot of those symptoms, helping you breathe easier and warding off the infamous puffy eyes when you wake up.
#6: Shampoo your carpets
Shampooing your carpet helps it last longer, reduces the appearance of stains, and removes, mold, mildew, and grime. If you don’t already have a carpet cleaner, you can rent a carpet shampooer from Walmart or Home Depot.
The Rug Doctor carpet cleaner is always an excellent choice.
#8: Declutter Your HOme
No spring cleaning checklist would be complete without a section about decluttering!
There are a lot of fantastic memories in your home, and you’re reminded of them every time you look at the mementos in your home. But there are some things you could probably afford to get rid of. For example, that glittery eyeshadow that you love, but have never touched and is definitely expired can probably get tossed. So can the gag gifts from your Friendsmas celebration, clothes that haven’t fit since high school, and old furniture that is busted to pieces but for some reason, is still sitting in your house.
If you don’t love it or use it– consider throwing it away, donating it, or putting it into a storage unit.
Mad Trash: Your Fort Worth Spring Cleaning and Junk Removal Helpers
If you’re ready to go hard with the spring cleaning, we recommend renting out one of our roll-off dumpsters for as long as you need it so you can take your time tossing stuff in. When you’re ready, Mad Trash can haul the junk away for you so you don’t have to worry about finding a recycling center or landfill and trying to transport everything there.
Or you can ask us for help– our junk removal team offers curbside pick-ups and whole house clean-out services. Based in Keller, Texas, we’re available to help anyone in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas unload their winter junk.
But if you don’t need help, that’s great too! We hope our Spring Cleaning Checklist helps you hit the ground running!