The weather is warming up, albeit slowly. And that means spring is here! While you may have a spring cleaning checklist that you publish annually, you may be forgetting a few key spots in your home. Don’t forget these easily overlooked spring cleaning chores.
Debug your shelves
You’ve probably wiped your shelves, but have you disappointed? Whether you donate it, toss it or give it away, just let it go. Mark your most valuable decorative items and drop the rest. Check out the difference some disappointments have made in this Hoboken home.
Wash your curtains
To maximize the amount of natural light in your home, clean windows are essential. But don’t just wash your windows quickly. Make sure you wash your curtains too. Use your washing machine’s delicate cycle and hang dry. Or send your curtains for cleaning. In this light-flooded apartment on the Upper East Side, clean curtains make all the difference.
Organize your kitchen
It can be tempting to stop spring cleaning on the fridge. However, organizing your kitchen can have as big an impact as throwing away the expired half. Storage bins are a great place to start, but for ingredients and utensils you plan to keep on the counter, use trays and bowls to keep everything looking organized. Check out the on-the-counter storage solutions we selected for this Westchester family home.
Show some love to your carpets
The first step in thoroughly cleaning your carpets is to wipe the area under your carpet. Roll up your carpet and blow up the Swiffer. Then use a thoroughly clean carpet service to tackle the carpets. Especially if you have a high gloss rug like this luxury Upper East Side apartment, a thorough cleaning – on both sides – will make your carpets shine.
Wash blankets and throws
Blankets and throws are great for snuggling up in the winter months. But they can also collect dust over time and start to smell. If they’re not particularly delicate, toss blankets and toss them in the washing machine like you would a load of laundry. And if you really want to get organized, coral your blankets and toss them in baskets like we did in this loft overlooking Union Square.
Clean your lights
You may need to pop out a ladder or stand on someone else’s shoulders, but your lights are well worth cleaning up. Your lights not only look better, they also emit more light. Check out the difference that clean lights can make in this chic TriBeCa loft.
Get new plants
And when you’re done spring cleaning, reward yourself with new plants! They freshen the air in your home and are a great design accessory too. Whether they hang on the floor, on the table, or on the wall, they’re a perfect way to finish off spring cleaning. We love the plants in this Westchester family home.