Spring Cleaning: Ideas And Tips For Your Kitchen and Bathroom
We all know what that time of year it is--spring cleaning. Here are some tips and tricks to help you freshen up your kitchen and bathroom this season:
Everyone wants to spend the winter season cooped up indoors. However, once springtime rolls around, you should have a little more pep in your step. You might as well take this time to clean, organize, and freshen up your space, so here are a few ways you can prepare your home for spring:
Spring Cleaning Tips
Make A Schedule And A Checklist
Before you actively begin cleaning your home, you should come up with a game plan. Ask yourself when you will have free time to organize your belongings and do a deep clean of each room. Then decide which rooms in the house need a small amount of tidying up and which rooms need some heavy TLC. Once you create a checklist and schedule for yourself, you can move onto the next step -- decluttering.
Start by organizing your belongings and asking yourself what you really need to keep and what you could safely live without. Then, Marie Kondo every room in the house by getting rid of items that don’t spark joy. Just remember, getting rid of something doesn’t necessarily mean throwing it away. You could also donate it to charity or sell it to make a profit.
When it comes to the kitchen, your focus should be on cleaning out your pantry, cabinets, and junk drawers. Make sure you get rid of any expired products, broken objects, and items you don’t use on a frequent basis. There’s no need to clutter up your home with unnecessary items.
Then, when it comes to the bathroom, make sure you clean under the sink and in the medicine cabinet. Get rid of expired makeup, expired skin care products, and anything you haven’t actually used since you’ve bought it.
Do A Deep Clean
Once you’re finished decluttering, it’s time to do a deep clean. First, you should gather your cleaning supplies, so you have everything ready to use. Then you should start sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming. Don’t forget to disinfect door handles, cabinet handles, and light switches. You don’t want to miss an inch.
In the kitchen, be extra careful, because you want the space where you prepare meals for your family to be clean and hygienic. Make sure you pay special attention to the windows, countertops, hardware, stovetop, fridge, sink, microwave, cutting board, and oven. When you reach the bathrooms, make sure you deep clean the shower, the tub, the bathroom sink, the mirror, the faucets, the bath mats, and the shower drain. Don’t skip any of these important areas or you’ll regret it in the long-run.
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How To Prepare Your Home For Spring
Once you’re finished cleaning your home, you should enhance your home. Try adding flowers and plants around your kitchen in order to bring the outdoors indoors. You could also place them on shelves in your bathroom or on countertops beside your sink. Plants add life and warmth to your home, so they’re perfect for any room.
You can also prepare for spring by bringing in new scents. Add new candles to your kitchen counters or add drops of essential oils into a diffuser. Lemon and lavender are your best options around this time of year. Not only do they smell fresh, but they will improve your mood and relieve stress.
Another great idea is to switch up the linens by bringing new hand towels into your kitchen and bathroom. Pick colors and patterns that fit the season. You can even match them to any upcoming holidays.
Last but not least, you should air out your home. Open the windows to get the smells of winter (and all the cleaning supplies) out of the house. Letting the fresh air in will make you feel much more relaxed. Plus, this will bring in plenty of natural light, illuminating your beautiful home.
Turn A New Leaf And Change The Colors
If you’re in need of a change, you should try repainting the walls or cabinets in your kitchen with the colors that are trending in 2020. These colors include pale yellow, sage green, beige, and cream. These are all neutral shades, so they should match your current kitchen décor well, no matter what style of home you have.
Then, in your bathroom, you should consider adding black to the wall tiles or flooring. If you want some contrast, you could even create a white bathroom with black accents. This is becoming an increasingly popular trend for both modern and traditional homes because it creates a sleek, stylish look.
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Feng Shui The Rooms In Your House
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that was developed centuries ago in China. To put it simply, it is the act of positioning the furniture in your home with the flow of nature and natural energy. There are two principles and five elements to follow in order for you to live in balance and harmony. Here are the basics:
The 2 Basic Principles Of Feng Shui:
The commanding position is the best way to position furniture around the room. For instance, you want your stove, your desk, and your bed to face the doorway without being aligned with the doorway. This allows you to deal with whatever walks into your life.
Meanwhile, the Bagua is the energy map, or floor plan, of the room. There are eight areas of the map that represent different things for the home--wealth, passion, self-care, family, children, knowledge, career, and travel. However, it’s important to choose only three areas and focus specifically on them.
The 5 Elements Of Feng Shui:
There are five different elements – earth, fire, wood, metal, and water. Each of these elements represents certain colors and can enhance a gua, which will enhance the overall energy in your home.
Earth represents being grounded and stable. Its associated colors are brown, orange, and yellow. Meanwhile, fire represents passion and is associated with red. Wood represents vitality and is associated with both greens and blues. Metal represents efficiency and beauty and is associated with whites and metallics. Lastly, water represents flowing and shifting and is associated with black.
Feng Shui is beneficial for a number of reasons. For instance, the colors you choose to decorate your home with can impact your mood. You should get positive feelings when you walk into a room and feng shui can harmonize you and your environment. It can give you the feeling of peace, energy, joy, and serenity -- especially when things are decluttered and organized!
How Can You Feng Shui Your Home?
The first step to creating good Feng Shui in your home is cleaning and organizing the space. You should also check for working appliances because you don’t want anything that is broken or damaged in your living space. Remember, the less cluttered your home is, the less cluttered your mind will be.
Another great way to add Feng Shui to your home is by placing plants and fruit around the home. In addition to buying succulents, you can place bowls of fruit in the kitchen, buy paintings of fruit, or get towels printed with fruit patterns. You can also fill your home with colors associated with the elements you want to embrace.
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Home Maintenance Tips For Spring
Cleaning your home isn’t enough. You also need to make sure your home is in working order, and that might require some basic maintenance. Every spring, you should repair cracked or peeling paint. You should replace the batteries in your smoke detector. You should replace furnace and HVAC filters so you can breathe in healthy, clean air. You should also make sure the AC system is working and ready.
Of course, you can’t forget about the exterior of your house. You should make sure to clean your gutters every spring. Even more importantly, you should check on the roof to see if it’s still in good condition. After all, winter storms can cause destruction and you need to know whether your home has been impacted.
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When To Start Spring Cleaning
You can begin spring cleaning whenever you want! People typically get in the mood to start cleaning around March and April. However, you can start earlier or you can start later. It’s entirely up to you.
No matter when you decide to start, spring cleaning is an important part of owning a home. You want to make sure the space looks its best all year long, so make sure you dedicate a whole day or a whole weekend to cleaning and freshening up your home.
Freshening up your home with some spring cleaning is a great way to get over the dark period of the winter season. Be sure to create a checklist for what you want to be cleaned up and decluttered in each room of the house, especially the bathroom and the kitchen. Add plants and flowers, change the decor and colors, and make sure appliances are working properly. Put on some music, open the windows, and get to it!