Spring has officially arrived this week. Feel free to vent about how Central Alberta weather has neglected to recognize this fact. Nonetheless it is that time of the year where households throughout the Red Deer area begin their annual ritual of a thorough spring cleaning. As Red Deer Realtors continually providing comprehensive advice to all homeowners on the home-life experience we've decided to set the tone for the season with our general guide to optimal spring cleaning.
1. Start from the Outside-In By Tending to the Outside Thaw
As hinted above, the temperatures of Central Alberta haven't kept up with the changing of the calendar however sunny day Celsius readings do indeed tip passed freezing which has resulted in the seasonal snow melt. Before tackling spring cleaning in your home show it the proper TLC on the exterior first. Refer to our guide to protecting your Red Deer home from the spring thaw and you'll be well on your way to the ultimate optimized spring cleaning.
2. Clear Out the Excess Before Cleaning the Rest
Now that you have the messy outdoor stuff out of the way it's time to direct your focus indoors. However before you reach for the mop, broom, and cleaning rags we suggest you first stop and take an accounting of your household possessions. Spring cleaning offers the exquisite opportunity to finally get rid of those space consuming items in your home that you no longer use (or never have) that clutter up your living space. Thought that bamboo tiki bar in the basement was a good idea but it has yet to serve one single cocktail? Does that stationary bike in the guest room serve as nothing more than a clothes hanger? You get the idea. It may be time to sell (your local Craigslist) or donate (not sure if charities accept used tiki bars) these possessions and free up space for a much more efficient and cleaner clutter-free home.
3. Start the Spring with Green Cleaning
We find that spring offers a better time to start resolutions than New Years' Day. This is especially true when it comes to adopting a greener lifestyle in the home. There is no better time to be more eco-friendly than when it comes to cleaning. The chemicals used in cleaning products not only can wear away at your homes' surfaces it is actually detrimental to the long term health of those residing within. Once again we encourage you to revisit a past article from our informative blog, with this one on green resolutions for home owners touching not only on eco-friendly cleaning products but on other ways you can go-green and get off to the best spring cleaning you've ever had.
4. Reorganize Your Interior Decor
Once your home is clean, green, and clutter-free it's time to step it up a notch and add some variety to your home-life. Nothing better represents a fresh seasonal start with a renewed feeling than reorganizing the interior decor of your home. Use spring cleaning as an opportunity (another one!) to change up your scenery by moving around your furniture and decorative accents until you find a Feng Shui to suit your household personality. It's actually an invigorating feeling to return home from a long day at the office to an entirely new set-up - especially for those of you having lived in your current home for quite some time.
That's all for this week folks - hope we inspired you to get started on the season before the weather itself kicks in. For all other inquiries about Red Deer homes please feel free to contact Benedict Devlin anytime.