As warmer weather is upon us and old man winter melts away in the Naperville area, it’s time to assess your cleaning routine. Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. Here are five spring cleaning tips to tackle before putting your home on the market.

 Schedule Time to Declutter

The single most effective thing you can do before a home sale is declutter and purge. Remove anything that you no longer need by either throwing items away, donating or selling items. Consider packing away items that you want to keep, but don’t need for the next few weeks while on the market.

Reorganize the items you’re keeping. Wipe down shelves, closets and tabletops before placing the items staying back in their designated space. Removing clutter provides fewer obstacles in your way when it comes time to scrubbing down the place.

Embrace the Outside 

“If eyes are the windows to our souls, then windows are the eyes into the soul of a house.” ~ Rose Tarlow

A home’s windows provide light and fresh air into each room. Let the outside in by cleaning your windows both inside and out. Either hire a professional window cleaner or tackle the project yourself.

With your hose and Windex Outdoor Glass and Patio you can wash away the winter simply by attaching this product to your hose and spraying down windows and doors of your home.

On the inside, use Windex or a mixture of vinegar and water to spray the glass, next use a squeegee to wipe away the grim. Also make sure to clean your shades or blinds and the inside of the windowsills to avoid having the wind carry the dirt from these areas into your home.

Wash Upholstery

The fabric around your home can collect dust and bacteria so is important to wash your curtains or replace with sheers, wash pillows, bedding and rugs. Also be sure to vacuum and Febreeze your furniture and mattresses. If you have carpets now is the time to shampoo them to get rid of winter’s foot tracks.

Clean High and Low

While on the market you should consistently dust your home, it can’t just be apart of your spring cleaning routine. Start from the top of the room and work your way down. Wipe down the ceiling, fan or light fixtures, the walls, baseboards and all the furniture in the room. Make sure to move furniture, appliances and look high and low to remove all dust and cob webs.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Finally, pay close attention to your kitchen and bathrooms. These are two rooms that are constantly being used throughout the day. Make sure to wipe all surfaces, organize cabinets, remove old items like expired food or medicine and make sure to sanitize all appliances, baths and sinks.

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