COVID-19 and the shelter in place order for Illinois has significantly increased the amount of time we are spending in our homes. Boost your productivity by tackling those projects that you’ve been meaning to get to all winter.

Spring cleaning can either be the best or worst part of the new season, depending on who you ask. Love it or hate it, your home is a big part of your life, so it’s important to spend some time on the items listed below.

 

Outdoor Projects

Outdoor tasks for spring cleaning

Plant some perennials

Brighten up the front or your garden with some perennials.  Hydrangeas, peony and day lilies are some of the most popular perennials and are easy to maintain, no matter how green your thumb is – or isn’t. Or how about evergreens? We could all use a pop of color somewhere in our home, annuals on a balcony or deck can really highlight a space.

Power wash!

Everyone’s deck, vinyl siding or sidewalks can use a good power wash after Chicago winters. Spring is a great time to clean the outside of your property.

Clean your window screens

Whether you frequently open the windows or not, dirt builds up on your screens throughout the year. Don’t use the power washer for this one, just some good muscle will do. A simple soap and water solution and a sponge is all you need to get started!

Clean out your dryer vent

Lint buildup in your dryer vent is a fire hazard and makes your dryer work harder. This can cause you to run the dryer more than once, costing you time and an increase to your utility bill.  Even though this task is definitely not among the most glamorous, it’s a great excuse to being outside.

Indoor Projects

Indoor Projects

Steam clean your tile and reseal it

Your floors have seen it all! Show them some love this spring through steam cleaning and resealing.

You can buy a sealer from any local hardware store. This will make your tile more stain resistant and stay shiny for longer. Wooden floors can benefit from the same love with a waxing or new cleaning product.

Keep organizing

When was the last time you went through your closet to sort through old clothes?

One tip is to turn all of the hangers backwards until you wear that piece of clothing. Give it about a month or so and you’ll be able to identify which pieces you don’t wear often. You’ll have a cleaner closet and opportunity to donate some gently used clothes when Goodwill opens!

Do a deep clean

As COVID-19 heightens awareness of cleanliness in our homes and essential businesses, take some time to do a deep clean of your home. Scrub those floors, wipe down those door handles and give some TLC to those areas of the house that aren’t cleaned as often as your household items. To access a list of EPA-approved and CDC recommended cleaning supplies, click here.