Get a Jump Start on Spring Cleaning

Spring is around the corner! Instead of waiting until the season arrives to start your spring cleaning, why not get ahead so that you can enjoy the beauty and freshness that the season offers? Spring cleaning isn’t just for those that are planning to stay put in their homes, it’s also necessary for anyone who’s thinking of selling their home during the busy spring season. Here are some of our top tips for getting a jump start on your spring cleaning task list.

Break Down Your Tasks

As much as you’d love to get all of your spring cleaning done in one day, it’s just not realistic. One of the best tips for spring cleaning success is to break down your daunting task list into bite-sized segments. This will not only make the process less intimidating but it will prevent you from wearing yourself out. When it comes to spring cleaning, keep this motto in mind, “Work smarter, not harder“. So that you don’t overwhelm yourself, try working on either one room per day or one large task per day. For example, on the first day of spring cleaning, you can focus on organizing and deep cleaning your kitchen. Then, the next day you can move onto the living room, etc.

De-Cluttering is Your Friend

Hear us out, we know that we emphasize decluttering a lot in real estate, but there’s a really good reason for it. Your home is much easier to clean and organize when you’ve tossed out all of the items that no longer serve a purpose. Most of the clutter that builds up around your home, in your closets, and even in the garage can consists of items you don’t even remember buying. Before you even begin tackling your spring cleaning check-list, consider spending a day or two going through each room in your and decluttering. It helps if you organize your items into piles of “trash” and “donate”. Anything that seems to be in good condition can be donated to help someone less fortunate.

Don’t Forget the Outside of Your Home

The outside of your home deserves some love too! Oftentimes, when people start spring cleaning they focus all of their attention on the inside of their home. However, your garage and any outdoor storage should be tended to as well. It’s incredibly easy to lose track of the items that are in your garage like toys, lawn tools, bikes, and whatever else you store. There are a couple of benefits to cleaning out your garage and storage areas every spring. First off, you’ll always know where everything is located. Secondly, it gives you an opportunity to spend some time in the great outdoors.

Consider Using Natural Cleaners

We totally understand that for some chores, you need to pull out the big guns (aka bleach). But, there are many natural methods of cleaning that are just as efficient and also better for your health and the environment. Luckily, in this day and age there are many natural, all-purpose cleaners on the market for you to choose from. Here’s a handy list of natural all purpose cleaners!

We hope that these helpful tips motivate you through your spring cleaning projects this year. If you are thinking of selling your home and are wondering how you can prepare it for the market, click here for a list of home preparation guidelines for home sellers.

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Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster