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Among four ways to refresh your home for spring include reorganizing cluttered areas and getting rid of dirt. Read more about spring cleaning.

4 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to devise a plan to refresh your home. The weather turns warm, you’re ready to rejuvenate by working outside again, and you often find more energy when you spring back in time and gain more sunlight in the evening hours. In this article, you’ll learn about four ways to refresh your home for the spring — and for the rest of the year.


1. Reorganize Cluttered Areas

If some rooms in your house are cluttered or messy, reorganizing them will make your home feel new again. This is one of the best ways to prepare for spring. Here’s how to do it.

Remove everything from the room — including furniture — and divide your belongings into four boxes or piles. The four areas are:

  • What you want to put back in the room
  • What you want to move to another room
  • What you want to donate
  • What you want to throw away or recycle 

For example, sort through items like books, paperwork, kids' toys, art projects, unused kitchen gadgets, overflowing closets of clothes and linens, and seasonal decor.

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Once you clean the space, return the furniture to its proper place. (You’re welcome to rearrange the furniture for a new look, too.) Then, return the items you are keeping. Find appointed spots so that everything has a home, one that makes it easy to find later.

Now it’s time for donations. Belongings in good condition can help those in need if you donate them.

You can give away clothing, electronics, furniture, and household goods to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Many churches also operate thrift shops. Other local charitable groups also accept clothes, furniture, and household items.

Another option is to donate possessions to a neighborhood garage sale or yard sale.

Finally, you put leftover items in the trash or take them to your landfill. A good rule of thumb is that if one has not used something in the past year and it does not have sentimental value, it is likely time to let it go.


2. Get Rid of Dirt and Grime

An entire season of dirt, dust, and grime accumulates inside and outside over the cold winter months. A deep clean inside and outside can improve your home’s condition and make it look and smell better. Indoors, launder all linens and clean all curtains and area rugs.

Move furniture so you can vacuum behind and underneath it, and dust mirrors, light fixtures, and inside cabinets — especially higher shelves that you don’t use as much. Outdoors, hose off or power-wash surfaces such as windows, siding, decks, patios, driveways, sidewalks, and concrete walls to bring back a crisp, clean appearance.


3. Revise for Real Life

If certain areas of your home do not function optimally for your lifestyle, spring cleaning is an opportunity to improve that. Change may involve:

  • Reconfiguring living room furniture in a more practical way
  • Converting an underused guest room into a functional craft space or home office
  • Rearranging a cluttered kitchen for better workflow
  • Swapping your home office with another space, such as another bedroom or large closet
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Consider what changes will make spaces more convenient and efficient. Sketch out possibilities on paper to refine your ideas before making alterations.


4. Discover New Decor

A spring refresh is about more than decluttering and cleaning. It’s also about breathing new life into your home with updated home decor like accessories, artwork, and fabrics. As a homeowner in the spring season, one budget-friendly option is to hunt for unexpected treasures at thrift stores.

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Search for vases, frames, wall art, rugs, pillows, and appealing knick-knacks to repurpose with creative styling. Money spent in thrift stores can directly help other people in need, making resale shopping a simple way to get new-to-you decor while also doing some good for your community.

Visit SATruck.org to schedule a donation pick-up or find a nearby thrift store.


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So, Is It Worthwhile to Refresh Your Home Every Spring?

Yes, setting aside time to deeply clean, organize, and enhance your living space annually is highly recommended. Not only does spring cleaning remove accumulated mess and grime that builds up over winter, but it also presents a great chance to purge unneeded items and make your home more functional. 

An annual refresh can make you feel reconnected to your living space after it was neglected during cold months. The work involved pays off with renewed beauty, comfort, and usefulness that make your home a sanctuary you look forward to spending time in.


FAQs About Spring Cleaning

When is the best time of year to spring clean?

The best time for spring cleaning is when the weather warms up in your region, usually March or April. However, you can start a spring refresh and cleaning anytime.


How long does spring cleaning take?

For a whole-home clean, reorganization, and refresh, spring cleaning takes several days to a week to dedicate focused time. Make your list and tackle at least one thing daily, no matter how small. Use weekends for larger chores. Enlist your family to help cover more ground.


What supplies do I need?

The supplies you need include cleaning tools and products like microfiber cloths, all-purpose cleaners, bleach, a vacuum, mop, broom, scrub brushes, and gloves. Have boxes, trash bags, painter’s tape, and bins for sorting, packing, labeling, and containing items. You may need to clear space on your garage floor as you pull out and separate items to recycle, donate, or trash.


What are the benefits of a deep clean?

A complete seasonal cleaning eliminates dirt, dust, grime, and clutter, ridding homes of allergens like dust mites. It also makes homes look, smell, and feel new again. Freshly laundered linens, decluttered rooms, clean windows, sparkling surfaces, and shiny floors bolster your surroundings and emotions.


Should I hire a professional cleaning service?

If your home is large or you want a thorough cleaning but have minimal time to do it, hiring a trusted professional cleaning crew can be worthwhile. Specialized cleaning companies have the expertise and tools to deep clean your entire home or problem areas efficiently. However, ask about the chemicals they use and ask to smell them before they start work.


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