It pays off big when you get a jump start on your spring cleaning, especially in Montana. It’s hard to think of spring when there’s a foot of snow on the ground, but that’s one of the biggest reasons to get an early start. It’s way better to spend sub-zero days inside cleaning and reorganizing to free up your time when warmer weather comes back around. But that’s not to say that you have to get all your cleaning done at once. You can always leave a few things for later in the year. But tick off these items early, and get planning!
Make a Spring Cleaning Plan—in Advance
Like we said, you don’t have to get everything done right this minute, but at least get your plan of attack taken care of. Make a list of all the cleaning you want to have done by the end of spring, and break each item down into simple, actionable steps. Maybe that means starting your checklist with “Deep clean the kitchen” and separating that out into separate elements: bleach the sink, reorganize your cleaning supplies, clear out old dishes you don’t use, wipe down all surfaces, and clean the fridge inside and out. Assign each category to a time you have available over the next few months, and then get cracking. Once you have a plan in place, you’re much more likely to things done.
Cleaning that Requires Rentals
Planning ahead to clean carpets and area rugs is important. While experts don’t recommend cleaning these each and every year (to avoid contributing to wear and tear), you will want to take care of it every few years. Since you may need to clear out the room or rent a steam cleaner, you want to take the time to plan this one out in advance. In the same vein, if you’ve been meaning to clean old stains out of your walkway for years, plan ahead and look into a pressure washer rental now, so you’ll be ready when the snow melts.
Don’t wait until the first nice day of the year to take care of your outdoor furniture. Clean these guys off early so you can spend the early-season warm days relaxing outside instead of cleaning. Take the time to wipe down chairs and tables while they’re still inside in storage, and all you’ll have to do is haul them outside when the time comes.
The last remnants of winter make a perfect excuse to finally prioritize cleaning and organizing your garage. Head into the dark corners of disorganization, and create a game plan. If it’s freezing out there and you know you will drag your feet about getting down to business, get a space heater. If your lawn-care equipment is heaped in piles against the wall, take some measurements and make a trip to the hardware store to purchase shelving.
Sure, winter might not be over quite yet, but you can have this one in the back of your mind while you still enjoy the snow. Do you have decades-old cross country skis sitting buried in the back of beyond gathering dust because you “might” use them “one day”? How about a broken sled that you’ve been meaning to get around to fixing but never have? Now is the time to contemplate whether you really need to keep them around. If you do have newer gear that you’re looking to unload, it doesn’t hurt to think about putting it up for sale early while others are still looking to buy.
By now we've made it clear that you don't have to get all of your spring cleaning done immediately But, by starting early you'll free up your spring time to enjoy the warmer weather and the fun that comes with it. What is your spring cleaning ritual? Let us know in the comments below.
If the cleaning bug has struck you because you are looking to move and need a new mortgage or if you just want to know what mortgage programs are available to you, download the Mortgage Programs Guide. Click the button below to get started.<<< Return To Blog