Spring Cleaning Before You Move

Spring cleaning before you move

Happy Spring!  It’s so warm outside with the sun shining, the trees are getting their leaves back, your seasonal garden is starting to come in…  But you’re about to move, and it’s time to start your spring cleaning.  Before you get started, let us give you some tips on how to prepare for your move while cleaning:

First of all, you’re about to start moving some of your things around to clean in harder-to-reach places, such as your cabinets, fridge, and closet spaces.  Why not go ahead and start sorting through the extraneous items you can get rid of?  This way, you’ll have less to pack and then unpack again in your new home.  If there are any items you have in multiples, think about what you actually need to keep for your day-to-day routine.  Personally, I have a huge stash of shampoo on hand that I keep “just in case” I run out.  In the middle of a move, you definitely don’t need these stocked-up items to slow you down.  Go ahead and toss out half-used containers, and donate the unopened items to a local charity.  (For inspiration, check out our favorite Nashville charities here.)

Now that you’re ready to start cleaning, think about the household items you already own that can safely and naturally clean the home you’re about to put on the market.  Here are just a few natural household products you can use to clean:

  • Lemon juice can be used for cleaning metal and garbage disposalsVinegar:  A 50/50 solution of vinegar and distilled water makes a great glass cleaner, and a 25/75 solution can be used to make your hardwood shine!  Additionally, let rusty metal soak in vinegar for half an hour, and follow up with some scrubbing to make your metals clean again.
  • Club Soda:  Everyone knows and loves the classic trick of using club soda to remove a wide range of stains!
  • Lemons:  Use a slice of lemon to remove water stains from metal surfaces by rubbing the slice over the stained area and rinsing with water.  You can also use lemon and baking soda to clean your garbage disposal before house showings.  Just heat 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the microwave for 30 seconds, and slowly add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the heated juice.  Pour this solution down your kitchen sink’s drain, and run hot water for a few seconds to rinse.  Ta-da!
  • Pillow cases:  Dusting ceiling fans can be a pain because all the dust falls all over everyone standing in the room.  However, if you slip a pillowcase around each blade and wipe, all the dust falls into the case instead.
  • Socks:  Pull a sock over your hand and spritz with water–you just made a dust cloth for your blinds!  This way, your sock also prevents dust from the window blinds from floating around the room.  If you grip each blind panel with the hand covered in the damp sock, you’ll be able to save time and clean both sides of the panel at once.

Packing and sorting your thingsOnce you run through the traditional cleaning spots in each room, do a quick check over spaces that are easily forgotten.  These include baseboards, the carpet underneath your larger furniture items, and the shelves inside your closets.

Getting ready to move is super exciting, and cleaning up your old space is just another part of the process.  Hopefully these spring cleaning tips help speed up your move-out cleaning and the prepping for your packing!