Tips for Keeping Your House Looking and Smelling New

It’s springtime! Because it’s so beautiful outside, you naturally want to bring that same feeling of rejuvenation inside your home. That’s why spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition—it’s a chance to welcome the new, sunnier season by freshening up your house, condo, or apartment.

And it’s not just about dusting, mopping, and vacuuming. Spring cleaning can also mean clearing out your closets, organizing the kitchen pantry, or jazzing up your home decor. It can be a lot of hard work, but the end result—a sparkling, like-new home—is well worth it. Grossmont Center is your spring cleaning headquarters, where you can find everything you need to get your place looking and feeling pristine. Here are some tips to help make spring cleaning feel like less of a chore!

Make a Plan

Before you get started, get organized. Plan what tasks need to be accomplished in each room, so you know how much time to set aside for the job. You’ll also want to make sure you have all your cleaning supplies handy, and stock up on anything you don’t have or are running low on. It may be helpful to get buckets or caddies to store your cleaning equipment in, and stash them in the rooms where you know you’ll need them, such as under the kitchen sink or in a bathroom cupboard. Grossmont Center stores such as Target and Walmart carry a wide selection of cleaning supplies and usually offer deals or coupons that result in affordable prices.

First, Declutter

The first step of cleaning is clearing away the flotsam and jetsam that can pile up on tabletops, in hallways, and just about anywhere else clutter can accumulate. After all, how can you dust a table if there’s a stack of bills and magazines on top of it? If you notice particular areas that tend to attract clutter more than others, buy a nice tray, basket, or other container—Target and Walmart are great places for these, too—to store items you need to keep and make a habit of immediately tossing those you don’t.

Clean Your Home from Top to Bottom—Literally

When you’re dusting or cleaning, start at the highest point in a room and move down from there. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting dirt on an already-clean countertop when you are wiping down the cabinet above it. By working your way down in each room, you can simply vacuum, mop, or sweep away dust or dirt from the floor, and voila, you’ve got a clean room!

Don’t Skip the Nooks and Crannies

Spring cleaning is the time to give some attention to areas that usually are neglected during day-to-day or weekly cleaning. We’re talking about scrubbing the oven, the grout in the shower, the condenser coils at the base of your fridge, and the heater and air conditioning vents, to name a few. While you’re at it, soak your hair and makeup brushes in soapy water, throw your gym bags or reusable grocery bags in the wash and wipe down germy spots such as your computer keyboard, tablet, and smartphone screen.

Keep Dirt Outside Your Door

You have a better chance of keeping your house clean by making sure dirt never gets inside. Invest in a quality doormat—try Cost Plus World Market or Pier 1 at Grossmont Center as well as Target or Walmart—and a shoe rack where everyone can take off their shoes after entering your place.

Out with the Old

Spring is the perfect time to get rid of the things weighing you down, including items you no longer have any use for. Go through closets and bookshelves to weed out rarely-used clothing or books and donate them or hold a garage sale. Properly dispose of any expired medicines, cosmetics, or pantry items. Once you’ve carved out more space in your closets, drawers, and medicine cabinets, assess what you have left and buy some organizers to keep everything neatly stored, if necessary.  Grossmont Center conveniently has clothing and shoe donation on site. Just look for the big green donation bins in the parking lots near Hooleys, Walmart and Target. We also host monthly electronics recycling with Green Hat Electronics for all your electronics recycling needs on the last Saturday of every month.

Do a Not-So-Extreme Makeover

You don’t need a room remodel or major renovation to give your home a whole new look. Instead of brand-new kitchen cabinets, refresh them with new handles and drawer pulls from Restoration Hardware Outlet. Your landlord won’t let you repaint your apartment? Create a cheery new color scheme with beautiful throw pillows and blankets from Cost Plus World Market or Pier 1 Imports. Or add a unique touch to your home with a lovely hand-painted decorative sign crafted by an artisan at Grossmont Center’s Handmade Market or Modern Market.

Make Your Home Scent-sational

You’ve put in the time and effort to clean your place, but before you sprawl out on your couch to enjoy the fruits of your labors, don’t forget the perfect finishing touch. A spritz of room spray or a scented candle can create the perfect ambiance. Bath & Body Works at the Center has a terrific range of room mists, candles, Wallflower plug-in room fresheners, and Melts, which are aromatic cubes of wax that are put in an electric warmer to produce a lovely aroma. The scent options are also varied, including Ocean Driftwood, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Limoncello, so you can buy several and use different ones, to match your mood and the room you want to use them in.

Are you feeling inspired to clean yet? Get ready to tackle your tasks by shopping at Grossmont Center for anything you need to create your home sweet home!

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