Here in Asheville, NC, spring is just around the corner. Trails are starting to thaw out, flowers are popping up everywhere, and the temperatures are heating up. Since you can’t head outdoors for a full day hike just yet, it might be the right time to get a jump on your spring cleaning. Though spring cleaning isn’t always fun, the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can get outside guilt-free when the weather officially warms up! If you’re ready to get your Asheville spring cleaning out of the way, here’s a handy checklist of things to do to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for the warmer weather to come:
Wipe Down Walls
Walls are a secret culprit for dirt and germs. Grimy hands and pets often brush up against them, and they also collect quite a few dust bunnies. Give your walls a gentle wipe down with a mild soap and warm water combo to get rid of any unwanted dirt and brighten up your home.
Baseboards are easy to forget because they’re small and out of your direct line of sight, but a simple dusting can really boost the aesthetic of your home. Baseboards collect dirt and dust easily, since they’re so close to the floor, and they don’t often get a lot of attention. Just a quick dusting can brighten those babies up in no time, and you’ll be surprised at the difference that little bit of work makes!
Spring means a return of bright sunny days, and what better way to take in the sunny weather than through crystal clean windows? Wash your windows inside and out for a clear picture of a beautiful Asheville mountain spring day.
Wash Rugs and Mats
Though you probably shake your rugs out every week or so, spring is the perfect time to give them a real wash to get rid of any dirt and grime that’s worked its way inside the fabric fibers. Most rugs are machine washable in cold water. Let them air dry out on the porch or the clothesline for that fresh spring scent.
Get Your AC Unit Checked Out
Spring is the perfect time to get your AC unit checked out, to make sure everything’s ship-shape for the warmer weather. The last thing you want is for your AC unit to fail you when the weather gets hot. Schedule your yearly AC unit inspection now, while your AC repairman has the time, and before you actually, need to use it.
Reattach Your Garden Hose & Wash the Siding
You probably took your garden hose inside for the winter so it didn’t freeze and crack, but now’s the time to get it back out and hooked up! Use it to wash the siding of your home, and water those tulips and daffodils starting to come up. If you need a little more power, you can also rent a power washer to blast off dirt and grime from your home’s siding.
Clean the Gutters
It’s never a fun job, but it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters before the spring showers start. Fall and winter can cause a lot of build-up from fallen leaves and debris left behind by the snow. Clean those gutters out now to be sure they can handle the runoff from the spring rains.
Air Out Living Areas and Bedrooms
Your home’s been shut up most of the winter to keep the heat in. While that probably kept you nice and toasty, it does mean you’ve pretty much been breathing recycled air for the past few months. As soon as the weather’s warm enough, open up those windows and doors and air the place out. A little recirculation of fresh, spring mountain air will do everyone good.
Dust Books and Shelves
Dusting is a great way to get rid of as many allergens as possible before allergy season starts up. Bookshelves are dust magnets, so be sure to pull out all of your books, and dust them and the shelves before you put them back. While you’re at it, you might consider winnowing down that library you’ve got going. If you end up with some books to give away, bring them to the Snake, Rabbit, and Snail bookmobile, a local charitable organization that brings books and educational lectures to kids in need. If you’re looking for a little extra cash, you can also trade in your books at Mrs. K’s Books for in-store credit.
Reseal Grout Lines
Grout lines in your kitchen, between floor tiles, and in the bathroom can quickly break down, and as they do, they get dirty and cracked. While a little bit of scrubbing can go a long way if you can’t seem to get the dirt out, know you’ve got other options. Invest in a little bit of grout renew product, which typically costs less than $20, apply, and admire your brand new-looking floors.
Donate Old Appliances to Asheville ReStore
Whether you’re freeing up some kitchen counter space this spring, or looking to get rid of unused appliances, know that the Asheville ReStore is always taking donations for anything you don’t want. The money they make off donations helps build homes for Asheville residents in need, and they’ll also pick up donations if you don’t have the time to take them there yourself!
Vacuum and shampoo carpet
No spring cleaning is complete without finally vacuuming and shampooing the carpet. If you’ve been dusting and cleaning the rest of the house, you’ve probably knocked a decent amount of dirt onto the floor, so make sure you save your carpets for last! Give them a vacuum to get all the hair, pet fur, and dirt up, and then shampoo for an extra clean, fresh smelling home.
Spring cleaning isn’t fun, but it does leave you with a fresh, sparkling home to enjoy the sunny months in. If you’re tired of spring cleaning the same old house, maybe it’s time for a move. Whether you already live in Asheville, NC, or you’re thinking of moving there, you’ll definitely want to check out the homes at High Hickory, a sustainable mountain community with gorgeous lots and properties. Give our office a call at 866-936-5263 or contact us online for more information about High Hickory’s available lots.