With the winter season coming to an end, now is a great time to declutter and refresh your home. An organized house can improve your mood and cleaning up is a great way to get rid of stress. These tips will help you get the most out of your sprucing up, and make your home a place of tidiness and relaxation. Get Rid of That Junk! Before you start pulling out the cleaning supplies, begin by going through that closet or storage room and organizing. We all accumulate vast amounts of stuff, and it is important to know when to let some of it go. Start by sorting things to keep, things to sell and things to throw away into piles. This will let you differentiate between your valuables and random pieces you picked up over the years. Plus, selling things that you don’t want is a great way to get some cash. If needed, you can always ask a removal service to dispose of bigger items such as an old fridge or couch. When you go to put things back in their place, try using plastic storage containers. Not only do they keep your items organized, but they’ll also protect family photos and other keepsakes from damage and deterioration. Labeling these boxes will help in the future when you want to look at the contents, and putting a small light in the area will make searching even easier. Deep Clean Everything Now that you’ve made some more room in your house, it’s time to put on the gloves and go to work. Use a duster or rag to wipe down fan blades, shelves, tables, blinds, picture frames and anything else. Next, start to vacuum those floors and couches. You may want to move the furniture around and take cushions off to really get all those loose crumbs and tidbits that slipped through the cracks. Once that’s done you can also shampoo your carpets to remove stains, or hire someone to do it professionally. Then you’ll want to get ready to wax or mop your floors. Adding a coat of polish can really make your beautiful flooring pop, and it will especially stand out on those sunny days of spring and summer. If the weather is nice enough, you can go outside and wash your windows. This, along with cleaning them from the inside, will let more light in and really brighten up your house. Spring Safety Checks Last but definitely not least is the process of making sure that your home is safe and sound. Make sure to replace batteries in beeping smoke detectors and test them. Putting in a carbon monoxide detector can also protect your family from hazardous leaks. Cleaning out air ducts ensures that they will properly vent areas, and will keep them from becoming a fire hazard. You will also want to check your AC units, HVAC systems, windows or any electrical or plumbing to make sure there aren’t any issues. Be sure to check out other cleaning tips in our NPI blogs to improve your home!