Spring cleaning is an annual tradition for many families. As the temperatures warm up and plants come back to life, families all over will designate some time for tidying up.
It's a great habit to keep on normal terms, but spring cleaning is extra important when a move is on the horizon. Check out these spring cleaning musts before moving.
The nice thing about spring is that there's almost an entire year before it's winter again! If you're on the verge of a move this spring, maybe consider purging your winter wardrobe.
Items with thinning threads or items that are falling apart can be donated or tossed depending on condition. Getting rid of these bulky items will make your move that much lighter and you'll have almost an entire year to reestablish your winter wardrobe.
It's not just clothes, either. If you were to sort through all of your drawers, cabinets, folders, bins, boxes and baskets, you'd likely be shocked at the amount of "tossable" items you'd come out with. Consider "Marie Kondo-ing" these items. If they still spark joy in your life, hang on to them. If not, they can be thrown away or donated.
Normal spring cleaning would not require that you sort through your appliances – but if you're moving soon, this can be a great way to get rid of unnecessary bulk during the move. If you're like many of us, you have a number of small and useless kitchen appliances taking up space in your kitchen.
Maybe they're the result of impulse spending or leftover Christmas or wedding gifts. However they got there, if you can live without them, it's probably time to part ways. Blenders, juicers, electric knives and the like can probably be sold rather easily on an Internet marketplace in your area.
Moving is hard enough without having to transport dishes, glasses and cutlery that are not only heavy but also fragile. Plus, many of you may find that your sets don't even match after years in your current place.
When spring cleaning before your big move, maybe think about buying new dinnerware when you arrive in your new place. You can easily find budget sets of glasses, mugs, plates and silverware for less than $50.
In addition to cleaning just for the sake of making your move a little bit easier, spring cleaning before a move has an added benefit – it'll help you get your deposit money back!
First things first, gather all of your cleaners and tools to get the job done. Then, get to cleaning. Spring cleaning before a move should be a much more thorough cleaning than you typically do week-to-week. Some areas that are easy to skip over are baseboards, inside cabinets and drawers and any outdoor spaces – so make sure you pay special attention to these.
Spring cleaning before a move is not all about getting rid of stuff. There are a few things you might have considered tossing that will actually be beneficial throughout your move.
For example, any old sheets or blankets, no matter how threadbare, can be used as padding for fragile items and large pieces of furniture when packed in the moving truck. The same is true for old paper documents and newspaper or coupon-booklet clutter — they can easily be used to ensure safe packing.
Spring cleaning is a great habit to get into year after year. With the seasonal new beginnings, you can bring your home a fresh start. But, if you're moving soon, spring cleaning could make a drastic difference in how smoothly your move goes. We hope you now have everything you need to make spring cleaning before a move work for you.