Spring cleaning: it’s a phrase you hear people say often around this time of year — and yet, as a fellow Californian, you’re not really sure what it means or why you should be doing it. Isn’t spring cleaning something that only people in cold weather climates need to do? Yes and no. It’s true that there was once a time when certain types of house cleaning had to wait until spring after the winter chill wore off. But it’s also a term that denotes any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing. You gotta admit: it’s pretty cathartic to participate in an annual out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new purge. It’s your chance to clean out your bathroom cupboards that are overflowing with unused makeup, lotions, shampoos and whatever-else you’ve managed to stuff into the space over the last year. It’s a chance to fix that pesky, out-of-order doorbell. And as for your closets? Yeah, you finally have permission to throw out those corduroy pants you haven’t worn in 10 years or install the shoe organizer you’re so desperately need.
Now that the first day of spring is finally here (oh, you didn’t notice because you were too busy sunning yourself on your deck in 80 degree temps?), let’s kick off the new season right with a list of cool tools you’ll need to make your cleaning checklist go fast. C’mon, we dare you… dust off that Dyson and start fresh!
1. Get Organized
First thing’s first. Plan out your spring cleaning with an organization app, like Tody ($3, iOS; Android users should check out House Cleaning List). You can put frequent chores and tasks on a recurring schedule, and designate which areas of your home you’d like to monitor—like your living room, kitchen, or office.
2. Invest in a Lightweight Vacuum
Remember how we mentioned Dyson earlier? Well, there’s a reason for that. You need a powerful lightweight vacuum to keep your floors maintained. The Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless vacuum ($600) is a must-have. If that’s out of your budget, start small with the handheld V6 Trigger for $199.
3. Give It a Steam Clean
Steam away your floor’s filth with the ever-efficient and super cool Shark S3901 Lift-Away Professional Steam Pocket Mop, $98, available on amazon.com.
4. Scuff It Off
5. Purify the Air
Keep airborne impurities like household dust, pet dander, mold spores and plant pollens at bay with this best-selling air purifier from Amazon, $89.99.
6. Let Your Living Room Shine
7. Replace Your Sheets
Frequent washing will break down even your best 800-thread count sheets. If you’re seeing stains, fraying hems, or faded patterns in your bed linens, it’s time to replace them. These pure Egyptian 300-thread count essentials from Pottery Barn will do the trick.
8. Determine Your Detergent
Speaking of laundry… it’s time to indulge in a fine fragranced detergent (if you’re not allergic), like this chic spring cleaning bundle from Laundress ($78.50).
9. Give Your Closet a Makeover
Hit the Container Store on Saturday and stock up on a few wardrobe organizing necessities: new huggable, space-saving hangers, drop-front clear shoe bins and clear storage containers can give your closet an entirely new look.
10. Make Scents
Now that you’ve done most of the heavy lifting, it’s time for the fun part. Give our house a signature scent. Sign up for a weekly or monthly floral delivery service, like TheBouqs.com, to keep your home looking and smelling like a springtime fantasy. Or pick up some Diptyque room spray, which offers a variety of refreshingly floral fragrances like Orange Blossom, $65.