Lexington, KY – Tailgate parties are planned for the upcoming Keeneland races, farmers put the first seeds in the cold ground, and the buds begin forming on the trees at Henry Clay Estate. These are not only the first signs of spring in Lexington, but a call to spring cleaning.
Whether you own or rent, spring cleaning should be an essential part of your yearly routine. It affords you the chance to clear out clutter and dirt, re-arrange furniture, create a healthier environment, and more thoroughly enjoy the space you call home. As daunting a task as spring cleaning can seem, it can be done with fervor and enthusiasm. Fear not the looming dust bunnies, mildewed tub tiles or decade-old jar of chutney stuck to the dark corner of your fridge. Now is the time to take on the mindset of a “spring cleaner” -
here are a few basics to help along the way:
A simple online search allows you to tap into helpful and detailed spring-cleaning lists. Print one out and customize it for your particular space. Keep a notepad with you as you clean and list larger projects to tackle further along in the year.
Also take inventory of your cleaning supplies. Are you equipped with cleaners, old rags, buckets, trash bags and a mop? Research shows that certain glass and furniture cleaners can be harmful to your body and the environment. For a healthier spring-cleaning experience, consider one of the many natural cleaners in the marketplace today or make your own from ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar or lemons. Several recipes for homemade cleaning products can be found online. Whichever option you choose, have at least one window open in each room to circulate air as you work.
As you clean, channel your inner minimalist. Have a bag ready in each room and challenge yourself to fill it with unneeded items to donate to charity. I like to keep a canvas grocery bag by my front door and add things frequently to take to my local thrift store.