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The Case for Spring Cleaning: Motivation You Need Now

Spring is upon us, and we make the case for spring cleaning!

Every year around this time, when the days begin to get longer and the sun is higher in the sky, folks instinctively start thinking about cleaning the house. With the fresh air, comes thoughts of a fresh, clean house.

But it’s also a time of year when things start to get busy: outdoor activities gear up, and holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day claim time. And of course, spring is graduation season. So sometimes it can feel like there is no time – or no good time (who wouldn’t rather be outside enjoying the weather?) to deep clean the house.

But, though it’s a necessary evil, there are positive benefits to doing a thorough clean in the springtime!

The Case for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a significant practice for several reasons, impacting both the physical environment of your home and your overall well-being:

Health Benefits:

Over the winter months, homes tend to accumulate a lot of dust, allergens, and germs. Spring cleaning allows for a thorough cleaning of your living spaces, which can improve air quality and reduce the risk of allergies and respiratory issues.

Psychological Advantages:

A clean and organized environment can have a positive impact on your mental health. It reduces stress, increases productivity, and can even improve your mood. The act of cleaning and organizing your space can also provide a sense of accomplishment and control.

Maintenance and Longevity of Home:

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your home and its components, like window films, furniture, appliances, etc., can extend their lifespan and prevent costly repairs in the future. For instance, properly maintaining window films ensures they continue to provide energy efficiency and privacy effectively.


Spring cleaning often includes decluttering, which reduces the chance of accidents, like tripping over items left on the floor. Also, checking and maintaining smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment keeps your home safe.

Check out this Home Safety Checklist from the Emergency Physicians Association for more tips to ensure your home safety.

Energy Efficiency:

Cleaning and servicing major appliances and systems (like HVAC) can improve their efficiency, leading to lower energy bills. According to the Department of Energy’s EnergyStar website, half of the energy used in your home is for heating and cooling. So, it’s important to make sure it’s running efficiently.

For more information on taking care of your HVAC equipment, check out Build-Review’s list of HVAC Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know.

And to save even more energy in the summer months, consider installing window film – the DOE considers it an energy-efficient window covering!

Pest Control:

Cleaning and decluttering can help in identifying and addressing areas where pests might settle or enter your home, thereby preventing infestations.

Readiness for the Unexpected:

A clean and organized home is always ready for impromptu guests or other unexpected situations, reducing your stress and embarrassment in such scenarios.

If you do get caught with surprise visitors, one hack we think is genius is to get an empty laundry basket and walk around the house gathering up things that aren’t put away. Then just store the basket in a bedroom or room where it won’t be seen by guests. It’s a quick fix for clutter or messes and you can empty the basket when you have time later.

Seasonal Transition:

Spring cleaning allows for the transition of your home from a cozy winter setting to a more open, airy spring/summer ambiance. This might include changing out heavy linens, curtains, and wardrobe, and preparing your home for warmer weather.

Opportunity for Redecoration:

While cleaning, you may find opportunities to redecorate or reorganize your space, which can be refreshing and revitalizing.

Habit Formation:

Engaging in an annual spring cleaning can help develop good cleaning habits throughout the year, leading to a consistently well-maintained home.

Making the Case for Spring Cleaning Easier

We’ve got a few tips and ideas to make spring cleaning easier:

Make a plan

Chunk out the work – don’t try to tackle everything in one day (or one weekend)! You won’t get overwhelmed, and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you check things off your list.

Grab our spring cleaning checklist for a list of common spring-cleaning items.

Stock Up

Have all your supplies and tools ready ahead of time – part and parcel of planning is jotting down the supplies you’ll need on hand to get the job done. There’s nothing worse than getting psyched up to tackle a spring cleaning job only to find you don’t have the right cleaning solution or you rubber window squeegee dried out over the winter.

Grab a copy of our spring cleaning supply checklist to make sure you have everything you need on hand to get your house shining this spring!


Take an honest assessment of the time you have and the energy and then see if there are things you can outsource.

Maybe you don’t want to climb a ladder anymore to clean your gutters. Or you lack the expertise to clean and maintain your HVAC equipment.

Outsourcing can be a good idea in some instances. And it can free you up to take on other tasks.

The Case for Spring Cleaning Summary

Overall, spring cleaning is important not just for the immediate cleanliness and order it brings, but also for the long-term benefits to the health, safety, and efficiency of your living environment.

And with a little planning, the right tools, and a positive attitude, your house will be sparkling in no time!

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