Spring cleaning and renovating 101

By LindaM, April 3, 2013

When flowers start to bloom and the weather warms up it is the perfect time to refresh your home indoors and out. Spring cleaning not only makes you feel good on the inside, but it is also good for your physical well being. While the tendency during spring cleaning is to focus on the “fun” areas of the home, like the garden or living room, the bathroom is one of the best places to focus your efforts.

Spring cleaning the bathroom starts with a general cleaning that removes all bacteria, mold, and viruses from the room. After the initial cleaning, however, you can improve the room with simple renovations that have big impact.

Decluttering

The first step in any spring cleaning process is decluttering. You may not think that your bathroom has much clutter, but it likely has more than you realize. Pull everything out from any drawers and cabinets. Remove all decorative objects and clothing. Remove bath mats and the shower curtain. Sort through your personal care items. Dispose of anything that is older than six months and things that you haven’t used in three months. Get rid of any duplicate items and anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom.

Cleaning

While everything is out of the bathroom, deep clean the area. Scrub the walls, bathtub, counters, floor, and cabinets. Clean the toilet, sink and mirror. Wash the shower curtain and bath mats. If you have any other cloth items in the bathroom, wash them as well. Open any windows and air out the entire room. Remove any mold spores with vinegar or bleach.

Making small changes

Replace the necessary objects back into the bathroom. Use organizing shelves, cubbies, or another storage method to prevent clutter build-up in the future. Place a few candles or other decorative items behind the toilet or on empty counters. Hang a few pictures on the wall. Switch out the shower curtain and bath mats for new, if desired. Replace old towels with fluffy, new towels.

Additional renovations

If you would like to take your bathroom renovation a bit further, consider making big changes in the room. Paint the walls a fresh color. Stick to colors that will not wash out your face in the mirror, like neutral colors or soft shades of color. Switch out your countertop or cabinets with an updated model. You can also paint or re-stain the cabinets, or add tiles to the counter or add new bathroom wall tiles. Replace the floor with something more modern and fresh. Resurface your bathtub or shower, or if it is really outdated, replace it with a new model. In your new renovation, think about your particular needs in the bathroom, such as extra storage space, or plenty of space to hang towels or other objects to dry.

 

Spring cleaning feels refreshing and invigorating. If you apply the spring cleaning principles to your bathroom, when you use the room you will feel refreshed rather than oppressed. You may be surprised just how much better you feel simply by cleaning your bathroom and making a few changes to the room. It just might inspire you to clean and renew other areas of your home.

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