Preparing your apartment in Chicago for spring is a way to relax and enjoy the space your Chicago apartment at all times throughout the year. Implementing a few spring cleaning tips for Chicago apartments gives you the freedom to renovate, decorate and shuffle furniture and belongings around just in time for the warm weather to arrive.
Check Air Conditioners and Air Filters
With spring and warmer weather right around the corner it is important to check your air conditioner for potential issues or any damage that requires repairs. Cleaning out the air filter of an air conditioner or replacing it entirely is a way to maximize usage and efficiency regardless of the unit’s age. A great insider’s tip to help freshen your entire apartment is to place a dryer sheet or two on your air filter – a nice fresh smell will spread throughout your apartment when the air is on. Checking your air conditioner is in proper working order before it gets hot is a great way to ensure you’ll have a working unit before the first heat wave.
Take the time to wash all of the windows in your apartment during your spring cleaning to keep them from becoming clouded or dirty as time passes. Wash each window in your apartment thoroughly by wiping down the windowsill and using a solution that helps to rid smudges, dust and other debris that has built up throughout the year. Some windows are able to open into the apartment making it easy to clean the exterior side of the windows, so check if yours are able to and give them a good cleaning if they are.
Clean Doors and Baseboards
Wipe down all doors in your apartment in addition to dusting and wiping the baseboards throughout each room in your apartment; good to do that at least once a year, so make it part of your spring cleaning routine. Wiping doors, walls and baseboards keeps paint fresh and eliminates dust build-up that is more difficult to rid over time.
Organizing your closets is an ideal way to donate and rid excess clothing and accessories you no longer wear or need. Organizing your closets at least once a year gives you the ability to free up space for additional items you plan to add to your wardrobe without becoming too cluttered, especially if you are renting a smaller space. Consider the option of investing in closet and wardrobe organizers to keep shoes, accessories, belts and other fashion items in place whether you do so by season or what you are most likely to wear.
Move Furniture to Clean Easily Missed Places
Spring is the perfect time to move all your furniture to clean under and behind in those hard to reach places. As you’re moving everything to clean consider moving the furniture to different places to quickly give the apartment a new look and feel.
Clean the light fixtures in your apartment by dusting them and wiping them down. Use an extended duster to clean above fans and ceiling lights. Ridding dust from lighting fixtures reduces in-home allergies and dust build-up which can lead to respiratory infections and illnesses. Wiping and cleaning light switches is another way to reduce the amount of bacteria and germs that accumulate with use of the switches.
Update Smoke Detector Batteries
Always be sure to replace and update all smoke detector batteries within your apartment at least once a year. Changing the batteries in your smoke detectors each year when you are cleaning for spring is a way to ensure you remember to do so without letting the batteries die out on their own.
Creating a list of to-do items before you start your spring cleaning to help you stay motivated and focused on the task at-hand.