Tips for Maintaining Your Blinds and Shades

Like all things in your home, your window treatments need occasional maintenance to look and operate at their best. For the vast majority of blinds and shades, only light maintenance is necessary to avoid running into problems down the road.

At Blindster, we sell window treatments that are designed to last for years without issues, but taking exceptional care of your blinds and shades is an easy way to prolong their life and keep them looking as beautiful as the day you purchased them.

Maintaining your blinds and shades is a simple process that can be incorporated into both your weekly “light” cleaning routine and monthly or bi-monthly “deep” cleaning routines. So whether you’ve maintained your blinds and shades from day one and are just looking for new ways to get the job done, or you’re ready to begin a maintenance routine for the first time, you can’t go wrong with our tips below.

  1. Wipe away dust every week.

Wipe Away Dust Every Week

Dust, pet hair and pollen, are the biggest threats to your blinds and shades. Window treatments that are installed in rooms with heavy foot traffic, such as living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms, can accumulate dust rapidly and may need more frequent attention. Keeping a strict dusting schedule for your blinds and shades is an easy way to keep them in perfect shape without the need for intensive cleaning, and it also helps prevent operational problems due to irritants getting inside the headrail and other moving parts.

 

Safely dust blinds and shades that have only a small build-up of debris, using your vacuum’s soft brush attachment to quickly lift away loose dust and dirt from fabric, slats, and the headrail. To get in between the slats on your blinds, simply use an old sock or a duster that’s designed to fit into small spaces. Finally, use a soft, clean cloth and a mixture of warm water and a gentle cleaning solution to wipe away small stains and areas of accumulated dirt and dust from your blinds’ slats and your shades’ fabric that won’t lift away with your vacuum or feather duster.

 

  1. Smooth wrinkled shades by lowering them, steaming them, or using a wrinkle-remover.

Steam Cleaner

Shades look their best when they are perfectly crisp and without any wrinkles, folds, bumps, or creases. Shades can easily become wrinkled due to things like humidity, exposure to open air, and being raised for long periods of time.

 

If your shades have become wrinkled, there are three effective options for getting the wrinkles out and restoring a beautiful matte and uniform appearance to the fabric:

  • Lower your shades and keep them down for several days.

Shades that are raised and rolled up for long periods of time can naturally become wrinkled. Getting those wrinkles out can be difficult if the shades are repeatedly raised and lowered and never have a chance to remain stationary in an extended position. For a natural and non-intrusive method for getting wrinkles out of your shades, simply lower them as far as you can and keep them down for around 48 to 72 hours. During that time, the wrinkles should come out naturally without any further intervention on your behalf.

 

  • Steam the wrinkles out.

The easiest way to get wrinkles out of clothing is to use heat and steam, and the same principle is true for shades. You can use handheld steamers that are designed for clothing to quickly remove wrinkles from Cellular Shades, Roman Shades, Roller Shades, and more. Use a handheld steamer that puts out continuous steam and direct its flow across the entire wrinkled surface of your shade. Put gentle pressure on the bottom of the shade as you use the steamer to help further de-wrinkle the fabric.

  • Use a wrinkle-removing solution.

Sprays and other chemical solutions that are designed to release and eliminate wrinkles can be highly convenient, but it’s important to be careful when using these on your shades. Always check the cleaning and care instructions for your shades before using any chemicals on them, and do a test patch on a small inconspicuous area to test the effect the spray will have on the fabric. If the fabric doesn’t stain, fade, or discolor, the wrinkle spray will be safe to use and can be a great alternative to a handheld steamer for quickly releasing wrinkles.

 

  1. Repair or replace broken slats.

Replace Broken Slats

Pets, small children, and everyday household accidents can ultimately lead to the slats on your blinds cracking, chipping, and breaking. When that happens, you have two options: repairing the broken slat or replacing it altogether.

 

For wood and faux wood blinds, using a strong wood glue or other adhesive and carefully gluing any broken pieces of slat back together is a quick and inexpensive repair. But if one or more of your slats were seriously damaged and are unable to be glue back together, you may need to replace the slats entirely.

 

To do that, follow these steps:

 

  • Remove the plugs underneath the bottom rail and untie the lift cord on both sides.
  • Pull the lift cord through the slats until you reach the damaged or broken slats.
  • Remove the damaged or broken slats and insert the replacement slats.
  • Thread the lift cord through the replacement slats.
  • Tie the remaining sections of lift cord together.
  • Place the excess lift cord inside the holes on the bottom rail and replace the plugs.

  1. Fix misbehaving vertical blind slats by flipping them and using a hole punch.

Hole Punch Vertical Blinds

If one or two slats on your vertical blinds can’t stay aligned with the rest, there’s a good chance they may be off-kilter due to problems with the hooks at the top of the slat itself. For a quick and easy way to remedy this problem, remove the slat and flip it upside down. Then, use a hole punch to create a new hole that should be roughly the same size and shape as the holes on your slats. The slat will move smoothly and stay in-line with the rest of slats, restoring a uniform appearance to your vertical blinds.

Benefits of Faux Wood and Wood Blinds

Buying the right blinds and shades for a home is a highly subjective and personal decision, and the number of options available in 2016 can make it difficult for many homeowners to make a choice. However, two types of window coverings that are consistently popular due to their affordable prices, elegant appearance, and overall durability are wood and faux wood.

Whether you choose wood or faux wood blinds with 1” slats, 2” slats, or extra-large 2.5” slats, you’ll get window coverings that immediately enhance the beauty and overall appearance of any room in your home. In addition to improving the appearance of your windows and being highly effective at blocking out light, both wood and faux wood window treatments also perfectly complement a wide variety of home décor and furnishings.

If you’re considering real or faux wood blinds for your home, but want to know the benefits of each type of window covering, our comparison guide can help you make an informed and confident decision.

Benefits of Real Wood Window Treatments

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Real wood window treatments bring a timeless and classic beauty to any room where they’re installed. These types of blinds and shades have been used for many years in homes and businesses throughout the U.S., and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Some of the top reasons that our customers love these window coverings include:

  • Durability

High-quality wood blinds and shades are resistant to some of the most common types of wear and tear that shades face on a daily basis—especially when they are installed in homes where children and pets are present. Aluminum blinds in particular can be at risk of bending or breaking when too much weight or pressure is applied to slats, which is something many cat and dog owners know all too well. Wood blinds, on the other hand, are much harder to break.

 

  • Insulation

Wood blinds are very effective at insulating rooms. Windows are one of the primary places where homes lose heat during the winter and take on hot air during the summer. Protecting your windows with thick wood blinds can go a long way towards making your home more energy efficient and reducing your utility bills.

 

  • Ease of use

One of our newest products, the 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds, features a cordless lift system that makes raising and lowering these window treatments a breeze. Just lift on the bottom rail to set these blinds at the perfect height. And because these blinds aren’t equipped with lift cords, you’ll have even more peace of mind if your home has small animals or young children.

 

  • Beautiful wood stains and colors

Although our entire selection of window coverings is available in a large variety of colors and patterns, it’s hard to beat the timeless beauty and elegance of natural wood grain. Our best-selling wood blinds—our 2” Premium Wood Blinds—feature nearly 30 stunning stains and colors to choose from, including Nutmeg, Sumatra, Red Maple Leaf, and Sunkissed Oak. Best of all, these blinds have been treated with a special multi-coat finish process that includes a UV inhibitor, protecting the wood and finish from fading and warping, even after years of sun exposure.

 

  • Light-weight materials

Real wood blinds and shades are very lightweight, making them easy to operate and lift/lower. That can be a big bonus for homeowners who suffer from arthritis or have pains and disabilities, and for people who need to install large numbers of blinds and shades for projects such as large apartment buildings with multiple units.

 

Benefits of Faux Wood Window Treatments

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Faux wood blinds are quickly becoming some of the most sought-after window treatments on the market. To most observers, they look identical to real wood blinds, while offering some distinct benefits and advantages, such as:

 

  • Moisture-resistance

Faux wood blinds are a better option for homes that frequently experience high humidity or for rooms where the accumulation of moisture is a frequent issue, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. They also stand up better to extreme temperatures, making them ideal for homes in very hot or cold climates and areas of the country where temperatures can widely vary within a 24-hour period.

 

  • Lower cost

While there are many inexpensive options of real wood blinds, faux wood blinds are even more affordable and economical. Some of our highest-quality faux wood blinds, including our 2 ½” Premium Faux Wood Blinds and 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds offer all of the elegance and beauty of their real wood counterparts, but at a lower price. In addition, our most affordable faux wood options, such as our 2” Super Value Faux Wood Blinds, are among the most inexpensive blinds in our inventory, making them perfect for homeowners on tight budgets.

 

  • Even better durability

Because faux wood blinds are manufactured using composite materials, including vinyl and PVC, these blinds can hold up to extended periods of wear and tear without bending, breaking, cracking, or warping. In addition, they’re also much more resistant to damage from cleaning solutions and liquids, which means homeowners don’t have to be nearly as careful when wiping away dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris from their slats.

 

  • Appearance is nearly identical to real wood blinds

Don’t let the word “faux” fool you—high-quality faux wood blinds look virtually identical to the real thing. There aren’t any dead giveaways that modern faux wood blinds aren’t real wood blinds. The colors, stains, and wood grain patterns are remarkably authentic. Three of our faux wood offerings, including our 2” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, our 2” Premium Cordless Faux Wood Blinds, and our 1” Premium Faux Wood Blinds, are available in 12 distinct colors, including Real Grain Bamboo, Real Grain Cinnamon, Cherry Embossed, and Mahogany 357.

Best Blinds and Shades for Your Office

For many people, their office is a home away from home. After all, most jobs require employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week, and many business owners may also work at night and on weekends. Because of the long hours many people put in at the office, it makes sense that employees, managers, and business owners want to feel as comfortable and “at home” as they do when they’re actually at home. A big part of making that happen is taking the time to decorate and furnish their offices with the same care and attention that they give their home living spaces.

At Blindster, we know that one of the most effective ways to make your office feel like home is to pick the right window treatments. Although it may seem like a small touch, having the perfect blinds or shades to complement your office décor and maximize your control over lighting, privacy, insulation, glare, and other factors can go a long way towards making you more comfortable throughout the work day.

So if you’re looking for the best blinds and shades for your office, check out our list below:

2 12 Inch Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds

Thick wood blinds bring a touch of elegance, beauty, and timelessness to any room, including your personal office at work or your home office. In addition to being inexpensive, these blinds are also highly durable and are resistant to fading, cracking, and warping. Choose from a variety of stains and colors when you order your own set, including Natural Embossed and Cherry Embossed for a traditional wood grain appearance. You can also choose brighter stains and colors like Antique White and Alabaster to create the illusion of more space and maximize your office’s natural lighting. With 2 ½” slats, these blinds can be opened for extra-wide views of your office’s outdoor area, but when closed, they are highly effective at protecting your privacy.

 

2 Inch Premium Cordless Wood Blinds

Many of our customers prefer the authentic materials used in real wood blinds, and if you’re among them, you can’t go wrong with our 2” Premium Cordless Wood Blinds for your office. Like our 2 ½” Deluxe Faux Wood Blinds, these window coverings are perfect fits for both home offices and “home away from home” offices due to their classic design and long-lasting appeal. Manufactured using a top-quality kiln-dried basswood, these blinds are lightweight, durable, and built to withstand years of sunlight exposure. Best of all, a cordless lift system is included at no charge, which means there’s no distracting lift cords that can get tangled or make the blinds difficult to operate.

Privacy Aluminum Blind

If you need to outfit an entire office with new window coverings, chances are you’re looking for a solution that’s both highly effective and inexpensive. In that case, you’ll want to check out our Privacy Aluminum Blinds. Competitively priced and designed as a no-frills option for blocking out sunlight, reducing glare, and protecting privacy, these aluminum blinds get the job done while still offering you four distinct color options: White, Bone, Mocha, and Sage. To maximize their light-blocking and privacy capabilities, the cord holes disappear when the blinds are closed, eliminating light leaks. Combine that with a baked enamel finish that’s resistant to chipping and fading, and you’ll be set for years with these blinds installed throughout your office.

Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades

For many office workers, whether they’re owners, managers, employees, or just people working from home, having luxury décor and furnishings not only helps to signify their success, but it also motivates them to work even harder. Our Cordless Bamboo Woven Wood Shades perfectly complement both high-end office décor and high-achieving workers, and the light-filtering properties of the real bamboo materials used in the manufacturing process enhance the natural lighting that enters your office. Several beautiful, dark wood stains are available, including Key West Camel, Waikiki Camel, and Key West Cocoa. If you dislike lift cords, then you’re in luck with these shades, as a cordless lift option is available at no extra charge.

Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades

Having natural sunlight in your office can be a great way to energize yourself and feel invigorated, but it’s not always welcome throughout the day. The sun’s rays can create distracting glares on your computer screen, fade and damage furniture and décor, increase the ambient temperature in your office, and even damage your skin. Our Premium Blackout Fabric Roller Shades Group A are a stylish and elegant option for blocking out the sun’s harmful rays and increasing your privacy when you need it. Available in 13 unique colors, these shades come standard with a cordless spring roller shade lift and can also be ordered with a clutch continuous loop lift cord for an additional charge.

 

Fauxwood Plantation Shutters

If you’re looking to make your windows the focal point of your office, look no further than our Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. These bold window coverings bring the elegance of our wood and faux wood blinds, but their extra-large size compared to standard blinds makes them a truly unforgettable aspect of your office’s décor. Because these shutters are manufactured with durable yet lightweight faux wood, they’re easy to install and are designed to last for many years. Custom made in the USA, these shutters benefit from a quick 8-10-day manufacturing process, which means they’ll get to your office sooner after you place your order. Choose from three beautiful and light-enhancing colors when you place your order: Cotton, Pearl, and Vanilla.

 

2 Inch Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades

Hate the look of harsh overhead lighting? Many office workers feel that they perform at their best when they get the benefit of ample natural lighting in their work spaces as opposed to fluorescent and incandescent lighting, and there are no better window treatments to maximize your office’s natural lighting than our 2” Premium Light Filtering Sheer Shades. Manufactured with two layers of soft fabric sheers, these shades let in beautiful diffused natural light when open, and block out 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays when closed. That makes them perfect for offices that get a variety of different lighting conditions throughout the day.

Things You Should Remove from Your Home in 2016

Trying to keep up with the latest household styles, trends, and fashions can be exhausting and expensive. What’s “in” one year may be “out” the next, and staying up to date can feel like a never-ending whirlwind of swapping out décor and furniture. Thankfully, there’s a highly effective way of keeping your home looking contemporary that not only doesn’t cost you any money, but it can actually make you money—and all it involves is getting rid of a few things.

Even if you already have a habit of cleaning out your home and throwing away/recycling/upcycling/selling items you no longer need, chances are, there are still a few things lying around that could be holding back your home’s overall appearance and décor.

To jumpstart your home’s leap forward into the year 2016, check out our list of the top things you should get rid of right now:

  • Magazine and book collections that are gathering dust.

Magazine and Book Collections That Are Gathering Dust

Given our tech-obsessed culture, taking the time to unplug, unwind, and sit down with a book or a magazine can be a welcome relief from staring at glowing screens all day. But do you really need your collection of magazines dating back to 1982 or books that haven’t been opened in more than a decade? It’s great to have an impressive library of books at your home, but if you’re not using them, they simply take up space and collect dust. They literally date your home and its décor, particularly when you have magazines prominently displayed that are several months or even years out of date. So if you’re ready to move on from your dusty collection, consider donating some of your old books and magazines to your local library, nursing home, college, or charity.

 

  • Furniture that doesn’t get used.

Furniture That Doesn't Get Used

Got a table that holds a picture frame you never look at and a lamp that you never turn on? How about a chair in the corner of your living room that no one ever sits in? Many homeowners buy and keep furniture simply to fill a room, even if they never use it. But all that does is take up valuable space, make cleaning more difficult, and keep homes firmly rooted in the past. Outdated and unused furniture is a quick and easy burden to get rid of, as almost all of it can be donated to thrift stores or sold for some quick cash. If you’re feeling creative, you can also work on “upcycling” old furniture by adding a fresh coat of paint or fabric and repurposing it for other uses.

 

  • Old and obsolete electronic devices.

Old And Obsolete Electronic Devices

Even if you’re not a technophile or someone who cares about the latest and greatest in home entertainment, if you still have a tube-style television on display anywhere in your home, you might as well be living in a time capsule from 25 years ago. The prices of flat-screen televisions—as well as flat-screen computer monitors, stereos, and DVD/Blu-ray disc players—have dropped significantly in recent years. While you don’t have to break the bank outfitting your home to the highest audiovisual specifications, having up-to-date gadgets and devices is a relatively inexpensive way to make your home look like it belongs in the 21st century.

 

  • Anything with a “90s” floral pattern.

90s Floral Print

During the 90s, floral patterns were everywhere. Couches, curtains, rugs, wallpapers, chairs, and even clothing couldn’t escape this fad. And while floral print itself isn’t necessarily an indicator of something being out of style, there’s a stark difference between floral print items created within the last few years and floral print items from 1995. Removing anything with a decidedly 90s floral print or pattern from your home can drastically change and modernize its appearance. If you can’t bear to part with a beloved couch, loveseat, or chair that’s adorned with distinctly 90s-era floral print, consider purchasing a slip cover instead.

 

  • Old towels and washcloths.

Old Towels and Washcloths

Towels and washcloths have short shelf lives. When you first purchase them, they’re soft and comfortable to use. But after a few short years, they often start looking tattered, patchy, and even torn—and they may even feel rough and unpleasant against your skin. Replacing your towels as soon as they begin to show major signs of wear and tear is a quick way to revitalize your home’s appearance, especially if you keep them prominently displayed in your bathroom.

 

  • Clothing that you haven’t worn in more than one year.

Clothing That You Haven't Worn in More Than One Year

If you’re saving a shirt, a pair of jeans, or a jacket for seasonable weather, you’re in the clear. But if you have clothing in your closet that hasn’t been worn in more than one year, it may be time to donate it, sell it, or throw it out. Whether it doesn’t fit, is falling apart, or has simply gone out of style, there’s probably a good reason you haven’t worn a specific item (or items) of clothing in at least 365 days. As with outdated and unused furniture, keeping clothing you don’t wear robs you of valuable closet space—which is something most homeowners simply don’t have enough of these days.

 

  • Kitchen gadgets, gizmos, and appliances that never get used.

Kitchen Gadgets That Never Get Used

Have you ever watched a captivating infomercial, had a craving for a frozen drink while shopping at the supermarket, or decided that a new appliance would overhaul your cooking skills? If you’re like most homeowners, chances are you’ve got a few kitchen devices that rarely, if ever, get used. If there’s anything more precious than closet space in a typical home, it’s kitchen cabinet space. Unfortunately, kitchen gadgets and gizmos tend to take up a lot of space, which can be a tough tradeoff for something you rarely use—if you ever use it at all. Thankfully, there’s a secondhand market for many kitchen appliances, especially those that have very little signs of wear and tear. Sending off a margarita maker or a specialty food processor to a new home will not only help you reclaim the storage space in your kitchen, but it can also put some extra money in your wallet.

How to Handle Potential Home Disasters

Being a homeowner gives you a tremendous sense of pride, satisfaction and freedom. Your home is yours, and that means you can alter it as you see fit, whether it’s something as simple as painting the walls or as drastic as a total home renovation. The number of perks that come with home ownership are a huge reason why so many people take the plunge, but there are certain drawbacks that may not be evident until long after you’ve signed on the dotted line.

Even if you live in a well-constructed home, something will eventually break. And while some repairs can be put off until you can get a professional to come to your home to tackle the problem, some require immediate attention to save your home  and family from potentially catastrophic damage.

Whether you’ve just purchased your first home and need a crash course, or you want to become more prepared in the event of a home emergency, check out Blindster’s list of the best ways to handle home emergencies:

  • Broken pipes and water leaks

Broken Pipes and Water Leaks

Running water is one of the most important conveniences in modern homes and buildings, but it can quickly become a problem if your pipes burst or sinks/tubs overflow. As soon as you notice something’s wrong with your home’s water supply, whether a pipe is broken or you notice standing water in your basement or any room in your home, shut off the water source immediately. In some cases, it’s as simple as turning off the nearest faucet, but for a broken pipe, you’ll need to shut off your home’s water supply at the main valve. Knowing where this valve is and how to quickly access it can make a big difference when water levels are rapidly rising in your home.

 

If you had to shut off your water valve due to a broken pipe, you may notice that water is still coming out of the pipe and into your home. That’s because water may be held in the pipes that are located above the source of the water leak. To drain those pipes, turn on the lowest faucet in your home—preferably one located on the first floor or in the basement—and allow the water to drain from that source rather than the broken pipe.

 

  • Kitchen fires

Kitchen Fires

Kitchens are quickly becoming the central gathering points for homes, but it’s important to remember that they should be treated with respect and caution. Between the sheer number of electrical devices that are used to produce heat and the high temperatures created by ranges and ovens, kitchens can quickly change from relaxing social environments, to the sources of home emergencies.

 

The three most common types of kitchen fires include electrical fires, oven fires, and grease fires. Here’s how to handle each:

 

  • Electrical fires

If your toaster, coffee maker, griddle, toaster oven, or any other electrical appliance in your kitchen begins sparking or catches on fire, immediately unplug it from the wall and douse the flames with a standard fire extinguisher. You can also pour baking soda on the flames to quickly extinguish them. Never attempt to touch or move an appliance that’s on fire—put the flames out first before removing it from your home.

 

  • Oven fires

Ovens can reach extremely high temperatures—and that means they occasionally cause food and cookware to catch on fire inside. If that happens, never open the oven door and attempt to put out the fire yourself, as that will only increase the chances that the flames will spread. Instead, turn off the oven and keep the door closed. The fire will go out on its own due to a lack of oxygen.

 

  • Grease fires

Grease fires can start without warning and become extremely dangerous if they’re not put out immediately. To prepare your home for a grease fire, keep curtains and anything flammable away from your stove. You should also keep a kitchen-safe “B-class” fire extinguisher on hand to safely put out the flames. If you don’t have one, smother the flames by putting a lid over the pot or pan or by dumping baking soda on top. Never pour water on the flames of a grease fire or attempt to carry a burning pan outside, as the fire may spread to nearby objects.

 

  • Trap and remove wild animals from your home

Trap and Remove Wild Animals From Your Home

Whether it came in through your door, window, attic, or crawlspace, finding a wild animal inside your home can be a frightening and shocking experience. In addition to worrying about the damage it can cause to your furniture and other belongings, you also have to worry about being bitten and the threat of disease. If the animal is contained inside a single room, open a window and then close all doors leading to that room. While you and your family safely wait outside, the animal should eventually leave through the open window.

 

Never attempt to chase a wild animal out of your home, and never get your pets involved. In addition to putting them at risk of contracting diseases, they may end up seriously injured or even killed, especially if you’re dealing with a large animal like a raccoon.

 

If you’ve trapped the animal in a room with an open window for a long period of time and it still hasn’t left your home, call a wildlife removal service or your local animal control center for additional help.

 

  • Carbon monoxide leaks

Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Gas-powered fireplaces, stoves, ovens, and HVAC systems are common in many homes, and they provide an alternative power solution to traditional electrical offerings. While there are many perks to having gas-powered appliances, fireplaces, and climate control systems, having a working carbon monoxide detector is absolutely essential due to the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Because it’s an invisible and odorless gas, a carbon monoxide leak can go undetected for a long period of time. Symptoms of exposure include unexplained and sudden headaches, nausea, confusion, fatigue, and vomiting. Whether you or anyone in your family experiences these symptoms—or if your carbon monoxide detector goes off for any reason—immediately ventilate your home by opening doors and windows, turning off all sources of carbon monoxide, and then evacuating the premises until the gas levels in your home have dissipated.

 

After ventilating your home, get an experienced and qualified natural gas inspector to check out all of your home’s gas-powered appliances to look for leaks or any other damage that could put your family at risk.

Blindster’s 2016 Spring Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is an unavoidable chore that seems never-ending—especially in a household with small children and pets. Whether you’re wiping down countertops, vacuuming floors, or sweeping up dust bunnies, daily cleaning is an essential part of living. Though, it often feels unsatisfying, particularly when your home still feels cramped due to jam-packed closets, unorganized cabinets and drawers, and general clutter.

With spring underway, now is the perfect time to take your cleaning to the next level by giving your apartment or home a true “deep clean” that will make it much easier to stay on top of future messes. By tackling your home’s biggest problem areas one at a time, you’ll not only create a huge amount of extra storage space, but you’ll also be able to find items you need more quickly.

To get started on your 2016 spring cleaning process, check out Blindster’s tips below:

  • Create more storage space by cleaning out your garage and closets.

Clean Out Your Closet

Lack of storage space is one of the biggest complaints for homeowners, and it’s also a huge reason why clutter tends to accumulate so quickly. When there’s simply not enough space to store things, they end up strewn about and make rooms feel confined and disorganized. To start reclaiming your living space, work on cleaning out as many closets as you can. Consolidate boxed items by placing unwanted or unneeded items in donation boxes. Jackets and shoes are also major space stealers, and if you aren’t wearing them on a regular basis, it may be time to get rid of them.

 

Your garage also represents another major opportunity for creating both a clean space and substantially more storage. Throw out any old household chemicals or cleaners (check to see if your city hosts any safe disposal days first) that are expired or haven’t been used in a long time. Then, check your tools and lawn care equipment. Over time, it’s common for homeowners to accumulate multiple rakes, toolboxes, wheelbarrows, and other large items. If you have more than one of anything—or if you just don’t use a certain item anymore—sell it, donate it, or throw it out and enjoy the extra space left behind.

 

  • Organize your drawers and cabinets.

Organize Your Drawers and Cabinets

Almost every home has a junk drawer, but if you’re not careful, all the drawers in your home can quickly become classified this way. The same is true for your cabinets. Having all of your essential items in your kitchen and bathroom easily accessible—and having additional storage space to add new items as necessary—can make your home feel significantly less cramped and more organized. The good news is that kitchens and bathrooms tend to accumulate more unnecessary items than other rooms in homes, and that means the process of throwing out items you no longer need from these areas should be simple.

 

As with cleaning out your garage, there’s a good chance you’ll find plenty of household cleaners, toiletries, and even expired prescription medications after you’ve rummaged through your kitchen and bathroom storage spaces. Before tossing these items in the trash, check to see if there are any local disposal areas near you where you can drop them off to be safely discarded. Finally, it’s helpful to even take the time to clean your home’s actual junk drawer, as you’ll not only free up more space, but you may even find some items that you’ve lost over the past few months.

 

  • Shell out some cash to supercharge your spring cleaning and organizing.

Use Storage Bins to Organize Closets

Trying to clean and organize your entire home can be overwhelming. Having plenty of storage crates, bins, and totes that can be labeled and stacked neatly can greatly simplify the task. Stocking up on organizational items sometimes comes with a hefty price tag, but the upfront cost is generally worth it.

 

You can also use spring cleaning as an excuse to finally get serious about the major problem areas in and around your home by bringing out the heavy equipment. Renting a carpet cleaning machine, a pressure washer, or a floor polisher for a weekend can restore your home’s beauty at a fraction of the cost of replacing flooring or siding.

 

  • Pay attention to commonly overlooked areas of your home for a true deep clean.

Overlooked Places to Clean in Your Home

If you’ve ever scrubbed down your kitchen or bathroom and felt like it still didn’t seem clean, you’re not alone. It’s easy to forget about some of the dirtiest surfaces in your home when doing a your routine cleaning.

 

If you have stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, you may not realize how dirty they get from fingerprints and the natural oils on your hands. Give your refrigerator, dishwasher, and range a good cleaning using a soft cloth and a mild cleaning solution. In your bathrooms, the overlooked areas may be the insides of your sinks, faucets, and showerheads. When clean, they’re shiny and lustrous, but when they’re dirty, they look drab and make the rest of the room seem dingy and dull just by association. Cleaners designed to remove mildew and soap scum are perfect for restoring the shine to these surfaces.

 

Two other spots that may need cleaning throughout your home include your baseboards and your window treatments. Dirt and dust can accumulate on both, especially if you have pets or frequently open your windows. Giving them a quick wipe down with a mild cleaning solution can brighten up any room in your home and instantly make it look and feel truly clean.

 

  • Deep clean your vehicles.

Deep Clean Your Vehicles

Your family’s vehicles play just as big of a role in your day to day life as your living space. Deep cleaning every room in your home and then getting into a cluttered vehicle to drive to work or school can be frustrating and put a damper on all of your hard work indoors. Make the most of your spring cleaning efforts by taking the time to clean up and organize your vehicles’ interiors.

 

In many cases, simply shaking out the floor mats and wiping down the dashboard, steering wheel, and the inside of the windshield can go a long way towards making your vehicle look and feel brand new again. If you need extra cleaning power, use a vacuum and go over every exposed surface to remove pet hair, dust, leaves, rocks, and other small bits of nature that get tracked into your vehicle from your shoes and your clothing.