Top 5 Ways to Get Your Tiny House Cottage Ready for Spring
The simple life has undoubtedly brought more happiness than you ever expected. Each evening when you return home to your tiny house cottage, the cozy space gives you the peaceful, relaxed, and uncomplicated feeling that you sought. While you may have downsized for a lifestyle change, small spaces can quickly get cluttered, and dust bunnies can go overlooked. Here are a few tips to get your tiny house cottage ready for the spring season.
START AT THE BEGINNING
Dirt and grime begin at the door. The entry of your tiny house cottage – be it covered with a rug, wooded, or concrete – gets dirty all year round. It also collects bacteria and general grime. Start your spring cleaning by tidying up this area. Sweep first. Then use warm water and a non-ammoniated all-purpose cleaner along with a scrub or utility brush. Remove cleanser with more warm water and let dry.
GET RID OF THE CLUTTER
The less you have in a tiny house cottage, the better. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning. Don’t bother with dusting and mopping around the mess. Start by decluttering. Discard or donate items that you don’t want. Store the pieces that you do want but don’t use every day. Scale back on dishes. There is no reason for a 16-piece tableware setting when you can only accommodate 3 guests at a time. Recycle old magazines, newspaper clippings, and junk mail. As you organize the items you’re keeping, dust or wipe them down. You’ll be partially done cleaning before you officially start!
TIP: This is also a great time to rethink your organization. You don’t always have to get rid of it. If there are several throw blankets and a few remote controls lingering around your living room, consider finding an ottoman or entertainment center with drawers or cabinets that can store such items.
GET OUT THE CLEANING SUPPLIES
- All-purpose cleaner
- Clorox wipes
- A handheld duster
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
Cleaning is so much easier when you have your supplies gathered. Keep them in a bucket or a tray so you can take them as you clean throughout your home. This essentials list that will keep your home spotless and smelling fresh!
DON’T FORGET THE DETAILS
Spring cleaning is a tradition in old-fashioned Americana. While you may not take the rugs outside to beat out the dust, do take a look at the spots you often forget: baseboards, behind corded appliances, ceiling fan blades, window coverings, the tops of picture frames, etc.
TIP: This is also a great time to clean out the fridge. Start by throwing out all expired foods including condiments that were originally purchased for Y2K. Empty out the fridge so you can wash and clean each shelf.
GRAB THE BROOM
In the aforementioned list of cleaning supplies, it may have been obvious that a broom and/or mop was missing. Completely by design. When dusting, spraying, and otherwise straightening up, dust particles and debris often land on the floor. There is no need to sweep or mop until all cleaning is complete. This way you are sure to get up all the residue and remaining dust particles. If you have vinyl, linoleum, or hardwood floors (with a water-resistant finish), consider sweeping and then using a Swiffer to pick up even the most stubborn of dust bunnies!
If you’re looking to tidy up your life, we invite you to visit us at either The Village at Flat Rock, NC or Lakeshore at Oxford, FL. You can also call us at 904-601-0809 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.