As a child, it seemed like the time between the beginning of the school year and the holidays was an eternity. The days, weeks, and months seemed to drag on endlessly as you waited with anticipation for the holidays to finally arrive. Fast forward 20 years. Now an adult, you’ve come to the realization that once the school year starts, the holidays come and go at warp speed. Whoosh, Happy New Year! If you enjoy the holidays and all the trimmings associated with them, this change in perspective begs the question, “How soon should you start decorating for the holidays?” Well, if you revel in the holiday spirit and enjoy putting your spirit on display, we have some good news. You can start getting your holiday boxes down from the attic or bring them up from the basement because decorating for the holidays can begin in early November.

Decorating Before Thanksgiving

For many people, Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season. However, if you’re one of the many people who really get into decorating for the holidays, you’re probably anxious to get some decorations up sooner to maximize the enjoyment. However, putting decorations up too early means you run the risk of being labeled a holiday fanatic (is that a bad thing?). There are ways you can start decorating without going into full-blown holiday mode. Using clear lights instead of the more traditional multicolored lights can help you make a subtle transition into the holiday season. You can start decorating with clear lights on both the interior and exterior of your home. Hanging some clear lights from your gutters and around windows can set a festive mood without screaming, “the holidays are here!” Depending on the tone you want to set, you can start with a few strands and continue to add more as the holidays get closer, or you can put them all up at once and add more colorful lights later. By the time the holidays do arrive, you’ll have a dazzling light display your family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy.     

Related Topic: How to Hang Christmas Lights on Gutters for a Cheery Season 

Holiday-Neutral Decorations

You can take the same approach you used for putting up holiday lights and apply it to your decorations. Decorating can start in early fall with some pumpkins, a wreath or two, and fall colors throughout your home (think browns, orange, yellow, and red). A splash of fall colors throughout your home can really set a festive fall mood and serve as a reminder that the holidays are approaching. If you live in a cold climate, gathering some colorful leaves and a few pinecones and placing them around a pumpkin makes a great centerpiece for your fall table. As the holidays get closer, you can follow the seasonal pattern and transition from fall colors into more traditional holiday colors throughout the house. Once Thanksgiving arrives, you can take your holiday decorating into full gear with colorful lights and decorations, both inside and outside of the house.

Holiday-Specific Decorations

After Thanksgiving it’s, “game on” as far as holiday decorating is concerned. You can start swapping out those pumpkins and fall colors for the more traditional holiday items. As for your holiday lights, you can either swap out your holiday-neutral clear lights for more colorful ones, add some color to the ones you already have, or just leave up what you have and decorate around them. That's the beauty of decorating a little early with holiday-neutral lighting—you have some options based on your preference and availability. And with so many other things to do during the holidays, you might welcome the opportunity to have a few things already checked off your holiday decorating list. 

Related Topic: How to Decorate Your Windows for the Holidays 

If you celebrate Christmas, putting up your holiday tree and other holiday-specific decorations right after Thanksgiving is a great way to maximize the enjoyment of the entire holiday season. Since many people start packing holiday items away after the New Year, putting up your decorations on or around Thanksgiving will provide you with two months of solid holiday joy.

Getting It All Done

Although the holidays seem to come and go so quickly, it’s still nice to display your spirit and love for the holidays with decorations. Afterall, when it comes to the holiday, most of us are still kids at heart. But with shopping, wrapping, baking, and so many other things to get done during the holidays, even a relatively small amount of decorating can seem overwhelming. If you love the holidays, but aren’t sure if you have the time to go all out with decorations this year, Window Genie can help decorate your home for the holidays.   
Although the roof over your head is a major part of protecting your family and possessions from the elements, you probably don’t give it the time and attention it deserves. After all, cleaning your roof isn’t usually high on most priority lists. However, to extend the life of your roof and maintain its good condition, it should be cleaned at least once a year. Doing so will also provide an opportunity to do a yearly assessment of its condition. A good roof cleaning can also serve to increase the curb appeal of your home.   When it comes to your roof, you should have debris removed, your gutters cleaned, and repair any loose or missing material on an annual basis. Staying on top of such roof maintenance will not only save you money over time, it will help you avoid the hassle and expense that comes from a damaged or unkempt roof.   Depending on the age of your roof, color, slope, and the materials it is made of, you should have your roof professionally cleaned at least once a year. Factors like your climate and surroundings (for example, lots of trees around your home) will also determine how often your roof should be cleaned and cleared of debris. Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors that will determine how often you should clean your roof:    

Roof Age 

The age of your roof will definitely play a part in how often it needs maintenance. If your roof is brand new, you may feel that you can get away with minimal upkeep. However, this approach is not advisable, even for a relatively new roof. When it comes to roof maintenance, it’s better to be proactive than deal with an unexpected problem at the worst possible time (a leak during the height of your rainy season).   If you have a roof that is over 5 years old, cleaning it annually will accomplish several things: clear debris, mildew and mold, beautify your home’s exterior, and provide an opportunity to inspect and assess your roofs’ condition. Then, any issues that you may not have been aware of with your roof can be resolved before it gets any worse. If you have a roof that is over 10 years old, it should be cleaned and inspected at least twice a year to ensure it is still in good condition. Be sure it is checked thoroughly for signs of wear, such as loose, cracked or missing material. 

Roof Color and Pitch 

In addition to the age of your roof, the color of the roof material and slope and pitch of your roof will also determine how often it should be cleaned. A roof constructed of darker material will hide dirt and grime much better than a roof that is a lighter color. If you have a light-colored roof, you’ll probably need to have it cleaned once or twice a year depending on the amount of rain or snow you receive. Also, a roof that is pitched or set to a steep angle will allow water, dirt and debris to run off easily. In contrast, a flat or slightly sloped roof will enable water and other debris to sit and accumulate, and therefore it will require more frequent cleaning.  

Roof Materials 

The type of material used to cover your roof will also determine how often it needs to be cleaned. There are several types of materials that can be used to cover your roof. Depending on where you live, builders may use material like concrete or slate tiles, which have a rough finish and are typically brushed and flat. Other materials include barrel or ‘S’ tile, which is rounded and more slippery when wet. Then there are shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles, or you may even have a metal or clay roof. Some of this roof material, like cedar, shake, and asphalt shingles, take longer to dry once they become wet. Other material like barrel and ‘S’ tile and metal can be extremely slippery when wet and increase the likelihood of a slip and fall accident. Some roof material can also be damaged easily by use of heavy equipment or the use of highly pressurized water.   Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  A roof constructed of material like shake, cedar, or asphalt shingles usually holds up well to weather. These shingles typically hide dirt and grim much better and don’t need to be cleaned as often - perhaps once a year. However, roofs constructed of tile or metal have a tendency to show dirt, grime, and mildew more easily, and therefore will require cleaning every 6-8 months.   It’s important to note that pressure washing—although a popular method for cleaning a roof—  can erode the material used to construct your roof. Some material, like asphalt composite shingles, are more fragile and can be damaged easily. Cleaning these type of shingles with highly pressurized water will destroy the surface by removing the sandy gravel finish, exposing the protective tar paper that lies underneath. Once this protective membrane is exposed to heat from the sun, the chance of developing a roof leak increases significantly. This is just another reason why hiring a professional to clean your roof is a good idea. 

Climate and Surroundings 

The location of your home can have a significant impact on the condition of your roof. If your home is surrounded by trees, chances are debris like branches, leaves, and twigs will find their way onto your roof. As this debris sits on your roof dirt and grime also accumulate to diminish its appearance.    If your area also gets a lot of wind, rain, and snow, branches and leaves can fall from nearby trees and land on top of your roof without you realizing it. This debris can damage roof material and clog your gutters. This combination of weather can be very detrimental to the appearance and structure of your roof. However, it’s nothing some timely cleaning and maintenance can’t handle.  

Professional Roof Cleaning 

Yes, your roof is designed to protect you and your possessions from anything Mother Nature throws your way, but this doesn’t mean it won’t need a little TLC every once in a while. Working on a roof can be extremely dangerous and cleaning one is not an easy task. So when it’s time to clean your roof, leave it to the professionals at Window Genie. We have the experience and equipment to do the job thoroughly and safely. Call Window Genie today for a free consultation and let us help you get your roof and the rest of your homes’ exterior looking its absolute best! 
Pressure washing your roof may seem like an efficient way to clean it up in a short amount of time. Using powerful jets of water to blast away any mold, mildew or dirt that dare cling to your roof seems like the right way to approach this job. But is it safe to pressure wash your roof, and could you actually be doing more harm than good? As tempting as it may be to spray away all that dirt, mold, and gunk, be warned - pressure washing your roof is not only incredibly dangerous, it can also lead to structural and electrical damage within your home. In this article, we’ll explore several reasons why you should never pressure wash your roof yourself and instead, consider hiring a professional that uses a soft wash technique. This method of cleaning your roof helps kill and remove any algae, moss, mildew, and dirt. It also keeps you safe and minimizes the risk of damage to your home.   

Damage to Your Home 

The roof over your head may seem like it is sturdy enough to withstand a little pressure washing a few times a year, but don’t be fooled! Sure, your roof was built to protect you and your family from elements like rain, snow, and falling debris, but it’s not made to keep out highly pressurized jets of water. Applying high-pressure water directly to your roof can cause the bonding or adhesive between your roof material to break, damaging the underlying fabric that protects the interior of your home. Spraying pressurized water can also result in cracks or breaks in the ceramic, cement, or slate tiles. If you have a clay or shingle roof, the pressurized water can cause leaks that allow water to leak directly into your home. If you have other features on your roof, such as vents, skylights, or solar panels, applying too much high-pressure water could compromise the seals that keep those features watertight, resulting in a leak.   On the other hand too little water pressure to clean your roof just creates a dangerous, wet mess and a whole new set of dilemmas. Depending on the type of material covering your roof, it could become very slippery when wet. This increases the potential for a slip and fall accident. Regardless of how high your roof is, even a fall from a relatively short distance can result in life altering injuries. Plus, the minimal water pressure will do little, if anything, to clean your roof. When you factor in the risks, it’s just not worth the effort. In addition, there are other factors that make pressure washing your roof a bad idea.  

Related Topic: Seven Things Never to Do When Pressure Washing Your Home 

Electrical Hazards 

Do you know where all of your electrical service panels, overhead wires, and electrical outlets are on the exterior of your home? If not, you may be in for quite a shock - literally! If water finds its way into your electrical panel or any outdoor wires, not only are you in danger of electrocution and electric shock, but the pressurized water can also cause serious damage to your home's electrical system. So, while it may seem like a cheaper and easier alternative to use your pressure washer to clean your roof, the long-term effects could be very costly.  

Climbing Hazards 

You may have climbed onto your roof once or twice before (which can be very dangerous), but moving around on a roof that is wet can be a very different story. It’s never advisable to walk around on a wet roof because there is a real danger of falling off. However, when you combine a wet roof with trying to do a job like pressure washing, you may be taking on a lot more than you bargained for. Also, keep in mind that pressure washers that are designed for homeowner use are not intended for use on a roof. Trying to get such a machine onto your roof can be extremely dangerous. You could damage the machine and injure yourself in the process. Even if the machine stays on the ground, moving around your roof with a hose around your feet on a wet, slippery surface is not ideal. And that doesn’t include the number of times you’ll have to go up and down a ladder to reposition your machine. It’s dangerous and difficult work that is best left to professionals. 

Related Topic: How to Clean Tough to Reach Windows 

A Better, Safer Alternative  

The idea of pressure washing your own roof is definitely tempting, but it’s also very risky. Sure, you may save a little money in the short term, but the potential hazards to you and your home far outweigh any savings you may realize. And, doing this job yourself could ultimately end up costing you a lot more money.   So, what’s the alternative to damaging your home and risking your personal safety to have a roof that shines?  Window Genie s’ soft wash process is designed to safely and effectively pressure wash your roof and your entire home. With over 20 years of experience, Window Genie understands what it takes to clean even the most difficult surfaces. Our soft wash process will help take the pressure off when it comes to cleaning your roof. 
When the time comes to pressure wash your home, it might seem like a job that anyone can do by renting the machine and getting to work. To most people, a pressure washer just seems like a powerful hose that even a teenager could operate and do a good job. However, a pressure washer is an extremely powerful tool that requires a lot of experience and skill to be able to operate safely. In this article, we have laid out some of the things you should never do if you are going to use a pressure washer on your home. 

1 - Disregard Safety Concerns   

The number one thing you should avoid when pressure washing a house is disregarding safety before and during the cleaning process. To help ensure you complete the cleaning process safely follow these steps:  Always wear protective gear.   Make sure the area you’re going to clean is cleared of any debris.   Secure or remove any items that might be easily dislodged as you clean.   Answer any questions you have about how to use the machine.   Paying attention to your surroundings.  

2 - Apply Too Much Pressure  

It’s always best to start a pressure washer at the lowest possible setting, This will allow you to get a feel for the way the machine operates. It will also give you a sense of how forceful the spray is at the lowest setting. Starting with the washer turned up full blast could not only damage your home, it might also lead to serious injury if it gets out of your control. Starting slow and turning the pressure up as needed will help you adjust to the force and operate the washer safely.   Related Topic: Affordable Ways to Give Your Home Exterior a Fresh, New Look 

3 - Start with a Tight Pattern  

When you start cleaning with a pressure washer, always begin by using wide, even strokes. This is another great way to help you adjust to the power and get used to it before you start focusing on smaller areas. Wide, even strokes will also help protect the finish on your home by spreading the pressure out over a wider surface area.  

4 - Blast Directly into Corners  

Never blast a stream from the pressure washer directly into a corner. This will direct the flow of water right back at you and could result in an injury to your eyes, head or face if a piece of debris is dislodged in the process. At the very least, you’ll wind up with soaking wet clothes. Wash each individual side of the corner using slow, even strokes to get each side clean.  

5 - Use Water Only  

Use a combination of cleaning solution and tap water in your pressure washer. Depending on the strength and potency of the cleaning solution a 50/50 ratio often works best. The water in a power washer is merely the vehicle that delivers the cleaning product, it should not be a substitute for it. Using just water will not give you the bright, rejuvenated look that you are trying to achieve by pressure washing your home.  

6 - Clean Windows First  

Cleaning your windows after you have pressure washed your home is highly recommended. The spray of a pressure washer is difficult to contain and will not always be concentrated exactly where you want it to be. Since you will inevitably get some spray and other debris on your windows when washing the house, it is best to clean your window after pressure washing to avoid having to clean them twice.  

7 - Ignore Electrical Hazards  

Never ignore open electrical boxes or loose electrical connections on the side of your home. If they are not properly sealed and taken care of, these can quickly become fire hazards when pressure washing. Be sure to take care of any potential electrical issues before you begin pressure washing.  

Professional Pressure Washing 

While doing your own pressure washing might seem like it could save you some money, the potential hazards are just not worth saving a few dollars. Window Genie has the experience and equipment to safely and effectively pressure wash your home. All our work is guaranteed, and you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a professional is handling your pressure cleaning job.  
  While cleaning your first-floor windows is a relatively easy job, if you have a second story, you might be concerned about how to get up there to clean. Not all windows are located in an area that is readily accessible, and if you aren’t a professional window cleaner, figuring out how to safely and effectively wash those windows can be difficult. In this article, we lay out a few different ways to clean those hard-to-reach windows. 

Safety Concerns  

The number one thing you may be thinking about when trying to clean hard-to-reach windows is safety. There is nothing more important than keeping you and your family safe when working on your home, so making this a priority is essential.   When you take on the task of cleaning tough to reach windows there is going to be some risk involved, hence the term “tough to reach”. However, you can reduce the risk of injuries by taking some precautions before you start, and by making sure you follow safety steps during the cleaning process.   First, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies before you start the job. Towels, brushes, sponges, buckets, squeegees, cleaning supplies, and anything else you might need to do the job should be gathered and staged in the area where you will be working. This should help minimize the number of times you have to go back and forth for supplies.  Next, if a ladder is needed make sure it extends beyond the area you need to reach so you’re not working from the top few rungs. Make sure the ladder is secure against the exterior of the house so it doesn’t shake or wobble when you’re on it. A best practice is to have someone at the base of the ladder to steady it while you are working. If this isn’t possible, make sure the ladder is secure, so it doesn’t move or fall. It’s also a good idea to wear protective gloves when cleaning the glass in case the glass breaks unexpectedly.  

Get a Telescope  

If you are trying to clean windows that are higher up and harder to reach, consider using a telescoping rod that has a mop attachment on the end. This cleaning method is one of the safest ways to clean through tough-to-reach windows because you don’t have to leave the ground. Just make sure you are aware of your surrounding and keep the cleaning rod clear of any low-hanging wires.  

 Remove the Windows  

Removing the windows is another effective way to clean glass that is hard to reach. If possible, taking the windows down from the inside and cleaning them in another location will allow you to get a better angle on cleaning without putting yourself in an awkward position. This is one of the best ways to get a complete, thorough window cleaning done.  

Roof Access  

If your roof is easily accessible, and you don’t mind heights, you may be able to access some of those hard-to-reach windows from your roof. Provided your roof does not have a steep slope, it may be safer to lay on your stomach and clean the windows from above rather than trying to reach them from below. However, you still need to be extremely careful whenever you are walking on the roof.  

Forget the Ladder  

No matter how convenient it might seem, using a ladder to access tough-to-reach is a risky endeavor. Not only is it hard to get the right angle to clean the glass while on a ladder, but it can also be very difficult to maintain proper balance while cleaning. Falling off a ladder can cause serious injuries. Therefore, it’s best to leave cleaning those high, hard-to-reach windows to professionals, like Window Genie. 

Avoid Magnetic Window Cleaners  

Magnetic window cleaners are one of those contraptions that seem like a good idea in theory but don’t always work as well in practice. These devices use a magnet to attach two sponges together on either side of the glass. But the magnets don’t take the thickness of the glass into account which results in the cleaning device either separating or being too strong that it scratches the window glass. Either way, your windows don’t get any cleaner.   The safest and most effective way to clean your hard-to-reach windows is to call the window cleaning professionals at your local Window Genie. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do the job thoroughly and safely. So if you’re tired of looking at those dirty, hard-to-reach windows, don’t risk doing it yourself, call Window Genie.  
As the seasons change, winter into spring, spring into summer, we often get the urge to change up the look and feel of our home. Rejuvenating your home is a fantastic idea that can take many different forms. One way to accomplish this goal is to give your homes’ exterior a fresh, new look. We have some ways you can do it without spending a small fortune.   We’ll share some tips to help get your creative juices flowing and add some pizzazz to your home without breaking the bank. These simple ideas don’t take much time and won’t break your budget for the year. So, if you’ve been wondering how you can change things up a little, we have you covered. 

Decorative Window Film  

Decorative Window Film is a simple alternative to etched or stained glass. It can enhance the look of your windows and provide some extra privacy at the same time. Although etched and stained glass is beautiful, it can also be very expensive. Artisan glass is also very nice, but incredibly expensive too. A window film can give you a similar look, and the privacy you want, at a fraction of the price.   You also have more freedom to change up the patterns and colors more easily when the mood strikes you. Decorative film is a fantastic temporary or permanent solution to jazz up the glass and gives the exterior of your home a new, different look.   

Give Your House a Bath 

Pressure washing the exterior of your home is another great way to make it sparkle and let its natural beauty shine through. Just like anything else that is constantly exposed to the elements, your home can get dirty, and sometimes you don’t even notice because it happens gradually over time. A thorough pressure wash can yield some surprising results, especially if it’s been several months since the exterior has been cleaned.   Pressure washing is also an excellent preventative measure against things like mold and rot. When dirt or mud stays on the surface of your home for a long time, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. This can eventually lead to structural damage. Pressure washing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria, which in turn will help safeguard your home.   Related Topic: 3 Reasons to Clean and Secure Your Gutters 

Revive Your Driveway and Sidewalks  

The concrete around your home is another area that can get dirty and discolored over time. Meticulous concrete cleaning can reinvigorate the walkways and driveway in front of your home and have an amazing effect on the overall appearance of your home. You might be surprised just how bright and sparkling your driveway can look after a proper cleaning.   Cleaning the hard surfaces around your home can also prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew, just like it can with your home’s exterior. Getting rid of dirt and grime on your walkways and driveways can eliminate any buildup and keep you from slipping when the surface is wet. It can also prevent damage and deterioration of those surfaces over time.   These simple yet cost-effective ideas can really help give your home the fresh, new look you’re looking for. And if you need a little help, Window Genie can take care of some or all the projects on your ‘to do’ list. They can have your house looking it's absolute best in no time. Window Genie professionals have the experience and expertise to refresh your home exterior so you can start thinking about what you want to change inside your house...it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. 

Related Topic: Interior Design Styles and the Paint Colors That Go with Them 

Nothing ruins a backyard gathering or barbecue like a swarm of bugs descending on you and your guests. And noticing more bugs usually means there are a lot more that you don’t see. If you're wondering why your yard has suddenly been overrun with bugs and other pests, the reason could be hanging right over your head.   Clogged gutters are a perfect breeding ground and hiding place for pests like mosquitoes and gnats. If it has been a while since your gutters have been cleaned and inspected, it could be the reason why you’re noticing an increased number of uninvited backyard guests. In this article, we’ll explain why getting your gutters cleaned can reduce the number of backyard pest you have to contend with this summer. 

Related Topic: Affordable Ways to Give Your Home Exterior a Fresh, New Look 

Ideal Breeding Ground  

Gutters are designed to catch rainwater and direct it away from your roof. But when things like leaves, twigs and other debris also wind up in your gutter things can begin to backup. When this debris sits in the gutters, it clogs them up, makes them less effective, and allows water to accumulate, which can create an ideal breeding ground for bugs.  Standing water is the perfect environment for insects to lay eggs and larvae to develop. Clogged gutters with standing water keep insect eggs and larvae hidden from predators, creating the perfect nesting environment. Keeping your gutters free and flowing is a great way to get rid of this hatching environment and it will help reduce the number of pests around your backyard.  

Mosquito Haven 

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and need an environment full of organic debris like leaves and twigs in order to successfully hatch them. Clogged gutters are the perfect environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and larvae to develop. Mosquitoes typically lay up to 200 eggs at a time, which hatch within 48 hours. The undisturbed water in a clogged gutter provides a breeding ground that if left unchecked, could quickly create a massive mosquito problem in your backyard.   Related Topic: 3 Ways to Keep Spiders at Bay 

Flies Galore 

Flies also hatch their eggs in standing water, but the environment created by a clogged gutter can prove to be even more ideal for them. Flies multiply quickly in an environment with rotting food, produce and other organic material because they need a fermenting liquid to lay their eggs. When debris such as leaves or twigs sit in the standing water of a clogged gutter, they begin to ferment. By unclogging your gutters, you eliminate any standing water and stop fermentation of organic material, which removes the environment flies need to hatch their eggs.  

Gnats are Welcome 

Gnats love to lay their eggs in areas that have a lot of algae and fungus. Fungus gnats are specifically attracted to overwatered plant life and any type of wet, or damp vegetation. A gutter that is clogged or obstructed with leaves, twigs and other debris will retain moisture longer, which will promote the growth of algae and fungus. When this happens, it’s like putting out the welcome mat for gnats.  Related Topic: Best Leaf Removal Tips and Tricks 

Bees in the Attic 

Bees typically build their hives in areas where moisture is available, but also in areas where they are less likely to be disturbed. Your clogged gutters provide a great space for them to start and build a colony. The damp, undisturbed environment of your clogged gutters could also be attracting other stinging insects like wasps and hornets. Beehives can also add significant weight to your gutters, causing damage or collapse. And if not removed in time, a bee colony can expand, breach your roof and enter your home, which can cause a real problem. 

Enjoy the Outdoors 

Cleaning your gutters is probably not high on the list of things you want to do this weekend, but if left unattended for too long clogged gutters can develop into an even bigger problem. As the weather gets warmer, and in some cases wetter, maintaining your gutters is important. But if you’d rather spend your time doing something other than cleaning gutters, call the gutter and window cleaning experts at Window GenieKeeping your gutters clean and free from debris could be the difference between enjoying some quality backyard time this summer or taking shelter from a variety of pesky insects. 
Spring cleaning is one of those things that always seems like a good idea. However, when the time comes to actually do it, the to-do list piles up and it can start to feel overwhelming. The best way to attack this is to break down the whole process into manageable steps.   By creating smaller jobs that the whole family can get involved with, completing a home spring makeover quickly becomes easier. In this article, we have laid out some steps that can streamline the whole process and even make spring cleaning fun.  

Divide and Conquer 

If you’re going to efficiently give your home a spring makeover, the key is to get the whole family involved. Giving everyone their own job not only splits the work evenly but gives everyone a sense of ownership. This way, everyone can be held accountable for getting their portion of the work done.   Spreading the work out evenly also allows you to play to everyone’s strengths. If someone is good at a particular job that someone else can’t stand, splitting it up can make everyone happy.  

Provide Rewards 

People respond well to reward systems. This is especially true of children. By offering a reward for each job that gets finished, you can incentivize spring cleaning and give everyone a reason to work towards a spotless house in the summertime.   If you want to, you can even break the small jobs into even smaller tiers and offer rewards for their completion. For example, if someone has the job of sweeping the house, you can offer a reward like a piece of candy or an extra half hour of screen time for every room that is finished.  

Make it a Contest  

On top of a reward system, people also respond well to competition. If you have multiple children, having them compete against their siblings is a surefire way to get the best out of them. Creating a game element can not only get the job done, it can get it done faster.   Set up a time limit for smaller job portions and see who can get them done faster. You can also set up a family-wide competition where whoever finishes all of their tasks first gets a special reward. Keeping the family engaged and invested in the job is a great way to keep it fun for everyone.  

Outsource the Difficult Jobs 

There are some spring makeover jobs that are just too difficult to include on the list. Unfortunately, those are the jobs that usually get neglected. To address the most difficult jobs, hire a professional to get them done. Not only will you not have to do them, you can also be sure they’ll be done right and in a professional manner.   Related Topic: How Do I Clean Windows That Don’t Open?  For jobs like pressure washing and gutter cleaning, getting someone who does them for a living can be a lifesaver. Not only will they have the know-how to do them correctly, they will also have the right equipment to do a high-quality job.  

Don’t Forget Your Windows 

To add the final polish to your home’s spring makeover, be sure to get your windows clean and sparkling. If you want an extra decorative touch that will also make cleaning easier the next time the job needs to be done, decorative window film can be a great addition.   Completing a home spring makeover doesn’t have to be a chore that everyone dreads. By combining rewards, healthy competition, and professional help, you can make spring cleaning easy and fun for the whole family.   
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. Everyone wants a clean house, but deciding where to start and actually getting things completed can sometimes be a challenge. If summer is on the way and you still haven’t gotten much done, you might be worried that the job will stay unfinished all year.   That’s why we have put together some useful, practical information that can help you break the cycle of worry and finally get your spring cleaning done. By taking things one step at a time, you can make the entire job feel less intimidating and more manageable. Our simple tips can get you started and you’ll soon see that there was nothing to worry about at all.

Start with a Checklist 

Writing out a checklist of the things you want to accomplish is a great way to get started. When you organize your thoughts on paper, they don’t seem as overwhelming. Looking at a list of specific tasks is a great way to fully visualize the work that needs to be done. There are several tools and resources online that can help you create and organize your list. Download and print this standard checklist and work your way through it as it applies to your home. As you check things off like window cleaning and dusting, you’ll start to feel a sense of accomplishment and begin to get into a ‘get it done’ groove.   We recommend starting with some of the simplest tasks—things you don’t mind doing. This will give you some momentum and take some of the burdens off right away. By reducing the number of tasks, you’ll soon see the number of tasks diminish and realize, your list isn’t as substantial as you thought it was.  

Combine Resources 

Working together is one of the best ways to reduce the number of tasks that each individual has to do. It can also speed up the process, so you don’t feel like you’re spending forever getting one thing done.   With three or more people, it is usually best to have everyone working separately. However, with just two, working together on one task can have a great effect and reduce your anxiety. 

One Room Per Day 

One of the best pieces of advice about spring cleaning is to not try to do the whole house at once. That is a surefire way to get burned out before you even really begin. Plus, it is unlikely that you’ll actually be able to accomplish this goal, which just makes the anxiety and stress worse.   Related Topic: How Do I Clean Windows That Don’t Open?  Instead, we recommend cleaning one room per day and trying to spread the work out evenly. This makes the whole process manageable and easy to finish up. Plus, you’ll get to see your progress as you go, which will keep you motivated and excited about finishing the whole house.  

Get Help with the Exterior 

When it comes to some of the more heavy-duty jobs like window and gutter cleaning, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to do them since they can be difficult and even dangerous. When the time comes to do these jobs, the best way to reduce anxiety is to hire a professional. For example, pressure washing requires special equipment and skills that you might not have.  By getting a professional to help you with the really difficult jobs, you can greatly reduce your anxiety about spring cleaning. Leaving yourself tasks that you know you can accomplish is a great way to stay on top of spring cleaning and get your home ready for summer.   Related Topic: Do Magnetic Window Cleaners Really Work?