Mar 092020

A messy home with laundry everywhere can be scary to imagine. For some moms, that’s their reality.

Although there are a number of things that cross through someone’s mind when they see a messy home, there’s one thing we can all agree with. That is how a messy home isn’t always sanitary.

With two dogs and three kids, you’re likely to find toys throughout our house. To help control the madness, we purge clothes and toys several times within a year. There’s one season that we prepare to remove bigger items, and that’s during the spring.

Why Clean Before Hurricane Season

Living in South Florida, it’s important to spring clean your home in preparation for the hurricane season.

Whether you decide to tackle the garage or closet space, it’s important to plan around your town’s garbage schedule. This will prevent you from having an overflow of trash or recyclables.

Since we’ve switched to a minimalist lifestyle we’ve been able to decrease the amount of garbage we put out of our house. This has been helpful not only to our environment but also in our health.

Fresh food means less packaging and preservatives — that’s a win-win!

To help spring clean your home in preparation for hurricane season, it’s important to keep these 5 tips in mind.

1. Remove heavy items.

Removing heavy items from the garage is a great place to start. This gives you more room for patio furniture and other items that you’ll need to put away in the upcoming months.

Every town has its bulk pickup day(s) one to two times a month. Find out when your town has theirs and plan accordingly.

2. Refresh your pantry.

Knowing what you have in the pantry will come in handy as you prepare for the hurricane season. It also helps to organize your pantry so that others can find items, such as snacks and cooking essentials.

3. Maintain a clean kitchen.

As you prepare to spring clean your home, it’s important to keep your kitchen tidy. By doing so, you’ll be able to know where everything is at any given moment. It will also keep away any pests from entering the home.

4. Clean and inspect outside areas.

Your gutters might need some cleaning, and it’s important to keep an eye on the drains as well. This will help the water smoothly pass through the drainage system.

5. Organize your emergency items.

From flashlights to a variety of batteries, it’s important to put aside the emergency items as you clean. This comes in handy as you prepare for unforeseen events.

Place your important documents in plastic bags and have them accessible should you need to evacuate.

Do you spring clean your home before hurricane season hits?

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. I was just thinking about Spring cleaning. I have a ton of work to do with cleaning the ins and out of them.

  2. I always say I want to live in FL but then I’m reminded of hurricane season. I suppose you get used to it right? We have tornado season here in IL.

  3. I always make sure my house is clean in the spring. The weather can really come at you fast and you always want to be prepared on all fronts.

  4. We moved to Florida in August, so this will be our first spring in a place where there are hurricanes. I just recently purged a huge amount of stuff, but I still feel the need to get rid of a lot more.

  5. Refreshing your pantry is such a great idea if you are expecting hurricanes. Now is the time to make sure you are adequately stocked and nothing is expired!

  6. I live on the Texas Gulf Coast now, but I am a born-and-raised South Florida girl. All of these things are so important for hurricane season! When Harvey was headed this way a couple years ago all my friends who moved here from other states were all looking to me for hurricane advice!

  7. We get tornadoes here but being prepared is always a good thing. My husband and I were just talking about spring cleaning and doing a purge of items we no longer use.

  8. Oh wow. These was a really interesting read. I live in NYC, so there is really no hurricane season for us. I was surprised to read some of these. I’d never thought about heavy items in the home before.

  9. These look like such smart idea’s for preparing for hurricane season. I hope you all stay safe! We used to live in tornado country. One time one came within a few miles of our home. It was so scary.

  10. Cool tips! We don’t have hurricanes here in Phoenix. But these are great general tips that everyone can follow. 🙂

  11. Nobody wants to be caught in messy, cluttered home when a bad storm strikes! You’ve covered all the bases and really encouraged families to be ready in ways that are often overlooked.

  12. The hurricane season can really sneak up on people. Keeping the house clean will ensure quick escape and safety.

  13. Oh my, stay safe this hurricane season everyone! Spring cleaning has an added benefit in this part of the world.

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