Lake House Spring Cleaning

lakeside cabin chairs - NC mountainsThe spring season is well underway, but the weather at Lake Nantahala hasn’t gotten the memo. Our days may be warm enough to enjoy fresh, classic dishes at Lake’s End Diner, but boating weather still feels far away. Make use of your spring fever by spring-cleaning your lake house.

Organizing Your Lake House

Whether you live in the Reflection community year-round or your family uses your lakeside cabin seasonally, clutter has a way of building up. If Lake Nantahala is your permanent address, start in the most heavily trafficked areas like bedrooms and kitchens. If you only enjoy mountain lake life a few weeks out of the year, your worst clutter has probably accumulated in the living room or garage. Make separate piles of items to organize and items to throw away. Resort your toss pile to determine if any of your trash is a hidden treasure for a Nantahala charity center.

Cleaning Your Lakeside Cabin

Living in the mountains gives you stunning views and endless outdoor activities. The downside? Dirt, leaves, and sand seem to migrate into every corner of your home. As you deep clean your cabin this spring, don’t forget these essentials:

  • Wash all your linens, including decorative pillows, seasonal comforters, and curtains
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets and rugs
  • Clean upholstered furniture
  • Move furniture to vacuum dust that’s collected in corners
  • Scrub baseboards and rafters
  • Clean areas in cabinets and under sinks
  • Wash window screens
  • Clean air vents and replace HVAC filters
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Disinfect as you clean

Preparing Your Stuff for Spring

It’s finally time to dust off the lounge chair: days of relaxing by the lake are almost upon us. Unpack boating and fishing equipment, summer lounge gear, and water toys for the kids. If you don’t have your summer storage system down, spring-cleaning an excellent time to hang hooks for rafts and find a convenient corner for dock chairs. Most of your lakeside equipment should have been cleaned in the fall to prevent mildew and rot, but take a moment to hose off rafts and oil squeaky hinges on lawn chairs. When the warm weather hits, your family will be ready to hit the lake.

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