There’s something about the start of spring that inspires cleaning. Maybe it’s the smell of fresh air breezing in through open windows or springtime bird songs but whatever it is, I get the itch to kick up some dust when the weather turns warm. If you know your house needs a good scrubbing but you’re dreading doing it, here are seven ways to simplify spring cleaning this year.
- De-clutter First. It’s really difficult to clean a cluttered space, so before you even think about doing a deep clean, make the space cleanable! De-clutter as much as possible throughout your entire home in the weeks before spring begins so your spring cleaning will be easier.
- Make a Plan. Deep cleaning takes time and energy so don’t go at it haphazardly and don’t do it all at once. Plan to clean just one room per day and you’ll avoid getting overwhelmed and distracted. Clean rooms using the same system each time, going from top to bottom. Dust ceilings, clean light fixtures, then furnishings, then windows and save floors until the end.
- Double Up. Instead of buying specialized products for every surface in your home, choose multi-purpose cleaners such as Simple Green, a mixture of white vinegar, lemon juice and water or Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner. The fewer bottles you drag around the house the easier your cleaning will be.
- Start In The Kitchen. You use the kitchen perhaps more than any room in the house so cleaning it first will impact your life immediately, motivating you to continue the cleaning project.
- Stock Up. Make sure you have plenty of cleaning supplies on hand before you begin. You don’t want to be on a totally awesome dusting roll and run out of furniture polish.
- Attend To Details. Spring cleaning is your home’s fresh start to the year so don’t ignore the details. Check for dust bunnies under the sofa, wipe down walls and wood trim, and clean doors and light switches to really spruce up every room.
- Ask For Help. If your home is just too large or overwhelming to clean by yourself, call a service in to assist you with the project. Specify exactly what you would like the cleaning person to do, versus what you’d prefer to do yourself. Sharing the workload will cost you a little bit of money but what you spend in cash you’ll regain in time and energy.
By incorporating these seven easy tips into your spring cleaning routine you'll be done faster and with less effort!