The sun shining and fresh flowers in a vase often mean one thing: spring has arrived. And with that, Spring Cleaning. Depending on how much you love to de-clutter, the phrase “spring cleaning” can leave you jumping for joy, or send you sprinting back under the covers. But either way, this yearly scrubbing and purging task doesn’t have to be a daunting event that will leave you wilted like last year’s tulips. It’s time for some spring cleaning help!
Set yourself up for success with these easy solutions of spring cleaning advice to make spring cleaning a snap:
- Prioritize the Rooms. Before you get down to the nitty-gritty cleaning, think about all the areas of your home that you want to freshen and estimate how long each should take. Consider the most productive route to avoid contaminating areas that have already been cleaned. Thinking through your process will help keep a steady pace and make effective use of your time.
- Gather the Tools. Arm yourself with trash bags, storage bins, rubber gloves, cleaners, towels and other materials before you begin. The last thing you want is to get started and then have to stop and run out for supplies.
- De-Clutter, Then Sanitize. Clearing out the clutter is the first important part of spring cleaning. De-cluttering will ensure sanitizing is effective and all areas can be reached.
- Mentally Part with Objects. Be prepared to toss old belongings and know up-front that not everything will make it through this spring cleaning season. Make it a rule of thumb to purge anything expired or no longer functional, be it food, beauty products or old gadgets.
- Entertain Yourself During the Process. Upbeat music will keep you motivated as you move throughout your house. Queue up your favorite tunes ahead of time to keep you going.
- Work Top Down. Start from the top and work your way down when cleaning. For example, dust off shelves and cabinet tops before vacuuming the floor to eliminate dust from settling and doubling your efforts.
- Solve Problems. Does your family constantly leave their shoes in the hallway? Get a shoe rack. Solve common organizational problems that seem to pop up throughout the year and put an end to clutter before it starts.
- Create a Cleaning Schedule. Frequent cleaning will cut down on the amount of work needed in the spring. Create a list of common areas that need attention on a weekly and monthly basis to reduce the amount of time needed once a year and enlist other family members.
- Get Help. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a solitary activity – it’s a team effort. Set a date and recruit your family or friends to help you.
- Slow & Steady. Remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time to clean correctly instead of quickly. Quality matters when this is the one time of year that you make cleaning a priority.