Spring cleaning—it’s a term that inspires both fear and determination. On the one hand, it implies a fresh start for your living space as the weather warms up. On the other hand, it means you have to clean…really clean. Although spring cleaning may be daunting, it can really give your home the boost it needs to start a new season.
Often times, we don’t even know where to begin when cleaning and give up before we get started. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed, but it’s also counterproductive. To get you started, here are some ideas on how to launch a successful spring cleaning campaign.
Make a Checklist
First things first: get a checklist. A checklist will itemize and guide you through your spring cleaning to make sure you don’t miss anything. It also helps in terms of divvying up the chore list to everyone in the house.
Gather your Supplies
Before any cleaning can commence, you need to be sure you have a good arsenal of cleaning supplies and appliances on hand. Keeping your appliances in good shape will maximize your cleaning efforts. After all, you can’t get anything clean with a dirty tool or empty bottle of cleaning product.
Get Rid of Dust Bunnies First
Dust and dirt collects in places our eyes don’t always see. Ceiling fans can be a real dust magnet. We might not use our fans during the winter so before the weather gets warm and the fans start whirling, the blades should be dusted. Other hiding spots for dust are under beds and appliances. Your broom can’t always reach under the fridge and it can get grimy under there! If you don’t get rid of dust first, it will settle on any surface you’ve cleaned, negating your efforts and driving you crazy.
Brighten Up the Walls
Throughout the year, dust and stains may splotch up your walls. This is especially true for kitchen walls, as cooking and smoking can leave smoke residue in the kitchen, while greasy hand prints or scuffs may be scattered through the rest of the house. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleaning product on the walls and scrub with a kitchen sponge to remove grime.
Organization can really go a long way in making a home more functional. Start with organizing the things you use most. For example, say you go in and out of your closet several times a day. Start by making the closet space more functional and the contents more accessible with organization. Rotating winter and summer clothes and removing cluttering items that are never used can make the space more efficient.
Spring cleaning may be time hard and time-consuming work, but it’s well worth the effort. In the end, your house will be fresh, clean, and definitely more enjoyable.
Informational credit to Sew Pro’s Vacuum Repair