We are well into spring, however, you might have procrastinated your cleansing process because spring snuck up on you, or maybe you’re avoiding it on purpose. Whether you’re a spring cleaning enthusiast, or you put it off at all costs, this annual event doesn’t have to be one that causes stress or turmoil. People make a huge deal of spring cleaning, and while it’s a good practice, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as people make it. If you want to breeze through your seasonal cleaning, there are a few tips that will help you get things done quickly, efficiently, and as pain-free as possible. You might not enjoy your spring cleaning, but creating a plan of attack will make the process go by smoothly. If you need a little inspiration to help you get on board with spring cleaning, read on for a few secrets to get things going.
The Magical Land of Closets
Closets seem to be the magical place were items get sucked in and never seen again. Closets are the first thing to clean out, because they will be where you store a majority of items later. If you have clothes you haven’t worn in a year, sell them or donate them. Clear out any empty boxes and trash packed away into your closet. You might have a closet with cleaning products, brooms, and garbage bags all over the place. Put an organization system into place so that every time you take something out, you know exactly where to put it when you’re done using. Since everything in the closet remains behind closed doors, you might not realize how messy it is, but your life will be much easier once you’ve organized the storage in your closet. Once it is clean and can hold more items, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Tame the Kitchen Beast
When it comes to spring cleaning, the kitchen can truly be a beast if you haven’t given it a good deep cleaning in a few months. Food, crumbs, grease, and sticky spills find their way into every nook and cranny of the kitchen, sometimes turning it into a disaster zone. Aside from the regular scrubbing of the floors, counters, microwave and fridge, it’s a good idea to clear out your cabinets and drawers to give them a good wipe down. Stripping the kitchen down to the bare minimum will give you a blank canvas to work with—you can get hidden spots or areas that aren’t cleaned as often. Then, you can reorganize your dishes and kitchenware in a way that makes the kitchen more accessible and easier to cook in. You’ll want to gather up any stray dishes from the various rooms of the house, wash them, and ensure that every dish is put in its place in the kitchen cabinets. This eliminates more clutter from around the house and frees up more space to work.
Create a “Base Camp”
Create a room that you can work out of—this will be a room that you can clean last so it doesn’t matter if it gets dirty. You can keep cleaning products, trash, and stuff you’re getting rid of in this room so that you have a place to put things as you go. Once you’ve established your base room, work outward from here, cleaning each room as you come to it. Once you complete a room, stay out of it until everything else is done. If you don’t designate one room to keep messy until the very end, you might find trash and random items strewn about the house in each room and your spring cleaning efforts will seem wasted. Cleaning as you go about the house and placing any extra items in the base room will ensure that you leave every room immaculate after cleaning it instead of leaving a trail of junk. As you go from room to room, it can be helpful to have a cleaning checklist to make sure you have completely finished the room before moving on.
Clean the Floors Very Last
You will be walking around the house, dirtying both the carpet and tile floors while you clean other rooms. Don’t bother vacuuming and mopping the house until you’ve finished cleaning every room, and then hit all the floors at once. This makes it easier to remember where you’ve cleaned and where you haven’t. This might be a good time to have your carpets cleaned or floors waxed professionally. If your floors look a little worn and don’t get enough special attention, giving them a deep clean will make the whole house look ten times better.
If an item is trash, throw it away unless it has clear sentimental value. The thought process of, “I like this. I should keep it, it might be useful later on,” needs to be eliminated before cleaning begins. Hanging on to items with no value just leads to more clutter and a tougher job in years to come. Unless there is a clear purpose for an item, throw it out. Anything in your home that doesn’t work or is broken should also be tossed out. The point of spring cleaning is to purge your home, garage, and any other area of dirt, grime, trash, and unnecessary items. Don’t hold onto your useless junk for one more year—be strong enough to get rid of it! Not everything has to be trashed, you can donate and give away plenty of stuff you aren’t using if it is in good condition. The important thing is that you purge the entire property of anything you don’t use that is taking up space.
Staying on top of cleaning tasks throughout the year will make spring cleaning a much faster and shorter job. Don’t hang on to clutter, and have a designated place to throw away random possessions that are no longer any use. Donate regularly. If you stay proactive and don’t let the problem build up, it won’t be an issue when spring rolls around next year. Information for this article was provided by the professionals of SanRafaelMovingandStorage.com, who offer professional moving services in California.