Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? As the weather warms, we tend to start opening the house up to let the sun shine in! Too bad those beautiful rays of sunshine magnify the areas we may skipped during our winter cleaning sessions. Whether cleaning to prepare for the market or just giving your home a good ole top to bottom scrub, here are some tips to help you get it done efficiently so you can get out and enjoy the spring days…
- PLAN – “I recommend having a plan, which includes an outline of the areas you plan to clean, a schedule with time slotted to do that work (for you and any family members), as well as a list of products, tools and even cleaning techniques or tips pertaining to those areas,” says Melissa Maker, blogger and host of the popular YouTube show “Clean My Space.” Being organized will cut down on precious time.
- SUPPLIES – When making the cleaning plan, check to see that you have all of the right supplies. If you lack the right cleaning agent for the job, make a run to the store before you get your cleaning started so you don’t have to stop in the middle and waste time.
- ROOM BY ROOM – To see results the quickest, work on one room at a time. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and that nudge to keep you going strong.
- WORK SMART – Let your cleaning agent work hard so you don’t have to. Soaking before scrubbing dishes saves much time and effort. Spray the hard to clean surfaces and let them sit a while before wiping them down.
- CLEAN BEFORE YOU CLEAN – Keep in mind that the sponges and rags you use for cleaning trap dirt and bacteria. Before using them to clean your kitchen counters, you need to disinfect with bleach.
- MOST IMPORTANT AREAS – If you only have a limited time and know you will not be able to get it all done, focus on the most important areas. Those would be the ones seen by all who enter your home – kitchen, living room, bathrooms, etc. Get those done first and do the rest as you can.
- DON’T MISS THE UNSEEN – If you do have the time and are really into getting everything spic and span, don’t forget easy to miss areas. Places such as behind the refrigerator, tops of the ceiling fan blades, under the sofa are all easy to overlook.
- DECLUTTER – The majority of the things we own are not necessary. In order to truly get your home clean, get rid of the things piling up around you.
- PROFESSIONALS MAY BE NEEDED – Large jobs are sometimes too much to take on or you might not have the right equipment. There is no shame in hiring a professional to check those tasks off the cleaning list. Ask friends for references for a company to clean the carpets or pressure wash the house and driveway.
- PLAN FOR THE FUTURE – While cleaning, make mental notes of things that will help you keep your home tidy in the future whether it be going paperless to avoid so much clutter, or making a daily “to-do” list to cut down on the deep cleaning sessions.
Making your home a welcoming place for friends and family or just a comfortable place to relax can be overwhelming. Hopefully using these tips will cut down on the stress and time it takes to tackle the dreaded spring cleaning.