It's that time again. Is the sun is shining into your home, showing off your dirty windows and lurking cobwebs? Here are some ideas that might make things easier.
Spring cleaning is a revered rite of home ownership. However, for some people, spring cleaning conjures mental images of housewives in aprons scrubbing every nook and cranny with a toothbrush. While this deep cleaning has always been an arduous task, modern homes are a lot larger and have many more appliances than traditional homes. Therefore, as a proud home owner, you have to employ a few smart tactics to make spring cleaning a breeze. The following are some tips to follow to leave your house gleaming without making the process a drag.
Choose an approach
Depending on the amount of time and energy you have, you can choose an approach to take when spring cleaning. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can create a specific block of time to clean your entire home. This could be a weekend or an entire week. This approach is beneficial because you can put spring cleaning behind you within a short amount of time. However, it can be straining, and you may be too tired to finish it!
The second approach is ideal for people who do not have enough time to clean. If you are in this category, you can break the process into smaller steps to be completed within a longer period of time. You can schedule different tasks for different weekends with the purpose of completing the entire project within a month or two. This process is more manageable, but you shouldn't stretch your cleaning schedule too much. It isn't spring cleaning if it takes you six or more months to do it.
Decide which areas you want to outsource and book appointments. For example you may want to call in a professional carpet cleaner to ensure your carpets and upholstery get the best attention.
Make a list and gather supplies
Create a list of all the things you have to do when spring cleaning, and group similar tasks. Create a schedule based on the available tasks to make it easier to transition from one cleaning job to another. With your list in hand, gather all the supplies you need to complete the various tasks. Plan in advance and purchase any supplies you do not have at home. If you do not like using chemicals to clean you house, you can spend time making simple and natural household cleaners using ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar.
Enlist help from family
Spring cleaning is more fun when more people are involved. If you have a partner or children, assemble a team and assign tasks to each individual family member. If you live alone, you could ask some of your friends to help.
When you have too much to do, you may find yourself jumping from one task to another without really completing anything. Try to avoid the temptation to do this. Instead, focus on completing one task at a time. Focusing on single tasks helps you manage your time more efficiently. When you have completed a specific task or room, tick it off your list to give you the motivation to tackle the next task.
Be realistic and take several breaks
It is important to realize that spring cleaning is no mean feat. It is going to take several days to clean your entire house properly. Ensure you have plenty of breaks and plan snacks and meals beforehand. Never skip meals, as you need the fuel when cleaning. A great tip is to make some meals on your crock pot the night before you start cleaning so that you don't have to prepare dinner the evening after you scrub your home.
Scrub to music
Make cleaning more fun by listening to your favorite playlist. An upbeat tune is ideal, as it will help you move faster. You can even use the cleaning sessions to squeeze in some exercise.
When cleaning specific rooms and appliances, it is important to start from top to bottom and from the inside to the outside. The following are some no-sweat ways to clean different areas in your home.
The bathroom can be quite grimy, and you may need a lot of elbow grease to get rid of stains here. A pumice stone can get rid of stubborn mineral deposits from your toilet. You can also mix baking soda with acidic vinegar to help you get rid of stubborn stains in your bathtub. To get rid of contaminants from grouted surface, use your usual cleaners and run a wed/dry vac to suck out all the dirt from your grout. This is also the time to get rid of old makeup and cosmetic products and restock your first aid kit and medicine cabinet.
Start by de-cluttering your kitchen to get rid of expired products and items you no longer need. Invest in a good old-fashioned microfiber cloth, which picks up dust and dirt easily. Since the kitchen is where you prepare food, consider using green and natural products as opposed to chemicals when cleaning surfaces. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar can help clean and disinfect most surfaces. Unplug your refrigerator and vacuum the coils to get rid of accumulated dirt. Do not forget to clean the dishwasher. Empty your dishwasher, pour some acidic vinegar into a cup, and place this cup on the top rack. Run a full cleaning cycle on the hottest setting. This helps keep your dishwasher free from bacteria and fungi.
Start by decluttering your closets and donating some of the clothes and shoes you no longer wear. Flip your mattress and clean your bedding and curtains. You should also wash your pillows and comforters and dust the ceiling fan. Use a lint roller to get rid of dust on fabric lamp shades. A hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner can get rid of dust particles on curtains, baseboards, and under your bed. A great way to clean your mattress is to go over it with a garment steamer to get rid of dust mites. Use your vacuum's upholstery attachment to get rid of particles and contaminants in your mattress. Sprinkle baking soda and rub it in to get rid of any funky smells before vacuuming again.
Use a clean microfiber to wipe down your ceiling fan shades, windows, mirrors, and shelves. You can also take the time to rearrange your furniture to make it easier to move around. Depending on the material of your couch, use a shampoo to clean the upholstery or consider getting it professionally cleaned.
There's no denying that spring cleaning is a lot of work. However, with the right schedule and the right tips, you can manage this process and make your home as fresh as spring.