Spring has finally sprung. It’s that time of year when you want to feel refreshed and clean, and declutter your house while you’re at it. With the weather starting to warm up, you’ll want to start heading outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air.
Nevertheless, we all have a need to clean this time of year – so what is the best way to tackle this year’s spring cleaning to-do list? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and it can even be fun. Getting the house in working order again feels good, and you can do it. Here are a few tips that will help you along to a very successful spring cleaning campaign.
Take it One Room at a Time
Houses can be overwhelming when it comes to cleaning, so be sure to break your cleaning down into smaller, manageable projects. One easy way to do this is to think in terms of one room at a time. Use a room checklist as a place to start, and also as a way to prevent forgetting about items you might not always clean. If you’ve already cleaned some items in certain rooms then feel free to skip, but you are sure to find something that’s taken a back seat all winter and needs a deep clean. Start with rooms that get the most traffic so that if your plans get derailed, you’ll still have a sense of accomplishment.
Clear the Clutter
One of the biggest and best parts of spring cleaning is the purging of anything and everything you don’t need anymore. The feeling of letting go is a major way to refresh your soul this spring. Think about this in four categories – trash or recycle, sell, donate, and, finally, put away. There are always things we want to keep, and some we can do without. Make piles for each. If you choose to sell, list items on Facebook Marketplace as you are setting those items aside. With regard to donations, see if you can fill a bag to donate every day for a month. You can also plan a garage sale – cleaning is so much easier with the clutter out of the way.
Get your family involved. Throw on some music and add in some family incentives to get everyone on the same page with donations and trash. There’s no need for you to do all the work!
Don’t Ignore Seasonal Chores
We all know there are chores that should be done seasonally, and we typically ignore them. Now that the weather is getting nicer, tackle chores like cleaning grills, patios and windows. Doing these chores even once or twice a year will keep your house running smoothly and looking great.
Use the Right Tools and Supplies
There are many cleaning supplies and tools out there that companies want you to think that you need, but it’s better to refrain from buying everything. Having dozens and dozens of cleaning products on hand at all times just clutters up the cabinets. Along with your mop, broom and vacuum, make sure you have a good all-purpose cleaner on hand for most projects. Other basics include an all-purpose powder or liquid cleaner for larger washable surfaces, an abrasive cleaner for small, heavily soiled areas, a nonabrasive cleaner for gentle cleaning on surfaces that scratch easily, chlorine bleach, glass cleaner, a furniture duster, and a toilet-bowl cleaner. These items should get you started quite nicely.
Call in the Pros
If your budget allows, there might be a few things you could take off of your list and bring in a professional to clean. Window, carpet and upholstery cleaning are much easier tasks for pros who do it all the time. Not only will this save you time, but it also might save you money as certain tasks often require tools you probably don’t have on hand.
Hopefully these tips will help to get your spring cleaning off to a great start this year. If you want more help, there are plenty of spring cleaning checklists out there with specific tasks to keep you on track. There’s no need to scour the web for hours and hours – search “Spring Cleaning Checklist” online and plenty of lists will pop up. Pick your favorite and go down the list until you are done (or exhausted, whichever comes first). Good luck!