Spring Cleaning – if you are thinking of spring cleaning your home this year in spring or anytime really – you really want to make the process as easy as possible. Did you know that if you take the time to plan how you are going to spring clean your home it will be a lot easier? Spring cleaning can be a hassle, a big job that, let’s face it, no one wants to do, but read on, these tips will make the job a whole lot easier for you!
Make a list. While in general spring cleaning means, you are going to clean EVERYTHING in the house and while that’s a good start it’s not really specifying what it actually IS that you are going to clean. The first step is to organise a list of chores, you can then organise your list by rooms or areas. The main thing is you are now armed with a list outlining what you want to – or need to clean, and when the job is completed – tick it off your list.
You don’t have to get it done in a day! Don’t set yourself up to fail, you know you can’t possibly get rid of a whole years’ worth of dirt and grime in just a day. It’s unreasonable and you’ll only end up tired, disheartened and frustrated. Try spacing out your chores over a few days, a few hours – or – even a few weeks at a time. As long as you stick to your list you can always adjust, after all some things may take longer to do than anticipated, while other chores might be done in next to no time.
Schedule your spring clean on your calendar. When you schedule something – it gets done. Don’t leave your spring cleaning to a general *when I get around to it* event, mark down specific days on your calendar. You’ll be more likely to do your cleaning and stick to your cleaning schedule if it’s there for everyone to see.
Take inventory. There is nothing more frustrating and annoying than to be all set to get into your spring clean and finding you have to stop because you have run out of dusting cloths, window cleaner, disinfectant wipes or even vacuum bags. Take a look at ALL the supplies you have or think you’ll need. Put everything in a box or into an area so you know where everything is – if you need to buy spare cleaning products, pick them up on your next shopping trip. You don’t want to run out of anything on day 1.
Spring clean from top to bottom. While this is an old tip, it’s also still a very useful tip. Dirt, dust and grime settle on the floor – it is after all the law of gravity. Start your spring cleaning at the top floor of your house and work your way through room by room. If you live in a single-story house or apartment start at the room furthest from your front door and work through room by room until you reach your front door. The same idea applies to any part of a room, clean all the upper areas of the room first and then clean the floor, this way you don’t have to re-vacuum your room after you’ve cleaned dust from ceiling fans or light fittings.
Spring clean when it’s bright and sunny. While it sounds strange – you’d rather be OUTSIDE on a bright and sunny day…… If you clean while it’s bright and sunny outside, you’ll be able to see more dust, dirt and grime than you’d see if you cleaned your home with just the lights on. This tip really does work, cleaning in a bright and sunny room is more effective. Bright sunny weather will also *showcase* all your hard work and makes your home seem more cheerful once you have finished.
Stay comfortable. While it sounds *strange* when you are cleaning you want to be comfortable, so this means wearing a comfy old tee-shirt and jeans – or whatever clothes are old and you feel comfortable in. You’ll be doing a lot of bending and stretching so you don’t want to wear clothes that are tight or constricting. You want to wear old clothes, so if you do spill a cleaning product on your clothes you are not going to be too upset. If you have long hair tie it back and for short hair, a baseball style cap will help keep your hair clean and will keep your hair out of the way.