There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual spring cleaning. For most people, the pleasure comes after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable – and even enjoyable. And we can help!
Get Your Supplies Ready
Hit the ground running by shopping for all your cleaning essentials beforehand. Nothing could bring your spring cleaning to a halt faster than finding out you don’t have what you need to get the job done! Read the labels of any product you use so you fully understand all directions and precautions. Consider, too, whether you’ll need special equipment, like safety goggles or rubber gloves, to protect your eyes and skin. If you have concerns about using certain cleaners, there are more natural alternatives. Baking soda, lemons, and vinegar are very strong cleaners that do not possess any health hazards.
When cleaning, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force dirt downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. Use a vacuum with a long extension hose to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans. Then, dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust from your floors. Use a cleaning checklist to make sure you are being thorough as you work through each room. Tape your checklist to the door of the room you’re cleaning and check off tasks as they’re completed.
Organize and Declutter
Spring cleaning is also the perfect time to organize and de-clutter each room. Equip yourself with a few designated containers when you are working through each room: a box for garage sale items, another for items to donate, and a garbage bag for items to toss. Not only can cleaning your home be invigorating – it can even be liberating! According to Psychology Today, purging and organizing can actually give you tons of relief. People tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage. In other words, the mess causes stress!