As spring arrives this is a great time to refresh the home by cleaning to remove to the dust and grime from the winter and being closed in for many months.
- Refresh your thinking.
Rather than dreading the process of spring-cleaning, think of ways to re-energize and revitalize your home. This is a good opportunity to not only de-clutter your house but also reorganize your belongings and enhance how you use each room.
- Set aside a weekend.
With our busy schedules it can be challenging to start and finish a spring cleaning project. However, take it one step at a time. Consider tackling this project over the weekend. Set aside two days and handle these tasks steadily by making an early start on the morning and plan out the details of what you want to complete. If necessary, send nonparticipants and pets away for a couple of days to get this process done.
- Make sure you’re stocked.
Be sure to have all the cleaning essentials ready to start process. It doesn’t take having fancy or expensive equipment and materials but instead quality basic items such as a duster, microfiber cloths, and other handy tools. Also, a vacuum cleaner and mop are essential.
- Tackle the big stuff first.
By tackling the most intensive chores when you’re fresh and have the most energy will help you feel able to better manage over the tasks of the weekend.
It’s a great idea to open the windows and allow fresh air in so you might have to wait until you’re past the pollen season. Wash windows inside and out to get rid of dirt and grime which will let in more light.
Also, clean your fridge and freezer from top to bottom, wiping down surfaces and discarding anything old or past the expiration date. Deep clean the oven and do a more thorough job than usual cleaning bathrooms such as addressing any issues like mildew in grout or shower curtain liners.
In addition, pay attention to curtain and wash or dry clean them. Dust window inside and out as well clean ceiling fans so you’re not seeing dust fall the first time you turn them on.
Next, work on those floors – mop tile, wood, and linoleum. This is a great time to wax floors, beat smaller rugs outside; and vacuum larger rugs and carpets. Sprinkle the deodorizer powder onto floor coverings or carpet and vacuum it up after an hour.
- (Re)make your bed.
Most of us spend at least a third of our lives in bed, however, we don’t always focus our attention of cleaning them. Remove the linens, mattress pads, pillows and cases, bed skirts, and the duvet as well as bedcovers and wash them and let air dry if possible. For non-washable winter bed linens like wool blankets and flannel sheets, store them in sealed containers.
Flip or rotate the mattress, and vacuum its surface, inside the bed frame, and underneath the bed to capture dust bunnies. You can get your bed ready for warmer months with fresh sheets and lighter cotton blankets, if you still want that layer.
- Address overlooked areas.
Be sure to address the dirt and crud you can’t see but know is there. Easily sanitize your dishwasher and washing machine by running each of them on empty with a cup of vinegar. If possible, pull out appliances like your oven and refrigerator in order to vacuum up food crumbs and dust bunnies that have collected underneath. Also, don’t forget to give your kitchen and bathroom trash cans and recycling bins a good scrub.
- Clean surfaces.
You’ve done great and the final tasks are to simply wipe down countertops and furniture with a cleanser or polish, paying extra attention to legs and hidden crevices. Complete this task last so you don’t have to clean surfaces again that might get dusty during earlier steps.
- Reap the rewards.
You’ve finished the task of cleaning your home for the spring and it’s now time to relax and enjoy! This is not only great for your home’s physical appearance but also your physical and mental state. It’s time to enjoy.