It’s possible to take simple steps to accomplish a lot when spring cleaning. You don’t have to overhaul the entire house, instead go for establishing small goals to get tasks done fast. In fact, you might want to take a couple of days and just get rid of unused items and perhaps donate them. Other projects might include making sure the windows are washed, the dust is cleared, the countertops are sparkling, and the refrigerator is fresh.
Naturally, having a strategy in place will help you get faster results. If you’re a first timer then a plan will allow you to be more efficient. Use the tips below to get a handle on the process.
This first step is to de-clutter in order to clear the space and make it easier for you to actually see what needs sweeping, dusting, or taken to the dry cleaners. You may find it helpful to use Post-its or other tags to label as “keep,” “store,” and “trash” piles. Once you’ve tagged everything, set aside the giveaways, keep the items you want and store your winter clothes away in bins or tuck away in the closet or under the bed.
Make a cleaning kit.
Make sure you have the right supplies to help with cleaning. A basic supply list includes an all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, rubber gloves, glass cleaners, microfiber cloths, a sponge, and a duster. It’s a great idea to keep your most used supplies together so it’s easy to carry them around with you throughout the house.
Go room by room.
Don’t try to clean the entire house at one time even if working on a specific task. For example, instead of cleaning all the floors throughout the house, we recommend cleaning one room at a time and finishing all the specific tasks while working in that room. Focused on one room at a time with help give you a sense of accomplish with each room. Maybe you begin with the bedroom, spend an afternoon there, then the next morning take on the living room or kitchen. Be sure to space things out if this is your very first spring clean.
Buy a proper vacuum.
Having a good quality vacuum cleaner will help make the process simpler overall. Vacuum the carpet and rugs as you tackle each room. This is an important step to make sure you’re eliminating dust and other debris. A tip is to not rush the process. By moving the vacuum slowly you will typically remove 85% more dust and allergens.
Clean those forgotten spaces.
Don’t forget the nooks and crevices that need a scrub, like the tracks of your windows and behind the toilet. An old toothbrush and some vinegar can be great for cleaning the small areas. After vacuuming the floors, you can use the nozzle attachment to get under the couch cushions and suck up everything hiding there. Be sure to not just dust around things but instead remove all items so you can clean the actual surface of the shelf. Always use a disinfectant spray and wipe down remotes with antibacterial solution. Plus, remember to clean the toothbrush holder which is a place where bacteria can spread very easily. Here’s a trick – fill the holder up with water and drop an Alka-Seltzer in to help break away debris and clean.
Address your fridge.
It’s not uncommon to have old and expired condiments you haven’t used in a while. Get rid of them and the same goes for the piles of forgotten leftovers in the freezer. It’s a good idea to remove everything and wipe the bottoms and lids of the containers you’re keeping. Be sure to get rid of any drips or gunk, then spray the inside of the fridge with some vinegar and water and wipe it down. It’s recommended to remove all the shelves completely out and wash them down with soap and water. Once everything is ready to go back in, organize the contents. Place on the door which is the least cold area things like condiments. Next, on the bottom drawers with higher humidity, you can place the veggies and fruits. Finally, the middle shelf which is the coldest area is best for perishable items.
Bring some life back into the place.
Ok, if you’re following these steps then hopefully you’re on track to completing your very first spring cleaning. Here’s a finally suggestion – get some fresh flowers or a beautiful new plant as a nice finishing touch to your transformed space. The healthy and clean environment will improve the air quality, brighten your day and improve your overall well being.