It’s that time of year again! The birds are chirping, the tulips are blossoming, and the vacuum is calling your name…
Start the season strong with spring cleaning! We put compiled a list of guidelines to help you tackle the tidying. These 7 tips will make cleaning less daunting and inspire you to rejuvenate your space.
1. PLAN AHEAD
Take a walk around the house and do a full audit. Create a master list with every last nook and cranny that needs to be cleaned so you don’t forget something! This will make it easier to then schedule your time and keep you focused. Don’t forget to assess your current cleaning supplies! Pick up all your products before you start so you aren’t interrupted with a second trip to the store.
2. DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Take it room by room, and day by day!
Spread your cleaning out over a full week so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Tackle the kitchen on Monday, the bedrooms on Tuesday, the basement on Wednesday, and so forth! This allows you to give your full attention to each room, and get a deeper clean than you would if you crammed it all within the span of one weekend.
3. GET THE RIGHT TOOLS
Work smarter not harder.
Make sure you have the right tools to get the job done quickly. For example, a toothbrush might be great to clean the cracks, but using that for the whole bathroom floor would take ages!
4. WORK FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Working from the top down will ensure you don’t have to re-clean any areas. Work with gravity – not against it! Start with the tallest of cupboards or surfaces, and allow the dirt to collect on the ground… Don’t pull out the vacuum until you’re done with everything else so you don’t have to do it twice.
5. GO GREEN
Avoid using harsh chemicals where you can. Classic DIY cleaners use household staples like white vinegar, baking soda, water, and lemon. Mixtures using these ingredients have been (and still is!) effective, affordable, and not toxic. If this isn’t an option for you, wear a mask. We know you have a couple laying around the house now, thanks to COVID-19!
6. CREATE FAMILY FUN
Get the whole house involved! Kids can be great helpers and it will help teach them some life skills. If you’re having trouble getting them involved, play some fun tunes and incorporate a dance party or two into your schedule as a break. If all else fails, offer to celebrate all your hard work with a pizza party when the deed is done!
7. DON’T GET SENTIMENTAL
Be wary of interrupting your flow state by going through that old memory box you just dusted off for the first time since last spring. It is a very slippery slope!
Additionally, when decluttering, it’s easy to hold onto items that no longer serve a purpose in your space because you’ve attached have sentimental value to them. Now, we’re not suggesting you throw out your late grandfather’s signature pocket watch that hasn’t worked in years, but do you really need to keep every birthday card you’ve ever received? If the messages are too sweet to toss, scan the card and you can keep a digital copy forever!