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Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer weather comes a fresh necessity for a clean and tidy home. The changing seasons bring new life and new opportunities to us all, and unfortunately this almost means allergies. But before you find yourself becoming a sniffling and drowsy mess, its time for some cleaning.
There is no time like the present to knock out your annual spring cleaning checklist and do some serious decluttering around the house. To help you get rolling and stay motivated, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips and tricks so that you’ll have an arsenal of cleaning hacks at your disposal for this year’s spring cleaning around your home.
Related: The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist (Printable Infographic)
How to Prep for Spring Cleaning
In order to make sure you’re fully prepared and ready to get down to business, you should make sure you have everything you’ll need. From products to equipment, let’s take a second to outline what you’ll want to have on hand for this cleaning project. Here is a general checklist of supplies you’ll need:
You may not need every single one of these products and tools, or you may need them all and more. Every home is different and won’t be cleaned in the same way, which means that there is no right or wrong way to fully clean your home. However you clean your home is up to you, but we like to give the best advice we can when it comes to those who may be newer at keeping up with cleaning and upkeep around the house.
1. Plan Ahead
Before you jump into your spring cleaning, take a moment to wander your home and make a plan. Whether that means customizing a checklist for each room or sitting down and delegating tasks to everyone in the home, going in with a rough idea of what needs to be done can make a difference. If you live with multiple people, having a plan can keep everyone focused and on task, and can even make the cleaning process fun if you turn it into a game of sorts. Not only will this help you stay on task, it can help you to stay motivated as you cross more and more of your cleaning task list.
2. Start Simple
We suggest starting the process within the kitchen or the bathrooms, but whichever room of your home you start cleaning is up to you. It is a good idea to also start by tackling the more obvious tasks around the home as a whole before focusing on the larger and more tedious projects. This can be dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, picking up laundry, wiping up crumbs and debris, or staring a load of laundry to be switched out for another round later. Starting with the simplest and most obvious tasks will make more of the deeper cleaning projects more identifiable and accessible.
3 .Declutter as You Clean
Spring cleaning is an excellent time to do some extensive and ruthless decluttering. Each room can contain numerous expired and perishable items and clothing that no longer fits or is stained and damaged. Now is the time to go through your drawers, closets, pantry, and refrigerator to make sure anything that no longer serves a purpose gets the boot. There’s no better way to bring in warmer weather than with a clear space.
4. Work Top to Bottom
When cleaning, the best rule of thumb is to clean from high to low, that means starting upstairs and working down as well as starting in each room by dusting from ceiling to floor. By cleaning from top to bottom, you are able to ensure that no dust is left on any surface in the room. This is also a great way to save time and effort during the cleaning process and work efficiently.
5. Bust Through the Dust
One of the key tasks in every room is dusting. The best way to control the buildup of dust and other allergens in your home is with regular cleaning, but sometimes it can be left to accumulate. Now is the time to be thorough and detail-oriented in each room to make sure every surface is clean and clear of dust.
6. Freshen Up the Fridge
Your refrigerator is in constant use and can very easily become cluttered with leftovers and expired foods. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to deep clean and organize your fridge and freezer. Take an hour or so to empty things out and really scrub, deodorize, and and sanitize each self and drawer. It’s important to keep the spaces in which food is kept clean and clear of bacteria so that you and your family is safe and healthy.
7. Clear the Junk Drawers
Every home has a junk drawer, a black hole that seems to contain the most random assortment of items from around the house. Sometimes junk drawers can become junk rooms, and that’s okay. Now is the best time to tackle those problematic spaces head on by emptying them out and making sure everything is returned to its proper place in your home, thrown out, and sold or donated. Show that junk drawer or room who’s boss!
8. Don’t Forget the Details
Once you’ve cleared and cleaned the surfaces and appliances around the house, it would be a good idea to check over the more tedious cleaning tasks. This can include:
9. Take Time to Reorganize
While you’re taking time to be thorough and ruthless in your spring cleaning and decluttering, you can also take this time to reorganize. Whether this means investing in a more functional system within your closets and pantry or just sorting items and clothing in a more efficient way, take this as an opportunity! There is no better time to fully upgrade your home for a more efficient life.
10. Disinfect Deeper Than Ever
Disinfecting around the home is one of the most important tasks when cleaning. Even if its already a part of your regular cleaning routine, you should always take time to disinfect the surfaces around your house. Make sure to give extra time and attention to the high-touch and high-traffic surfaces like remotes, door handles, and light switches when you disinfect so that you know your family will be safe and healthy for the warmer months.
How to Stay Motivated to Spring Clean
If you’ve read through the tips and tricks and find yourself more overwhelmed than when you started, take a breath and don’t stress. Remember that we said that there is no right or wrong way to clean your home and that however you choose to clean your space is up to you. We know cleaning the whole house can be a daunting task, so allow us to offer some motivation and a few tips to help get you started:
- Remember to clean at your own speed, it isn’t a race and you don’t have to exhaust yourself to accomplish everything in one day. You can create a schedule and set goals for yourself and anyone else in the home to help you to start and finish the job at hand. Find what works for you and stick with it until the work is done.
- Brighten up the space and your mood before you get started and as you work. Open up the windows to let in more natural light and turn on your favorite music to hype yourself up. You’ll find yourself working more efficiently and with more energy when you are in a sunny and energizing environment.
- Browse social media for some inspiration and put yourself in a mindset that is motivated to clean and see results. Cleaning can be a great way to reduce stress and be mindful of the items you bring in and keep in your home, so take some time to make a mental note of why you are cleaning and what your end goal is.
No matter if you’ve been cleaning for years or if this will be your first round of cleaning in a new space, spring cleaning is the best time to jumpstart the weekly and daily cleaning routines in your home. What kinds of spring cleaning tips and tricks do you use around your home? Share your advice in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
If spring cleaning is simply not your forte but you’re in desperate need for some help keeping up with your home, we’ve got your back. You can check out Cleanzen’s Spring Cleaning services to find out how our services can help you around your home. Contact us today to find out what other services we can offer your home or business.