As we welcome the warmer weather, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning our homes. That’s right – tackling some of those tasks we only do on an annual or semi-annual. They can be tedious, but they’re an important step in keeping our families healthy and our homes clutter-free.
10 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips
People actually have been spring cleaning their homes as far back as the medieval times! Homes would be closed up tightly throughout the winter, and the arrival of spring meant a chance to open them up and really clean out months’ worth of dirt, grime, ashes and germs. Today, when we think of the term spring cleaning, we generally think of those deep cleaning and organizational chores that we only do once a year.
The first step in spring cleaning is to define your goal. What would you like to accomplish this year? Maybe you’d like to shampoo your carpets, or wash all your bedding, including comforters and pillows. Or, maybe you’re looking to scrub out all your appliances and clean out your pantry. Whatever your goal, stay on task with these easy spring cleaning tips:
- Get started early! When it comes to spring cleaning, there’s no time like the present to get started. The sooner you start your chores, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy a cleaner, germ-free home.
- Make some lists. Create checklists of rooms and tasks you’d like to accomplish in each. Maybe the master bedroom only needs minor de-cluttering and organizing in the closet, or maybe the ceiling fan blades and blinds really need a good cleaning. Keeping a list will help you stay on track and provide a sense of accomplishment as you cross off items.
- Obtain supplies. Before you get started, make sure you have everything you need to start spring cleaning. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a project and run out of cleaning wipes, bleach, etc.
- Tackle one project at a time. Spring cleaning can sometimes take a day, or it can take several days depending on how many projects you’d like to do. Don’t let yourself get distracted as you clean and make decisions about your clutter.
- Divide and conquer. Enlist the family’s help to make spring cleaning a breeze! The kids should handle their bedrooms and playroom, for example. Assigning tasks to others will help everyone not feel too overwhelmed about all that needs to get done.
- Clean from the top down. Always go from high to low; clean ceiling fans and light fixtures before you vacuum, in other words.
- Make decisions about your belongings. If you’re de-cluttering, try to make quick decisions about belongings. Make piles of items to keep, toss or donate, and make sure you have a plan for getting that “keep” pile organized and put away.
- Take a break. Some of those deep cleaning tasks can take a lot out of a person! Take frequent breaks and remember to drink lots of water.
- Create a schedule of tasks to do throughout the year. Instead of saving up all these tasks for just once a year, create a schedule to do some of the deep cleaning projects throughout the year to make it easier on yourself next spring.
- Celebrate your clean home! Once your home is clean and organized, enjoy it! Have some friends over or do a family movie night to reward yourself for all your hard work.
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