It’s time to toss off the blankets, shake off the dust, and throw open those windows – SPRING IS HERE!! And with Spring comes the spring cleaning tradition. Spring cleaning, though, doesn’t have to be an arduous chore that you dread. Oh no! Spring cleaning can in fact be fun and DOESN’T have to take all day!
Spring Cleaning Tips
Take It By Room
Some people take the method of doing one step for each room in the house. For example, some people might think it’s wise to dust the entire house at one time and vacuum the entire house at one time. When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s best to take it room by room. When you focus on one room and complete it, it’ll give you more motivation to continue on the other rooms. Once you focus, it’s also easier to get the job done in a shorter period of time. It’s also good to take the size of your home into consideration.
Use All-Purpose Items
Using all-purpose items will help you focus on covering more area at a quicker pace. And when I say “all-purpose”, I don’t mean you have to go the chemical route! There are many DIY ideas to make spring cleaning easier. Personally, I mix a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar:water with the juice from half a lemon and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and go to town. Just make sure you spot test your surfaces first!There are many uses for vinegar, but my favorite is definitely the way you can clean with it.
Be realistic about the time you’ll need to clean
Open the windows
When the temperature drops during the cooler months, it makes sense to seal the windows (or use bubblewrap!) When you seal the windows, the heat stays in the home and keeps the cold air from seeping through. During the warmer months, it’s time for fresh air. Your home needs a good amount of circulation on a daily basis. Get into the habit of opening the windows for 15 minutes a day. Not only will this practice allow proper air circulation to happen, it’ll also make the home seem fresher and cleaner without much work.
In a lot of cases, people have more things than they really need. If you were to get rid of all of the things you really don’t use, your home might end up spic and span. A thorough decluttering job can make a major difference. Before you start to dust, mop and sweep — declutter.Once you declutter each room, you’ll find that you don’t have to spend as much time with the cleaning process. You can give things away to the local thrift store or donate items to charities. You could even get the kids to help declutter!
You could host a garage sale and sell your old, unused items, You might even want to give items away to family members and friends. Otherwise, dump the things you don’t use and give your home some breathing room.
Get the family involved
Many hands make work light. When you have a few people working on one job, things will get done faster. If you have a few children, don’t shy away from getting them involved in some way. They could do something as simple as pulling out the toys they no longer play with.If your spouse has a ton of clothes, ask them to go through the pile and get clear about what they don’t need anymore.
If you live by yourself, consider asking a friend to come over and help you for a the afternoon. Not only will this method help you save time, it’ll also help you save energy. Besides, spring cleaning might be a cool time to create new memories with those you’re cleaning with!
The annual ritual of spring cleaning might feel arduous and long. However, by using these tips, you’ll position yourself to really enjoy the fruit of your labor. Once you start a project, do your best to complete. Your home will be healthier and more beautiful place to live when you clean it well.
Are you ready to dive into spring cleaning?
Comment below and tell me your favorite part about getting it done!