It's almost spring, and you know what that means - Spring cleaning! After months of locking up our homes in winter, it's time to let in some fresh air and deep clean the house.
Spring cleaning gets rid of the build-up of bugs, mildew, pet dander, hair, and more collected in our homes after winter that can cause illnesses or trigger allergies. It freshens up the home and makes it a cozy space to live in.
Even with all its benefits, spring cleaning is not an easy task. Some people find it difficult. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of spring cleaning your home, here are some tips to make it easier.
Start by making a schedule. Walk around your home, writing a list of everything that should be spring cleaned. Include every small task, even decluttering, which most people forget.
Once you have a list of spring cleaning tasks, divide them into small projects spread over the coming days. That works better as you will give each task the attention it needs and do it thoroughly.
You also don't have to clean from dusk to dawn. Start with small things, working on a spring cleaning task each day for a short time, such as an hour or two. Before you know it, the house will be spick and span.
2. Declutter and organize
Top on the list of spring cleaning tasks should be de-cluttering your home. Clean out your drawers and get everything that you do not use or need any more out of the way. Donate to a charity, swap with your friends, or recycle.
Once you declutter your home, you will be left with the stuff you want to keep. Now you can clean and organize your closet, drawers, pantries, and other storage spaces easily.
Before you start spring cleaning, collect everything you will need beforehand and put it in a basket or trolley. That way, you have everything at hand when you need it. You can clean room by room with all your cleaning products at hand. It beats running around looking for a window cleaner or surface polish or any other thing you need in the middle of cleaning. It also saves a lot of time and energy.
No matter which room or area you clean in the house, start from top to bottom. You don't want to dust tables and then clean out cobwebs, you will then have to repeat yourself. Instead, clear out cobwebs, dust, vacuum, and wipe surfaces.
Also, when wiping surfaces or floors, work from left to right. That way, you will clean all areas of the room in an orderly manner.
5. Go natural!
Are you allergic to chemical cleaners? Then you know how dangerous they are to our health. There are a lot of items in your kitchen or pantry that can clean surfaces and disinfect, just like commercial detergents and bleaches.
- Baking soda paste can be used to clean grease from the oven
- You can dilute distilled white vinegar in water and use it to clean sinks, countertops, and floors
- A mixture of tea tree oil in warm water makes a perfect antiseptic cleaner for floors
- Baking soda in warm water works great as a fridge cleaner and deodorizer
Use these and other eco-friendly home cleaning solutions to make spring cleaning safer for you and your family.
You don't have to spring clean your home alone. Ask for help, and you will have it done in no time.
You could form a spring cleaning club with your friends and help each other to clean your homes. Or you could hire help for demanding tasks like carpet and upholstery cleaning. Another option is to involve your family in cleaning. After all, as the saying goes, many hands make light work.
These are a few spring cleaning tips to help you deep clean your home. Do you have any other suggestions? Please share them with us in the comments. Otherwise, happy cleaning!