Tips for Spring Cleaning
Going a little stir-crazy from social isolation? If you’re feeling bored and wanting something to keep the kids busy, now is a great time to get some spring cleaning done!
Spring cleaning is an essential element in taking care of your home. The pride of home ownership will really shine through when you’re done cleaning. (Not to mention it will help pass the time as we’re all on self-quarantine).
We’re not just talking about cleaning up the toys scattered throughout the living room or the dishes that are piled high in the sink. No, we’re talking about cleaning the nitty gritty– the items that often go unnoticed or overlooked like your ceiling fans, duct work, baseboards and dryer vents.
Because winter time requires heating, (whether through a fireplace or natural gas), lots of dust and allergens build up which not only causes dirt buildup throughout the house, but causes some breathing problems in people (especially children and seniors).
Several studies have also shown a link between an organized/clean space, and an enhanced mood. These same studies also showed that those with messy homes were on average more anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed than their “cleaner” counterparts.
Where to Start
The task of spring cleaning your whole home (no matter the square footage of house you live in) may seem burdensome and overwhelming to many. How do you know where to start? Here are some basic tips:
1. Tackle one room at a time
Set aside 20-30 minutes a day and tackle one room at a time. If you set out to do the whole house in one day, you might paralyze yourself into never lifting a finger.
2. Declutter first
Over the last few months, you’ve likely collected a bunch of stuff (Christmas presents, knick knacks, or outgrown some clothing). Now is a great time to declutter and take back your space. Arrange two piles: one for donations, and one to toss. You’ll quickly learn that minimalism is very enlightening. In fact, a study by Havas Worldwide showed that 50% of us could live happily without most of the things we own. Let that sink in for a minute…
3. Involve the family
This mess wasn’t created by one person. No, this was a joint effort, which requires a joint workforce. Besides, it may help each member think twice before leaving the next mess. Besides, a little exercise from cleaning never hurt anyone. (Maybe they can count this as PE credit or Home Ec with their homeschool curriculum?)
Tips for Cleaning
Whether you own a new home, or an older home, chances are, it could use a good spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t exactly the favorite chore, but someone’s got to do it, so you may as well do it right. Crank up the music and try these basic cleaning tips:
1. Keep the Cleaning Solutions Simple
As grocery stores and supermarkets have been picked over in the last couple of weeks due to the COVID-19 panic, there’s not a whole lot to pick from. But don’t worry–there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on the most recent advertised cleaning product. Most solutions can be homemade, require a few on-hand ingredients, and are often considered healthier as they contain fewer chemicals. Try these simple DIY cleaning solutions to efficiently clean the oven, carpet, mildew/scum from the bathtub, and other tough areas
2. Don’t Overlook These Areas:
Remember, spring cleaning isn’t about surface cleaning. So make sure you dont skip these areas: baseboards, blinds, grout, walls, air vents, refrigerator, door trims, high shelving, windows, screens, cabinets, walls, light fixtures, pantry, food storage, garage, shed, closets, etc. You may even want to download a cleaning checklist, and tackle a new space each day. Click here for a variety of cleaning checklists and sheets to choose from.
3. Hire A Professional
Sometimes it’s worth the money to hire someone to do the job right and keep your sanity. You may consider hiring someone to clean your vents, shampoo your carpets, or even your kid/neighbor to power wash your outside garbage container and windows.
The trick to KEEPING the house clean after your spring cleaning, is STAYING on top of it– this way things won’t accumulate and pile up. Consistency is key. Just 15-30 minutes a day is all it takes.
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