March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, right? Regardless of the weather, the official first day of spring is Friday, March 20 this year. Since it really is right around the corner, it’s time to at least start thinking about some spring cleaning. In fact, I just spent all of this past weekend cleaning, organizing, and sorting through everything in my apartment. I was blown away by how much excess I have collected even though I’ve moved TWICE in the past year, but that’s a story for another day. I found (thank you Pinterest) and tested all of the following spring cleaning tips so that I would be 100 percent confident in passing them along to all of you.
Without further ado, listed below are my five favorite spring cleaning tips.
1. Divide and conquer: Now, there are only two of us in my home, but this is an especially great tip for your larger families out there. Make a list of the chores that need to get done and split them up among the family. You’ll probably hear some grumbling from the kids but sharing the job is a lot easier and a lot quicker than tackling it yourself. If you have young ones you can even make it fun (well, more fun anyway) by formulating a “task draft.” Make a big list of everything that needs to get done and take turns picking chores. My boyfriend and I didn’t have a draft, but there may have been a few calls such as “Shotgun! Not cleaning the bathroom!”
2. Go top to bottom: When I get into cleaning mode, there’s usually no rhyme or reason to my methods. I start with the first thing I notice and go from there. But the top to bottom method is a smarter way to clean. Start by dusting off fans, light fixtures, high shelves, etc. and work your way down. This way, you won’t have to clean any area multiple times when dust falls from the ceiling fan onto your freshly shampooed and vacuumed carpet.
3. Take advantage of household products: There’s no need to spend a ton of money of new fancy cleaners. Grab some baking soda and vinegar out of your pantry and put them to work! I sprinkled some baking soda over the grout on my kitchen counters and then sprayed a little vinegar over that. I let it sit for maybe two minutes before lightly scrubbing with a toothbrush. Good as new! I’m sure the same technique would work in other small, tricky, areas as well.
4. Avoid distractions: Turn off your cell phone, computer, and TV. It is so easy to get sucked into something else when you are trying to get your home clean because cleaning is no fun. Even television shows that would never interest you normally will seem more appealing. I always recommend music though. Music helps nearly every situation.
5. Have what you need: Bring all of the tools and cleaning supplies you’ll need into the room you are working on right from the start. It gets pretty annoying when you have to keep running to the kitchen to grab more Lysol wipes, or paper towels, or a sponge, you get the point. Run through each room’s tasks in your head and grab whatever you’ll need to get the job done.
I know there are some people who really enjoy cleaning and find it therapeutic, but I’m not one of those people. Spring cleaning is one of my least favorite projects but since it’s a necessary evil, it helps to have some tips and tricks to get it done and to get it done quickly. What are your favorite spring cleaning tips? Share them with me in the comments!