The first day of spring is this upcoming Sunday! Whether you are moving or not, I highly recommend spending some time going through your home to de-clutter and reorganize but it is especially important to do this if you are planning for an upcoming move. Why waste time and money moving things you don’t want or need anymore, right? Regardless of the size of your home, spring cleaning can come across as a daunting and thankless task but I promise, it doesn’t have to be such a drag. Today I want to share my top five favorite spring cleaning tips.
You can find thousands of tips, tricks, and ideas with a quick Internet search but this self-proclaimed neat freak and over organizer has it down to a science at this point. Without further ado, here are my top five 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.
2. Go top to bottom: This one I’ve learned from experience. 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! 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. I am however one of those people who can’t get anything done in a messy home. 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. Besides, it’s a perfect way to de-clutter and organize before packing for your move! What are your favorite spring cleaning tips?