It’s that time of year again where we all start thinking about sprucing up our homes for the warmer months ahead. If the thought of spring cleaning fills you with dread, then read on for 10 tips that will make the process a breeze!
From decluttering to deep cleaning, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed in order to make your home look and feel its best. However, with a little planning and organising, spring cleaning can be an enjoyable and therapeutic experience.
So, grab your cleaning supplies and get ready to transform your home into a clean and welcoming space that you can enjoy all season long!
10 Top Spring Cleaning Tips:
- Create a plan of attack.
- Set a timer and work in short bursts.
- Start with the places you notice first.
- Work your way from top to bottom.
- Declutter as you go.
- Don’t forget about the windows.
- Involve your family and friends.
- Put on some tunes.
- Reward yourself when you’re finished.
- Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Create a plan of attack.
Before getting started, it’s important to have a plan of attack in order to ensure that none of your spring cleaning tasks fall by the wayside. Take a few moments to brainstorm all of the tasks that need to be done and then consider the degree of effort that each task will require. Creating a plan of attack also allows you to assess exactly what products and tools you will need to get the job done. Avoid wasting time by having all of your supplies on hand and ready to go. It can also be helpful to make use of a spring cleaning checklist, this way you can easily keep track of your progress and feel a great sense satisfaction when each task is completed.
Set a timer and work in short bursts.
When it comes to spring cleaning, it can quickly become overwhelming if you’re attempting to do too much at once. To combat this, set a timer and make sure to take regular breaks and recharge throughout the day. As you get going, try to work in short bursts of maximum 10 to 15 minutes and when the timer goes off, step away and do something differently. This helps to keep your energy levels high and your motivation in check.
Start with the places you notice first.
When sprucing up your home for spring, it’s important to clean in the order of importance. This means, starting with the places you see first or use the most. That way, you’ll have a sense of accomplishment as you go and avoid feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task instead. For example, start by dusting and vacuuming the living room, move on to decluttering the kitchen pantry and make sure to finish off with a bathroom deep clean. It’s always a great idea to tackle the big items first. This could be anything from washing the curtains to rearranging heavy furniture. Conserve your energy by completing these tasks first and then moving onto the smaller and less strenuous ones.
Spring clean your way from top to bottom.
When it comes to spring cleaning your home, it pays to work your way from top to bottom. Not only will this ensure that all dirt, dust and grime is collected in one place, it also prevents you from having to go over the same area multiple times. Put simply, focus on removing cobwebs from the ceiling and use a duster to work your way down the walls, followed by polishing furniture and finally tackling the mess left on the floors. Start by attacking the highest points of your home such as windows, skirting boards and tall shelves. Then move onto less hard-to-reach surfaces such as furniture and lamps. Following this sequence will help you to avoid cross-contamination, saving you time when matching similar tasks together.
Declutter as you go.
Spring time is the perfect time to start clearing out the rooms in your home and reclaiming your space. Before breaking out the big cleaning supplies, begin by decluttering and removing any unwanted items and knick-knacks. This will make the cleaning process a whole lot easier and give you the opportunity to assess what items you’d like to keep and which you’d like to get rid of. This includes all clutter that may have settled beneath and behind furniture. Move these items and sweep, mop or vacuum all surfaces. In addition to this, why not take the opportunity to rearrange furniture and give your home a fresh dose of life? Rearranging furniture is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to create a seemingly different and refreshing home.
Don’t forget about the windows.
Windows are often something that go neglected during spring cleaning, but they should definitely be cleaned in order to keep your home looking its best and allow plenty of natural light in. To start, use a duster to remove cobwebs and any other dust and grime from the window frames and sills. Then using clean kitchen cloth, some warm water and a multi-purpose spray cleaner, give the glass a thorough wipe down until everything is squeaky clean. Once this is done, open your windows and let some fresh air in and attach any blinds that may have become loosened over winter.
Involve your family and friends in your spring cleaning mission.
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a solo job – after all, it’s much easier when you have family and friends helping out. Recruiting help for specific tasks will make the process a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to delegate. Trying to do all of these on your own can be draining and having a few extra hands can make a big difference.
Put on some tunes.
Who doesn’t love listening to some good tunes? Music has the power to lift one’s energy and when it comes to spring cleaning, nothing beats a good playlist to get you in the zone.
Reward yourself when you’re finished.
Congratulations! You’ve tackled that daunting spring clean and seen it through to the end. Take a moment to celebrate your hard work, pat yourself on the back, and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for what you’ve achieved. Well done!
Remember, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be perfect.
Hey, don’t stress yourself trying to achieve perfection. It’s better to try and make progress. So, take a deep breath, relax and remember, done is better than perfect!