5 Steps to a stress free spring cleaning
Spring cleaning your home doesn’t need to be stressful, and you can get everything done quickly and easily by following a few simple steps. The main thing to remember is to be methodical and organized, as this alone can save you a lot of time and hassle.
Before you start any cleaning, you can make more space and save time by getting rid of anything that is old or not used anymore. This will make cleaning areas like the attic or garage a lot easier later, and you can even make some extra cash in the process. Gather together everything you have been planning to throw out and go through it.
There may be some things that can be sold or have some value, so set these to one side and then take them to a nearby car boot sale or fete. You can also simply advertise them online, which means you won’t have to travel anywhere and can get on with other things while you wait for your items to be sold.
Make a cleaning checklist
Now you have all the unnecessary things out of the way and have cleared more space in your home, start making a checklist of what needs to be cleaned. The best way to approach this is to make a list for each room individually. Generally, you will have similar things that need doing in all rooms, such as cleaning light fixtures, hovering, and cleaning windows etc., so start the list with these, and add the more specific cleaning requirements as you go.
Once your list is made you will have a good idea of what needs to be done, and can see how much progress you’re making by ticking off as you go. This will also help make a spring clean seem a lot more manageable, as you can try scheduling in parts of your checklist to fit around your available time. You might want to tackle one room a day for example, or split the cleaning up over a longer or shorter period of time.
Dust first, vacuum last
Because cleaning will inevitably throw dust all over the place, it’s best to start with the dusting. Once this is done, you can move on to other cleaning tasks such as wiping tops and so on. Save the vacuuming until last, because then any excess dust that has been moved about by all your cleaning can be removed, and you won’t be fighting a losing battle. It’s a good idea to take this approach with every room.
You should start dusting the highest parts of any room first, such as the ceiling, then working your way down to items closer to the floor. This will also prevent dust from getting kicked back up.
Having all the products you need in each room
A good way to maximize your cleaning time is to have a supply of everything you will need for a particular room in a cupboard or storage closet. This will save you having to run around the house to get different things for the bathroom after cleaning the kitchen and so on. By having all you need in each room, you can simply go in and get to work, then pack away all your cleaning items until next time, before moving on to the next room.
Some essentials that you will want to make sure you have are things like dusters, scourers, all-purpose surface cleaners and anti-bacterial cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom. Keep these well stocked in their respective rooms, and cleaning will take half the time.