Spring is about rebirth and new beginnings. Spring cleaning is a way to breathe new life into your home after a long winter. Cleaning your home from top to bottom is never effortless but you can make the project more manageable and enjoyable by organizing your efforts. Here are a couple ways for you to make your spring cleaning run smoothly.
Create a Realistic Schedule
The reality of maintaining a clean and organized home is that there will always be a running checklist of things to do. We all know how overwhelming this can feel. Creating a realistic schedule for accomplishing all the things you want to get done is a great way to start. Keep in mind that you're not going to have everything completed in a week or maybe even a month but keep on it. Space out more involved projects with simple ones so you don’t become overly fatigued. Insist the help of your family members to spread the work out.
List of Great Thing Potential Spring Cleaning Tasks
Restock Cleaning Supplies
This is a great place to start with your spring cleaning. If you don't have everything you need to accomplish your cleaning then you won't go far!
Wipe Walls and Ceilings
This is a great way to start tackling the surface level grime and dust. Vinegar and water with a couple drops of essential oils is a great cleaning product to use that does not include harsh chemicals.
Vacuum and Shampoo Carpet and Rugs
Anyone who has used an industrial carpet cleaner knows the shocking amount of dirt and grime that comes out of a rug or carpet. Remember that synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep cleaned with carpet cleaner or even just hot water. However, rigs without backings, including orientals, require professional cleaning.
Clean Upholstered Furnishings
Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If they have stains then check the pieces for the care label and follow those instructions.
Wax Wooden Furniture
Start by wiping down all the surfaces with a damp cloth and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Then apply furniture wax with a soft cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let the wax dry then buff with a clean cloth.
Clean Windows and Drapes
Many draperies and curtains are machine washable, check labels to make sure. Others should be taken to the dry cleaners. Wipe down blinds with a damp cloth and warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid. Clean windows inside and out first with soap and water then Windex.
Clean Washer and Dryer
Washers and dyers gather a surprising amount of dirt and grime. Washers can be cleaned with vinegar and baking soda. Some washers even have a sanitising wash cycle. Dryer vents should be cleaned out at least once a year.
Baseboards and Ceiling Fans
Baseboards and ceiling fan blades and lights are hard to notice places that gather loads of dust and dirt. The vinegar, water, and essential oil mixture mentioned above is a great way to give these spaces a good cleaning without involving harsh chemicals.
Closet Clean Out
Going through your closet and getting rid of old clothes or ones you don’t use anymore is a great way to declutter your home. Donating these clothes to a charity is a tax write off and a good way to give back to your community.
Air Out Mattress and Clean Mattress Covers
Mattresses and mattress covers gather sweat, bacteria, and dead skin cells over the year. Pulling all of the covers off your mattress and giving them a good wash in with a little vinegar and baking soda is a good way to kill germs and refresh them. Airing out your mattress in the sunshine is another good way to kill bacteria. The UV rays from the sun naturally kill bacteria.
Scrubbing Bathroom Grout
Grout in light and dark colors naturally gather mold and grime. Giving these a good scrum once a year is absolutely essential to maintaining a healthy and clean home
I hope this list gives you a couple good places to start with your spring cleaning endeavor. No matter what, don't let the process become overwhelming. Keep a running list of things you notice that need cleaning in your home as you work. This will ensure that you stay organized with your housework. Focus on how wonderful it will feel to have a clean home when you’re finished.