As our homes and lifestyles have changed, so have our cleaning habits. Now that the spring season has officially started and the weather is getting warmer, some may look at it as a fresh start. Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning your home in the spring time – it’s all about clearing out and getting rid of the items you no longer use. You can downsize your home and take on tasks that only need to be tackled once or twice a year.
Deep cleaning your home doesn’t necessarily have to take place in the spring months, but it’s a great time to celebrate the warmer weather. Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task for some. However, thoroughly cleaning your home and all the nooks and crannies not only sets a healthy environment for your home’s inhabitants, but it also helps to keep your house well-maintained. Here are some ways that you can make spring cleaning as enjoyable as possible.
- Plan ahead for time-consuming tasks. If you know that some areas of your house are more cluttered than others (garage and kitchen) clean those first.
- Get mentally prepared to clean – avoid procrastinating. The longer you wait to clean, the harder it will be to actually get started.
- Start slow – focus on one task at a time. Cleaning more than one section at a time may cause you to feel overwhelmed.
- Be realistic and break it down – make a list. Utilize a detailed checklists for deep-cleaning the areas of your home that need extra attention. You can skip the items that have already been cleaned recently.
- Store things based on how you use them.
- Establish new cleaning habits. Simple 15 minute cleanup routines can be practiced at least once a week, if your schedule permits. This will reduce clutter so that the next time you need to deep-clean your home, you won’t feel as overwhelmed.
- Clean room by room. Don’t feel pressured to have a specific day where you clean the whole entire house. For example, you can dedicate one Sunday to clean out your garage, and the next weekend you can work on the kitchen.
- Spring cleaning may be more enjoyable if you have your favorite music playing in the background. Put on upbeat music to dance to and to keep your energy levels high.
- Gather your supplies –broom, dustpan, sponges, vacuum cleaner, mop bucket and mop stick, paper towels, cleaning gloves, trash bags, etc.
Crossing things off of a to-do-list will feel make you feel good, no matter how small the task. Spring cleaning is a lot of work and can be challenging, but it’s feasible and easier when you have a schedule and a plan. De-cluttering your home will change your mindset and improve your overall productivity.
Written by Dami Falade