Even if spring cleaning only comes around once a year, no one relishes the thought of spending hours sweeping, mopping, and being tortured by dust. Cleaning is particularly difficult when it’s a nice day outside, and you’d much rather enjoy the fresh air than the smell of cleaning products. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to take up your entire day. Here is a quick checklist to get the bulk of the work done quickly and easily.
Go room by room
As stated above, no one wants to spend an entire day cleaning the whole house. The best way to do spring cleaning is one room at a time. Allocate a set amount of time to clean each room so that you get it done as quickly as possible. Try setting a timer, so that you can stay on track, check your progress, and avoid distractions. It may be a good idea to tackle the smaller rooms first, as these are easily forgotten once you’ve gotten the bigger rooms out-of-the-way. Just because they don’t get seen as much, doesn’t mean they don’t need a good clean.
Get the ornaments and decorative pieces out of the room before you start cleaning. You will find it much easier to dust and maneuver your broom and mop around the room, therefore the cleaning will get done faster. Give the items a quick wipe or polish before you put them back in their usual place, or take the time to decide which ones will be getting donated instead.
Dusting is easy compared to sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming, so it’s tempting to leave it for last. However, doing it at the end will only create more work for you. If you’re clearing dust and crumbs from countertops onto the floor, you’ll just have to mop all over again.
The trick is to start at the top of the room and work your way down. Dust the tops of the cupboards, cabinets, and shelves, then move down to countertops. Leave the floors until last.
Spring cleaning the floor calls for more than just a routine sweep and mop. It’s time to dust off any flooring supplies you’ve been keeping in the cleaning supply cupboard and give the floor an in-depth wax. If you have a carpeted floor, break out the shake and vacuum to leave the carpet cleaner that it has been all year. Why not hire a steam cleaner and tackle those stubborn stains that regular mopping and vacuuming haven’t been able to eliminate.
It’s hard work cleaning a house from top to bottom, even if you take it one room at a time. Stay motivated by promising yourself a treat once all the cleaning is done. Be sure to take regular breaks, but beware of resting for too long and suddenly getting behind on the rest of your spring cleaning. Remember, it will all be worth it once you see how your home sparkles in the spring sunshine.