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The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning
Spring is finally in the air, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to get your house in order and prepare for the summer season! If you’ve been putting it off for too long, now is the perfect time to take the plunge and organize your space. It’s not easy, but it will be well worth the effort. Here are a few crucial spring cleaning steps you can take this week.
Start with a To-Do List
The first step on any cleaning journey is to create a to-do list. Start by writing down all of the things you need to get done. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed. Now, break down each task into smaller, more actionable steps. For example, your to-do list might look like this:
- Clean the kitchen
- Clean the bathroom
- Clean the bedroom
Next, create sub-tasks for each item on your list. For example, your to-do list under “Clean the kitchen” might look like this:
- Wipe down the kitchen counters
- Wipe down the kitchen cabinets
Take inventory of your home, room by room. This is a crucial spring cleaning step, and it is often overlooked. Cleaning doesn’t just mean wiping off the dust. It can be a chance to get things properly in order, which means knowing what you have, what you need, and what you don’t. If you know what you actually want to keep around the house, it’ll be easy to throw away or donate clutter, which makes the whole cleaning process easier and more satisfying.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter is the root of all evil in the home. And a cluttered home can lead to a cluttered mind. Unfortunately, it’s also really hard to get rid of. It’s hidden in the corners and under furniture, drawers, and shelves. The best way to start is by going through each room and clearing out all of the items.
This means getting rid of old toys, clothes, books, papers, and any other random items that may be cluttering up your home. You may also want to look in your closets, corners, and even under your bed.
Now that all the visible mess has been cleared out, it’s time to get down and dirty. Start by cleaning the bathroom and kitchen since those can usually get the grimiest. These are the rooms that tend to accumulate the most dirt and dust.
If you have hardwood or tile flooring, you can disinfect these with a solution of baking soda and water. If you don’t have access to a bathroom or kitchen floor, you can also use a quick vinegar and water solution.
Now it’s time for the real cleaning! Get down on your hands and knees and start cleaning under the furniture. Vacuum up every last bit of dirt from the floors and under the beds. Also, clean out your closets and drawers. Remember that the more often you vacuum and dust, the less dirt shows up. So, be sure to vacuum and dust regularly throughout the spring and summer now that you’ve done the toughest pass.
Clean the Exterior Too!
Just because you don’t see your outside walls every day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep them clean! If you have a brick or stone house, you can use a solution of white vinegar and water to clean the walls too. If home solutions aren’t enough, consider heavy-duty tools or professional help, like dry ice blasting or power washing. It’s also good to wipe down any windows if you can.
Organize the Important Things
Having an organized home is essential for many reasons. It can help you stay focused, save time, and avoid making mistakes.
One of the best ways to stay organized is by creating a system. There are many different ways to do this, so try a few out and see what works best for you. You can use plenty of other systems to organize things around your house, like keeping essential documents in a file folder, putting loose pictures in a photo album, using throwaway plastic bags to collect clothes, or color-coding.
Make a Habit Out of Spring Cleaning
Now that you’ve gone through all of these steps, it’s time to make a habit. If you’ve been putting it off for far too long, now may be the perfect time to get started. Taking these steps will help you get into the rhythm of spring cleaning, and you’ll be able to do it easily and effectively. So, why not give it a try?