Are you ready to leave 2020 in the past? As the season for spring cleaning approaches, it’s time to get ready for a full-house cleaning project that will help you cleanse your home of the past year.
Out with the old, in with the new.
There are plenty of ways that people go about their spring cleaning rituals, but if you never seem to get it done the way you like, we have a few suggestions and tips that can help you out. Not all of us are cleaning wizards after all.
Keep reading for our helpful spring cleaning checklist with tips and tricks so you can prepare for the deep cleaning session of the year.
Start With Decluttering
The gargantuan task of decluttering is the first thing that you should conquer. You can’t clean until you have all of the excess stuff cleared out of your space and put away where it belongs.
Consider this a chance to start anew and get rid of what is no longer serving you.
Decluttering isn’t easy (especially if you have children living in the home) but if you don’t do it every so often you end up with a house that looks like it’s on a slow path to Hoarders.
Remember, for many of our material objects, we value the memories and experiences of them over the actual object.
We like the Konmari method of decluttering. For every object without a clear place or utilitarian use, take a good, long, look at it and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Give it away if it’s in good condition, or throw it out if it’s not.
This is also a good time to get rid of clothing that no longer fits or that’s tattered. Again, if you have children, this is difficult.
If you want space for the things that 2021 will bring into your life, you need to get rid of the excess things that are cluttering your space.
Set Up an Organization Method
After you declutter, establish a method of organization. The goal is for everything in your home to have a specific place.
Make sure your drawers are separated by clothing type and organize your closet by clothing type and color. This sounds like a lot of work, but once you’re used to it, you’ll recognize how much easier your life gets.
Invest in drawer organizers (or make them DIY-style) to make your drawers neater. No more junk drawers!
There are plenty of ways to get organized, and once you set up a reliable method it’s easier to develop the habit and prevent some of that clutter from coming back.
Do Basic Cleaning Tasks First
When it comes time to clean, take care of anything that will remove physical dust and grime before you do anything else.
Sweep, dust, wipe, and vacuum as the first tasks. These things remove physical dirt from your space before you get into the deeper cleaning tasks. You don’t want to try to mop when there’s still debris on the floor.
Do each task around the entire home instead of going room-by-room. It’s easier to get distracted when you let yourself stop in a room.
After you’re done with surface-level cleaning, move onto mopping, scrubbing, and steam cleaning if you have a steam cleaner.
We all got well-acquainted with disinfection in 2020. You want to clean before you disinfect to make sure you get rid of grime.
You don’t have to disinfect every day, but when you’re spring cleaning, take the opportunity to get to as many surfaces as possible (even the ones that you don’t think are touched very often).
This is somewhat of an arduous process, but the CDC has a helpful guide on disinfection to help you out.
Go for the Big Projects
Let’s face it: there are some cleaning projects that we put off until we absolutely have to do them. When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge? What about the last time you got under the furniture or behind the appliances?
Now is the time.
These projects aren’t easy, but once they’re done it’s easier to clean them often in brief spurts, so it doesn’t get out of hand again.
Start a Cleaning Schedule
After everything is tidy, start a cleaning schedule so you don’t end up with any more massive messes, and next year’s spring cleaning is an easier process.
If you live with other people, delegate tasks to everyone. This spreads out the workload, so no one is doing all of the heavy lifting and it makes everything go by quickly. When you do your cleaning as a routine, it’s easier to maintain and you have a cleaner overall place.
After spring cleaning is the perfect time to establish the schedule.
Consider Hiring a Cleaning Service
We know how overwhelming spring cleaning is. There’s so much to do and so little time. Between busy schedules, work at home, and a brief period of relaxation, where do you find time to do a big cleaning project like this?
Hiring a cleaner to take care of some of the spring cleaning work is a great idea. It’s a treat for yourself. Even if you aren’t hiring for maintenance, a yearly deep cleaning project is the perfect time for professional help.
Spring Cleaning Time Is Coming!
Are you ready for your big spring cleaning? It’s daunting, but it’s coming up soon. Once you’re finished with your project you’ll feel so much better in your clean and fresh home.
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