Spring Cleaning Strategy

According to my calendar (but not the weatherman), Spring officially arrived on March 20th. For most people, the arrival of Spring means, among other things, that it’s time to clean. Here are some suggestions for your Spring cleaning routine:

Make a plan - Spring cleaning is never just about dusting and vacuuming. I find that when something is committed to paper, it's more likely to get done. Start by visiting every room in your house and listing the chores that need to be completed.

Be prepared - Make sure that you have all of your cleaning supplies ready before you start. This may include: all-purpose cleaner for the walls and floors; glass cleaner for the windows and mirrors; and special cleaners for certain unique areas or fixtures in your home.

Organize first - Before you start cleaning, de-clutter and organize your space. Try having 3 separate piles: “keep”, “toss” and “donate”. When finished, determine how you can better organize your “keep” items.

One room at a time - Splitting your list into manageable segments will not only help to avoid unfinished jobs, but will probably allow you the satisfaction of seeing rooms get completed and motivate you to push through to the next one.

Work from the top down - Any other approach is a sure-fire way to dirty what you just made clean. Try working in a circular fashion in each room, starting at the highest point and working your way down to the floor. In other words: 1) ceiling, molding and light fixtures, 2) walls, windows and artwork, 3) furniture, 4) floor.

Other tasks you should cover during your Spring cleaning:

  • Check that all of your clocks were set ahead one hour for daylight savings.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Flip/rotate your mattress to avoid creating lumps and bumps.
  • Wash your pillows and curtains to help reduce allergens.
  • Put away your linens; swap your heavy winter blankets for lighter Spring sheets.
  • Deep clean your carpets and air out area rugs.
  • Wash your shower curtain and clean dirty faucets.
  • Clean out your refrigerator and kitchen cupboards; throw out anything that has expired.

It goes without saying that house cleaning is not an exciting task, but I still suggest that you try to have fun with it. Perhaps try creating a cleaning playlist to get your groove on and make the chores more entertaining. It can also be fun to time yourself during each task - you might be surprised how quickly you can complete them. Try to set personal bests!

Now, go get ‘em tiger! It's you against the dust bunnies. My money is on you :)

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