Wonder what are the spring cleaning tips and secrets that will make the cleaning process run smoothly?
Read on to learn all the hacks that everyone should know about spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is that annual event that makes your house feel fresh and welcoming for the long days after the winter season.
It is the time to open the windows, dust everything, repair what is broken, let light and fresh air fill in the space in our house. It is hard work but so worth it!
And now is that time of the year again!
But you don’t have to dread this activity if you are not a fan of cleaning or if you don’t know where to start with your spring cleaning project.
I am here today to give you a few tips and guidelines that will help you get started and have an amazing spring cleaning. You should always have a handy checklist in place so you don’t neglect any spot of the house.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring cleaning is extremely important to you and your family, it boosts much more than just just physical health and house aesthetics.
Most of us are familiar with spring cleaning but if you are putting off this tasks or feeling overwhelmed follow our top spring cleaning tips below to get started.
These few tips from the pros will make this rather large task more efficient and manageable.
1. Start by minimizing
Before you clean you should always declutter first.
Any smart person will understand that the fewer items you have, the less you will have to clean and organize later on.
Before going through the deep cleaning in your home think about what you can live without. Get rid of unnecessary items whenever possible.
The next step will shed some light if you have a hard time understanding what you can let go of.
2. Keep,Throw Away, Donate
With the minimizing idea in mind work on what you can get rid of straight away.
This is a simple rule that comes to mind whenever I am going through anything that feels it is getting old in my house.
If I am organizing a big messy area where I can’t divide the items into categories, I always sort them into three piles.
Though this is not the most organized way to declutter it gets some of the job out of the way before so I can concentrate more time on items that matter most to me.
So my advice is to always keep the items you love, donate the items that are in good condition but someone else can put to better use, and trow away anything damage or irreparable.
That will sure make it easier to deal with and to organize later.
But how do you know what to keep and what to donate? That is when the next step comes in.
3. The One-Year Rule
The one year rule is a simple concept that comes in handy while spring decluttering and cleaning or if you are about to downsize.
This rules, or the variation of this rule, goes as follow: if you have not used an item for at least one year, you probably shouldn’t keep it.
Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, but it is a rule of thumb to follow for general items. When deciding whether to keep or toss an item, think about when you last used it, and if it has been too long, it is likely useless to keep.
We are big fans of the Konmari method for decluttering, if you haven’t heard about it you can read the method here.
4. Start from top to bottom
This is a basic rule that is always wise and in a general scale can be interpreted in many ways.
When spring cleaning you can begin at the top of the house if your house has different levels but you also begin cleaning at the top of each room and continue on towards the bottom.
This is to avoid that you have to re-clean lower parts of the room due to dust, dirt and other small particles falling downwards from walls, shelves, ceiling and top of the furniture as you move to the next step.
So for instance you would begin with washing walls and ceiling, then cleaning furniture and tables, and finally give the floor a thorough cleaning.
5. Don’t Spring Clean Alone
This is one of the most common cleaning mistakes!
Even for the most ambitious and organized of people a good spring cleaning job will be a rather big job.
Whenever possible involve the family, this is not only your house. And if you do live alone then also try and get help at least with the heavy duty tasks, otherwise consider hiring a professional to help.
I include my family in spring cleaning tasks by giving each family members their own personalized checklist to fill. They are responsible for their rooms and other common areas including the garden.
6. Work in batches
If you attempt to tackle every room of your house at once, you will soon be overwhelmed.
This is an absolutely tried and true method for making spring cleaning easier to handle: working in segments in your home.
Move through your home room by room, and inside each room corner by corner. You don’t have to accomplished the entire spring cleaning in one day, though it is possible.
Make your own schedule and work in little sections if needed. In no time at all, you will have completed your entire list.
I would be lying if I said that Spring cleaning is an easy task, but it is so worth it!
Just follow the simple principles I highlighted above and you will go through this spring clean project like a pro!
Remember that it is easy to get overwhelmed by the mess and the list of things to achieve. But with these handy tips and secrets from professionals anyone can become more efficient at this time of year.
With hard work, a good upbeat music, some fresh air and these tips you will soon have your home looking beautiful once again.
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