Spring is here: the weather is getting warmer and the days longer. It’s also time for the annual tradition of spring cleaning. After spending the past year at home, spring cleaning is taking on a different meaning. Not only does this get your home into its best shape, it promotes wellness and helps carry that fresh new feeling well into the rest of the year.
Now is a great time to refresh your entire home in anticipation of a new year. Here are our top tips for a successful spring cleaning.
Make a cleaning plan
Before you begin cleaning, go through your home and create a list of the spaces that need some cleaning. Knowing what needs to be done will make cleaning go much faster. Remember: spring cleaning doesn’t have to be done in a single day or weekend. Feel free to stretch out the cleaning into manageable chunks over several days.
Involve the family
It’s tempting to take care of the deep cleaning while the family is away, but every member should pitch in. Involving the entire family helps establish a sense of pride and give them more incentive to keep things clean. Assign age-appropriate tasks so everyone can do their share. Play fun music while you clean and set aside a reward to enjoy together once the cleaning is done.
Clean room by room
Instead of trying to clean the entire house at once, focus on a single room. This will keep you from being overwhelmed and giving up too soon. Cleaning room by room increases the likelihood of finishing a space and give you the motivation to continue. And, if you decide to take a break mid-clean, you won’t feel bad sitting in the middle of a cleaning work zone.
Organize and declutter
Ever been in a cluttered room and feel anxious? It’s not just you; studies have shown that piles of stuff signals to our brains that there’s still work to be done, making it difficult to relax. Before you being cleaning a room, go through your belongings and clear out any items that are broken or missing pieces, or things you simply no longer want or need. Donate, give away or sell items in good condition and toss or recycle everything else.
Work from top to bottom
When cleaning, its important to start from the ceiling and work your way down. This will cause the dust and dirt to fall to the floor, so you don’t have to spend time re-cleaning that formerly spotless counter or floor.
Establish new cleaning habits
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a one-time event; by cleaning a little bit every day, you can keep your home looking its best all year long. It’s usually Plus, when it’s time for your next deep clean, it won’t take as long!
Giving your home a deep cleaning is the quintennial way of welcoming spring. Not only will your entire family will enjoy the benefits a newly cleaned home, but you’ll also fall back in love with your home. These tips will help make spring cleaning more efficient and feel less like an endless and chore.
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