The past year may have seen your home converted into a fulltime office/school/daycare/gymnasium…you get the idea. With spring in motion, take this opportunity to give your home some much-needed love in the form of a good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Here are a few tips to get you started.
One Room at a Time
Odds are you have a lot of work ahead of you. Make the challenge of your post-pandemic cleanup less daunting by focusing on just one space in your home at a time. Work on the smallest rooms first and let the sense of accomplishment catapult you forward into bigger, messier tasks.
Clear the Clutter
Organization is one of the most important factors in any spring clean. You can’t truly clean a space with clutter in the way, so be sure to get items sorted and in their proper place before handling tasks such as dusting or mopping. By taking the time to de-clutter first, the actual work of cleaning will go much more smoothly.
Get into a Rhythm
With all the demands of daily life, keeping up with household chores can be difficult. Still, it’s better not to let the cleaning get so backed up that it becomes overwhelming by the time you do get around to it. Create a schedule for different tasks, rotating duties throughout each week of the month. Sticking to a set schedule will ensure that your home stays tidy and breaking up the tasks will make the work of cleaning manageable.
It’s a Family Affair
Everyone helped make the mess, so everyone should help clean it! Taking on an entire house’s worth of cleaning is a lot to ask of any one person. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Get the whole household involved in cleaning and watch your scrubbing power multiply. Better yet, the whole family will enjoy the sense of satisfaction that comes from creating a clean living space.
Don’t Cut Corners
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. The deeper you clean, the longer you can go without doing it again. Take the time to dust behind those hard-to-reach places such as bookshelves. Move furniture when vacuuming, don’t just sweep around it. Take the old rugs outside and beat the dust out of them. When you’re finished it will all be worth it!
Know When to Call in a Pro
There’s plenty you can do yourself to keep your space clean, but certain jobs require a professional touch. There’s no shame in calling in a cleaning service if your budget permits it, and when was the last time you had your carpets shampooed, anyway? You work hard. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.