Ahhh, spring is in the air! That smell of freshly fallen rain mixed with a rich earthy smell. It’s time to crack open the windows and air out the house. We have been waiting all winter for this. But with this clip of nice weather also brings to mind the need to begin spring cleaning.
Whether you love spring cleaning or loath it (like me), I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite tips and tricks to make this not so fun chore, quicker and easier. Dare I say, maybe even enjoyable. Ok, that might be taking it too far. LOL!
1. Don’t rush it! Set aside a full week to complete spring cleaning. Don’t panic, you won’t be cleaning for a week straight, I promise! Instead pick one room (two tops) per day. That way, at the end of each day you can stand back and admire your completed room and feel accomplished. (Because, let’s face it, the rooms won’t stay “perfect” for long.)
2. Declutter! This process is not as daunting as it sounds. Honest. You can get this process done in under ten minutes. Before diving in and cleaning each room, grab a few laundry baskets and start the decluttering process. Create one basket for trash, one for donations and one for relocating items. Then walk around the room grabbing all the items, you don’t use, don’t need or items that are just in the wrong room. Toss them into their correct baskets and move the baskets into another room.
3. Clean the windows, yes the windows! When the windows are clean and sparkly, the whole room looks better. Use a mixture of vinegar and water for best results. Click here for a handy recipe to make your own.
4. Dust, vacuum & wash floors. Now it’s time for the nitty gritty, the not so fun stuff. Time to dust all the surfaces, including those hard to reach places like the tops of ceiling fans and such. Remember to always work from the top down when dusting. After all the dust has been moved, it’s time to vacuum. Be sure to move all your furniture so you can get those hidden dust bunnies. Last wash hard floor surfaces or steam the carpeted surfaces.
5. Finishing touches. You did it, you’ve finished one room completely. Grab some fresh flowers and put them in a mason jar on a table, night stand, or counter whatever the case maybe. Light a candle, grab a drink and sit in your freshly cleaned room.
Repeat the above process all week and by next week your house will be officially all spring cleaned.