Winter has come and gone, and now it is time for spring cleaning! This is a time to refresh your home and tackle the projects you have been putting off. Here are a couple of tips to help make your spring cleaning a little bit easier.
- Devise a Plan
Don’t just dive in head first – make a plan. Decide what projects you’re going to tackle and who will be taking part. Write out a list, maybe even go room to room to see what needs to be cleaned and what looks okay. Then, once you’ve decided what you’ll be cleaning, figure out what supplies you’ll need and go shopping! Having everything ready to go once you get started is a great way to keep you on track with no distractions.
- Remove Clutter
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get your home organized, making it easier to keep clean throughout the year. Go into your drawers and closets and throw out things like old makeup, clear out your closet and donate clothes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear. Throw out old spices – they can go bad, you know! And look through your medications and safely dispose of anything that has expired.
- Baking Soda is Your Friend
Baking soda is amazing. There is so much that it can do – plus it’s really cheap! It can be used to get rid of odors in your home by putting a bowl of baking soda where the offender is and just let it sit for a few days. Somehow the baking soda absorbs the odors and leaves the space smelling better. This can also be done in your car!
You can also mix a teaspoon of baking soda with 2 cups of warm water and soak your hairbrushes to clean out all the gross build-up that gets stuck. Another good use for baking soda is to clean a neglected microwave. Just pour some baking soda in a bowl with water, put it in the microwave, turn it on for five minutes, and then wipe it down. The baking soda breaks down all the gunk and makes it easier to clean.
- Top To Bottom
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy to sometimes forget that the tops of our houses can be dirty and dusty too. Dust and vacuum your air vents and ceiling fans because those get nasty. While you’re there, change your air filter, it’s probably time! Then work your way down, dusting the blinds and finally the baseboards. Those are all areas where dust settles, and we forget to clean. Lastly, don’t forget about gravity. Working your way from top to bottom is a good, general rule of thumb when it comes to cleaning for the simple fact that crumbs and dust falls. That which you don’t catch ends up on the floor. Always leave the floors for last.
- Be Realistic
You’re a busy human being. It’s okay if you don’t get all 10 of your chores done in one afternoon. It’s okay if you don’t get them done in 2 weekends either. With spring cleaning and everything else, only take on what you are able to do without becoming an overwhelmed, stressed-out mess. You got this!