The warm weather is finally here, which means people everywhere are tackling the toughest of jobs, which of course is household cleaning. This monumental task may seem overwhelming at first, but if you have a plan in place and have the know-how needed to get the job done, you won’t have to worry about losing that initial motivation. No one said getting organized is easy, but there are many things you can do to facilitate the process without burning yourself out.
The trick is to approach one room at a time; splitting the project into manageable chunks will allow you to stay focused and thoroughly clean your home. Make sure to make the proper preparations beforehand as well. This means having a place to toss out old junk and possibly having people to help out; an extra hand is never a bad thing. Here are some quick tips to make the most of your spring cleaning project; before you know it, that disorganized house will be clutter free!
Spring cleaning tips everyone needs to know
- Stick to one room at a time and don’t stop until it is finished; given the scope of a job such as this, most people tend to jump around from room to room. They usually start with good intentions and then get distracted halfway through. This only wastes time and is a good way to lose track of your valuables. To avoid this common error, write a checklist and mark off the rooms as you go along. As well, you should try to clean the largest areas first, especially the rooms being used for storage (garage, attic, and basement). It is always a good idea to get the most onerous task done first to prevent losing motivation.
- Use your time wisely; multitasking is a great way to speed things up. For instance, don’t stand around while your washing machine is running or while you’re waiting for mopped floors to dry. While it helps to take a break every now and then, these are precious minutes to take advantage of. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted from what you were doing: use a timer if necessary to help yourself remember to put the clothes in the drier or put your stuff away when the floor is dry.
- Clean your floors last; this is one of the golden rules of cleaning. Whether you have carpet, hardwood or tile, dirt and dust will inevitably end up on the ground. Wait until you have cleaned everything else; you will be glad you did.
- Set a timeline; a fun way to stay productive is to time how long it takes to clean each room. Allot yourself a deadline; this will keep you on schedule and prevent slacking off.
- Have all the right gear; the basic spring cleaning arsenal should consist of a variety of items, including wash cloths, cleaners, a mop, a vacuum, gloves, and a cleaning belt to hold all this stuff.
- Toss out what you don’t need and have a plan in place before you start for getting rid of old or unused items. The garbage dump is always an option, as is donating.