Spring cleaning dates back to a time when home owners would take everything outside the house when the temperature became tolerable. Mats as well as bedding were beat to remove the dust that accumulated. The inside of the home was swept as well as mopped eliminating the dust and germs that had collected throughout the winter months. Now, the task is much easier than it was back then.
Begin by getting prepared. Develop your game plan and prioritize in order to really stay on task. If there is a lot of crap that you are removing from your house, order a dumpster bin ahead of time so you have an easy method of disposal. Begin with the rooms which are your least favorite to clean. Keep supplies in a container that can be taken from one room to the next.
Schedule the big event on a day when you have help. Let your kids get involved in tasks which are appropriate for them. Ask teenagers and the man of the house to help you with the heavy lifting. If you live alone, get a friend who’ll help. You might need to offer to do the same for them the following weekend. Having help can make the job go better and the job will seem smaller.
The cleaning goes a lot faster if you have the right tools. Micro-fiber towels will help speed cleaning without just pushing dust around. Use a steam cleaner for floor cleaning that doesn’t need chemicals and leaves no sticky residue. Add an extension wand to your vacuum help with cleaning of cobwebs without making a mess. Other accessories can help to clean upholstery or small areas. The rental dumpster provides you ample space for all the trash or other things to be taken from your house.
Do not make the job more complicated than it has to be. Microfiber towels can dust and clean floors without having to use a cleaning solution. When cleaning hard surfaces such as showers or sinks, apply the cleaning solution allow it ten minutes or more to work prior to wiping down the surface. Add a cup of water to your microwave oven, heat on high for a minute and permit the steam to loosen splatters. Use Polident tablets designed to clean dentures to cleanse toilet bowls easily.
Have an abundance of clean rags to avoid streaking surfaces. With micro-fiber cloths, rinse in water and squeeze to clean the wet rag. Shake microfiber cloths used dry for dusting, hold within the trash or plastic store shopping bag and shake to clean. Once the dry rag no longer can be cleaned by shaking, rinse it in water and use for wet cleaning.
The secret to reducing spring cleaning is to ensure your house is clean throughout the year. Squeegee the shower after each use to avoid buildup. Maintain your weekly cleaning of the home. Line trash cans with a bag everytime they are used. Small bathroom cans can be lined with reused plastic shopping bags. When junk starts to build up in the home or garage, get a rental dumpster and remove unwanted clutter. Spread cleaning activities through the week with a couple of minutes invested each day to keep the home looking awesome at all times.