Has spring cleaning been on your to-do list since, well, the first day of spring? Even though it’s May, it’s not too late to tackle this seasonal chore. While cleaning may not be at the top of your list of fun things to do, living in a clean space helps to keep you and your family healthy. We understand that you may be daunted by your spring cleaning checklist, so we’d like to offer some essential tips for making the process as quick and painless as possible.
Streamline your cleaning products
There are countless numbers of cleaners on the market for specific tasks from stainless steel cleaners to special floor polish. This can be very overwhelming, especially if you find cleaning to be a real chore. Make it easy on yourself and streamline your cleaning products. One multi-purpose cleaner and a few microfiber cloths should cover most cleaning tasks. Opt for natural cleaning products, or make your own using common household items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
Start with spring-specific chores
Starting with warm-weather chores can kickstart your spring cleaning process and help motivate you to finish. If you have any outside spaces, then start there. This could include cleaning your balcony or patio, washing windows, or cleaning your grill. Put away winter items like heavy blankets and coats. Then freshen up your space with your favorite spring items like colorful throw pillows or candles with spring scents such as lilac or peony.
Take it one room at a time
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by your spring cleaning efforts. Don’t feel like you have to accomplish everything in one weekend. In fact, tackle your spring cleaning room by room. This way, you can spend an hour or two once a week instead of having a marathon cleaning session. Start with the areas that weren’t used as often in the winter. And it’s OK to skip those places that you recently cleaned.
Go from top to bottom
Here’s a secret to cleaning a room as quickly as possible — start at the top and end at the bottom. When you start your cleaning on the ceiling, any loose dirt and dust will drift to the floor. If you wait to clean the floor last, you won’t end up having to do it twice. So start by clearing cobwebs from the corners and dusting ceiling fans and work your way down.
Get rid of clutter
Tidying up clutter is the ultimate spring refresher for your home. Sort your items into three piles — keep, toss, and donate. Keep a box by the front door with items you’d like to give to charity. Many places in New York will accept your gently used household items. You can also try selling them online to make a little extra cash.
Enlist everyone in your household
Finally, your spring cleaning will go much faster if you enlist the help of everyone in your household, whether they are family members or simply roommates. Assign tasks to each person based on their age and skill level. Plan to reward yourselves after each room is finished.
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