Spring cleaning goes back to the time when home owners would carry everything outside the home as soon as the weather conditions turned manageable. Mats and bedding were beat to remove the dirt that accumulated. The interior of the house was swept and mopped getting rid of the dust and germs that had collected during the winter months. Today, the task is much easier than it was in those days.
Begin with getting prepared. Develop your plan and prioritize in order to stay on task. If there is a bunch of stuff that you will be eliminating from your house, rent a dumpster bin ahead of time so there is an easy way of disposal. Start with the rooms which are your least favorite to clean. Keep supplies in a bucket which can be taken from one room to the next.
Plan the big event on a time when you have some assistance. Let your children get involved in tasks that are suitable for them. Ask teens and the man of the house to help with the heavy lifting. If you live alone, get a friend that will help. You might need to offer to do the same thing for them the following weekend. Having assistance can make the work go smoother and the project will seem smaller.
The cleaning goes a lot faster if you have the right tools. Microfiber cloths will help speed cleaning without just pushing dirt around. Employ a steam cleaner for floor clean-up that doesn’t need chemicals and leaves no sticky residue. Add an extension wand to your vacuum to ensure cleaning of cobwebs without generating a mess. Other accessories will help clean upholstery or small spaces. The rental dumpster gives you loads of space for all your debris and other things to be taken away from your house.
Be careful not to make the job more complicated than it has to be. Microfiber towels can dust and clean surfaces without the need to use a cleaning solution. When cleaning hard surfaces such as bathtubs or sinks, apply the cleaning solution and give it ten minutes or so to work prior to wiping down the area. Add a glass of water to your microwave oven, heat on high for a minute and allow the steam to loosen splatters. Use Polident tablets made to clean dentures to completely clean toilet bowls quite easily.
Have an abundance of clean cloths to avoid streaking surfaces. With microfiber towels, always rinse in water and wring to clean the wet cloth. Shake microfiber towels used dry for dusting, hold within the trash or plastic store shopping bag and shake to clean. As soon as dry rag can’t be cleaned by shaking, rinse it in water and use for wet cleaning.
The secret to reducing spring cleaning is to be sure your home is clean all year long. Squeegee the shower after each use to prevent build-up. Maintain your weekly cleaning of your home. Line trash cans with a liner every time they are used. Small bathroom cans may be lined with reused plastic shopping bags. When crap begins to accumulate in the home or garage, get a rental dumpster and remove unneeded clutter. Spread cleaning tasks through the week with a few minutes spent every day to keep the home looking awesome at all times.