30Jul 2013
5 Steps to a Quick and Easy Spring Clean

5 Steps to a Quick and Easy Spring Clean

Spring cleaning is a tradition, and something that doesn’t have to be a hassle to do. If you approach the spring cleaning in the right way, you can have your house spick and span in no time at all. Below are some useful tips to make sure your spring clean is straight forward and rewarding.


Organise


Before you even start, make sure you have all the cleaning items you are going to need, and place them in the rooms around your home. By having all the supplies you need in each room, you can spend more time getting the cleaning done and less time having to run back and forth between the room in question and a cleaning cupboard, so you will get everything done a lot quicker.


Think about whether you want to get all the cleaning done over one weekend or spread it out gradually throughout the week for example, and then organise a schedule around this decision. It can also be a good idea to approach one room at a time so you are not overwhelmed and can keep track of your progress.


Clearing out


Another thing to do before you start the cleaning itself, is to have a good clear out of each room. Find and collect anything you don’t think you will use or want anymore, and store all these items together out of the way. You can even sell these on or pass them on to charity/friends/family etc so they are still being used. This will create more space for you clean and store anything you need to.


Room by room


Pick one room to start with, and then focus on this one until you are happy and everything has been cleaned. If you start trying to do multiple rooms in your house at once, you will forget where you were cleaning last and the whole process can get drawn out, becoming a stressful and a hassle. Make sure you have cleaned the first room to your satisfaction, that everything old has been cleared out and so on, before moving on to the next room where you should follow the same approach.


Checklists for cleaning


By cleaning a room in the right order, you can make sure that you don’t end up creating more mess for yourself and have a clear idea of what needs to be done. For example, cleaning things like lighting fixtures and high, hard to reach should be done first, so you are moving dust towards the floor, where you can then vacuum it up at the end. Also, make sure you tick tasks off as you go, as this will let you see how much progress you are making and keep you motivated. If you are unable to finish a room in the time you have set yourself, it will also prevent you from doing the things you have already done, so you avoid making more work for yourself.


Dusting then vacuuming


This is a rule that can be applied to all the rooms you clean. By dusting first, you are making sure that all the uprooted dust won’t get spread back into the room. If you vacuum first, then dust, you will probably have to vacuum again afterwards, as the dust will end up all over everything you have just hovered, especially the floor.


Following this simple rule can reduce the amount of time you have to clean by making sure you don’t have to clean again in a short period of time or go over the same room again after vacuuming.



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