With spring underway, your home may be calling for its annual cleaning. While a clean home is rewarding and satisfying, getting there can be a challenge. Follow these six steps to make you more organized, more efficient, and done before you know it!
Start with a clean sheet of paper and identify the areas of your home you want to clean. Think through what you want done in each area and prioritize the list. This list
from Martha Stewart can help decide what you need to do, how to do it, and what you need.
Make a schedule.
Once you’ve completed your list of to-do’s, create a realistic schedule. One weekend may be all you need. If you have bigger projects to tackle, set aside several days spread over the course of a few weeks.
Stock up and prepare.
Don’t get started only to discover you’re missing essential items to complete the task. Take a moment to check that the vacuum has a new filter and that you have the right supplies ready, like cleaners, cloths, and trash bags, so that there’s no stopping you.
Enlist other family members.
Spring cleaning is a breeze with extra hands. Create a task list that plays to each person’s strengths. Be specific and remember to be encouraging toward their efforts!
Before beginning any deep cleaning, clear rooms and spaces of all unused and unnecessary items. This infographic
provides ideas and tips for decluttering each area of your home.
Focus on one task at a time.
Dusting the bookshelf? Remove all items, dust, and put everything back before moving on to your next task.
Use a timer as motivation. Breaking tasks down into smaller chunks of time can make spring cleaning much more manageable, especially if younger members of your family are pitching in.
How do you spring clean?
What other tips help you make the most of spring cleaning? We’d love to hear what works best for you in the comments section below.
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