Spring is the ideal time to clean up all the dust and dirt that have accumulated in your home over the past year. Spring cleaning allows us to freshen up our homes, clear up the clutter, and start fresh for the lovely warmer season. It can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Here are six spring cleaning tips to get you started.
1. Create a schedule
It's fine if you're having a hectic week and know you won't be able to finish spring cleaning the whole house in one day. Create a plan that works for you and focus on one area at a time. Begin with the room that requires the most attention and work your way up.
2. Marie Kondo-up your space
Getting rid of clutter is also one of the most important aspects of spring cleaning. Identify the messiest areas of your home, analyze the causes of the clutter, brainstorm solutions, and put them into action. When you go through the spring-cleaning process, sorting your items into four categories—trash, give away, store, and put away—can be helpful.
3. Always work from top to bottom
Cleaning from top to bottom allows you to work with gravity instead of against it. You want to start from the tallest surfaces first to allow dust and dirt to accumulate on the floor or surfaces that have not already been cleaned. That way, when you're done you can sweep the floors all in one go.
4. Clean room by room
Thinking about all the rooms you have to clean in your house can feel overwhelming. The most efficient way to deep clean is to go room by room. Make cleaning checklists for each room to help you stay focused and organized. Remember, focus on one room at a time.
BONUS: Use our free printable spring cleaning checklists at the end to help you stay on task and make the job a lot more bearable.
5. Protect yourself from allergens
Whether you have allergies or use a lot of cleaning products, make sure to check the labels. Wear latex gloves, caps, scarves, and even hairnets for proper spring cleaning. Skin irritations and allergic responses should be avoided when wearing protective clothes.
6. Establish new cleaning habits
Use the opportunity of spring cleaning to develop long-term cleaning patterns that will make the next spring cleaning much simpler. Spend 10 to 15 minutes a day on one task of your spring cleaning list, and then slowly develop habits of cleaning up. This will help you get in the habit of tidying up.
BONUS: SPRING CLEANING CHECKLISTS