Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. Read below for some cleaning tips from Sarah Aguirre’s “Six Tips for Successful Spring Cleaning” article.
Clean Room by Room. Approaching your house room-by-room is the most effective way to deep clean your home at any time of the year, but especially in spring. Use room checklists for deep cleaning the areas of your home that really need extra attention.
Organize and Clear the Clutter. One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you do not need. Sorting your belongings into four categories—trash, give-away, store or put-away—can be effective as you begin the cleaning process.
Get the Family Involved. If you need a little help in your cleaning endeavors, get your family involved. This is a great time of year to get the entire family to work together. Try throwing on some music or establishing a family reward as an incentive to get the work done.
Tackle the Seasonal Chores. Some chores only need to be done once or twice a year, but they will help your home look better and run smoothly. Outdoor chores like cleaning grills, patios and windows can be a little intimidating, but there are some simple tricks that can keep the jobs manageable.
Keep Cleaning Products to a Minimum. Resist the temptation to buy all the fancy cleaning supplies. The real champions of spring cleaning are more basic supplies, such as a good all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths. There are even homemade cleaners you can make that will save you money and protect the environment.
Establish New Cleaning Habits. Simple, 15-minute cleanup routines practiced every few days, each including a series of one- to two-minute chores, can make it remarkably easy to keep your home clean and tidy all year long.