Have you ever stopped to wonder what the hype behind spring cleaning is all about? The annual tradition serves a real purpose. Just think about it… while your home is closed up all winter, you walk in and out, trapping in allergens, dirt and more. Spring cleaning is an important step to take to improve the health of both the dwelling and its inhabitants. It’s also a great time to declutter and rotate seasonal items, like linens and wardrobes.
For many, the phrase “spring cleaning” creates anxiety. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Here are 10 time-saving tips from organization pro Jamie Novak, to get the cleaning done quickly, easily and stress-free.
1. Get organized
Before you start, gather your supplies in a bucket and tow it with you as you go. This ensures all your cleaning solutions, sponges, rags, cloths and garbage bags are all in one place. Don’t forget to wear your rubber gloves! Not only will they protect your skin, you’ll work more quickly if you aren’t worried about what you touch. It’s also a good idea to wear an apron to protect clothing.
Put a water bottle in your supply bucket so you don’t waste time going to the kitchen to get a drink. Novak also recommends keeping easy, non-messy snacks on hand so you don’t have to stop cleaning to grab a bite.
2. Choose cleaning supplies wisely
Use microfiber cloths that can clean multiple surface types without scratching. For an easy-to-make multi-surface cleaner, combine vinegar with a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Don’t use too much cleaning product, or you’ll waste time cleaning it up. A little goes a long way.
3. Cleaning hacks
- Using a lint roller to clean lampshades is a quick and easy way to pick up dust.
- To wipe down baseboards, use a damp microfiber rag, then run a dryer sheet over them to create shine and repel future dust.
- A damp rubber glove will remove pet hair and dander from cushions.
- Wipe glass tables and windows from left-to-right on one side, and top-to-bottom from the other. If there are streaks, you’ll be able to tell which side they are on.
4. Don’t spread dust
To clean ceiling fan blades, roll down a pillow case, then roll it up over the blade, being careful not to knock dust off. Then, pull the entire case off the blade—the dust stays inside instead of flying all over the room! To clean the pillow case, take it outside, then turn it inside out. Launder as usual.
Gather dirty linens as you clean each room. Change laundry loads when you change rooms. Possible linens to wash include:
- Removable couch cushions
- Kitchen and bath towels
- Throw pillows
- Pet beds
6. Remember to clean miscellaneous items
Novak also says, “Don’t forget the five most overlooked areas: TV remote, light switches, doorknobs, soap dispensers and pumps, and under chairs, where sticky hands often reach to pull the chair forward.”
With these tips, you’ll have the house spic-and-span in no time, without wearing yourself out. Happy spring!