30 Mar 2013
5 Tips to Remember Throughout the Year to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze
On March 20, the spring cleaning alarm clock rang. Everyone rushed to get a year’s worth of dust bunnies, clutter and chaos all spruced up. It probably took hours…days.
Avoid cramming all of spring cleaning into just a couple, frustrating weeks. Instead, “spring clean” all year-long so when spring finally arrives, you have time to stop and smell the lilacs, sweet peas and freesias.
1 – The early bird catches the worm. Wake up 15 minutes earlier once a week and do the one thing you don’t want to ever deal with. It could be going through mail, hanging up that pile of clothing on your floor or even getting your car washed and waxed. 15 minutes once a week is so much easier to handle than 15 hours down the line.
2 – Don’t forget those weird, hard to reach places. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it ain’t there. Over the course of a year, one little dust particle can grow into a dust bunny the size of a rat’s nest. Make sure you add cleaning your blinds, under the couch, behind the fridge, stove and above your shelves to your cleaning regimen. The more you maintain, the less it will be a pain.
3 – Shoes off baby! Imagine how much cleaner your carpets would be if you just took your shoes off at the door. For extra sparkle, get your carpets cleaned every four months. They even have “green” carpet cleaners now. The last thing you want to be doing on a warm spring day is scrubbing out stains in the carpet.
4 – Purge periodically. There is no sense of going through EVERYTHING in your home when spring arrives. Instead go through your belongings on a regular basis throughout the year. For example, after a shopping spree, weed through your old clothes and shoes getting rid of anything you haven’t worn the last 6 months. When you get home from Costco, go through your cleaning supplies and storage areas removing any mostly empty bottles and gross sponges.
5 – A little goes a long way! Just keeping up on things a little bit everyday will save you time and energy when spring cleaning comes around. You might be able to avoid it and enjoy time outside instead.