Are you inspired to clean this spring? Use these spring cleaning tips and tricks to get your home spick-and-span this year.
The flowers are blooming outside, but inside, it looks a little dismal. Let the invigoration of nature inspire you to make a fresh start in your home.
1. Declutter Before You Clean
Before you dig into the dirty work, make sure your home is clear of unnecessary clutter. Use the cleaning project as an impetus to get rid of anything your family isn’t using. From out-of-date clothing to last season’s decorative accessories, clearing out the old will make way for a fresh, clean start with the season. Donate any items that are in good shape, or consider taking advantage of the beautiful weather to host a garage sale.
2. Collect Your Cleaning Supplies
Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you’ll need for your cleaning project before you get started. While it's difficult to determine a one-size-fits-all list of cleaning supplies that will work for every home, certain basics will help. Make sure you have microfiber cloths, dusting spray, trash bags, all-purpose cleaner, sponges, paper towels and gloves. To determine what else you might need, take a look at the surfaces you’ll be cleaning, and make a shopping list of supplies you’ll need to get before the project begins.
3. Clear the Air
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it won't need to be cleaned. Spring is a great time to consider ways to get the air in your home cleaner. Consider incorporating some air-cleaning houseplants into your home’s décor, or invest in an air purifier. Air purifiers can eliminate odors and reduce allergens, which can be particularly bothersome to sensitive family members in the spring.
It’s also a good time to check your air conditioner registers. Replace your filters every three months. If the filter looks a little worse for the wear, replace it now.
4. Divide and Conquer
Any cleaning project can be overwhelming if you don’t break it down into smaller parts. Decide which rooms you’re going to clean, and make a plan of attack for accomplishing that project. If your family will be assisting you, consider assigning a room per family member to help distribute the work.
5. Involve the Whole Family
Find ways to make spring cleaning a family project. Find a day when everyone’s schedules are clear, and make a family date for spring cleaning. Plan who will clean what areas, and make it fun by incorporating music, snacks and a special lunch or dinner. Turn your spring cleaning project into a family ritual that you can renew each year. You’ll appreciate the good memories and the set time to do a deep-dive into your household projects.
6. Create a Cleaning Schedule
Now that you’ve got a clean start for the spring season, try to find ways your family can maintain a better housekeeping routine. Make a cleaning schedule, and equitably assign chores to family members. Hold family members accountable by keeping a copy of the schedule on a refrigerator or bulletin board, and do your best to stick to it each week.