Spring cleaning dates back to a time when the home owners would take everything outside of the house as soon as weather conditions became tolerable. Mats and furniture were beat to eliminate the grime that accumulated. The interior of the home was swept as well as mopped getting rid of the dust and germs which had collected over the winter. Now, the task is much simpler than it was back then.
Begin by getting organized. Develop your plan and prioritize in order to stay on task. If there is a lot of crap that you will be eliminating from where you live, order a dumpster bin ahead of time so you have got a simple way of disposal. Begin with the rooms that are your least favorite to clean. Keep supplies in a bucket which can be taken from one room to the next.
Schedule the big event for a time when you’ve got some help. Let your children be a part of tasks that are appropriate for them. Ask teenagers and the man of the house to help you with the heavy lifting. Should you live alone, have a friend who will help you. You should offer to do the same for them the following weekend. Getting assistance often makes the job go smoother and the work will seem smaller.
The cleaning goes faster if you have the right tools. Micro-fiber cloths can help to speed cleaning without just pushing dust around. Use a steam cleaner for floor clean-up that doesn’t require chemicals and leaves no sticky residue. Add an extension wand to the vacuum cleaner to ensure cleaning of cobwebs without generating a mess. Other accessories will help clean furniture or tight areas. The rental dumpster gives you a lot of space for all the junk or other items to be taken from your home.
Don’t make the project harder than it should be. Microfiber cloths can dust and clean surfaces without the need to use a cleaning solution. When cleaning hard surfaces such as showers or sinks, apply the cleaning solution and give it 10 minutes or so to work prior to wiping down the area. Add a cup of water to the microwave oven, heat on high for 1 minute and allow the steam to loosen spills. Use Polident tablets made to clean dentures to scrub toilet bowls easily.
Have an adequate amount of clean cloths to avoid streaking surfaces. With microfiber towels, always rinse in water and wring to clean the wet cloth. Shake micro-fiber towels used dry for dusting, hold inside a trash or plastic store shopping bag and shake to clean. Once the dry rag can’t be cleaned by shaking, rinse it in water and use for wet cleaning.
The key to reducing spring cleaning is to be sure your house is kept clean all year round. Squeegee the shower after every use to avoid build-up. Keep up with the regular cleaning of the house. Line trash cans with a bag each time they are used. Small restroom containers can be lined with reused plastic shopping bags. When stuff begins to accumulate in your house or garage, call for a rental dumpster and remove unnecessary clutter. Spread cleaning activities throughout the week with a couple of minutes spent each day to keep your house looking great day in and day out.