Oh, Spring! The lovely sun shines brightly over the clear blue skies. It signals a new beginning, awaking almost everyone from their deep Winter hibernation. Spring cleaning always helps us start anew, and here are 10 easy tips to make it fun and less overwhelming.
Scope out your home and determine which areas need the most attention. Create a list to make cleaning more organized and to keep your schedule in place. Having a plan for when you'll be tackling each room will help keep your focus and finish tasks much quicker.
The front liner that welcomes each and every person who dares walk into your home - your WELCOME doormat. It packs the most dirt and probably carries some viruses and bacteria, too. No, we're not exaggerating.
Shake it, wash it, and give them the toughest cleaning they can take. A clean doormat lessens the chance of bringing dirt inside the house.
Shop for cleaning supplies ahead of time. This lessens the chance of you running out in the middle of your cleaning frenzy. It also helps you to avoid buying things you don't need which usually happens when you buy at the last minute.
Too much stuff lying around the house? NOW is the perfect time to remove all the clutter! Aside from adding to our stress level, clutter accumulates dust which contributes to our allergies. Sort through your dreaded pile of clothes and random things, and take out all the stuff that you don't need!
De-cluttering also gives us a chance to help out other people in need. Used items, clothes, and shoes that are still in good condition can be donated to organizations or recycled. A win-win situation for everyone!
Having second thoughts on disposing some of your well-loved things? Get your creative minds running, transform and give them new meaning! Watch crafting and recycling videos on YouTube and turn that old denim jeans to a cool new apron! Because cleaning doesn't always mean throwing things away.
A more effective way of cleaning is starting from the ceiling down. In this manner, debris and dust will be forced downwards and it keeps you from cleaning an area multiple times. Doing the opposite will just scatter the dirt all around the house and you'll never get anything done!
"Nah, they don't need a bath! Dust and soot fall to the floor, right?" Think again! Yes, most of it does, but just enough clings to these vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal washing. Clean these walls and cabinets in sections with a sponge and hand dish washing detergent or cleaning agent. Use a sponge mop to make it easier for you to reach higher spots. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.
Old rules mandate you to go through a tiring and sweaty process of dragging every stick of furniture off the carpet during cleaning so you can cover every nook and cranny. Start vacuuming intelligently- simply move big items a little to the left or to the right. Clean the area previously occupied by that furniture and move it back into place. This is best especially when you don't have anyone helping you clean.
These fabrics have absorbed a winter's worth of dirt, body oil, and germs-- it's time to do a much needed intensive spring cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear. Shampoo those carpets and make sure to use a treatment that won't discolor or cause dyes to run. Place back your furniture with a wax paper under each leg piece while waiting for the carpet to dry. This keeps your furniture legs from getting wet.
HVAC filters and replacing furnace is one of the most overlooked but most important part of Spring Cleaning. In fact, changing your standard filter to a more robust one with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating will offer best results to your health. It will catch smaller, irritating particles. As air conditioner ducts build up dust during winter, these upgraded filters make sure that unwanted particles don't enter your space. Surely an inexpensive way to make sure that you're breathing clean and healthy air.
A tip for for those who are sensitive to dust and have bad allergies- add an air purifier in your home. This helps avoid allergens, indoor chemicals, and odors for a healthier spring season!
There are no hard rules in cleaning. The only important thing to remember is to never force your capabilities. Clean as much as you can and take a breather if you have to. You do YOU.
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