Spring cleaning dates back to a time when homemakers would carry everything outside of the house when the weather turned tolerable. Carpets as well as furniture were beat out to reduce the dirt that built up. The inside of the house was swept and mopped eliminating the dust and germs that had collected throughout the winter months. These days, the process is easier than it was in those days.
Begin with getting prepared. Develop your game plan and prioritize to be able to stay on task. If you have a bunch of crap that you will be removing from where you live, rent a dumpster bin in advance so you have an easy method of disposal. Begin with the rooms which are your least favorite to clean. Keep supplies in a container that can be carried from one room to the next.
Schedule the big event on a day when you’ve got some help. Let your kids take part in tasks that are suitable for them. Ask teenagers and the man of the house to help with the heavy lifting. If you live alone, find a friend who will help you. You might need to offer to do the same thing for them the next weekend. Having help often makes the job go smoother and the task will seem smaller.
The cleaning goes much faster if you have the right tools. Microfiber cloths will help speed cleaning without just pushing dirt around. Make use of steam vacuum for floor clean-up that doesn’t need chemicals and leaves no sticky residue. Add an extension wand to the vacuum to ensure cleaning of cobwebs without making a mess. Other accessories will help to clean furniture or tight spaces. The rental dumpster provides loads of space for the junk and other items to be taken away from your house.
Do not make the task more complicated than it should be. Microfiber towels can dust and clean floors without having to use a cleaning solution. When cleaning hard surfaces such as showers or sinks, apply the cleaning solution and give it 10 minutes or more to work before wiping down the area. Add a cup of water to your microwave oven, heat on high for one minute and allow the steam to loosen splatters. Use Polident tablets made to clean dentures to scrub toilet bowls easily.
Always have an adequate amount of clean towels to prevent streaking surfaces. With micro-fiber cloths, rinse out in water and squeeze to clean the wet cloth. Shake microfiber rags used dry for dusting, hold inside a garbage or plastic shopping bag and shake to clean. As soon as dry cloth can no longer be cleaned by shaking, rinse it in water and use for wet cleaning.
One of the keys to minimizing spring cleaning is to be sure your house is clean all year round. Squeegee the shower after every use to avoid build-up. Keep up with the weekly cleaning of the house. Line trash cans with a liner each time they are used. Small bathroom containers can be lined with reused plastic shopping bags. When debris starts to accumulate in your house or garage, get a rental dumpster and eliminate pointless clutter. Spread cleaning activities throughout the week with a few minutes spent on a daily basis to keep the home looking awesome day in and day out.