For some, spring cleaning is a dreadful task that requires a lot of time, effort, and patience. However, with just a few strategies - scheduling, delegating, batching - we can change that perception and have yourself spring cleaning like a professional in no time!
Here are some tips and ideas lifted from a website called Stay at Home Mum, from an article entitled “Spring Clean like a Professional”.
1. Get the family involved.
Not only would it heighten everyone’s sense of responsibility, it would also allow you to get things done a lot faster. Assign a room or certain chores to everyone, even your children, and then promise them an incentive for a job well done afterwards.
2. Set a weekend for it, and follow that schedule strictly.
Spring cleaning is a task that no one wants to start on, but once it’s done, fulfilment can’t be helped. That’s why in order to find that fulfilment, make it a point to set one weekend to spring clean, and then to stick to that schedule you made. When success follows discipline, there’s nothing like it! I assure you.
3. Make a checklist.
Within that weekend, make a checklist that you could follow in order to ensure that nothing gets left behind, and that everything becomes clean and fresh when you’re done. You can make a checklist for each room, and then follow that list as you go on, slowly checking off more and more of the items in it as you gradually get things done. The next thing you know, everything’s checked off.
4. Ready all the cleaning equipment at least a day before.
This one’s a no-brainer. Nothing says preparedness than being sure that you’re ready to tackle the task at hand, with all the equipment you need within your grasp.
5. Make sure the walls are cleaned.
Another no-brainer! Clean the walls from the top down to avoid streaking.
6. Dust first the top, then the bottom.
Common sense dictates that when you dust the top first, you are making sure that even though the dust you removed from the top may find itself falling to the bottom, the ceiling or top remains clean; whereas if you dust the bottom first, and the top second, you are just spreading dust along the bottom that you already cleaned in the first place.
7. De clutter.
Throw away what you no longer need, and have the winter gear you used over the winter organized and de cluttered.
8. Dust, vacuum, and then mop.
Make sure to clean the house in that particular order to make sure that you wouldn’t have to repeat at cleaning what you just finished cleaning.
9. Note repairs.
As you go on, you may notice things that need repairs. Instead of leaving the task at hand and having those things repaired at that moment, note them down and have them done some other time. You don’t want to find yourself away from what really needs to be done.
10. Reward yourself.
The incentive isn’t only for those who assisted you, but for yourself as well! A job well done is deserving of its reward, after all.
Spring cleaning can be a big and tough job, but we'll feel good once it's done.