Spring cleaning—some love it, some hate it. Regardless of how you feel about this annual tradition, it’s the perfect opportunity to officially put winter behind you, and what’s better than coming home to a sparkling clean space?
Whether or not you’re looking forward to getting your hands dirty this Spring, you’ll want to do it the right way. Below is a list of our five favorite Spring Cleaning hacks that you’ll want to embrace no matter what.
5 Savvy Tips for Efficient Spring Cleaning
- Start at the top. We’ve all made the mistake of sweeping and mopping our beautiful kitchen floors and then wiping down the counter tops afterward. What are we left with? A no longer spotless kitchen floor. Save yourself the time (and sanity) by starting at the highest point in the room and working your way down. For example, if you have cobwebs in your ceiling corners, tackle those first and then move down. This way, you won’t have to redo any of the work. Aha!
- A little to the right (or left). Whether you’re sweeping, mopping, vacuuming or shampooing your floors, it’d be a good idea to first remove all furniture from the room before you start. However, doing so can be time-consuming and tiresome. Lucky for you, there’s a way to break down the process. Just slide your furniture out of the way about a foot to the left, right, back or front and clean underneath. Then, move the furniture back into place with ease. Applying sliders to the bottom of furniture legs can make this step as simple as a light push.
- Transport cleaning supplies in a bucket. You’re probably already doing this, but sometimes we tend to look over the simplest steps. Instead of carrying your cleaning supplies one by one from one room to the other or getting started and forgetting what you need, just load your products into a bucket. You’ll have everything you need, making the process quicker and eliminating unnecessary back-and-forth trips.
- Purge while you clean. Clutter makes everything about cleaning more difficult. Spring cleaning is not only about getting your place spic and span, but it’s also about eliminating clutter and freeing up space. As you’re cleaning, evaluate the items in your house and determine which items you need and which you don’t. If you’re a hoarder, you’ll want to ask yourself how each item will truly benefit you in the long run. This might take more time, but getting rid of stuff you don’t need will feel so relieving in the end. Don’t forget to go through your closet and drawers to get rid of clothes you no longer wear, and donating to Good Will is always a good idea. You’ll feel good about the charity and be amazed by how many extra hangers you end up with.
- Organize for the future. Along with cleaning and purging, you’ll want to organize your items, too. This will provide a sense of order in your living space and will make future cleaning quick and easy. You may want to look at the chaotic trouble spots in your home, whether it’s the kids’ closets, kitchen junk drawer, or family bathroom, and figure out what tools and resources you can use to create order. Hooks, dividers, storage containers, and shelves are just a few examples of items that can restore calm and flow to your home!
Recommended Cleaning Products
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Rid your home of those unsightly scuff marks, wall scribbles, and stains using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This simple, yet ingenious piece of sponge technology tackles the tough spots that are normally impossible to clean. Just a little water activates its potent cleaning power. No more repainting just to rid your walls of unattractive blemishes!
- Fabuloso Lavender Multi-Purpose Cleaner. This is probably my most commonly used product because it works for so many purposes at such a reasonable cost. Fabuloso Lavender Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a concentrate that you can dilute with water to use to clean floors, counter tops and other surfaces. I refill a spray bottle on a regular basis to use for cleaning off my kitchen counters, table, and stove. I also pour a dash into mop water, giving it a pleasant scent that will leave your home looking and smelling clean.
- Lysol Disinfecting Wipes. Cleaning wipes are convenient for most cleaning situations, but especially in the bathroom. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are a quick and easy way to clean bathroom sinks, counter tops, and toilet surfaces. Keep a container of wipes handy in the bathrooms for swift cleanup in between deep cleaning sessions or when guests are anticipated to arrive.
- Pledge Furniture Spray. Do you have wood in your home? If so, Pledge Furniture Spray is a must-have in order to rid wooden surfaces of dust and to provide a strong shine. For multiple surfaces, Pledge Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner is one of my absolute favorites, especially for hard-to-clean glass!
- Comet 2X Bleach Powder Cleanser. You know those scummy, grimy sink basins and bathtubs in your home? Well, they won’t be that way for long when you use Comet 2X Bleach Powder Cleanser. I learned about this inexpensive, but effective product from my mom when I was young. I will always remember her spreading it all over the bathtub, sprinkling some water over it, and leaving it for a few minutes to work. With a sturdy brush and some elbow grease, your basins and tub will sparkle like never before!
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Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Which room in your house is your least favorite to clean?