Spring cleaning is usually an opportunity to throw open the windows, let some fresh air in. After months of dark, cold winter, spring cleaning signifies the return of spring and spending time outdoors! Create a more efficient living space by cleaning everything!
Choose your weapon
The key to making spring cleaning a little less daunting is to double-check you have all the essential tools before you begin. You will need cleaners, for every stubborn countertop stain and forgotten surface, you’ll need a solution that does it all. You will also need all the tools that may come in your mind : microfiber cloths, vacuum, mop, broom, bucket, sponges, toilet brush, rubber gloves (for the really shameful spots), duster and, of course, trash bags. Now that you’ve gathered your arsenal of supplies, it’s time to turn over every couch cushion and address all the dusty corners you’ve been ignoring since last fall.
Pick up and eliminate clutter in each room before you start cleaning. Equip yourself with a few designated containers when you are picking up in each room: a box for garage sale items, another for items to donate, and a garbage bag for items to toss. Put away the things you are keeping in their rightful places and rooms.
Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the dirty floor! Laundry is an ongoing step. Clean everything that come on your way, towels, cushions, curtains, carpets, and many more. If the temperature is clever outside, dry the sheets in your backyard!
Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again. Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it’s worth the effort.
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