With the arrival of spring everyone’s excited to get back outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. But spring also brings back the dreaded spring cleaning! After a long and dreary winter we all have some neglected rooms in our home that are in much need of a little TLC. Don’t worry, enjoying a clean and healthy home isn’t as hard as you think! Just follow along with these great spring cleaning tips and your home will be dirt & dust free in no time!
- Get organized
Before you tackle spring cleaning, make sure you have the right tools for the job! Check your cleaning supplies and take note of anything that needs to be replaced. You don’t want to have to stop mid-clean because your cleaners run out! Start to plan ahead about ways you can organize areas in your home that are magnets for clutter. If you find you need a little inspiration, Overstock sells everything you need to clean and organize your home this spring! Shop for design-friendly organizational tools, cleaning supplies, gardening & yard care and home improvement items. With this amazing Overstock promotional code, you won’t even have to pay full price!
- Make a list
There’s nothing that will get you organized better than a checklist! A checklist is a great tool that will not only help you remember everything you want to clean but it will keep you from feeling frustrated or overwhelmed as well. Start by listing every room in your home and all the tasks you want to accomplish in each room. Don’t forget to include some commonly forgotten tasks such as:
- Disinfecting fixtures, switches and knobs
- Organizing your closets
- Finally tackling the junk drawer (or drawers!)
- Cleaning and replacing filters
- Washing walls & windows
- Organizing the medicine cabinet & throwing away expired medication
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get started once you have a well organized list!
- Always work your way down
When you start cleaning, remember the golden rule: always work from the top of your room down towards the bottom! This prevents fresh dust and debris from falling down on areas you’ve already cleaned. Start by cleaning things that are up high like light fixtures, fans, and blinds. Then, dust and clean any furniture and finish off by cleaning your floors. This will save you from having to clean things twice!
- Declutter as you go
If you want to save yourself some time spring cleaning next year, make sure you declutter the rooms you’re cleaning as you go. This is important! In fact, studies show that clutter is actually a significant source of stress! While clutter might cause stress decluttering doesn’t have to! An easy method is to identify items in your home that you haven’t used in over 6 months. Ask yourself if you really need that item or you would be happy just keeping a picture of it. This is a great way to help you let go of unneeded items that still hold sentimental value. Consider donating any unwanted items or selling them online or during a garage sale for some extra cash!
- Take your time
Don’t feel like you have to tackle everything in one day! Now that you have your spring cleaning checklist ready, make a realistic timeline of when you expect to complete each task. Remember, the earlier you start the less pressure you’ll feel to get everything done before summer. Despite its name, you don’t necessarily have to clean and organize your home during spring either. The best time to start spring cleaning is actually during winter before you’ll be tempted with sunshine and fresh air to go outdoors!
With these great cleaning tips, spring cleaning will be a breeze this year! Just remember to take regular breaks and to reward yourself when all the hard work is done!