As the winter season winds down, you may be dreading your impending spring cleaning session. We all love a clean home, but the work that goes into it can sometimes feel overwhelming. To streamline your yearly spring cleaning routine, we recommend these tips for getting your cleaning done quickly so you can enjoy the new season.
Declutter first, clean second
The first step to a clean home is decluttering. Homes tend to collect a mountain of stuff over the holidays, so now is the time to purge all that stuff and get back to a blank slate.
Start with your clothes. If you’ve got a piece that you haven’t worn or even thought about wearing for 6 months, it’s probably time to let go. If you have a few designer pieces that are still in good shape, consider taking them to a consignment store so you can make a little bit of money. If you’re getting rid of basics like T-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans, it’s best to donate these.
Make sure you limit the decluttering process to one room or closet at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Once you are completely done decluttering one room, then you can move on to the next one.
Guest rooms, linen closets and guest bathrooms are often the most neglected, so take the time to organize and freshen up those areas first. New sheets, new scents and a thorough cleaning will help revive these areas and give you a great head start to a totally clean home.
Make sure to check often-forgotten spaces, like hall closets, game rooms, bathrooms and the laundry room. All of these out-of-sight spaces tend to build up dust and clutter quickly. Better yet, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to check these areas once a week. Doing a few minutes of cleaning every week sure beats dedicating hours to cleaning these spaces every few months.
Get a deep clean
For a true deep clean, you need to get your washing machine involved. Washing fabrics like curtains, couch covers and linens refreshes the air in your home and can help reduce or even eliminate built-up allergens and dust mites. And while you can’t throw your windows and baseboards in the washing machine, you can use a hot rag soaked with some all-purpose cleaner to degrease and brighten these overlooked surfaces.
Take this process one room at a time and schedule yourself some breaks so you don’t get overwhelmed. A clean home won’t happen in a day, so it’s important to pace yourself!
Make some new additions
Once your home is sparkling, it’s OK to reward yourself for all that hard work. Take your pile of consignment cash to SampleHouse and pick up a few new accessories, houseplants and pops of color to add some life back into your home.