Spring cleaning your home can be a fun and straight forward experience if you approach it the right way.
Out with the old
It’s a good idea to have a good sort through all the rooms in your house before you start spring cleaning, and set aside any things you find that you don’t want or need anymore. The advantage of doing this is that not only will you make a lot more space, especially in storage areas, like your garage for example (which will be a lot easier to clean properly with all the junk out of the way), but you will probably be able to sell quite a lot of your old things if they are still in decent condition.
You can try selling your old items at local car boot sales or on the internet for example, or if you prefer then passing them on to a charity shop or friends or family is another good way to make sure that they still get some use.
Approach one room at a time
Once you have got rid of anything you don’t want and made more space, you can start focussing on the cleaning. You can break this down into a more manageable task by focussing on one room at a time. A good way to approach this can be to set yourself some time for each room. Depending on how quickly you would like to get your cleaning done, you can either spread this over a weekend or a couple of days, doing a few hours a day when you can.
It’s important not to try and set yourself unrealistic goals however, as this will make your spring clean more stressful.
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Instead set yourself achievable time frames that will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and encourage you to move on to the next room. Also, by dealing with one room at a time, you won’t end up with the whole house in a mess and have difficulty knowing where to start.
Centralise your cleaning products
Although this may seem like a minor thing to do, it can be very helpful in speeding up your cleaning and making it more convenient. Make sure you have a decent supply of everything you need to clean each room in each room - a duster and some surface cleaning spray in the bedroom for example, scourers and limescale remover in the bathroom, and so on. All these items should be kept on easy to reach storage spaces, so you can simply go into the room, and start cleaning without having to run into the kitchen to your storage cupboard every 5 minutes to get what you need.
Dusting and vacuuming
A very useful trick is to make sure that whatever room you are currently cleaning, you don’t vacuum until you have cleaned and dusted everything first. The main reason for this is that if you vacuum and then dust afterwards, you will be spreading all the dust around the room again, and the vacuuming won’t end up making much difference.
By wiping down, then dusting and finally vacuuming, you will make sure you get the maximum effectiveness from your vacuum, as it will grab most of the dust and you won’t be spreading it to freshly cleaned surfaces.