One of the most enjoyable times of the year is seeing the sunshine and colorful flowers of spring! It is also a time to open the windows and allow the fresh spring air to beckon you to clean. This task can be daunting, but not if you use the most effective tips ever. You will surely get superb spring cleaning results in no time as long as you use these tips correctly.
Step 1: Make a List
Make a list of all the areas in your home that need cleaning. Put the living room, the kitchen and the bedrooms on top of the list. At the same time, you should not forget to add the closets and basement. Also, plan to clean the patio and garden area.
Step 2: Specific Tasks List
After step one, make a more specific task list. You should include all the things that you have to do in each room. It is essential for you not to miss the small details, such as cleaning light fixtures and window treatments. As well as cleaning, remember to add the reorganization of all the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to your list.
Step 3: Schedule Cleaning
Make a spring cleaning schedule based on the two lists you have. You should devote no more than two to three hours to each room. If you stick to your schedule, you will certainly complete the cleaning more quickly and efficiently.
Step 4: De-Clutter Each Room
De-clutter every room before cleaning it. Organizing all the objects in separate bags is an excellent idea. You can have one bag for the items you want to throw away, another one for the ones you will give away and a third one for the things you plan to keep and to organize.
Step 5: Organizing Clothes
Use the same system as above for organizing your clothes Give away the ones you do not need and arrange the ones you will wear more effectively. In this way you will have better organization in all closets.
Step 6: Winter Coats
Take the winter coats to the dry cleaners. Then you should pack them carefully and store them all in a separate closet. Organizing them in the spring will save time unpacking when the winter comes.
Step 7: Starting Point
Having a cleaning strategy is vital to effective organization. After the de-cluttering of the room, you should clean it starting from the top all the way down to the bottom. You should always keep all your equipment and cleaners handy.
Step 8: Use natural cleaners
Use natural cleaners; these are both inexpensive and effectual. Baking soda removes the dirt from metal and plastic fixtures. Distilled white vinegar cleans all stains effectively. Lemon juice is also an effective cleaner, and leaves your home smelling fresh and clean. Remember that everyday dishwashing soap works well for cleaning more than just dishes.
Step 9: Choosing your Tools
Pick the right tools. You can use spray bottles to dispense the natural liquid cleaners more efficiently. An old toothbrush will help you scrub corners more quickly. You can readily use an apron with lots of storage pockets to carry items with you.
Step 10: Effective 15 Minute Plan for a Clutter-Free Home
Since I now have a sparkling clean home inside and out, I go back to my daily 15-minute clean-up list for each room. Here is my condensed version of the annual spring cleaning list. This is not thorough cleaning, but lends itself to a clutter-free environment.
1. Kitchen- wash dishes, put away all items from counters, throw away trash.
2. Living Room/Dining Room- tidy and put away all items in respective places
3. Bathrooms- organize and clean mirrors and polish fixtures.
4. Bedrooms- always make your bed and hang up your clothes.
Always remember that to keep a room tidy, you must put things where they belong, throw away if it is trash, and return items to their proper places. A quick wipe down with lemon and water or vinegar and water will leave your home smelling fresh and clean. If this is followed throughout the week, the keeping and maintaining of a tidy and tranquil home will always reward you for time well spent.
These are not exhaustive steps, but a very concise plan that you can follow. It will give you direction to help you clean your home step-by-step and keep it clean. I have learnt all these effective tips from my grandmother and they have worked perfectly for me. I know you will benefit from them as well.
About the Author: Romona Weston lives in beautiful Southeastern Pennsylvania in the Amish countryside of Lancaster County, PA. She loves to hike, camp, organize, read, cook and write. She is a Web Publisher who reviews portable kitchen carts as well as microwave kitchen carts. She is happily married to a wonderful man and has seven beautiful children whom she homeschools.