Iâ€™m one of the few people out there who actually enjoys cleaning. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ I enjoy cleaning, but my house isnâ€™t spotless or even always clean. And with kids and pets, it goes without saying that cleaning usually isnâ€™t high up on my priority list.
But since spring is here, itâ€™s time for â€œSpring Cleaningâ€ â€“ that detailed cleaning we only make time to do once a year. I thought Iâ€™d share some tips for making your efforts more time efficient while making the job easier, or at least bearable.
1. Write Down Your Plan
Where is the biggest mess? Where are the areas you want to tackle? If you donâ€™t detail out what you want to make sure gets cleaned, hereâ€™s exactly what will happen: you will start in the kitchen; then youâ€™ll walk into the living room to get something and see something else that needs to be cleaned. Youâ€™ll clean up that mess and go to get something from the bedroom, and next thing you know you are doing laundry.
In order to avoid cleaning chaos, make sure to list out all of the things you donâ€™t want to forget to do, or the specific rooms/areas you want to tackle. Get everything you will need to clean and go one room at a time, cleaning entirely. If you try to do a little here, there and everywhere you wonâ€™t get anything accomplished.
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2. Make Sure You Have What You Need to Get the Job Done
So, now you have your plan. You are ready to clean! You start gathering up everything you need only to realize you donâ€™t have and all-purpose cleaner. I make my own (more on that next week!), but if you donâ€™t, youâ€™ve either just earned yourself a trip to the grocery store or you will decide you just canâ€™t clean today.
So get the vacuum ready, make sure youâ€™ve got the necessary cleaning products, make sure youâ€™ve got your Scott Naturals Towels, and anything else you need to get cleaning! After all,Â SCOTT Naturalsâ„¢ is a small and easy step to help make every day a little greener.
3. Get Rid of Stuff As You Go
Clutter. It happens to the best of us. That book you bought a year ago that you plan to read in your â€œfree timeâ€ or those magazines from 1992 that are collecting dust. Your kidsâ€™ shoes from last summer that you couldnâ€™t find and heâ€™s now outgrown. You donâ€™t need that stuff!
And clutter makes everyday cleaning that much harder to keep up with. Get rid of it; you donâ€™t need it.
Donate it, trash what canâ€™t be donated, or have a garage sale. Use the profits from your garage sale to do something special with the family. Youâ€™ll feel better for doing it!
4. Clean Top to Bottom
Think about it: if you start at the top of a room and work down, you only have to dust and vacuum once. If you vacuum and then dust and then decide to clean the ceiling fans, you are just going to make your job harder.
Start up top by dustingÂ ceiling fans, hanging photos and light fixtures. Use your vacuum cleaner attachments to make it even easier. Donâ€™t forget to get those cobwebs out of the corners and give your crown moldings some TLC as well. Next do the walls, over the furniture and dustable surfaces, and end with the baseboards and floors. Always vacuum floors last.
Pretty easy, right? I think the hardest part of cleaning is finding the time to do it. But once you get in the groove, youâ€™ll be done in no time!
Breaking a big job into smaller steps is the key to making life easier. Iâ€™d love to hear your best spring cleaning tipâ€¦what shortcuts do you take to make the job easier?
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This post is sponsored by Scott Naturals brand which has provided product samples and compensation.
Photo Source: Chiot’s Run