There are two types of people in the world!
One: Those who keep things tidy and sparkling clean all of the time.
Two: Those who are usually unapologetically untidy, but now realize they are in danger of being consumed by dust bunnies or worse.
If you are among this second group, it’s time to do some Spring Cleaning. Unearth the vacuum cleaner from whatever deep cavern you’ve stowed in in, and get started with these 5 tips:
- Commit to clean one room at a time. Spring cleaning does not have to be a 48-hour marathon in which you reclaim the entire house. Pick one or two rooms to tackle each day, and the task will seem a lot less daunting.
- Make it fun and social! Listening to music can motivate and inspire even the most reluctant cleaners. Remember that cleaning can be social, too.
- Enlist the help of every single person who lives with you. Even small children can get into the act; make a game of putting toys in a bin and other simple activities that cut down clutter.
- Start at the top and work down. Dust or wash the ceiling and its fixtures, then move on to walls and corners. Clean windows and blinds and/or curtains. Dust or wipe down furniture. Now, get out that vacuum and do the floor. Mopping or carpet shampooing may also be in order.
Don’t forget the fluffy stuff. Vacuuming under the bed and other furniture is a must to tame those voracious dust bunnies. Also, dust mites are hungry too, so it’s definitely time to wash your comforters, blankets, throws and pillows. I trip to the laundromat may be needed to accommodate these items.
- Save the hardest for last … or not. Thoroughly cleaning a kitchen can be the most time consuming and labor-intense of all spring cleaning chores. Some people clean the kitchen first to experience the awesome sense of accomplishment. Overs save the hardest room in the house for last. Why the hardest? A thorough job means taking the ceiling-to-floor approach (see #3) and adding the following: organizing and wiping down cabinets and drawers, as well as tackling the refrigerator, microwave, cooktop, and oven.
Finally, remember that there is no shame in hiring a housecleaning service to do the Spring cleaning.
And, let’s face it: Spring cleaning is a lot harder when you allow these chores to pile up. If you are among the unapologetically untidy and you have room in your household budgets, mightn’t a weekly or biweekly cleaning service be a good idea, too?