Once the cold of winter has gone, spring shows its face along with flowers, sunshine, and a reminder of spring cleaning.
While it’s seen as a time of renewal, rebirth, and a new beginning for your home and all it has to offer. It can also feel like a hassle if you’re busy. Worry not though, because there are ways you can fit spring cleaning into any busy schedule.
Read on for your spring cleaning chore checklist, and tips on how to get it all done.
What Cleaning Supplies Do You Already Have?
Instead of rushing to the store at the first thought of having to clean, go through the supplies you already have. Yes, now is a great time to stock up on whatever you need, but it’s also necessary to make sure you’re not playing a guessing game.
If you do need supplies, now is a great time to make sure what you’re using is safe for pets, and even yourself. The CDC has found volatile organic compounds in some cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and even perfume, and shampoos.
Thorough research should be done on the cleaning supplies you’re using.
If you have the time and supplies, you can even consider making homemade cleaning supplies that are considerably safer for you and your pets or even children.
Make a List
This can sound time-consuming if you have a million other things to do. However, setting aside 10 minutes to plan can save a lot of time and energy down the road.
Make It Fun
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a drag. You can make a playlist, or just put on your favorite song, and start cleaning!
If you’re limited on time, but still want to check off an item on your to-do list, set a timer. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, put all of your focus into that one task for the entire time.
You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish in a short amount of time when you’re focused!
1. Wash Your Washer
It can be easy to assume your washer gets cleaned every time you run a load, but that isn’t the case. The good part? This is the easiest to do on your checklist.
All you have to do is run a load of laundry without any clothes in it and utilize a washing machine cleaner like this one.
2. Dust Out of Reach Places
Make some time for those places you never get to throughout the year.
This includes ceiling fans, light fixtures, the top of your bookshelves, and the refrigerator. Think about the top of your kitchen cabinets and even closet shelves.
3. Tend to Household Filters
Be honest, how often do you change your air filters? What about your water filters? Do you have a pool? How about that humidifier?
The truth is, a lot of us know how often we’re supposed to tend to these things, but it can be easy to forget.
When you’re spring cleaning, consider stocking up on air filters and water filters for the year. Once you do, go through and set reminders in your phone on the months you’re supposed to change each one.
This is a great way to ensure your home’s air and water quality is always at its best, and you’re never going to forget again.
When you change your filter, make sure you’re avoiding these common mistakes.
4. Clean Out Your Kitchen
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to go through your pantry, refrigerator, cabinets—everything. If you have specialty surfaces that you’re not sure how to clean, Therapy Clean makes specialized, all-natural cleaners for stainless steel, granite, and heavy-duty glass.
5. Vacuum Under Everything
Ideally, you could set aside an hour or two to do this (and the dishes) so it’s done. However, if you don’t have that time, now is the perfect chance to pull out your playlist and set a timer for a few minutes.
As obvious as it sounds, now is the perfect time for you to actually vacuum those hard-to-reach corners of your home. This is going to be a time-consuming step, so it might be best to make sure you set aside an hour to two and get it all done at once.
Start by moving the furniture. That’s right, your couch, bed, cushions, shelves, your desk, the dining room table, all of it. Then, get to work taking out those dust bunnies.
The reason that you’ll want to tackle it all once? Depending on how long those areas have gone unseen, you might get dusty and dirty in the process of cleaning. Instead of moving one thing at a time and having to shower every single time, you can do it all at once and have the satisfaction of knowing that you don’t have to get dusty again.
While you’re at it, check your vacuum filter. If you’ve never changed it out, now is the time!
6. Don’t Forget the Baseboards
Baseboards are the perfect place for dust, dirt, debris, and even stray strands of hair to accumulate over the seasons. If you haven’t done it in a while, pull out the hose attachment, or the broom, and run it across your baseboards.
You might be surprised at how much comes off.
Don’t Forget These Spring Cleaning Tips
The next time spring cleaning rolls around, remember these tips before you get overwhelmed at all the work ahead of you. Also, remember that taking small steps towards your goal of a healthier, happier home is better than not taking any steps at all.