Spring is well on its way, and it’s time to clean up the last remaining messes of winter. If Spring Cleaning is a ritual you keep annually, then you are definitely not alone. Up to 72 percent of homes get a down and dirty scrubbing each spring.
But don’t get overwhelmed, take little steps at a time to get everything sparkling this season.
Let the breeze in
If your motivation is still in slow motion, take a whiff of that beautiful spring air coming through some open windows, and let it amp up your inspiration for cleaning. Before your house starts looking clean, let it start smelling clean. But beware of the seasonal allergies that open windows bring—let it get you geared up for step number two:
Get rid of the dust, and clear up those allergies. Your ceiling fan blades might be looking a little intimidating after a long winter, but make them shine with a quick sweep from your vacuum attachment. Or go the extra mile with an old pillow case: put it around each fan blade, one at a time, and swipe away dust by trapping it inside the case. Clear cobwebs from high ceilings, and suck dust out of vents while you have the vacuum going. Don’t forget the bathroom vent; you may not notice how clogged it’s become, but you’ll be sure to notice how amazing it looks once it’s clean.
The trick to spring cleaning is working smarter, not harder. So it’s important to start at the top and work your way down. Don’t sweep and polish floors until you’ve removed dust and debris from high places. Falling dust will only make you backtrack, re-cleaning areas you’ve already covered. When you’re ready for those low spots, use a dryer sheet on baseboards for a fresh scent and to make dust disappear. They also help to keep new dust from resettling on woodwork.
Not even a gleaming stove and spotless floors can take away the distraction of cluttered counters and shelves piled with old newspapers. Take this time to slowly chip away at the clutter that has been piling up all winter. But do it slowly, one day at a time, and you’ll get fabulous results without getting overwhelmed. Give yourself 30 days to declutter one area each day. A bedroom closet, the junk drawer, the living room shelves, anything with excess “stuff.” Toss unusable items in the trash, but keep totes handy for dropping off at a donation center or for organizing items for a future garage sale.
Once the house is clean, keep those windows open and relax in a sparkling house with that magical spring scent wafting through the air. But don’t stop there. Keep up a regular cleaning schedule—just little bits at a time—to keep next year’s spring cleaning much more manageable and satisfying.