March 20, 2020

Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks

If you’re self-isolating for fourteen days and looking for something to do, now would be a great time to tackle some spring cleaning. It can be daunting knowing where to start. Here are five tips to help get you moving around the house while you’re limited in activity options, with the added result of a sparkling house.

Make a Schedule

Identify what areas in your home need the most work – are there certain tasks you skip during routine cleaning? How will you feel most accomplished – if you work through one room at a time, or by completing the same task throughout your home? Based on that, come up with a fourteen-day cleaning plan!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by making a schedule: The Home Edit, an organization blog, posted a fourteen-day mini-challenge that could guide you through tasks that are often overlooked.

Work from Top to Bottom

When you think about how to clean, always start at the ceiling and work your way down. This will force debris downward and will limit having to re-dust or re-clean spaces. Dust your furniture and other items before cleaning the floors. It makes it easier to clean and will save you time in the long run.

Wall and Baseboards

It is easy to remember to clean horizontal surfaces (counters and floors), but it is often easy to neglect or overlook (or deliberately avoid!) the vertical surfaces. Use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds, and remember to start at the top. Mr. Clean erasers are great for removing smudge marks, but be sure to test on a hidden corner to ensure the paint or wallpaper isn’t damaged by eraser-type products.

Replace Filters

Spring is an excellent time to replace furnace and air intake filters. Ducts can often build up dust during the winter and so the filters can be quite dirty as we head into the spring.

If anyone in your household suffers from spring allergies, now is also an excellent time to add air purifiers to bedrooms to help people wake up clear chested in the morning.

Brighten up!

Spring is (almost) here and you can reflect that in your home by making it light and fresh for spring. Put away the extra blankets and darker pillows, and replace them with colourful pillows or new artwork. Packing away darker coloured towels and linens and utilizing lighter ones will make it easy to usher in the light that the sun brings. Wash window treatments (and windows) to let the sunshine in – we’ve been waiting for it!

 

With these five steps, you can get started revitalizing your home and start fresh for the upcoming season.