It’s that time of year again! Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Prior to modern amenities such as the vacuum cleaner, March was considered the best time for dusting and sweeping since it was warm enough to open windows but not warm enough for insects.
If you dream of clean but are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that must be done, here are a few tips that may help.
Don’t be a weekend warrior! Pace yourself! Your house isn’t going anywhere; take the whole month! Map out your plan of attack on a monthly calendar. Walk through each room with your calendar and write in the specific chores to be done per day.
Week 1: Kitchen/Dining Room
Week 2: Living Room
Week 3: Bedrooms/Closets
Week 4: Other (Attic, Mud Room, Basement, etc.)
De-Clutter. Get organized. Get rid of all that stuff you’ve socked away in the closets and drawers that you know you do not need! Don’t be afraid; throwing stuff away is very liberating! Even if you just take a quick trip through each room of the house with a garbage bag in hand, you may surprise yourself by how much you find that can be tossed.
There are a lot of inexpensive organizers that you can use in drawers, cabinets, and closets. Wicker baskets on shelves are a good way to disguise the things that you must keep. You can find tons of other great organizing tips online.
Not a fan of strong chemical cleaners? Many people have gone green and look for less harsh, more kid/pet/eco-friendly products. You can make your own cleaners with household products that are more natural, work just as well or better, and are much cheaper. You can find several “recipes” online. The common ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and borax.
Clean smarter, not harder. Put a pillow case over ceiling fan blades before cleaning so dust doesn’t fall to the floor. Seal stove burners in a Ziploc bag with ¼ cup of ammonia overnight, and they will wipe clean the next morning. With a little research, you can find many other tips like these.
Get motivated. Plant thoughts of success in your head. Imagine the feeling of achievement and satisfaction you will have when you are finished. Picture how nice everything will look and how fresh your house will smell. Purchase a couple of new knickknacks to put out when you are finished. Remind yourself how many germs and allergens you are getting rid of.
Get busy. Cleanliness is NOT next to impossible! Time to open up the windows and blow the dust off!