Spring Cleaning Tricks, Tips, and Checklists to Keep You Tidy!
Our Tips for Spring Cleaning
Carve Out Some Time.
To thoroughly clean your home, make sure you set yourself up for success by setting aside a little more time than you think you need. Then, commit to a certain day or two to clean, such as Saturday or Sunday. Once you have a date set and marked on your calendar, you’ll be less likely to cancel on yourself!
Walk Through Your Whole House First.
Take a walk through your home prior to your cleaning date and make a note of which areas need more attention than others. If you clean your home regularly, you may see that your focus needs to be on particular spots, such as the pantry or attic, rather than on general cleaning.
Print or Create A Checklist.
Once you’ve done a walkthrough, utilize a printable checklist or create your own. Prioritize your “to do” items and set up more time for yourself, if needed.
Have Your Supplies Ready.
Nothing is worse than when you start cooking and realize you don’t have an ingredient you thought you had. The same principal applies to cleaning. Once you get going, you don’t want to have to run out to get something. Once you have your cleaning checklist, make a note of what cleaning supplies each item will require.
Be Realistic About What You Can Accomplish.
If you have a lot of big items on your to-do list, break them down by priority or schedule some tasks for future weekends.
Have A Plan For Your Next Meal.
This may sound silly, but once your home is clean and in pristine condition, the last thing you want to do is make a mess again. Make a meal beforehand that you can heat up later or treat yourself to a meal out on the town after all your hard work!
If a DIY Seems Risky, Hire A Professional.
We’re always tempted to follow a good DIY, but if you’re not familiar with what you’re doing, hire a professional! A mistake could be costly, so be honest with yourself about your skillset.
Some of Our Favorite Cleaning Tricks
- For cleaning dust off blinds, wipe them down with a dry Swiffer sheet or create a 1:1 solution of water and vinegar, and wipe off with a rag.
- Dryer sheets are also great for quick dusting. For dust on lamp shades, try using a lint roller.
- Use post-it notes or a dusting spray to clean your computer keyboard.
- Keep water spots away, by rubbing wax paper over your faucet after cleaning.
- If you’re looking for more natural cleaners, try vinegar, baking soda, or lemon! See some ideas here.
- Remove furniture indents in the carpet by placing ice cubes in the indented areas.
- Run lemon peel through the garbage disposal to help deodorize bad smells. You can also use vinegar and baking soda.
- Fill a plastic bag with baking soda and vinegar. Tie it around your shower head and leave it overnight to clean and disinfect!
- Microwave a sponge to remove germs (just be sure to keep an eye on it!)
- Remove grout stains with bleach and baking soda.