Spring is here and you know what that means, spring cleaning! What is spring cleaning? Well, it’s exactly what you make it. Spring cleaning is a deep cleaning, or cleaning areas in your home that aren’t cleaned often or very well. If you’re like us, the task of spring cleaning seems a bit overwhelming. However, we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be anxiety inducing! Here are some tips to help make spring cleaning go a bit smoother this year!
Tip #1: Make a list of what you plan to clean
Create a generic list of what areas, items, and things you want clean. Then, within that list specify what needs to be done to accomplish the cleaning of that area. For example, if you say you want the fridge cleaned, what does that mean to you? Cleaning a fridge may mean something completely different to someone else. Do you want the fridge completely emptied and scrubbed with cleaner? Or, do you want to clean out expired and unused food?
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Tip #2: Set your expectations
So that you’re not overwhelmed or let down, sit down and think about what you expect out of spring cleaning. Are you deep cleaning the entire house? Or, will you just be focusing on a specific area? Are you expecting the entire family to help? Or, is it easier for them to stay out of your way so you can get the job done? Are the tasks you’re assigning your family reasonable and doable?
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Tip #3: Make a schedule
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when you think about everything you want or need to get done. Remind yourself it doesn’t all have to be done at once, or even in one day. After making your list, plan out when you’re going to do it. Span it over a week, or more. Schedule what works best for you!
from: Doylestown Health
Tip #4: Start top to bottom
When you’re cleaning remember to start from top to bottom. Why? Dust and debris fall downward. Vacuuming the floor and then cleaning the ceilings will cause the need to clean the floors again. This helps you work smarter, not harder!
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Tip #5: Don’t forget home maintenance
Don’t forget to check these small, but important home maintenance tasks that should be done too. These include: replacing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, clearing gutters, checking your water heater, checking window and door seals, inspecting your roof, checking appliances for maintenance, cleaning or replacing HVAC filters.
Spring cleaning not only welcomes warmer weather, but it also helps keep your immune system strong! Cleaning spaces that you spend a lot of time in can also boost your mood as well as helping to clear away bacteria, viruses, and immune system triggers. Many studies have shown that having a tidy and clean space can benefit your mental health. We hope you’ve found some useful information in our tips that make this year’s spring cleaning a bit easier!