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What Are the Best Spring Cleaning Tips?

What Are the Best Spring Cleaning Tips?

Spring is around the corner even though it doesn’t quite feel like it, with snow still falling and temps not climbing. Yet, now is a great time to start your spring cleaning with some helpful tips. Discover five tips for successful spring cleaning.

1. Clean Each Room

I know this sounds like a pain, but it doesn’t have to be if you start with one room at a time, per day. Going room-by-room is an effective way to deep clean your home. If you’re already cleaned some rooms, skip those and attend to the ones who need the most. Getting the toughest ones done first will make it that much easier to do the rest.

2. Declutter and Organize

It’s time to Marie Kondo your closets, under your bed, and your cabinets. Have you worn it, used it, or even seen it in the last year? If not, it may be time to throw it out. Spring is the perfect time to get rid of items weighing you down. Start anew with a simpler lifestyle. Sort your belongings into four categories:

  • Trash – Have old bank statements you no longer need? Toss it. Haven’t used craft items for a long time, and they’re old and weathered, throw them out.
  • Give-Away – You know the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” Have a garage sale and give away items you no longer want or need or donate to the Salvation Army for people in need.
  • Store – Kids are grown and flown the nest, but you still want to keep their fourth-grade art projects? Get a keepsake box and store them. If you have books or other mementos, save them as well.
  • Put Away – Kids toys, clothes, shoes, towels, or anything you want to keep, organize, and put them in their own bin, box, shelf, or drawer.

3. Involve the Family

Nothing bonds family like working as a team to clean a home, even if kids hate it. Give each child a chore according to their age. For example, a small child can put away red things, or give them a certain amount of items they can pick up. Older kids and young adults can clean windows, walls, and baseboards, as well as help clean the garage or attic. Put on some music and make it fun. Offer some incentive or reward after they’re finished.

4. Minimize Cleaning Products

Pick a few good and non-toxic household cleaners and leave the rest. You don’t need a dozen cleaning products to get the job done. A good all-purpose cleaner, some microfiber cloths, and a few homemade formulas for windows and stove/oven and you’re good to go.

5. Change Your Ways

After you’re finished, pat yourself on the back and then establish some on-going cleaning habits that won’t take up a lot of time next year. A put up, put away, and clean as you go mantra can create new and healthy ways of living. Before you retire to bed, go through the house, and have each family member take five minutes and clean up their things.

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