Begin the New Decade Right with These Spring Cleaning Tips

Dated: 01/07/2020

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It's time to do spring cleaning! Prep your old clothes and bring out your cleaning materials. Then, read through our spring cleaning guide before starting.

Plan early and accordingly.

Spring cleaning takes a lot of time and energy. Treat it like you would a major project at work. Plan it accordingly and prepare early.

Break down this project into small tasks by identifying what sections of the house you'll be focusing on: the first floor, the second floor, the basement, the garage, and the garden or front lawn. You also need to identify what rooms or sections will you clean first. 

Writing cleaning checklists per room can also make cleaning easier to manage.

Write this plan down a week or two before executing (ideally, you should write this during that lull after Christmas and before New Year). Failing to plan will overwhelm you and may lead you to get nothing done.

Keep these checklists - and a pen - handy so you can tick off what you've already done. 

Make an inventory of the materials and equipment you'll be using.

After laying out your plan, list down the materials you'll need to use. Having an inventory helps you identify what stuff you'll still need to buy.

 

Some cleaning materials and equipment you'll be using are the following:

  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Cleaning mops
  • Brooms
  • Mop pails
  • Garbage bags
  • Trash cans
  • Moving out boxes
  • Cleaning agents for windows, the bathroom, the kitchen, and the outdoors
  • Hand soap and sanitizers

You can also use an all-purpose cleaner instead of different cleaning agents. 

Get your family to clean.

Involve your spouse and your kids in spring cleaning. Letting your kids help early on will also help develop their cleaning and tidying habits. 

Start early.

The earlier you begin, the earlier you'll get to finish. Have healthy, nutrient-rich breakfast before you start so you'll have energy the whole time you're cleaning.

Make room before you start.

Don't let stuff lying around get in the way of your plan. Roll up rugs and pile them over one another, stack chairs and put away accessories and toys inside their respective boxes and drawers. This will make it easier for you to clean the house.

Clean from top to bottom.

Clean the rooms on the topmost floor first before working your way down and then outside the house.

Clean room-by-room.

Clean the rooms in the innermost sections of each floor before the ones nearest the stairs. Make sure you've ticked off all the items in each room checklist before moving to the next one.

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Declutter using a tried-and-tested method.

Decluttering always goes hand-in-hand with spring cleaning. There are a lot of decluttering methods out there that you could use, including Konmari, Four Box and NEAT. Do a bit of research and decide which one's best for you.

Have fun!

Keep spring cleaning from being boring! Turn up the music and dance every now and then. Having fun while cleaning is also a great way to start the year right.

Get rid of the clutter.

Spring cleaning involves taking out not just garbage, but also old stuff you now consider as clutter. You can either have a garage sale, donate them, or put them in storage units for rent.

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Karey Brown

I am a real estate Broker and have been in business since 2002. I run a team "Preferred Advisors Team" and host a local radio show "Real Estate 101" that airs on Talk Radio 580AM WIBW @ 10 AM every S....

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