Spring is upon us and that means it’s time for some spring cleaning, especially as we get ready for the holidays. It’s no secret though, that cleaning is boring. With a full house and a full household, it may seem like there’s no end to the list of things that need cleaning. But worry not! There are a few clever tricks to conquer the cleaning season.
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Whenever starting a daunting task, there’s nothing like making a to-do list to make it seem a bit easier. That doesn’t mean you have to create or even follow a chart like the one detailed above, but make sure you have your own list so that you can take charge. For example, if cleaning your space is a multi-day venture, assign days to specific rooms to make spring cleaning work on your schedule.
You could allocate the first day of your spring cleaning mania to the bedrooms. Everyone has to put their clothes away, folded neatly. And make sure there’s no stray dishes or water bottles hiding anywhere. The next day could be the kitchen. All the dishes need to be cleaned and the benches wiped. Breaking down the cleaning process can make it seem a bit more straightforward and less intense.
If you plan to tackle the whole home in one day, still allocate time to tasks, and make sure to prioritise what’s important to you. Kitchen been bugging you for ages? That needs to get done, making the beds can wait.
While you’re planning, there’s no reason you can’t make it fun. A solid playlist can make the cleaning go by in a wink. Be sure to make sure everyone’s favourites are represented if multiple people are cleaning, and throw in a few sing-along classics and you’ll be whistling while you work.
Get everyone involved
It’s possible you live alone, in which case you only have to clean up after yourself. But if you live with others (especially younger ones) there’s no reason you have to be the only one tidying up the place. (Mary Poppins knew it was important to get the kids involved) If you don’t have the time to spend days cleaning, you can still divide and conquer your space. Instead of assigning days to spaces, assign people to them.
Younger members of the family can tidy up the living room, bedroom, and other communal spaces, while the older family members tackle the bathroom and kitchen. This has you dealing with the chemicals like mould remover and leaves the younger ones to deal with more general tidying tasks.
Make the most of what you’ve got
There are plenty of things in our homes that could be doing more than just one job. The dishwasher is one such appliance. If you have a dishwasher, you know how easy they make cleaning up after dinner. But you might not know that you can use them for more than just dishes. If you have little ones or pets with plastic toys, or any other plastic belongings that are hard to clean, you can put them all in your dishwasher (just remember to use a low temperature and for check the care label of any delicate plastic items).
The bathtub is another way to hack your spring cleaning. Now, this doesn’t mean rewarding yourself with a nice bubble bath (that comes once you’re done with the cleaning). Your bathtub is basically a big sink, and baking or oven trays (or any other large and dirty dish) sometimes don’t fit in your kitchen sink.
First line the tub with old towels so you don’t scratch the surface. Then place your dishes in and fill with hot water so that they’re submerged. Add a few squirts of dish soap (anywhere from one half to a full cup) and some dryer sheets to catch the loosened grime and leave them to soak overnight. In the morning use the dryer sheets to rub the trays and removed all the loose dirt, and they’re clean! Give your bathtub a good clean once it’s empty and everything is as good as new!
(If you have any hacks of your own for any products in your home that can work overtime, let us know in the comments ??)
Keep, donate, toss
A massive part of cleaning and tidying your space is going through what you have and deciding how much of it you really need. This step is all about minimalism and you may need to get hard when deciding what you want to keep (a surprising amount might not make the cut).
The things you get rid of could be anything from the millions of spoons in your cupboard, to the shoes you never wear. More often than not though, it’s clothes. We all love buying clothes, but we don’t wear them all, especially if you have younger family members who are still growing! Making room in your closet for all your clothes isn’t easy. Decide what you need and what still fits. The rest can be donated or thrown away.
It can be hard, saying goodbye to beloved (though not necessary) belongings. But once it’s done you can embrace the sleek minimalist style you need.
As you clean and tidy your space you might discover that you don’t have too much stuff—it’s just that your stuff doesn’t have a home! Are all the different types of pasta loose in a container? The TV remotes just strewn about the living room? Cutlery loose in the drawer? Organisational jars, canisters, drawer separators, and hooks can all help make your life much easier. Once everything has a specific home, your space will feel less cluttered and much tidier.
Clean the cleaners (and the other appliances too)
Your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, sink, mops, brooms, and everything in the bathroom are great at making things (and us) clean. But this comes at a sacrifice. After a while, they’ll start to get a bit dirty and need a clean themselves. The same goes for your fridge, microwave, and oven. There are plenty of products available to clean your appliances to make this step easy. It may not seem like this is important in your spring cleaning, but it will help you stay clean, which is just as important.