The first sign of Spring brings crisp fresh air, newly budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning helps bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home!
5 Simple Steps to Easier Spring Cleaning
There’s more to spring cleaning than just attacking yearly tasks. It includes organizing as well as cleaning your home. We have to admit our normal routine can be lax and infrequent sometimes. Spring cleaning will ensure you make up for those hurried days of sliding a dust rag carelessly across the book case.
These five steps will make your house look like new!
1. Make a detailed list of what needs to be done in each room. Be sure jobs that you only do once or twice a year are also listed. Take your drapes to the dry cleaners or give your blinds a dip in the bathtub. If all these odd jobs are on a list, you won’t forget to do them.
2. Gather together all the cleaning supplies needed for the tasks. Nothing is worse than getting ready to do your task and then finding out that you are missing the one item needed to complete your task. A large bucket or caddy is great for holding these items and carrying them from room to room.
3. Decide if you’ll have help. If so, assign tasks or rooms. If you’ll be tackling the cleaning alone, you might want to do it in short periods over several days to avoid burnout.
4. Make your cleaning fun. Think of it as exercise. Turn on some lively music and move to the beat. Open the drapes and let the sunshine and fresh air in.
5. Concentrate your efforts. Do one room at a time. First, get rid of the clutter. Make a box for trash and a box for charitable donations. Get rid of items you no longer need or use. Take time to organize as you complete each task. Next, start at the top and clean chandeliers or light fixtures. Work your way down to tables, chairs, window sills and finally the floor.
When all the tasks are finished, stand back and enjoy the springtime freshness!
Ellen Serfustini is an Extension Associate Professor for Utah State University. Her major is in Home Economics Education with a Masters in Human Environments. Her specialties include nutrition, food safety, and finance as well as youth-at-risk programs.