Even though it may not feel like it, spring is just around the corner and that means it’s almost time for spring cleaning! This annual deep clean gives you a chance to clear out your closets, mop your hardwoods, and clean the cobwebs from the corner of your garage. For many people, the thought of undertaking such a huge cleaning is overwhelming. However, with a little planning, you can turn your spring cleaning into a manageable and productive weekend endeavor.
A successful spring cleaning should be well thought out and planned ahead of time. Take a look at your calendar and pick a weekend you know you’ll be in town and without any other major commitments. Wait until the weather will be warm enough that you can open doors and windows to air your home out, but don’t wait so long that it’s halfway through summer before you pick up a broom.
It’s a good idea to write down a brief list of the specific rooms or projects you want to clean and organize. This will save you time on the day of, and will make it easy for any family members to jump in and help. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but laying out what needs to be cleaned and organized in each room will make the weekend go smoothly. It will also help you prioritize your tasks – you may deep clean the bathroom each week anyway, so that doesn’t need to be at the top of your list.
Determine ahead of time what cleaning supplies you’ll need and have them ready to go. Also decide if you need to purchase any storage bins or closet organizers and buy those before the weekend. You don’t want to spend half the day running back and forth to the store because you don’t have the supplies you need. Aside from a top-to-bottom scrubbing, decide if there are any other home projects you want to tackle. Small repairs, yard work, or paint touch ups are all good projects to add on to your spring cleaning weekend. Don’t get too carried away, though – big home renovation projects are time-consuming and are better saved for another day.
Even though cleaning may not be the way you’d like to spend most of your weekends, setting aside one weekend each spring to do a deep clean will pay off. Your home will be neat and organized, and you’ll get to spend more time enjoying the spring and summer and less time cleaning your house.