Get a Head-Start on Spring Cleaning

EWhile the term “spring cleaning” has always been popular, it doesn’t make much sense to spend the beautiful spring season indoors when you could be out enjoying the weather. Since we already spend so much indoors to escape the cold weather, why not hurry up and do some last minute “winter cleaning” before spring fully arrives? Get a head-start on the yearly ritual now and leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine in the coming months.
Start small. Spring cleaning can be overwhelming if you try to take on the entire house at once, so take small steps to avoid that feeling of exhaustion. Tackle one room at a time starting with your highest priority, whether it’s that shelf of possibly -expired items in the refrigerator or that section of your closet that you haven’t touched in months. Once you get this done, you’ll feel accomplished and ready to take on the next step in your cleaning routine.
De-clutter your life. Free up some space in your home by getting rid of unused or unwanted items. Designate one box for things that need to be thrown out and another for donations or things to sell. As you clean your home, take a little time in every room to set things aside for these boxes. Even if it’s just a few items, you’ll feel lighter for having eliminated unwanted clutter!
Change your space. It’s much easier to get motivated to clean when you’re in the process of creating a new look for your home. Rearranging the furniture, whether it’s the couch or a few small tables, is a fun way to create a new flow throughout a room. As you clean, you’ll be surprised at the amount of dirt, crumbs and other hidden clutter you’ll find along the way. Because your ultimate goal is to revamp the room, you’ll feel more motivated to clean up as you go. By the time you’ve rearranged the furniture, you’ve cleaned the whole room and created a new space for your home!
Focus on the details. Most people don’t worry about the nooks and crannies in their daily cleaning routines, but spring cleaning is a time to devote some attention to those neglected areas. Give those baseboards and door frames a fresh new shine with a sponge dipped in warm water and dishwashing liquid. Tackle that layer of dust on the ceiling fan by spraying the inside of an old pillow case with cleaning solution, then slipping it over each blade to wipe it clean. Pull kitchen appliances away from the wall to clean those hard-to-reach places with the vacuum hose. While your guests may not be able to see the results of your work, you’ll have a whole new sense of pride in your home.
Be green while you clean. There are plenty of household items that can be used to eliminate messes, saving you both money and the irritating smells of store-bought chemical cleaners. One of the most popular solutions is a half-and-half mixture of Dawn dish soap and vinegar, which can be used on everything from countertops to sinks to bathroom surfaces. While the Dawn lifts the grease from surfaces, the vinegar provides antibacterial properties and evaporates quickly so as to not leave a lingering smell. Try this mixture to eliminate layers of soap scum by spraying the solution in your bathtub or shower, letting it soak for about an hour and then wiping it away with a cloth. You can also use a dish scrubber with a handle and fill it with the Dawn-vinegar mixture, making it easier to scrub the sides of bathtubs and showers.
Whether your cleaning schedule involves a weekend scrubbing marathon or a few weeks of organizing room-by-room, set aside some time this month to refresh your living space. It may not be spring just yet, but if you take care of your cleaning priorities now, you’ll be able to kick off the new season with a newly spotless home.