We love putting things in order. Tidying things up gives us satisfaction. There’s a psychology behind cleanliness that makes us long for organization. We simply love the clean, the organized, and the spotless. We love the fresh air. We love the smell of spring.
And what better way to start the day fresh than a little spring cleaning? Maybe we don’t always enjoy the process of cleaning per se as it can be challenging at times, but we always love the results. Here are some steps to get your spring cleaning done like a pro!
Declutter, donate and get rid. First, learn to accept the fact that you have to let go of things that are no longer worth keeping. If you want to succeed at spring cleaning, it is essential to get rid of some the possessions you've outgrown like old clothes in the closets and shoes on the racks that you no longer use. Donate those that are still in good condition to a local charity. The less you have, the less you have to put away. Next, arrange your books, magazines, and newspapers according to your level of interest. Put them on shelves or in a box if you don’t always use them.
Dust, wipe and replace. Never underestimate just how much of a difference a dust-free environment makes. In order to achieve the absolute cleanest ambiance, dusting is a must. It is important not to miss the tops of doors, fans, light bulbs and picture frames. These are the things that we often overlook. A duster that has an extendable handle is ideal. You may also use a vacuum cleaner with a handheld attachment to be more efficient. Wipe the tables, cabinets and windows with a microfiber cloth or dampen a sheet of Wowables with warm water and cleansing solution. Replace any burnt out light bulbs, water in the flower vases, and stained curtains. Once done, open the windows to let in some fresh air.
Fix, strip and launder. Surprisingly, cleaning your bedroom is not as tough as you think. First, gather anything that doesn’t belong in the room. Remove the bed linens and pillow cases so you can launder them. Clean the mattress by vacuuming the top and the sides, then flip and rotate it. Next, replace the sheets and blankets. Empty the trash can and wash it if needed, then take out the trash.
Brush, scrub and dump. Now it's time to clean the kitchen. Get rid of all the things that aren't absolutely necessary. Pay attention to the tiles. Clean the grout with an eraser pad, a scrub brush, or a bath and tile scrubber. Brush the edges and corners of the tiles. Scrub the stubborn stains repeatedly until the tiles whiten. Rinse the tiles and spray some air freshener. Do the same in your bathroom.
Sweep, mop and repeat. It's ok to be tired, but don't give up. You’re almost done. Sweep the floor with a broom or dry sweeper to remove all the dust and dirt residue. And then, start mopping in the furthest corner and move back toward the entrance. A spin mop or flat mop will get the job done quicker and easier than a standard wet mop.
Refresh, reward, rejuvenate. Once done, reward yourself with a nap or prepare a nice snack. Take some time to refresh - put on some tunes and relax. It’s a job well done!