The thought of devoting an entire day (or even multiple days) to the annual ritual of cleaning and refreshing our home can seem a bit daunting. With all our other daily activities and responsibilities, who has that sort of time? However, a thorough cleaning of the house is not as intimidating or as time-consuming you may think! Here are some small tips for big results during your next big cleaning.
Remove clutter first – Pick up and store away any items from tables, floors, and other surfaces before you start to clean. Less clutter means a more streamlined and swift path towards clean rooms!
Survey your space – Knowing which rooms or areas will need the most attention will prove to be valuable as you go along. Common problem areas tend to be closets, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Prioritize your cleaning so that these areas get cleaned first, during the time you have the most energy.
The fewer ingredients the better – With hundreds of cleaning products to choose from, use this rule of thumb: the fewer ingredients the better. Choose cleaning solutions that are multi-surface friendly. If you’re a fan of homemade cleaning solutions, make sure yours can tackle different surfaces. Vinegar and water in different ratios is simple enough and works wonders on floors as well as counter tops!
Target visible dirt – Instead of cleaning every nook and cranny of your home, aim for dirt that’s visible to the eye. Spot-cleaning will go a long way. If your floors, walls, and windows look clean to you – skip them!
Ask for help – If you’d like to target more than just visible dirt, calling for some helping hands is always an option. Family members and friends are great for helping deal with larger projects such as window and carpet cleaning. Consider handing off even larger duties to professionals who may be able to accomplish the task faster and with all the right equipment.
Always change sheets – While cleaning surfaces and taking care of clutter is your main focus, don’t forget to change your bedding, too! Flannel sheets can be stored away in favor of crisp cotton percale or light-weight linens.
Give yourself a deadline –A kitchen timer is a handy tool to have when cleaning. Assign each task a set amount of time (usually between 10 and 30 minutes) and stick to it! You’ll find that running against the clock will keep your focus and motivation up throughout the process.
Do you have any tips for getting the job done that you’d like to share? We’d love to read them!Photo by Susy Morris
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