Spring is here! The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing. You owe it to yourself to start spring with a clean home. Here are some easy cleaning tips for you and your family this spring.
1. MAKE A SCHEDULE
Evaluate your home. Which areas need the most work? Where do you most often leave off in your routine? This is where you need to start. Tackle each room individually; make a list of to-dos for each space so you can stay focused.
Mess causes stress. Clutter overstimulates your mind, much in the same way as our iPads and the TV. It distracts our attention from where the focus should be and it signals our brains that the work is never really done.
Marie Kondo, Japanese cleaning consultant and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing takes de-cluttering to a whole new level. She says, “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. Keep only those things that speak to your heart.”
3. WORK FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Always work from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings and work your way down to the floors. There is seriously no point to vacuuming first.
4. USE A HEPA VACUUM
With the amount of allergens in our air, this is one of the best cleaning supplies you may ever purchase. It not only removes dirt and dust, it will remove allergens and impurities from the air.
This spring, use all of the attachments to help you clean fans, drapes, corners, tight spaces, cobwebs, plant shelves (common in Vegas), and door frames.
5. GIVE YOUR WALLS AND WINDOWS SOME LOVE
Following the top to bottom rule, dust your walls with a microfiber cloth and use a use damp sponge to wipe away dirt from around door frames and near light switches.
Depending upon your window dressings, use a microfiber dusting wand for your blinds. Sometimes faux wood blinds need a little more attention. Saturate a microfiber cloth with Pledge (or something similar) and wipe each slat individually. It’s time-consuming but they will be sparkling!
6. CLEAR THE AIR
Replace your furnace and HVAC filters as soon as you see the first dusting of pollen on your vehicle in the morning. Up the ante and get a filter with a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. The higher the MERV rating, the fewer number of dust particles and other impurities can pass through it. Therefore, trapping more airborne particles to keep you from sneezing and coughing this spring.
7. GET DOWN
On your hands and knees that is. Get a new perspective of your home, one more common to children and family pets. Places that are often missed are the areas under your couch, baseboards, the lower half of your doors, under the refrigerator, and underneath the stove. There’s nothing worse than discovering you’ve missed a spot in your kitchen in what you thought was a clean and sparkling home. What makes it worse? Vegas dust stuck to your kitchen grease. Ewww.
8. DON’T FORGET YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS
This last point leads us to your kitchen cabinets. In Death Valley, or your kitchen, dust clings to the grease on your cabinetry near your stove, your kitchen backsplash, and your collectibles on your plant shelves.
The Maid Brigade has compiled a few natural methods for tackling grease buildup on your cabinets. Click here for their tested tips.
Do you have any secret methods to your spring cleaning? Share them now! Download a free spring cleaning checklist here to get yourself on track for a clean and happy home!