Are you struggling with working out what you need to do for your daily cleaning so working out what you need to do when it comes to starting your spring cleaning is stressful, don’t panic I’ve got you covered.
I wanted to create the ultimate guide to starting your spring cleaning so you can dip in and out of this article so you know how to spring clean your entire home.
What Is Spring Cleaning?
Are you unsure what it even means to spring clean your home? The idea is to do a deep clean in all areas of your home.
It also allows you to spend more time outside in the garden and doing those jobs around your home that you need to do during the warmer months.
I like to look at it as resetting my home for the coming months when I want to spend more time outside and with my family, so by deep cleaning my whole home I can do daily top-ups to the cleaning so in theory I spend less time cleaning when I want to be in the garden.
If you need more information then you need to read this article that goes in depth on what is spring cleaning.
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Spring Cleaning Products
Do you know what products you need when it comes to spring cleaning? If you are thinking about your whole house there are going to be products that you can use in multiple areas and this means you don’t need different products.
The simpler the products you have the easier it is to clean, read the labels on the products so you know how to use them properly.
The cleaning supplies you will need include:
- A vacuum cleaner
- Cloths, I recommend E Cloths as I find them a great quality
- A general all purpose cleaner, this allows you to clean the bathroom and the kitchen with the same product saving you money in the long term
- A broom is also a good product to have as it enables you to sweep areas including your front step
- A glass cleaner, I use glass cleaning cloths as they don’t have a product, it’s the cloths and water that do all the work
- Paper towel is something that many people use as it easy to throw away, I tend not to use paper towel because I’m trying to reduce the waste we produce
- Bin bags, you always find something to throw away
- Polish, furniture often needs a good deep clean
- Disposable gloves, you might live there but sometimes there are places you won’t want to put your hand without protection
- Drying cloths, I like to have small hand towels for just drying some areas or using them for pads when I’m on my knees
- Knee pads, cause I’m getting old and my knees hurt
- Oven cleaning supplies, yes you do have to clean your oven
Spring Cleaning Tips And Ideas
With spring cleaning there are so many different tasks you can do to deeply clean your home that sometimes it’s nice to have a few ideas, maybe even a challenge where you are able to do some basic cleaning that you know will make a difference in your home and how you feel.
I wanted to share with you some simple tasks that you can do in a few minutes at a time:
- Deep clean the trays in your oven
- Clean a window a day in your home
- Dust all the light bulbs in your home
- Vacuum your mattress
- Open the windows and let in some fresh air
- Wash the pet bedding
You will need to do more than this if you want to spring clean your whole home, but this will get you started.
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Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen
If you are looking to spring clean your kitchen then you are going to need lots of time, it’s not the easiest of spring cleaning tasks as there are so many different jobs you will need to tackle.
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Spring Clean Your Garage
You know that your garage isn’t just a dumping ground for all the things you can’t find a home for in your house? This does mean that at least once a year you need to give your garage a spring clean. Check out these tips and ideas on how to spring clean your garage.
How To Tackle Your Spring Cleaning
But more importantly how do you actually get the cleaning done? It’s not like we have nothing to do right?
The secret to this is planning, you have to have a plan so you know what you are doing and you have to use that plan that will help you tackle your spring cleaning tasks.
Remember some tasks will take longer than expected and others can be really quick and simple so use the time you have in a good way.
When you have done the task a few times you should be able to judge the time that it takes to do the task, until then it’s a good idea to time when you do a task so you can use this information when it comes to planning tasks.
It’s important to plan the tasks you are planning to do, this will help you see how quickly you are getting through your spring cleaning tasks, but if you need supplies it gives you the opportunity to get these before you need to do the job.
Why Planning Works
Planning is going to make you think about the tasks you need to do and if you are motivated to get them ticked off the list.
However, you still have to do the work, you have to take the steps you need to tackle the tasks and get them ticked off the list.
If you are putting off a task, it’s time to look at that task and see what it is that’s stopping you taking action. It could be that you think it’s going to be more difficult than you want to do or the task isn’t broken down into its smallest step.
For me, it’s the oven or windows, I hate cleaning both. So, I break them down into the smallest tasks possible.
- Racks, my oven has 3, so that’s 3 different tasks right there
- The oven door, mine there are 2 so that’s 2 different tasks
As for the windows, I just do one window at a time and then it’s either inside or outside, never both.
Can you see that so far I’ve broken my oven down into 5 different tasks and I’m not finished yet, but those tasks on their own won’t put me off as they are all little tasks.
So Much To Do!
When you think of spring cleaning don’t think of it as the entire house, go small and think of the smaller tasks you need to do, like deep cleaning the coffee maker.
It really is that simple, it’s about finding that balance and getting the time to do the tasks. Don’t be afraid to spread them over a few months, this is better than rushing and not completing the tasks you set out to do.
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Making A List Of Tasks
If you want to know everything that you need to do it’s a great idea to make a spring cleaning checklist that you can use in every room of your home.
You would go into every room in your home and make a list of all the things you need to clean from the ceiling fans to the shower curtain in the bathroom.
Don’t forget the top of the kitchen cabinets as they will gather lots of dirt and grease from the cooking.
You don’t want to miss a thing, having a list of tasks to do for each room of your home is a great way not only to spring clean but to think about how each room is arranged and the items in it organized.
You can use your cleaning checklist to help you identify the rooms that might need decorating or updating in any way.
Creating a spring cleaning checklist is a great idea and one that will save you time next year as you can just amend each year as to the items you have in each room.
You might write the same things on multiple rooms but that’s OK, you might have vinyl floors in multiple rooms, the same with clean walls will be on more than one room’s list.
Why Deep Clean In The Spring
This is the perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning session because of the warmer days, it does mean that you can fling open the windows and let in some of the clean fresh air that is so good for your home.
You will go through every room of the house and this too will allow you to check for any damage caused over the winter.
Cleaning Your Tumble Dryer
Don’t forget that you need to pay attention to the air vents in your home, you will have one if you have a tumble dryer and this is something you should do to prevent dust particles building up and becoming a fire hazard.
If you don’t use your tumble dryer in the summer it’s easy to forget to clear the vent before you start using your tumble dryer again when the weather cools down.
Spring Clean Appliances
After a long winter it’s important before you put appliances away for the winter or get the summer appliances out you will need to think about giving both a deep clean.
Sometimes when the weather is warmer you are able to put things to air dry on the counters in your kitchen before putting them away or using them again. I will often place clean towels underneath items to help absorb any moisture that might be present.
If items are really dirty you might want to hire a professional cleaner to tackle items that you don’t want to. But you will have to budget for this expense.
Don’t Forget About Outside
When it comes to spring cleaning there are items that we need to think about that are outside our normal living space.
There are garages that need a spring clean, sheds and outside furniture all need a good clean and doing it in the spring is the perfect time.
If you have a vehicle or two these will need a spring clean to get the different items you need in your car for the new season and it makes it the perfect time to tackle a spring clean too.
The fresh spring air is a great motivator in getting things done and giving ourselves a fresh start for the new season.
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If you think that spring cleaning is a daunting task and one that you don’t want to face, don’t panic, you can have a great time spring cleaning and not have any stress too.
Why we need to spring clean is an important part of making sure that our homes are deep cleaned at least once a year.
It allows us to see if there are any issues that we might need to tackle maintenance wise in the coming summer months.
Creating a list of all the tasks you need to do will save your sanity and you can break these tasks down into your daily schedule.
Don’t plan to do a whole house and garden spring clean in one weekend, it isn’t going to happen. Take it slow and you will get that clean house in no-time at all.
There are other areas of our home that we need to think about and that includes your garage, outside furniture, sheds and of course vehicles too.