You know the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” Well, that saying gets completely flipped during the springtime, when the sun shines bright and everything inside your home comes to light, including dust, stains, and other things you’ve spent the entire winter ignoring or trying to hide.
But that’s home life, isn’t it? I mean, who in their right mind has the time to consistently clean things that repeatedly get dirty, like table counters, desks, and ceiling fans (the list goes on and on, right?). However, there is some good news for a change: there are ways to make the entire process of cleaning easier.
As with most things in life, adding structure can help resolve lingering issues as well as feelings of disarray. This structure requires five household tactics, all of which can be applied during springtime – and, worst comes to worst, if you have any severe issues like biohazard waste disposal, at least you know you’ll be able to count on Advanced Bio Treatment Cleaners.
Until then, here are a few simple ways to keep your home nice and clean this spring!
First, Start With The Windows
When you’re working on a large project, something as large as your entire home’s spring cleaning, you’ll want to start off small, you know, something to get you going so that you begin with some easily obtained momentum.
Often what’s recommended as a starting point is cleaning your windows: they take up a lot of space, they garner a tremendous amount of dust, and, if you’re a cat owner, they’re typically where your cats will hang out most, bringing dirt and dust with them.
It’s also advantageous to initiate your spring cleaning with your windows from a theoretical standpoint: if you begin with the furthest areas in your home, you can then work your way into the center, where generally larger cleaning projects for your floors and furniture are required.
Here are three tactical steps for cleaning your window panes according to Martha Stewart’s website:
- To start, dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap.
- Wet window; rub dirt away. Dampen your squeegee; start at an upper corner then draw it down the pane from top to bottom.
- Repeat, overlapping strokes and wiping rubber edge with sponge after each stroke.
Thoroughly Wash Your Blinds
After cleaning your windows, you will want to thoroughly wash your blinds – it’s a rather simple process that can lead to impactful results. The necessity of washing blinds has to do with the fact that they’re susceptible to getting dusty, infused with stains, and affected by cleaning chemicals (depending if you have faux wood blinds, for example).
The fundamental process to properly wash your blinds entails firstly to vacuum them; you will want to do this from left to right as opposed to vertically. From there, you will want to use an all-purpose cleaner to identify and clean spots. Note that you don’t want to spray the cleaner directly onto the blinds, as that will in essence create the same stains you were trying to remove in the first place.
Here are five steps for washing your blinds, according to MerryMaids:
- Get rid of as much dust as possible from your blinds.
- Fill your bathtub with warm water.
- Soak the blinds in the tub for at least one hour.
- Remove the blinds from the tub and wipe any remaining dust away with a microfiber cloth.
- Place the blinds back in the window (make sure to wipe your blinds dry first).
Compartmentalize Your Apartment
This is perhaps the most important part: divide and conquer. Think of your home as an office – your living room is your office’s ground floor or hub, your kitchen is a conference room, as is your bathroom and bedroom(s).
If you divide each room as its own entity, then you can dissect each room’s characteristics and its most needed changes. You can make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned and then start with one mini-area at a time.
Breaking these goals down into smaller tasks will make you feel more encouraged as you complete each task; on top of that, you’ll get more done at a faster rate because the smaller tasks will be more achievable, giving you that aforementioned momentum. This approach will allow you to be realistic and precise with what you hope to accomplish.
With your handy list, you will seemingly have the capabilities to stop-and-go with your tasks – you can complete 7/10 tasks one day, then finish the remaining 3/10 things the next day. I don’t know about you, but to me that process feels a lot easier to handle, compared to thinking in your head that you have a million things you need to get done and you don’t know where to start.
At the end of the day, these tactics will go a long way – a long way into the summer, that is. Nonetheless, a clean home in the spring, is a home with not too much to clean come summertime.