Jump-Start Your Spring Cleaning

Finally, the days are getting longer and spring is in the air. Have you started your spring cleaning yet? No? Good! Because we’ve got the strategies – and the products – to clean and refresh your home like never before. And…help you get the job done faster to make room for more life. 

1. Declutter first.
We can’t talk about spring cleaning without talking about clutter. You know…all that stuff that resides in your home for no good reason, just taking up valuable space. 

Ask yourself: Do I need this? Do I use it? If no, let it go.

Recycle it. Donate it. Or sell it. And hey, if decluttering is as far as you get with your spring cleaning that’s okay, you're making progress. 

2. Clean out your cleaning supplies.
We know that sounds silly to "clean" the cleaning supplies, but it will set you up for success if you're well prepared for spring cleaning. Check out your cleaning closet and cabinets. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t use half the cleaning products and tools in there. Time to pare down. Imagine reaching for a cleaner that smells so good, or a tool that looks so good, you can’t wait to clean something with it. You might start to enjoy cleaning. Seriously.

Our list of cleaning essentials includes:
• Vacuum cleaner with attachments
• Mop
• Microfiber cloths 
Dustpan + Brush
• Toothbrush
All-purpose cleaner
Scented Vinegar
• Baking soda
• Wood cleaner

3. Pick the best spring cleaning strategy for YOU.
If you have the time and energy to do a full day (or even half day) of spring cleaning, go for it. If not, even 15-30 minutes a day makes a dent. There’s always Plan B – clean one room at a time. Or maybe you prefer Plan C – add one or two spring cleaning jobs to your regular cleaning routine over the next few weeks. Or Plan D – choose to tackle one project at a time such as decluttering your closet, cleaning your refrigerator, or cleaning baseboards.

4. Clean smarter, not harder.
Work from top to bottom. This means dusting ceiling fans first, then tops of bookcases, picture frames, window sills, table tops…got it? Then clean your floors.

Develop an efficient routine. Start cleaning to the left as you walk in each room and work your way around the room. Vacuum or mop your way out the door.

Delegate. Divvy up chores among family members with rewards for completion. Also, consider delegating big jobs like carpet cleaning and window washing to professionals. Or hire a cleaning service to do some of the work for you. It’s worth it to have a cleaner, healthier, happier home.