Springtime is here! The birds are chirping, the crickets are calling, and a nice warm breeze is blowing in the air. Spring is the time of year that many of us look forward to after the long, cold winter. It’s time to open up those windows and let some fresh air in. But first, you must sweep all the cobwebs and dust out of the windowsills, right? After months of the house being sealed up and the gloomy weather keeping the sunshine out, your home feels less than fresh.
For many years, I had a tendency to drag spring cleaning out for a month or more, I’ve learned some handy tricks to get the job done quickly and efficiently, so I can start enjoying the warm weather and all the fun activities that come along with this time of the year.
First of all, it’s best to make a list. I make a list of everything I’d like to accomplish and I commit about four to five days to get the jobs done. A method that I’ve found to work quite well is to pick certain tasks to complete each day. To maximize my time and efforts, I group certain tasks together. For example, if you need to clean out the window sills, use that same day to wash the actual windows as well. Clean your furniture, floors, carpets and walls all in one day. Work on cleaning out the kids’ drawers and closets the same day as you do your own and mark the bags or tubs so that they are easily accessible when you need them.
Sweep off your sidewalks and porches, and get all the dust and dirt out of your outdoor patio furniture. Clean off the old barbeque grill, and make your outdoor domain inviting. To help myself get motivated, I like to plant flowers, herbs, and buy a few new planting pots. Start small when it comes to the outside work, and you will be amazed at how much of a difference the little tasks will make.
Take a day to focus on your laundry room and kitchen as these are areas that get the majority of use in the home. It’s always nice to spruce up the laundry room with a fun new color of paint. Organize the cabinets in your kitchen, and give all the surfaces a good wiping down to nix all the dust and germs.
If you have leather or microfiber furniture in your home, a little soap and water mixed with a pinch of baking soda and a rag will work wonders to get the stains out and have all the furniture in your home looking new in about twenty minutes or less.
Have stains set into your light colored carpet? Don’t waste time and money shampooing the whole rug if it doesn’t need it, buy Mr. Clean Erasers instead! Simply wet the Mr. Clean Eraser, gently rub the stain and watch the eraser work its magic. Of course Mr. Clean Erasers work great on all surfaces, cabinets, and walls as well, so put them to use. Mr. Clean erasers will take more than half of the spring cleaning work off your shoulders.
Finally, the last task of my spring cleaning is washing all my curtains and drapes. It only takes a few minutes to take them down and throw them in the washing machine. The result is a wonderful smell wafting through your home when the windows are open.
Splash into spring with a few of these helpful tips and your home will be fresh, inviting, and ready to take on all the fun that comes along with this beautiful time of the year in no time.