Step 1: Make a plan and set the mood
Whether you get specific or keep it broad, it’s a good idea to make a structured spring cleaning checklist to follow. This will keep you on task and reduce frustration. Whether you make a list on your phone or write it on paper, a good list will keep you accountable and have you feeling accomplished through the whole process!
Set the mood by opening the blinds, lighting a candle, setting out all the supplies you need, and turning on your favorite feel-good tunes. Your house will be spotless in no time!
Step 2: Declutter
This step is huge! We can’t deny that getting rid of your things can be difficult. There’s the sentimental value, the “I may need this one day” attitude, or maybe you’ve just had something so long you think “might as well just keep it!” Only you can judge the value of your stored belongings. However, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in over six months, you can probably chunk it.
Go through each room and make three piles: keep, get rid of, and put in storage. Find a place for the ‘keeps,’ put away the storage, and set aside the ‘get rid of.’ Pro tip: Put things where they belong, not where they fit. When you’re done, consider having a garage sale, recycling, or donating the things that you no longer need. Like they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Step 3: Get to cleaning!
Hopefully by this point you are full of motivation and ready to power through to have your house looking spotless! We recommend starting with the whole-home basics:
Dust. Regular dusting can lower allergens and improve air quality. We have tips for how to dust and clean your ceiling fan, too. Check them out here!
Vacuum. But first, be sure your vacuum is cleaned out and ready to go. Go ahead and vacuum all the floors to get a good base clean.
Sweep & mop. Sweep up anything your vacuum didn’t get – then mop for the final cleaning touch.