Tips to Jump-Start a Spring Cleaning Project
The weather is warming up, which means now is the time that many people tackle home cleaning and organizing projects that may have fallen by the wayside during the colder months. If it's been a while since you last gave your home a truly deep cleaning, or if your closets and spare rooms have become cluttered, getting your apartment in shape could feel like an overwhelming task. Here are a few tips to help you conquer the mess and get your home ready for spring.
For many, spring cleaning means getting to the household tasks that the forget about throughout the year. This could include wiping down kitchen cabinets, washing windows, treating your stainless steel appliances, cleaning the oven, or wiping down other hard-to-reach spaces that often get ignored. Starting with the smallest cleaning projects is a great way to feel a huge sense of accomplishment and see real results with minimal effort.
Get Organized By Getting Organized
The best way to tackle any big project is to plan. If you just randomly start cleaning the kitchen and then get distracted and start scrubbing the bathroom, everything will only get half way done and you’ll get frustrated and overwhelmed. Here are a few ways to tackle a big spring cleaning job without getting frazzled:
Make a list and stick with it. Walk through each room and list which small area needs to be addressed. Instead of “clean the kitchen” write down “clean out the refrigerator." Smaller tasks make a big job more manageable
Set a timer for 15-20 minutes and focus on the first item on your list. Don’t get distracted, and don’t stop until the timer rings. If you want to keep going, go for it, but its ok to stop and pick it back up tomorrow. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed
Get creative with at-home cleaning solutions
Don't have all the cleaning products you need on hand? You may not need to run to your local bodega to purchase overpriced name-brand cleaning solutions. For example, just using water and a microfiber cloth on your windows can leave them crystal clear- without the streaks left behind by some other, pricier products. You can also use at-home remedies to tackle tough hard water stains on glass and ceramic surfaces, a 3:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and hot water should make those stubborn spots disappear quickly. Microwave looking a little worse for the wear? Simply fill a bowl with water and lemon juice, microwave it for a few minutes and then wipe down the insides with a damp cloth to get it looking like new again.
Nobody enjoys scrubbing grout, but by using a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and tackling the grout with a toothbrush, you can have a sparkling shower that doesn't have a strong bleach smell attached to it. Also, don’t spend money on fancy stainless steel appliances cleaners. Instead, apply cream of tartar and lemon juice with a toothbrush to keep your grill, fridge and other appliances sparkling clean.
Living in a clean, organized space will increase can help productivity in other areas of life. Knowing that everything is in its right place can provide you with peace of mind and help you accomplish other tasks more quickly. Spring-cleaning also reduces the dust, dander, and pollen in the air in your house, which helps to prevent common illnesses and allergic reactions. Finally, while it may be hard work, remember that spring cleaning helps create a peaceful space for fresh starts, clean slates, and new beginnings.