1. PREPARE YOURSELF!

Have you ever begun the spring-cleaning process and found yourself lacking the motivation to finish? For the spring-cleaning process to be effective and, well, somewhat fun, you need to prepare yourself mentally. Focus on how amazing it will feel to transition into spring with a fresh, clean, and welcoming home. Choose a date that you know works best for you to start the cleaning process. Mark it on the calendar and commit to that date.

2. Create a tackle list

Start by jotting down the items you want to tackle around your home. As you ponder how to prepare, the priority items will dictate what gets moved where, the supplies needed, and what tasks come first.

3. Purchase supplies

Rubber gloves, cleaning products, trash bags, etc. Stock up on household items such as lightbulbs, drain clog remover, air filters, and other things you may find require fixing/replacing along the way!

4. Declutter

Prior to the BIG CLEAN, take steps towards decluttering. Take out all recycling, put away all clothes, clean out the refrigerator, and so on.

5. Donate

The decluttering process makes for a great time to give back to the community! Clothes you’ve outgrown, toys the kids no longer play with, food in the pantry with a good shelf date – local churches, homeless shelters, and food banks are always taking donations.

On Cleaning Day

6. Save vacuuming and mopping for last

Dusting. We may dread it, but it has to be done. Be sure to get all of those hard-to-reach places while dusting. Clean ceiling fans, the top of your refrigerator, TV stands, light fixtures, and other places you don’t typically get to. Dust on the floor? Don’t worry, vacuuming and mopping should be saved for last!

 7. Taking on the kitchen

Spring cleaning is a fantastic opportunity to remove all items from the cabinets and pantry and give them a thorough once over. After you have cleared the refrigerator of expired and unused food, be sure to wipe all surfaces. Clean underneath and around the coils / burners of the stove and give the oven a good scrubbing.

8. Wipe down your walls

As long as your paint can withstand washing, use a sponge mop to do the dirtiest work and dry your walls with a soft, clean cloth. If you aren’t sure whether your paint can withstand washing, spot test somewhere that is not visible.

9. Wash carpets and upholstery

Especially if you have pets! Over time, grime on fabric, even if it is not visible now, will set in and stain. Use a carpet cleaner and you will be amazed at just how dirty the water becomes. An upholstery cleaner can be rented to clean things such as your sofa. Be sure you arrange your schedule to leave enough time for carpets and upholstery to dry.

10. The final stage

Lastly, vigorously sweep your entry stairway and walkway, mop, and vacuum.