13 Tips for an Easier and Faster Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With our tips and strategy, you can make your spring cleaning easier and faster than ever before.

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Spring is here, and that means it’s time for a good old-fashioned spring clean. Cleaning your home can be a daunting task, but with the right attitude and strategy, you can make it easier and faster than ever before.

Here are tips and strategies to help you get started on your spring cleaning journey!

So grab some gloves, put on some music, and get ready to tackle those dust bunnies to welcome spring and sunshine into your home!

Spring cleaning tips and ideas:

1. Make a plan

Make a list of everything you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. This will help you stay organized and on track.

2. Break it down

Don’t let the long list you made intimidate you. You do not have to attack the entire list in one go breakdown the entire list into chunks. Set 10 to 20-minute timers and finish up one area of your home at a time.

Close-up photo of timer on the table is counting down the time

Take a break.

And then come back again with a new timer to attack a new area.

Breaking it down into these little chunks keeps it from getting overwhelming but also gives you a sense of achievement as you finish up one area after another. 

3. Follow a pattern 

Pick one end of the house and start there and work your way to the other end or do all the bathrooms first, or start with the kitchen.

Finishing one area before moving on to the next will help you feel productive and inspired. 

4. Declutter

Start by decluttering and getting rid of anything you no longer need or use. Consider donating gently used items or selling them at a garage sale.

Check out the 101 things to declutter and download the checklist.

5. Go top to bottom

Rear view of young housekeeper wiping the dust with brush while doing housework in the room

Always start at the top of the room so any dust that settles down can be cleaned up.

  • Mop or dust and clean surfaces in your home, including baseboards, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. A damp cloth or microfiber cloth works well.
  • Wash all of your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and comforters.
  • Take the time to organize your closets and drawers, including your clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • Use a lint roller to remove pet hair from furniture and upholstery.
  • If you have hardwood or tile floors, use a steam cleaner to deep clean and disinfect them if compatible.
  • Use a furniture polish or wood conditioner to restore shine to your wood surfaces and furniture.

6. In the kitchen

Hands of woman spraying and wiping kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is the heart of the home and the most used. It is important to deep clean it regularly.

  • Clean out your fridge and pantry by throwing away expired or spoiled food and organizing the rest.
  • Wipe down all of your appliances, including your stove, microwave, and dishwasher.
  • Use a natural oven cleaner to remove any built-up grime or grease from the inside of your oven.
  • Wipe down your cabinets.
  • Clean the dishwasher filter and wipe down the inside.
  • Clean the vent filter.

7. In the bathroom

cleaning bathroom tile

The bathroom is the most prone to germs and a thorough cleaning is exactly what’s needed.

  • Wipe down the shower enclosure with a mixture of equal parts dish soap and vinegar
  • don’t be afraid to clean the toilet bowl and around the toilet.
  • wipe down the walls and cabinets
  • scrub down the sink and tub.
  • Use a drain cleaner to remove any clogs or build-up in your sinks and drains.

8. Don’t forget the exterior

As it gets warmer, the outdoors turns into living spaces. Be sure to clean your patio, deck, or balcony.

  • Sweep, scrub, and hose down any outdoor furniture.
  • Use a pressure washer to clean the exterior of your home and remove any built-up dirt or grime.
  • Clean and disinfect your doormats to help prevent dirt and germs from being tracked into your home.
  • Clean your windows and mirrors with a solution of vinegar and water.

9. In the Laundry

Lovely kitchen with laundry area with washing machine

Don’t forget to clean and organize your laundry room

  • Clean out the washing machine
  • Clean out the drier – be sure to clean the vents to remove all lint.
  • This is also a good time to wash or replace your ironing board covers.

10. Ensure Health and safety

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if necessary.
  • Change the air filters in your HVAC system and vacuum the vents.
  • Use a deodorizing spray or baking soda to eliminate any lingering odors in your home.

11. Go Green

  • Use natural cleaning products to reduce your exposure to harsh chemicals.
  • Use reusable cleaning cloths and towels instead of disposable options to reduce waste.
  • If you have plants in your home, take the time to clean and dust their leaves to help them thrive.
  • Consider using essential oils to add a natural, refreshing scent to your home while cleaning.

12. Don’t be hard on yourself

Not everyone has the time or energy to tackle the entire spring cleaning list. In fact, a majority of people don’t. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just do what you can – remember bite size!

And if you have the budget, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to help with the heavy lifting.

Lastly, if you have the time, organize and tidy up your garage, basement, or storage areas.

With this guide as your roadmap, you’ll soon have a sparkling clean house that looks like new again – without breaking the bank or taking too much of your precious free time.

Happy spring cleaning!

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