(NC)—With the arrival of spring it often feels like the house is the dirtiest it’s been all year making the big, spring clean a great way to refresh and renew from top to bottom. From cleaning the most challenging spots, like basements and kitchens, to scrubbing baseboards and convincing the whole family to pitch in, spring cleaning may feel overwhelming at first, but with the right tools and techniques, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task.
Whether you’re planning on cleaning a little bit every day or dedicating a weekend to cleaning, here are some quick and easy tips that will save time and energy and ensure that you’re not just thinking about cleaning, but actually getting it done:
Tackle one task at a time. It’s easy to get distracted when cleaning and organizing multiple rooms in the house at the same time, so stick to one. This will give you a more immediate sense of satisfaction and get you closer to the end goal.
Clean from top to bottom, literally. To prevent messing up areas that have already been cleaned, clean from the top working your way down. This ensures that all of the dust and dirt that may have fallen on the floor will get cleaned up.
Set up bins for declutteringand label them: Keep, Garbage, Donate. Having a visual representation of what you’re keeping can help you assess the space you need to house the items. If you haven’t used an item in the past year, chances are you can do without it.
Get into those hard to reach spaces. Rely on the help from ingenious little tools. A Swiffer Duster will easily clean behind cabinets, between blinds, and will reach the tiny nooks and crannies around your entertainment unit.
Pay attention to details. Another nifty tool called Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size will get rid of the toughest soils like scuffs, crayon or finger prints from walls. It’s the little details that will make the overall clean look really come together.