The weather is warming up. It’s time to bust open your windows and cleaning supplies. You and your family benefit from a clean and allergen free home all year around. So, start eliminating dirt and unnecessary stress from your life today with these five tips:
Make a list
Start by scoping out your home. Note which areas need the most work and where you skip or slack during routine cleaning. These places are often the best place to start. Once you have completed your list, prioritize and make a schedule. Having a plan and tackling spring cleaning room by room keeps you focused and on track.
Cut the clutter
Disorganization leads to higher stress levels. Start by de-cluttering to get your home organized this spring. Start with counters and noticeable surfaces. Toss anything you don’t need. Same goes with closet spaces. If you haven’t worn an outfit for more than a year, get rid of it. Don’t forget to tackle the junk drawer.
Start at the top
When cleaning you home always work from top to bottom. Starting at the top and working your way down forces debris downward and keeps you from dusting and cleaning the same space over and over. Start with ceilings and fans. A vacuum with a long hose allows you to reach cobwebs and dust. After you have dusted your fans, you can clean the blades by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Not only will they be clean, but they will look brand new.
Remember the air
Spring is a great time to replace furnace and HVAC filters. In fact, replacing a standard filter with a high MERV rating one vastly improves indoor air quality. High quality filters provide an inexpensive way to catch unwanted particles and dust that ducts build up throughout the winter months. You also can purchase an air purifier if allergens or odors are present in your home. Lastly, consider using a HEPA vacuum to clean your carpets.
Often spring cleaning displaces dust and dirt from furniture and fixtures. You also will likely use heavy-duty cleaners. Make sure you read all warning labels and take necessary precautions including wearing rubbing gloves, masks and even hair nets. These protective measures help guard against allergic reactions and skin irritations.
What are you waiting for? Get started with these steps and set a new tone this year with this printable room-by-room spring cleaning checklist.