Dreading spring cleaning time? Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted already? Take a deep breathe, focus, and follow some great cleaning tips by our team at GSR!
Never start a cleaning process by thinking on the chores you have to do. Rather, keep the end result in mind. Think of the sparkly clean house, the beautiful lounge or the well-groomed garden that will make your family feel relaxed and happy. Now with that image in mind, gear up and start preparing by making a check list. You should be having the following things handy:
– Cleaning supplies
– Paper towels and cleaning rags
– New brooms and mops
– A working vacuum cleaner
– A cleaning brush
Don’t procrastinate going to store and getting these supplies. There’s nothing worse than having to clean yourself up during your big spring cleaning to run to the store for a new bottle of Windex.
Gear Everyone Up
One of the best ways to make spring cleaning fun and engaging is getting everyone to help in and assigning them various tasks. Get your kids (if they are old enough) to pack their toys up and organize their room. You don’t want to waste time picking up toys or re-arranging rooms when you’ve got to do the cleaning. Ask your spouse to help you do the dishes if possible. And don’t cook for the day. You’ll be tired. There’ll be chemicals and dust and lots of germs. So better to order.
Getting Started with the Day
Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.
The biggest mistake to make is to try to do it all at once. Take it one room, one area at a time. If you have anyone around who can help you, then divide the rooms. You could the bedroom while the helper can do the kitchen. This works much better than trying to do 10 things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see each clean room.
Some Cleaning Tips
When cleaning a room, always start from the ceiling. Use a long broom to sweep off cobwebs and the dust that accumulates in ceiling corners. Clean the fans too because they absorbed the most moisture and dust. You’ll be amazed at how dust actually sticks to the fan panels. Once done, start dusting the furniture. Keep working your way down cleaning counters, windows and windowsills, furniture. When all done, give the carpets a good vacuuming. Make sure to go under the bed and move furniture around if necessary. You don’t want dust accumulating in unseen corners.
The bathrooms should be dealt with the last. Infact, if you’ve got a helper, you can ask them to do the bathroom (they may put up a fight!) while you do the rooms. When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some Clorox in the toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling, windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet, all you need to do is wipe them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick scrub with the brush.
Oh and you don’t have to lose your head while doing the cleaning. Keep cool and take breaks to drink tea or water. Don’t take too long though or you won’t be motivated to finish it all! Once done, sit back, enjoy the view and relax!