Friday, 8 March 2013

Spring Cleaning in One Day: A Step-by-Step Guide

Whether you’re planning on entertaining once summer begins or you just want a more spacious, less stuffy home in time for spring, doing a deep clean is a ritual that nearly every household is familiar with. The most challenging part of spring cleaning, however, is knowing where to start and how to finish it as quickly as possible. If you’re searching for an easy checklist to help you give your home a facelift, here’s everything you need to know.

Will your clean team be as enthiusiastic as this pair?!

Get in the mood for spring cleaning. It’s nothing to be ashamed of if you’re not actually excited about cleaning. Luckily, this is a problem that can be easily solved. First, you should secure the participation of your family and/or household members, even the little ones. Try making a spring clean brunch to get everyone motivated; this will also help you clear out the refrigerator. Next, make an upbeat playlist to give you a soundtrack that will propel you forward; cleaning always seems to go faster when you do it to music.

Recycle and repurpose as much as possible

De-clutter. Once you’ve assembled your cleaning army, start by getting unwanted items out of the way so that you can actually see what needs to be cleaned. This should include recyclable items such as newspapers, old books, plastic and glass containers and aluminum cans. Then, tackle some of the larger items, such as old workout equipment, clothes that you no longer wear, CDs and DVDs that you want to get rid of. Some of these items you could actually sell online or at a garage sale to earn money from your spring clean. And don’t forget to rifle through the kitchen cupboard to throw away expired foods.

Deep clean. Now you’re ready to move into the serious work: deep cleaning. This is the kind of cleaning that you don’t do on a regular basis, so it may involve moving furniture so that you can reach dust bunnies and taking down curtains so that they can be machine washed or professionally cleaned. You may also want to invest in a good vacuum cleaner or a steam cleaner to remove all the dirt, dust and allergens from your carpet and upholstered furniture. And for solid surfaces in the bathrooms and kitchens, make sure to use a strong yet safe disinfectant such as vinegar or a diluted mixture of bleach and water to get rid of germs.


Spruce up the home. You’ll instantly feel better about your home being clean, but you can take your spring clean a step further by getting scented candles or potpourri to make your home smell even fresher. You may also have cash left over from selling your old items to purchase something you really want, like a new television or sofa. These new additions will help give you a fresh start just in time for the change of seasons.

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