It’s that time of year again when the itch to clean up, clear out, and transform seems to take over. After the confines of winter, we want to throw open the windows, let in fresh air and sunshine, and clear out all the cobwebs, dust bunnies, and clutter. A sparkling clean house paves the way to a joyous spring and carefree summer when we don’t want to think so much about cleaning. With that goal in mind, Tailored Living® can help with eight cleaning tips that will let you get your cleaning done as efficiently and painlessly as possible!
Get your cleaning done in record time with house cleaning tips from Tailored Living to save the day
One: Have a plan
Realize it will probably take more than one day to spring clean the whole house and plan a workable attack strategy. Going either room by room, task by task, and closet by closet makes it easy to track your progress. Create a checklist and stick to whatever plan you choose. You don’t want to put in a full day’s cleaning and feel like you haven’t accomplished anything because everything is only half done. Complete a room or task and check it off the to-do list and then move on. Each checkmark will feel great!
Two: Assemble all the cleaning supplies you’ll need beforehand
Have all your favorite cleaning supplies in a tote or carrier that you can take from room to room, so you’ll have what you need for every task. Centralizing supplies ensures you won’t run out of necessities and you won’t end up with multiples of half-used spray cleaners, redundant dust cloths, and an over-abundance of furniture polish stuck in various cabinets around the house. Here are suggested contents for your cleaning tote:
- Spray window/mirror cleaner or all-surface cleaner
- Roll of paper towels and microfiber cloths
- Bar Keepers Friend® cleanser
- Wood furniture polish and lint-free dust cloths
- Feather or lamb’s wool long-handled duster
- Spot foam cleaner for rugs and upholstery
- Handheld vacuum cleaner for tight spaces
- Swiffer mop with dry and moist cloths
- Febreze or favorite room freshener spray (go light on the trigger)
Organize cleaning supplies so it’s easy to get the job done as painlessly as possible
Three: Create a logical order to save time
Consider the order of the chores and make every step count. For example, you don’t want to dust off the ceiling fan after you’ve dusted all the furniture that sits below it. Work top-to-bottom and back to front to avoid having to clean the same territory twice.
- Swiffer or wipe down the ceiling and walls as a first step, down to the baseboards.
- Clean cabinets and drawers starting at the back and moving forward to remove dust, dirt, and crumbs.
- Leave vacuuming/mopping the floor to the last so there are no residuals of other cleaning efforts.
Four: Microfiber tops the list for effective cleaning cloths
Having the right tools is half the battle, and homemakers and cleaning gurus overwhelmingly recommend microfiber for just about any cleaning project. The general rule of thumb is to use wet for cleaning and dry for dusting. When using wet, wring out as much water as possible as this increases absorbency as well as the fiber's ability to pick up dirt.
- Clean mirrors and windows
- General dusting of furniture
- Shining chrome fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms
- Safely clean computers, cell phones, cameras, iPods and plasma screens
- Washable microfiber can be cut to fit your Swiffer and save money on disposable cloths
Five: Purge and declutter as you clean
Since spring cleaning will take you into every area of your home, it’s a good idea to eliminate clutter as you go. Designate boxes for items you can donate, sell at a garage sale, online, or at a consignment shop, as well as what can be consigned to the trash. Think “unclutter” as you work and fill those boxes from drawer, cabinet, closet, bookshelf, and countertop excess.
Clutter-free living reduces stress and makes keeping the house clean and organized so much easier
- Let the kids do a purge/sort in their bedrooms and donate outgrown toys, books, and clothes.
- Donate wearable winter garments that won’t fit by next year rather than store them.
- Clear kitchen cabinets and the pantry of expired foods and unnecessary dishes and appliances.
Six: Soft surfaces can be refreshed without washing them
Soft surfaces like drapes and curtains can become dusty and vacuuming them can be time-consuming. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks, and run them through the air-fluff cycle (no heat) in the dryer along with a damp towel spritzed with Febreze for 15-20 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately to avoid wrinkles. They’ll look and smell fresh.
- This also works to refresh bedspreads, comforters and pillows that don’t need washing as often as the sheets, and don’t forget to toss in a scented dryer sheet or do a spritz of Febreze.
- Washable curtains and drapery panels can be cleaned on gentle cycle in the washing machine, per manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Spot-clean any stains before washing or dryer fluffing (Removing Stains from Fabrics).
Seven: Go beyond clean with décor updates
As you clean, consider renewing your space with different color schemes, a bright accent color, new furniture pieces, slipcovers, rugs or decorative art. Change can be refreshing and “changing it up” can make a space feel like new and your cleaning efforts absolutely amazing!
Woven wood shades replace fabric curtains for a modern, back-to-nature feel (shades courtesy of Budget Blinds®)
- Add pattern or texture with natural window treatments and rugs.
- A lighter paint color on the walls will make a room feel bigger.
- Colorful pillows and accessories liven up a space and live plants bring the outdoors in.
- See Get Inspired By The 2020 Colors Of The Year To Refresh Your Home
Eight: Institute preventive steps to reduce cleaning time
One excellent way to make house cleaning less of a chore is to institute some preventive measures to eliminate messes.
- Squeegee shower walls and doors after use to eliminate water spots.
- Fight moisture and mildew in bathrooms by keeping the shower door slightly open to promote airflow.
- Don’t bunch up a wet shower curtain, pull it open across the tub so it can dry.
- Used dryer sheets create a more dust-resistant surface on window blinds and shutters if you dust with them instead of a cloth.
- Add a deodorizing or dehumidifying freshener (cedar, rosemary, and lavender deter bugs) in closets, cupboards, and the pantry. (DIY Natural Scented Sachets You Can Use Anywhere)
- Place a box of Arm & HammerTM baking soda in the refrigerator and the freezer to prevent smells.
- Train the family to always cover food in the microwave with paper towels or a microwave cover to cut down on splatters.
A clean, organized closet in the spring sets the stage for a great year going forward
If spring cleaning brings you to the realization that you need more order in your home, your local Tailored Living designer can help with innovative storage solutions to calm the chaos. We’re the experts with whole home organization and storage solutions that fit your lifestyle and make your life easier…and easier to clean. Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you to talk custom closet design, home offices, laundry rooms, entryways, pantries, garage storage cabinets, garage flooring, and more.