Got spring fever? Get spring cleaning! Here are 4 tips from Domestic CEO to help make spring cleaning easier and less time consuming!
Did you know that there is a National Spring Cleaning Week? If you look at magazine covers in the month of March, you’ll see tons of articles about which big cleaning jobs you should tackle and instructions on how to complete those projects. In fact, at this time last year I published my Spring Cleaning Tips, which are sure to help you bust out the cobwebs and get your home looking great..
This time around, I’m going to focus on something different. Instead of deciding to do the heavy cleaning all in one big weekend, I say why not learn to manage your household cleaning so you don’t have to do an enormous spring cleaning job at all! Follow these tips and you’ll be on the road to owning a home that’s clean all the time (spring or not!).
Step #1: Be Prepared
Owning the right cleaning tools is essential for doing your best cleaning. Take stock of what you have and replace things that are tired and worn. Here are the staples I like to have on hand:
- Tough, scrubbing sponges
- Rubber gloves
- An old toothbrush
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- Large bucket
- Scrub brush
- Paper towels
- Rags (old towels and washcloths, as well as old t-shirts)
- Vacuum cleaner
- Broom and dustpan
- Plastic tote to store cleaning tools
- All-purpose cleaner
- Window cleaner
- Baking soda in a shaker
Step #2: Make Cleaning Fun
I know this sounds like an impossible task, but if you use a few of these ideas, they’re bound to make your cleaning chores a lot less tedious!
Own the most attractive cleaning tools possible. Believe it or not, this works. My friend has a pink vacuum cleaner and swears it makes her happy every time she uses it. Sounds silly? It probably is - but who cares if it works? My polka-dotted broom evokes the same reaction. Cute rubber gloves and a charming plastic tote will raise the adorable bar on your cleaning tools. Of course, don’t let cuteness overrule durability and overall performance.
Each night, have a 15-minute family clean-up. Decide which rooms need the most work, then do a quick “divide and conquer” once-over. Assign specific tasks to every household membe. For example, one child picks up papers, shoes, and other stuff lying around; another child gets a bottle of all-purpose cleaner (or better yet, non-toxic lemon-based cleaner) to wipe down kitchen counters. Dad runs the vacuum for a quick touch-up in the family room. You get the idea. Even if there’s only you in the household, if you set 15 minutes each day to handle one or two cleaning chores, you won’t be faced with an overwhelming whole-house clean-up on the weekend.
See also: How to Divide Household Chores