Spring has sprung, ladies and gentlemen; that can only mean one thing—spring cleaning is officially upon us.
Many homeowners shrug off this cliché calendar “holiday”, but the hard work pays off for those that participate in the form of higher productivity, less illness, better sleep, and even lower levels of stress.
With those kinds of spring cleaning benefits on the line, why wouldn’t you partake? But how do you get started? See below for our top 5 spring cleaning tips that you can follow.
1. Start with the Appliances
You always want to get the big projects out of the way first, and household appliances can be some of the most demanding jobs of all—we’re talking refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, stove… ALL of it!
Clean each of these large items by starting with a thorough vacuuming. Make sure to get inside all the nooks and crannies, as well as temporarily moving the appliance to vacuum the area underneath—you know, the one you haven’t touched since you’ve moved into the house.
Next, scan the appliances for any unwanted stains, then use our 5th tip on this list (baking soda and white vinegar) to remove them. Once the stains are gone, you can wipe down the rest of the surface with a mixed solution of water, lemon juice, and baking soda.
2. Create a System (From this Day Forward)
We’d imagine that you’re getting stressed at the mere thought of spring cleaning. What if you never had to take on this large an undertaking ever again?
You can avoid it entirely by creating a system from this day forward. That way, your house can stay as clean as the day after spring cleaning takes place!
Different systems work for different people. Some of our clients use a day-by-day system, where each day of the week is designated for a specific room/area in the house. Mondays are for the master bedroom, Tuesdays are for cleaning the kitchen, Wednesdays are the hallway and living room—you get the idea.
We’ve heard of other clients “keeping it simple” by performing nightly chores, then saving the larger tasks (such as sanitizing and vacuuming) for the weekends.
3. Clear Out Your Clutter
Clutter is the biggest nuisance to any spring-cleaning efforts. You can deep clean as many surfaces as you’d like, but it won’t make a difference if there’s piles of unwanted items taking up essential square footage.
We recommend creating a “keep, sell, toss” list. Go through every room in your house and place all unwanted or overused items in a list to either—you guessed it–keep, sell, or toss. Make sure you report your findings back to the family to make sure you aren’t getting rid of anything valuable.
Spoiler alert—you’ll have a long list in the “toss” column. Some of which you can’t just carry out to the trash—such as old appliances, desks, hot tubs, etc.
That’s when you need to hire your friendly-neighborhood residential junk removal company to help you out. We offer a fair price for every job and provide service with a smile; what more could you hope for?
4. Use the Entire Family
“You want to live here? You’ve got to earn your keep!”… That’s what most parents wish they could say to their kids, and maybe even their spouse at times.
Thing is, spring cleaning was never meant to be a one-person or two-person job. It requires as much man power as possible.
We know what you’re thinking… “Telling a child to clean up isn’t as easy as it sounds.” We get it. That’s why we looked up some methods the experts recommend for motivating your family to clean.
Some of the best ideas we found included:
- Posting a list of jobs to complete with a unique “pay amount” for each job—for higher incentives!
- Turning on an awesome playlist and having the whole family dance while they clean
- Sweetening the pot with an “outing of their choice” to the person that does the best job
5. Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Harmful cleaning chemicals have a longer effect on the family than most people realize. They can cause significant respiratory problems during a season that’s already known for throwing the sinuses off balance. Studies have also linked them to severe allergic reactions.
Why risk any of that when there are safe cleaning supplies that do the job just as effectively, if not better.
Baking soda and white vinegar are your new best friends during this spring-cleaning adventure.
Baking soda is an excellent solution for getting out tough grease stains, removing dirt splotches, and other hard-to-remove stains on your fabric furniture.
White vinegar can essentially be used for everything else, including:
- Pots & Pans
- Piping & more
Start Spring Cleaning Off by Removing Your Clutter
We might be biased–and we are–but the best first step of spring cleaning is definitely removing unwanted junk from your home. It will clear out a ton of space and lessen the amount of “shifting items around”.
Be sure to read this article for an in-depth answer to the age-old question, “How much does junk removal cost in Tampa?”
You can book our services online out of convenience. For any other questions, you can call us directly at 844-858-6546 and we will be happy to assist you further.