Develop A Plan of Attack For Spring Cleaning

woman with cleaning supplies surveying the roomSpring cleaning can be a daunting task yet a gratifying one. Getting rid of old junk, cleaning things in hard-to-reach places and otherwise giving a thorough scrub down can be invigorating. You will need a good stock of basic Cleaning Supplies, including detergents and cleansers. You may also need to purchase less frequently used items like carpet cleaner and cleaning accessories such as heavy duty scrub brushes, mops and buckets.

Besides supplies, there are other elements to consider. Identify items and areas you want to clean, make a list, and create a plan of attack to get your spring cleaning done systematically and without distraction. Once all these preliminary tasks have been completed, you’ll be ready to begin the actual cleaning in earnest.

Organization Is Everything

Creating a plan of attack is half the battle. Break your plan down into specific areas of the house, identify items within each area that need cleaning and develop a system to accomplish it all so you can stay on track and motivated throughout the project. Your plan should include a daily schedule with tasks to be completed each day. We recommend cleaning one room at a time completely or, if you prefer, you could organize it by tasks throughout the house.

Being Prepared With Cleaning Supplies & Accessories

Check your cupboards and closets to make sure you have all that you need to clean things properly. Supplies can include anything from detergents and carpet cleaner to equipment such as mops, brooms, buckets, dusters and scrub brushes. If you need to order replacement items or upgrade scrub brushes and the like, has an extensive inventory from which to choose.

Pace Yourself

While invigorated initially, first time ‘spring cleaners’ can get distracted by noticing projects not on the original list and stop to include them. It is far better to stick to your original plan and go back to a neglected item at the end than to get off track and not complete what you set out to accomplish. To do this, it is best to work on one area or theme-related activity at a time.

Getting Rid Of Clutter And Junk

Getting rid of clutter and old junk is an important part of spring cleaning too. If you do this first, it can save you a lot time. We recommend de-cluttering each room before you begin heavier cleaning. That way, you won’t have to take away trash and unwanted items as you go, it will have been completed before the scrubbing and dusting begins.

Organize And Store

While some of the junk and clutter you discover will go straight to the trash, some of it will not. It is likely you will come across items you want to save, file away or store in the attic or garage. Besides making sure you have the proper cleaning supplies, you may also want to invest in storage bins or plastic containers.

Things To Clean

Home areas most ‘spring cleaners’ like to dust or scrub include ceiling fans, light fixtures, and to remove cobwebs from corners and window wells and baseboards. You will also want to wash windows, both inside and out, as well as window treatments such as curtains and blinds. In addition, dust pictures and wall hangings neglected throughout the year.

In the kitchen and bath, remove fan components for a good scrubbing if they have built up dirt and grime. In the kitchen, wash refrigerator shelves and clean the oven and stove top. Also, scrub out cabinets and shelves (after pitching outdated food items.)

Work With Style

You may have your own way of choosing what to clean first in a room. If your style works best for you, do it. We suggest, however, using the ‘gravity’ work style, which is to start at the top and end at the bottom. In other words, do ceiling lights and fans, remove cobwebs from crown molding, etc., before moving to picture dusting, upholstery cleaning or shampooing the carpet.