With a broom in one hand and a bucket of cleaning supplies in the other, these are the top do’s and don’ts for springtime cleaning in your Cleveland home:
Springtime Cleaning Do’s:
1. Do Clean One Area at a Time:
When your home is seemingly overflowing with needless knickknacks, cobwebs, and unorganized chaos, it’s easy to feel like throwing in the towel. Many homeowners want to give up before they even begin due to feeling overwhelmed.
If you find yourself in this position, the best plan of action is to clean one area at a time. Start with a room that feels the least overwhelming and work your way through until it’s completely clean.
However, if you’re the type who likes to get the hard work over with from the start, choose the room or area that needs the most attention. This way it’s all downhill from that room moving forward.
2. Do Finish What You Start:
Nothing feels worse than starting your spring cleaning then abandoning it before you’re finished. If you have issues with being distracted, set a timer and get to work—and don’t allow yourself a break to check your phone or stare at the TV until it’s over.
3. Do Clean from Top to Bottom:
If you’re in over your head when you start cleaning, start from the top of the room to the bottom. A great place to begin is with your doors and windows. Dust off the window frames, clean the glass with a sponge or a squeegee, and remove dirt from the tracks with baking soda and a toothbrush.
Don’t forget about cleaning your doors. Vinegar and water is an inexpensive all-purpose cleaning that will easily remove loose dirt around your door trim, frame, and face of the door.
Springtime Cleaning Don’ts:
1. Don’t Take on Too Much
Feeling ambitious? Be careful with taking on too much at once. This may eventually lead to burnout, and you might not finish your project at all.
2. Don’t be Inconsistent
Cleaning only when you feel like it is a surefire way to accumulate more mess down the road. Take a few minutes each day for simple cleaning tasks such as wiping down the kitchen counter, picking up the living room, and making your bed.
3. Don’t Overlook Small Things
Neglecting small cleaning tasks can become a huge headache in the long run. For example, dusting may only take about 10 minutes, but leaving surfaces untouched for weeks can really catch up with you.
Use these tips to conquer your spring cleaning in no time.