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Spring Cleaning: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective

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Spring Cleaning: Make It Fast, Easy and Effective

Because you want to enjoy your space without added fuss.

Spring is the perfect time to open up the windows in your house and clean every surface inch, but there’s no reason to spend more time on this task than necessary.

These tips can help get you ready to enjoy the weather without the mess!

Have a plan

When it comes to spring cleaning, the best approach is an organized one. Create a plan, which includes an outline of the areas you plan to clean, scheduled time slots for specific work (for you and any family members), and a list of products, tools and even cleaning techniques or tips pertaining to those areas. Try this room-by-room spring cleaning checklist from Taste of Home.

Choose the right supplies

When you’re making your spring-cleaning plan, check what supplies you need to start cleaning. When you figure out what you need, be sure to choose the most effective and powerful cleaning supplies so that the product is doing most of the work — not you.

Clean room by room

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you are going from room to room to complete various tasks. Choose to target one room at a time. This allows you can to see your progress quickly and not get discouraged.

Work smarter, not harder

Don’t use more elbow grease than is necessary. Simple steps like soaking pots and pans before you scrub them, waiting for cleaning products to sit before you wipe down surfaces, and using the self-cleaning setting on your oven can save you tons of time.

Clean your cleaning supplies

Did you know your cleaning supplies, such as sponges or microfiber cloths, are most likely the dirtiest items in your home? It goes without saying that you can’t clean your home with dirty supplies. So be sure to disinfect sponges or other cleaning supplies in a mixture of one part bleach and nine parts water for 30 seconds. Wiping down cleaning supply bottles and cleaning buckets will also help keep everything sparkling.

Don’t forget the …

There are many items in our homes that we often forget to clean on a regular basis. Among forgotten items such as behind the oven, bathroom exhaust fans, refrigerator coils, window coverings and tracks, and ceiling fans.

Focus on the MIAs

Spring cleaning can be a huge undertaking (especially depending on the size of your home), so focusing on the MIAs, or the Most Important Areas, will give great results. When deciding which area to choose, think about the most visible ones, like the living room or home office.

Get rid of the clutter

You can never truly have a clean and tidy home if you are buried in your own stuff. When cleaning out your things, remember the 80/20 rule: Only 20 percent of the items we own are truly important — so 80 percent of our belongings are just getting in the way. Imagine having 80% more space in your home!

Find ways to be more efficient 

While you are cleaning and organizing your home, take note of all the clutter that you most often find. For example, if you are finding that most of your clutter is paper, figure out the best ways to go paperless throughout the year.

A well planned and executed spring cleaning can leave you with more time to enjoy your home when the weather finally turns a bit warmer!