Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Ever wonder why the hype around cleaning at the end of Winter?  Why do we do it? We do it because we are a busy world that tends to accumulate extra clutter and dust in the middle of our business.  Then one day we realize how it all caught up to us and decide that it's time for that to be remedied.  Cleaning can be extremely therapeutic for anger, stress and emotional upset, it can bring about more mental clarity, organization,  the defense against germs and of course the added bonus that once you've got it out of the way, you can focus on the things that really matter.

So what's bugging you? What are the areas in your home that you feel need that extra love and attention right now?

Don't be overwhelmed.  There's a way through this. Here a few tips to lessen the stress over the coming spring cleaning.

First things first. Create an action plan.  Don't overwhelm yourself with unrealistic expectations.   Write down a list of which areas and rooms bother you most and tackle those first.  After that - move on to de-cluttering and organization.  Got your pen and paper ready?  Go make that list.

Take one room at a time. Don't get distracted by what's left on your list. Just start with one and move on to the next one at a reasonable pace. I feel like the communal rooms are the most important to start with.  I usually break things up in to living/family rooms, dining, kitchen, then common bathrooms and toilets.  After that, I move on to bedrooms and private baths.  Once all the basics are covered - your path is clear enough to deal with surfaces, walls and neglected hiding spots.  Once you've decided and written out your plan of action, you will feel much less weight on your shoulders.

So, about those forgotten places!

  • Walls- Dust them with a vacuum brush attachment, then wipe clean with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Baseboards- Dust with a microfiber cloth or vacuum, then spray and wipe with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Window Screens- Remove them first. Lay them flat on a tarp outside, then spray them clean with a garden hose.
  • Shelves- Take everything off first, then dust.
  • Driveway and garage floor- Use a pressure washer to remove caked-on crud.
  • Ceiling fans- Spray the inside of a pillowcase with cleaner, then slip the bag over the blade and wipe clean.

Now, all you have to to is just add flowers!  Floral arrangements bring colors, vibrancy and invigorating fragrance to the home which is a great finishing touch to a job well done.


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