Spring is a time of renewal, and a spotless house sets the stage for a beautiful summer. However, the process can be time-consuming, frustrating, and a lot of hard work—unless you know how to spring clean your house like the experts at Molly Maid do.
When you follow a proven spring cleaning plan that includes a workable schedule and a customized checklist, you can clean your home in less time and with less work. And because you'll have a well-planned cleaning strategy and pro tips for spring cleaning, those spring cleaning marathons are gone forever! Check out our spring cleaning tips if you're ready to tackle the job on your own.
Make a Checklist and Spring Cleaning Schedule
If you're ready to roll up your sleeves, Molly Maid has proven spring cleaning tips to make the job less grueling. We've created a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist to get you started and keep you going. While the list covers spring cleaning needs in most homes, you may need to adjust it to yours. Your home, its condition, and other factors are unique, so feel free to mix things up and add or subtract cleaning tasks to meet your specific needs.
Once you've fine-tuned your spring cleaning checklist, it's time to break it down and make a schedule. To start, consider your work schedule, family obligations, and other time-consuming parts of your life. The goal is to create a realistic and achievable spring cleaning schedule. So whether you break down your spring cleaning checklist by day, task, or some other criteria, the key is to make a schedule you'll stick to. After creating your checklist and spring cleaning schedule, you're well on your way to a clean, fresh home for spring!
While your checklist includes many cleaning tasks and makes it easy to see what needs cleaning, it doesn't give you much information about how to spring clean your house. That's where our Molly Maid expertise comes in. Here are what we consider important tips for spring cleaning that can make your home healthier and cleaner.
Think Green When You Spring Clean
One of the most healthful tips for spring cleaning has nothing to do with what you clean or when—it’s about being green and health-conscious in your home. The products you use to clean can either add to your home's toxicity or reduce it. Skip the harsh chemicals and make your own safe, eco-friendly cleaners to make your home a healthier place to live.
For example, you can create an all-purpose cleaner using common household products such as essential oils, vinegar, and baking soda. Green cleaning also means being mindful of your water use. Spring cleaning typically means mopping, scrubbing, and laundry, which requires using plenty of water. Keep your water usage in mind while you clean, and make it a habit to only do full loads of dishes and laundry.
One of the best tips for spring cleaning is to use microfiber technology. Using microfiber cloths for dusting and cleaning typically means you use less water and paper products, so it's an earth-friendly win-win. You'll also use less cleaning solution with microfiber cloths and mop heads, which helps your cleaning supplies last longer.
Declutter Before Cleaning
Before you break out the cleaning gear, you have to make some tough decisions about all of your extra stuff. Decluttering is the number one spring cleaning tip. Once you have decluttered your space, the rest of your work will be a lot easier.
Less clutter means fewer things to clean or move during your spring cleaning project. As a bonus, it makes your home feel more livable. Begin with what you can see, move on to closets and drawers, and finally, underneath beds, furniture, etc. For each area you're decluttering, you'll make three piles—keep, donate, and trash.
When decluttering, be as objective as possible. This approach will help you get rid of as much of those old clothes, books, and other things that are collecting dust. Put anything you haven’t used in a long time in the ‘donate’ pile. Things you use or want to keep will go in the ‘keep’ pile. As for everything else, it goes to the garbage or recycling. If necessary, enlist the help of a friend who will be less sentimental about purging certain items. You can return the favor when it’s their time to declutter.
Spring Cleaning Plan Jumpstart
Once the purge is complete, you can grab your cleaning supplies and spring cleaning checklist and get to work. Follow your spring cleaning plan, and don't get discouraged if you get off to a slow start. It’s best to start on a day when you’ve had a good night’s sleep and feel energetic. Once you get the hang of the routine, you'll hit your stride. Until then, here are some field-tested spring cleaning tips from the pros to get you off to a good start.
Refresh Your Bedroom
To enjoy a more peaceful bedroom environment, it's essential to keep things clean, neat, and organized. Make decluttering a daily routine for your bedroom to keep dirty clothes, shoes, and other items where they belong. The payoff is an orderly place to sleep without the stress of a messy room.
Wash your bedding weekly, and make a point to air out your bedroom by opening windows as much as possible. Clean sheets and a little air circulation help prevent musty, stale odors and bring in a necessary dose of fresh air.
Every few months, give your bedroom a good look over. Is your comforter a little too tattered? Could that chair in the corner really be too big after all? From small details to rearranging the entire layout of your bedroom, changing things up every so often can keep your bedroom fresh and comfortable.
Use a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum cleaners use advanced filtration to trap micron-sized contaminants and other particles. Because HEPA-equipped vacuums can capture up to 99 percent of airborne allergens, they create a healthier environment. Say goodbye to dust mites, pet dander, and dust that can aggravate allergies, and hello to a home that is as clean as it looks.
If you live alone or with one other person, keeping your home clean can be pretty manageable. However, when it comes to an entire family, getting your home clean can be a challenge. So whether you’re flying solo or have the whole gang at home, keeping your place clean and neat calls for a strategy.
Most messes only take a few minutes to clean up (or prevent), but they can pile up. Here are some ways to maintain a sparkling clean home that only take a few minutes per day:
- Make your bed. It doesn’t take long and is an ideal way to get your day started on the right foot.
- Load the dishwasher with breakfast dishes and wipe the counters.
- Put things like books and laptops back where they belong.
- Transfer clothes from bedroom and bathroom hampers to the laundry room.
- Dust and sweep one room.
- Perform a quick decluttering in common rooms.
Using tips like these not only helps keep your home clean, it also makes completing cleaning tasks more manageable when you break them down into small chunks. Every home is unique, so mix or match your daily quick cleans to get the most out of every minute.
When You Can’t Do It All Yourself
These tips combined with your spring cleaning strategy will help you welcome spring with a fresh, clean home. However, if the one thing you’re missing is time, Molly Maid can help. Let us tackle the dirty work! Our team of local cleaning pros have all the tools and expertise needed to give your home the ultimate clean. Whether you just need a one-time cleaning, special event cleaning, or recurring cleaning service, we can help you get it all done. Call us to discuss your cleaning needs or request a free estimate online today.