Spring has sprung, and with it, an urge to purge. Spring cleaning is an annual tradition for many people, and for those who really love to clean, nothing is more satisfying. It’s a time to open all the windows and rid the house of stale, winter air. It’s a time to organize cupboards, scrub the nooks and crannies that get overlooked all year, and tackle the stuff that has piled up in the garage. If you’re getting overwhelmed just thinking about it, relax. There are many resources available to help you prioritize—and if you play your cards right, you can engage the entire family in the project.
The mother of perfection, Martha Stewart, has a thorough room-by-room checklist that includes the types of cleaning supplies and products to use. It even has step-by-step instructions for perfectly clean windows. You can download it online.
If you’re looking for something simpler, consider these room-by-room suggestions:
Now is a good time to pay attention to the most neglected parts of your home and establish a routine to keep up with cleaning so next spring it won’t be such a big project. As mentioned above, spring cleaning is about purging too. Here’s a concise list of things to throw away, donate and recycle from Simply Kierste.
Now that your house is sparkling, you want to keep it that way. Maintaining a clean house can be a challenge, especially if you have a busy work schedule. Consider making a weekly cleaning list to help you stay on top of it. Again, this is the perfect opportunity to enlist the help of your kids. Give them easy to complete tasks that they can do as they are getting ready in the morning or after they finish their homework after school.
Good Housekeeping has a great checklist for every day, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks to help you stay on top of it. You can adapt this checklist for your home and create a sticker chart chore list for your kids! You also might consider checking out this list of 9 Homemade Cleaners You Can Make Yourself!
Here are a few more quick tips to help you keep your home clean throughout the year:
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