Step 1: De-Clutter
Since part of spring cleaning is organizing your space, you need to figure out how much space you have. It’s been a year since you took stock of what you have in your cabinets, drawers, and closets, and more than likely, they’re cluttered with things you don’t need or want. To de-clutter, go through all of those areas and decide whether to toss, donate, or keep the items currently in your storage spaces and on your countertops.
Step 2: Make a Cleaning Kit
Next, gather your supplies. Make a list of the rooms that need cleaning to get a good feel for what materials you need. For instance, do you have carpet, tile, hardwood, or vinyl flooring? If you have carpet, you’ll need a carpet spot cleaner and carpet deodorizer. On the other hand, if you have hardwood, you’ll need a liquid hardwood cleaner. Once you’ve gathered what you need, store your supplies in a caddy or basket that you can easily carry from room to room. In addition to a mop, broom, and vacuum, a basic cleaning kit should consist of the following items:
- Disinfecting all-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Abrasive powder
- Duster and high-reach duster
- Disinfecting wipes
- Microfiber cloths
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Step 3: Clean One Room at a Time
Don’t try to deep clean your entire home in one day. You will either give up feeling dejected or only do a mediocre job. Instead, pick one room every day or two. Make sure to dust, clean, mop, and, if necessary, reorganize everything in the room before moving on to the next one. Some rooms may take longer than others, but even if you’re tempted, don’t do more than one room in a day. This will help you stay focused and keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Follow the guide above for an easy room-by-room checklist.