Beautiful fragrances, the awakening of nature and the abundance of daylight are not the only effects that spring is bringing to your household. With it arises the need to complete numerous new chores, most notable of which is your annual spring cleaning.
This can be quite a bit of work and will most probably take an entire day, but, as always, you have the choice of working hard or working smart.
Here are 6 spring cleaning shortcuts that are bound to make a great difference in saving time, reducing effort and increasing the efficiency of your work.
One of the first tasks you will have is definitely going to be cleaning your windows from both inside and out.
The most important thing here is to use different patterns for outside and inside. For instance, you could wipe the inside in a left to right manner, while on the outside follow the up and down scheme.
In this way you will be able to monitor your progress during the entire cleaning and see clearly if you happen to miss the spot.
It also prevents you from returning to places you already cleaned
Furthermore, keep in mind that window panes are not its only elements. Wash the screen as well as the blinds while you are at it.
Sure, this means additional work, but it’s not like this is something you do on a regular basis.
Next thing you need to address is your kitchen.
Since kitchen elements come in direct contact with food you and your family consume, using hazardous chemicals will be out of question. This means that you will have to resort to various homemade cleaning solutions made from ingredients like vinegar, lime, bleach, soapy water and baking soda.
Another thing you should remember (for your own safety) is to unplug all the electrical appliances before you start cleaning them.
Finally, seeing how the stove will be the hotspot of grease, germs and overall dirt in your kitchen, you should save it for the last. Otherwise, you would just spread what was on it all over your kitchen.
Clean the gutters.
When it comes to cleaning the gutters, the key lies in proper preparation.
First, you need a long sleeve shirt and a rubber gloves.
Next, you need an extendable ladder and a plastic scoop in order to remove the gunk.
Finally, you can save quite a bit of time by spreading a plastic tarp on which you will deposit all of this. This way, you won’t have to clean the lawn afterwards.
Carpets and rugs.
After you have done with the previous two, it’s time to pay some attention to your carpets and rugs.
Since they suffer from heavy foot-traffic all year long, it might be time for some steam cleaning.
Some people prefer to buy their own steam-cleaner, but most, who use it only once per year, might not see this as a wise investment.
You see, cleaning carpets poses more of a time than an effort issue, which makes it something best left to professionals.
All you need to do is look for a carpet cleaning company and contact them about this. Chances are, they will arrive by the time you finish tidying up the rest of the place.
Keep your supplies close.
Additionally, you need to ask yourself what takes up the most of your time while cleaning.
Is it scrubbing and rinsing or going back and forth because you forgot to bring something along?
Because of this, it might be a good idea to begin with tasks such as windows and carpet cleaning first and then start going room to room.
In this way, before you even start you need to organize all items you will use into a handy cart, container or basket, so that you don’t have to traverse through your home every few seconds instead of just focusing on the cleaning.
Time is relative.
There are two situations in which spring cleaning takes too much time.
In the first, you have too many obligations and need to wrap things up as quickly as possible and in the second, you find the process tediously boring and can’t wait to get it over with.
In first case, you can just apply any of the above-listed five tips, but when it comes to the latter you need to assume a different approach.
Either make this cleaning into a family activity or find a way to make it more fun by playing your jam while doing it.
Apart from saving a lot of your time, these tips also save your energy. In this way, you might even change the way you perceive spring cleaning altogether.
If you are one with workaholic tendencies you may even start to look forward to it.
Stranger things have happened.
Leila Dorari is a marketing consultant and a freelance writer. She currently advises individuals and companies on the advantages of hiring carpet cleaning Sydney based company. When taking a break from making new marketing slogans, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.