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We get it: no one wants to talk about cleaning, much less read about it. But no matter how long you dismiss that storage box of “just in case items” or resort to storing clothes under the bed instead of retiring pieces you barely (never) wear, it’ll eventually catch up with you. Here are eight spring cleaning tips to make the process easy and – dare we say it – enjoyable.
De-clutter Right Away
Because you can’t start cleaning until you rid the items you no longer need – from worn clothing to magazine collections to toiletry items to expired pantry staples. Leave no stone unturned.
Stock up on Supplies
It’s no fun to start cleaning only to realize you’re without a few essentials, be it glass cleaner or scrub brushes. Check your inventory and make a list of what you need (we recommend Mrs. Meyer’s earth-friendly products). And see here for Martha Stewart’s list of stain removal basics.
Invest in a High-Quality Vacuum
Trust us when we say a top-grade cleaning appliance is worth the investment. Dyson sells a variety of high-tech cordless vacuums that can access any stubborn corner. The company even has a robot vacuum that does all the work for you.
Tackle One Room at a Time
The idea of spending the weekend disinfecting your entire home probably draws just as much excitement as the thought of watching paint dry. So think small, tackling one room at a time. When you’re done for the day, pick up where you left off tomorrow (and actually follow through with it).
Speaking to the point above, cleaning one room does not mean making the bed and throwing a few old bills out before calling it quits. Clean thoughtfully – addressing forgotten places (under the bed, the drapery, ceiling fan blades etc.) and consider the purpose of each item you own.
Make Subtle Updates
After undergoing a comprehensive clean, refresh your home with a few new pieces, from beautiful bed linens to cheerful toss cushions, that will wake up your space for a new season.
Remember the Fridge
During a master home cleanse, many neglect the fridge, intending to tackle it but never do. Yet it’s one of the hardest working appliances in the home – so give it some love. Clean the doors and interior shelves (salt and soda water make for a great natural cleaner) and eliminate unpleasant odors (fresh coffee grounds work like a charm).
A refreshing snack one day and a reliable cleaning supply the next – citrus fruits can do no wrong. Cut a lemon in half to clean water stains, scrub your sink by dipping half a lime in baking soda or make a natural air freshener with hot water, orange slices, vanilla and cinnamon cloves.