The shelter in place orders are tough. But there is a silver lining - it did come at the same time as Spring Cleaning! This is the perfect time to go through the home and really clean it up. We've put together a list of five Spring Cleaning tasks you can do with the whole family now that everyone is home.
What Is Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning is that time of year, usually around March/April, where people decide they want to get their homes back in order. The sun is starting to come back and so are people's energy. So it's a perfect time to refresh the home. Read on for our 5 simple tips on how to get your home Spring clean and how to keep it that way all year long!
Tip 1: Get Trashed
I'm not saying that couple Quarantinis won't help, but that's not what I'm referring to here. The first thing to do is pick up the trash. Make sure every room as a trash can or trash bag and assign one person to that room to clear it. Or make it a contest with the family and see who can round up the most trash throughout the house. Kids love prizes, even if it's just a gold star or extra dessert. So have a few little rewards ready to go for the everyone - even the ones who don't win. The goal is to keep everyone motivated.
Pro tip: Leave a few extra trash bags at the bottom of your cans, then put a fresh liner in. This way you don't have to hunt for them the next time you take out the trash.
While you're picking up trash, be on the lookout for dishes and other things that need to be taken to the kitchen to be cleaned.
Tip 2: Get Organized
Now that the trash is picked up, it's time to organize the home. That starts with identifying what things you use most often and putting those in easy to access places. Make is easy to get the and easy to put it back. This will help keep your home tidy for longer because people will be more likely to put it back if it's easy to do so. Here are a few other tricks for keeping organized:
Use baskets to put toys, blankets, extra pillows and dirty clothes in. Baskets are great because they can be decorative so you can leave it out within a living room. Use baskets without lids for the kid's areas. This makes it easier for them to see what goes in the basket, and easy for them to put items away.
Use clear bins for storage. Clear bins makes it easy to see what is inside. Items that are used seasonally or even monthly can be put into storage. Use space under the bed, in closets, the garage or shed for this. If you decide to label the bins, place a piece of painters tape over the lid and write on that instead of writing directly on the lid.
Organize table tops and desks. These areas tend to get cluttered very quick. The dining room table tends to be the place in our home where we throw everything when we come home. Coats, groceries, mail, etc. But make this a no fly zone and it will force people to put those items away. For your office desk, find organizing tools to hold the little things like pens, paper, mail or anything else that is loose. These items will quickly take up lots of space on your desk. But if you have a place to put them, you'll stay tidy all year.
Lastly, the kitchen. When was the last time you went through the cupboards and made sure everything was in it's place? Go through the cabinets and the counter top and put things in an order that allows you to use the kitchen the way you want it. Spices near the stove top, coffee cups near the coffer machine, plates, bowls and glassware on the first shelf, etc. Think about your daily routines and make it easy to get what you need each time.
Tip 3: Get New Sheets
It's important to create an environment in your home that is great to enjoy during the day and allow for peaceful sleep at night. One way to refresh the feel of a home is by adding some brightly colored sheets to the beds. Duvet covers are one of our favorite ways to do this because it's cost effective. Duvets can be washed and can be folded and stored like a flat sheet. That means you don't have to buy a new comforter for each season. Instead, just swap out the duvet cover.
Tip 4: Get Fresh Air
Find the air freshener aisle at your local Target store and start smelling the air. Find a nice floral or crisp linen scent. Then come home and spray it liberally throughout. Yes - we do recommend doing this before you start cleaning. It helps to brighten the mood. You'll enjoy cleaning more when it smells fresh.
Tip 5: Get Cleaning
Now that the home is in order and you know what needs to be cleaned, get to cleaning! Work your way from top to bottom so that you're not re-cleaning anything as you go. We recommend tackling things in this order:
Make sure to clean a surface and clear it of any visible dust and grime before applying the disinfectant. The disinfectant will need to sit on the surface for a few minutes to work properly. Check your product's label for exact kill times. Click here for a list of the EPA's approved disinfectants for COVID-19.
Once your home is cleaned, you can easily keep it that way by hiring a professional cleaning service like Spring Into Clean to come back as needed to maintain your home. Use our free cleaning calculator to get a free instant quote.