The sun is shining, the breeze is cool and you're ready to freshen your home with a few spring cleaning tips.
Spring cleaning shouldn't mean choking on cleaning fumes or burning your eyes and skin. But sadly, almost all spring cleaning supplies contain dangerous or questionable chemicals119, such as:
Spring cleaning (and spring cleaning supplies) should rejuvenate us, not make us sick!
That's why all the following spring cleaning tips will help you accomplish your goal in a safe, non-toxic way. We'll start with the essential spring cleaning supplies.
Perhaps the best spring cleaning tips have to do with keeping things simple and eco-friendly. All-natural household cleaners do just that.
The following spring cleaning supplies are 100% safe, inexpensive and easy to find and use.
Once you have these things in order, the next step is to implement a plan and put the following spring cleaning tips into action.
Read through the following spring cleaning tips before you get started. They should give you plenty of ideas to create your own plan of action, as well as several useful hints to make your job easier, more enjoyable and more organized.
Make It Fun, Funny or Memorable
Fun, upbeat music and a healthy dose of utter silliness go a long way to keeping you energized and on task. To engage kids, try decorating broom handles with streamers, don special party hats or funny voices, or tell silly stories as you work. Or throw a spring cleaning party with a special meal to celebrate when you're done.
Don't forget to open windows and doors if the weather is nice. You'll not only air your home out, you'll also increase your own fresh air intake, which will increase your energy and mood.
Most homes won't be spring cleaned in one afternoon. A truly deep clean can take anywhere from 2-6 hours per area.
Instead, use the following spring cleaning tips to create a working schedule and plan your attack well.
Create Your Own Checklist
The best way to do this is to break down your areas to clean into sections (master bedroom, bathroom, closet, kitchen, pantry, etc). Then break down each section into individual tasks that need accomplishing in each room (dust fans, clean windows, wash sheets,etc).
Once you have a checklist, estimate how much time it will take you to accomplish each task. Then as you work on each task, write down the actual time it took you to finish the task. This will help you to estimate the same tasks in other rooms and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Using this checklist, you can divide the tasks by estimated times and create a flexible schedule (giving yourself plenty of extra cushion in your time).
Organize As You Go
As you start on a room, begin by sorting, decluttering and organizing the major items in that area first. This means picking up any clutter, putting things in the laundry and generally clearing the area of excess "stuff".
Any items that don't belong in the area you're working on should go into one of four piles, baskets or bags:
Don't try to leave the area you're working on to put something away! Just put the piles near the door and take them with you when you finish the room.
Work From The Top Down
This spring cleaning tip is a must. The last thing you want to do is dust the table, then dust the fan blades, only to find you need to dust the table again. By working from the top down, you'll save time, energy and resources by not repeating tasks.
A few things to keep in mind when working from the top down:
Dry Clean Before You Wet Clean
Often, if you don't remove dirt, dust and debris before you start adding water, the result can be a big muddy mess.
This includes the obvious sweeping before you mop. But it also includes dusting fan blades before you wash them, vacuuming dirt and debris from window tracks before you wash the windows, etc.
Keep Up, Not Catch Up
It's always easier to keep on top of things than to try to catch up every spring.
Create a monthly checklist to accomplish throughout the year. You can break it down by rooms (April: kitchen, May: bedrooms, etc) or by tasks (June: windows ceiling fans, July: walls and baseboards, etc). Then create a flexible schedule to get it done each month.
Other Spring Cleaning Tips
Here are a few more spring cleaning tips and tricks sent in by readers:
And remember to check out Natural Household Cleaners to learn how to clean anything safely with non-toxic spring cleaning supplies.
Implementing these spring cleaning tips and transitioning to non-toxic spring cleaning supplies are just two things you can do to create a non-toxic home.
Here are a few more ideas:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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