5 Time-saving Spring Cleaning Tips

5 Time-saving Spring Cleaning Tips

Learn the 5 time-saving tips and ideas to make this monumental task a little easier.

By: Amy Feezor

1. Plan It Out
You know how it's always simpler to get your grocery shopping done when you've created a list ahead of time? Apply the same logic to spring cleaning. Before you begin, grab a notebook and a pen, and walk through each room you're planning to tackle. Write down the areas in need of cleaning or repair, remembering to look up high (think overhead lighting or ceiling fans) and down low (baseboards, carpeting).

2. Arm Yourself
After you've determined what you'll be cleaning in each room, make note of the tools you'll need to complete each step — then take inventory of your current crop of supplies. Find out if you're running low on cleaners and solutions, and double-check to make sure you've got the gear to get going. A good arsenal often includes mops and brooms, buckets, sponges, microfiber cloths, wash rags, multi-surface cleansers, a duster with an extendable handle, trash bags and a squeegee for windows.

3. Get Mobile
Ensure those supplies will move easily throughout the house. Assemble the basics in a portable caddy or a bucket to better move your tools from room to room, and throw on an old apron with plenty of pocket space for stowing rags and towels. (Bonus: It will help protect your clothing as you clean.)

4. Remove Items
Cut down on clutter by committing to removing five (or more!) items from each room you'll be cleaning. Those paperback books collecting dust in the living room? Give them to a bookworm girlfriend. The dress with the tags still on that's banging in the closet? Donate it or sell it on Craigslist. The medication and beauty products in the bathroom that expired, oh, two years ago? Dispose of them safely. You'll be surprised how much lighter your house will feel with a little less extra "stuff."


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5. Make It a Family Affair
Let's be honest: Sometimes it's less frustrating if you simply take care of the spring cleaning yourself. But don't forget that you're not the only one who contributed to the mess — and you shouldn't be the only one who cleans it all up. Use your checklist to delegate tasks that might be better suited for a taller or more nimble spouse or little hands that can easily help sort and donate old toys.

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