Most of us are familiar with spring cleaning. There are, however, a few tips we can take from the pros that will make it more efficient and manageable. What are some secrets that every individual should know that can help make the process run more smoothly?
The One-Year Principle
Most professionals have at least a variant of this particular rule, which says that if you have not used an item for at least one year, you probably shouldn’t keep it. There are exceptions to this rule, but it is a good general idea. When deciding whether to keep or toss an item, think about when you last used it, and if it has been too long, it is likely useless and taking up valuable space.
Top to Bottom
This is a basic rule that is always wise. When spring cleaning, begin cleaning at the top of each room and continue on toward the bottom. For example, begin with washing walls, then cleaning furniture and tables, and finally give the floor a thorough cleaning. Most particles generally fall downwards, and this secret ensures that you will not clean the floor, only to have dust and other junk fall from furniture as you move to the next step.
Keep, Donate, Trash
When you are going through anything from old clothing to extra clutter, keep this simple rule in mind: keep, donate, or trash. Always divide the items into three piles as you sort them. Keep the items you love, donate the items that are in good condition but someone else can put to better use, and trash anything with damage. This makes every pile easier to deal with and to organize.
Don’t Work Alone
Even the most ambitious and organized professional will tell you that it is almost always easier to get a job done with a little help. If possible, include family members by giving everyone their own personalized “to do” list. If you are not getting enough cooperation from immediate family members, or you live alone, consider doing a cleaning swap with friends, or give thought to hiring a professional.
Work in Sections
One tried and true method for making spring cleaning easier to handle is by working in segments in your home. If you attempt to tackle everything at once, you will soon be overwhelmed. Move through your home room by room, and corner by corner. In no time at all, you will have completed your entire list.
Any professional will gladly remind you that the fewer items you have, the less you will have to clean and organize later on. As mentioned before – when you are going through your home during spring cleaning, think about what you can live without. Get rid of unnecessary items whenever possible.
Spring cleaning is not always an easy task, but if you follow a few simple principles, you will make it much easier on yourself. Professionals have some secrets that can help anyone who is looking to become more efficient at this time of year. With these secrets, and a little work, you will soon have your home looking beautiful once again.