Most homeowners handle some type of spring cleaning each year. This year is a bit different with the pandemic causing everybody to be stuck at home.
There really isn’t a better time to do your spring cleaning than right now. You can declutter, get things ready to be sold or donates, and do a thorough deep clean of your home.
Even if you’re currently working from home, you probably have more time than you know what to do with. Why not put that time to good use and make your home cleaner than it has ever been?
If you’re thinking about doing some spring cleaning, here are some tips and tricks to use to ensure you end up with a home that sparkles.
Top 7 Tips & Tricks for Spring Cleaning in 2020
1. Clean First, Disinfect Second
Yes, you’re probably in a hurry to rid your home of germs and you may panic every single time something new comes into the house. However, you still want to stick to this tip and clean first before disinfecting.
Cleaning will help get rid of the contaminants on the surfaces throughout the home. Once you’ve cleaned a surface, you want to go back over it a second time to disinfect.
Normally, you might only worry about disinfecting high-touch surfaces, but in today’s world, you should clean and disinfect every inch of your home. In fact, it’s a good idea to disinfect the following high-touch areas daily:
- Computer Keyboard
- Phone and Tablets
- Toilet handle
- Fridge handles
- TV Remote
By keeping the high-touch areas of your home disinfected, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your home is germ-free.
2. Work from the Ceiling to the Floor
With spring cleaning, you want to start high and finish low. For example, if you have a ceiling fan, it should be dusted before you mop the floors.
If you try to dust it after you’ve mopped the floors, you’ll likely have to re-mop due to the mess it will cause. Always work from the ceiling to the floor with spring cleaning.
3. Declutter Everything
Now is the perfect time for a super-thorough, deep spring decluttering of your home. You probably have plenty of things you’ve been meaning to sell or donate.
Go through every closet, every room, and every other space in your home for a deep decluttering. If you have items you can sell online and ship, consider listing them now to get them out of the house. Anything you plan to donate, you may have to set aside in the garage or a specific closet until you have a chance to donate them.
4. Take it One Room at a Time
If you’re at home with kids, you’re working from home, you’re on the hunt for a new job, or you have other tasks to attend to, you want to take spring cleaning one room at a time. It can become overwhelming if you try to do it all in one day or even one weekend.
Take the time to thoroughly clean and declutter each room and only work with one at a time. If you want to get the kids involved, offer some type of fun reward once the job is done.
5. Don’t Forget the Walls and the Windows
Since you’re going to become a spring cleaning super-hero this year, you want to make sure you cover every square inch. Take the time to clean the walls and the windows in each room. Make sure you get the inside of the windows, remove and clean any screens, and even do the outside of the windows for the first floor of your home.
6. Save the Garage for Last
You may need to use the garage to temporarily store items you plan to sell or donate. For now, let the garage be the last area you clean. You can do a quick disinfecting throughout the garage before you start, if you feel it’s necessary, but wait to do the rest of the garage until you’ve had a chance to clear out the things you’re getting rid of through selling or donating.
7. Move Furniture and Appliances for Cleaning
You need to make sure you take the time to clean under furniture and behind appliances. It may take a little longer in some rooms, but you want to be as thorough as possible.
There isn’t really a better time than right now, for most, to handle spring cleaning. When things start to open back up, it may end up getting put off and every house could certainly use a good cleaning in today’s world.