Who loves spring cleaning!? Anyone? If you said “not me” then all I have to say is…same friend, same. I’m not a fan of the dreadful deep cleaning process in the slightest, however, it’s necessary to get rid of any clutter or to just touch those places that are housing dust bunnies because they’re never touched.
The cleaning process may be long and gruesome for some of us, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m all about making things easier and taking the “work smarter not harder” approach, and deep cleaning is certainly no different. If you’re getting ready to do some spring cleaning or just cleaning in general, then check out these tips to help make the process just a little bit easier!
1. Write a list
Lists are a lifesaver and become your best friend when you become an adult. I make lists for almost EVERYTHING! When you’re prepping for spring cleaning, it’s helpful to separate your rooms and tasks into different lists or categories. For example, I don’t currently live in my own space, so luckily I only have to worry about my bedroom and my office space. I write “bedroom” and “office” and then I write down the tasks I need to do in each room with a check box next to them. Once I’ve handled the task, I check the task off. I don’t only do that, but I also create subcategories. So under the bedroom category, I may put the subcategory “vanity” and then have a list of things I need to do like wipe it down and organize my makeup. Once I’ve finished a section or subcategory of the room, I check it off. Once I’ve done the entire room, I check that room off. This not only makes things more organized, but it also ensures that you didn’t miss an area in your cleaning process.
2. Make sure you have all of your cleaning materials
You can’t just go into spring cleaning…at least I don’t recommend it. The one thing I would hate is to get into the groove of cleaning and then find out that I’m out of something. Not only would you then have to go to the store, but that also creates a little setback, and anyone who has done a deep clean knows how valuable is that time. Again, a list is really helpful in this situation and will make sure that you have all of your materials so you’re good to go for cleaning day!
3. Separate the work into different days
Spring cleaning/deep cleaning can be super exhausting! I don’t even have an entire house to clean and everything is still taken out of me by the end of the day. To make things easier, it’s a lot better to separate the process into different days. This is also helpful for those who have to work during the week. The last thing you want to do is completely drain yourself trying to get everything done in one day. Depending on how much cleaning you have to do, it’s possible, but more than likely it’s best to just split the work up between however many days you think it will take to get each room done.
4. Create a music playlist
Music makes everything better! I suggest either creating your own spring cleaning playlist or finding one on Spotify. Deep cleaning isn’t always the most fun thing to do, but it can instantly become a mini party when music is in the mix and it makes time go by much faster. However, if you’re like me then you’ll often get distracted by singing and dancing, so be prepared for your cleaning products to turn into a mic!
5. Set a time limit
Procrastination is very real and with a big job like spring cleaning, it’s easy to keep putting off certain tasks or to very slowly work on getting things done. If you do the job that way then by the time you’re done it’ll be time to clean all over again. I don’t know about you, but I hate to think about still having things to deep clean and organize. To make sure you stay on your toes and make the process as quick and efficient as possible, set a time limit for when you want to be done with your spring cleaning. Tell yourself that you’re going to start on a certain day and end on a certain day. You can also do the same when you’re cleaning the rooms as well. You can say you’re going to finish cleaning a room in 2 hours or so. It helps to make goals and it feels good when you get it done in that time frame.
6. Plan out when you’re going to do it
Lastly, plan out when exactly you’re going to do your spring cleaning. If you’re normally busy through the week, then maybe choosing a weekend to do it works best for you. knowing when you’re going to do it helps you to ensure that you’re ready for it and you have all your cleaning supplies (like stated earlier). It also allows you to inform others ahead of time that you’re going to be busy trying to get things done. Some people really hate to deep clean and do better just starting because the anticipation will make them want to avoid it, which is fine, but if you need to have things organized and planned out then this is perfect for you.
Spring cleaning is not everyone’s favorite task to do, but it’s an important task to ensure you get rid of any clutter and dirt in areas that never get touched. Though a lot of work, the feeling you get afterwards is rewarding and hopefully these tips help make the process a little less gruesome!
Do you have something you do that helps to make the cleaning process go by smoothly? Share it with us in the comments!