The 5 Commandments of Cleaning
We all know the importance of keeping a clean house and it’s something we all go about differently. Regardless of where you start – whether it is in the master bathroom or the kitchen, the results would probably be the same, a pretty clean house.
I know everyone has their own personal way of cleaning and what works best for you. But if you could do it a little faster, more efficient, and easier would you?
Read on, consider, and see if these tips are helpful to you!
-Carry Your Cleaning Supplies
Organize your cleaning supplies and carry them with you; your gloves, baking soda, all-purpose cleaners, etc. This is to eliminate making too many unnecessary trips back and forth throughout the house.
If you put your supplies in a caddy or bucket you’ve just saved yourself time and you’re staying on track.
In order to keep your caddy or tote from getting too heavy, you can always keep room-specific cleaning supplies close.
For instance, keep toilet bowl cleaners in the bathroom. If you can, purchase supplies when they are on sale and keep one in each bathroom.
-Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen
Our kitchens are one of the most trafficked rooms in our households; we make our meals here together and it can be a gathering place during the holidays. Therefore, it’s important to regularly give your kitchen a good spring cleaning. Start by sorting through your refrigerator and your freezer, throwing away any old and expired food. Clean your oven with cleaners that get rid of tough, baked-on grease and food spills. Clean your cooktop stove by removing the knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers from the stove.
-Spring Cleaning Your Living Room
We spend a lot of time in our living rooms. When we come home from a hard day at work, it’s our place where we just want to sit and relax. We spend time there with our family watching television. When guests arrive, we settle there, visiting on the comfortable couch in the living room. Sometimes, we may even eat in the living room (even if we’re not supposed to). Light cleaning is fine when there is a stain; however, it’s important to give your couches and chairs a good cleaning every couple of months. A handheld vacuum is small enough to use in areas where you need portability such as couches, chairs, steps, and other places you may not be able to get with a regular vacuum.
Start dusting by starting from the top and working your way down, vacuum your carpets and hardwood floors regularly. If you have hardwood floors make sure that you are dusting, vacuuming, and then mopping your floors.
-Spring Cleaning Your Bedroom
It’s important to clean your mattress. It may not be pleasurable to think about, but your mattress is home to dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites, and more. While you may regularly clean your bed linens, have you ever thought about cleaning your mattress?
Along with the changing seasons, your wardrobe also changes, so it’s time to put away those bulky sweaters and boots and pull out the shorts and t-shirts. While you’re switching out your winter to spring wardrobe, take the opportunity to clean out your closet. You will probably find clothes hidden that you haven’t worn because they no longer fit or match your personal style. Make piles of what you want to keep and what you want to throw away or donate. Be honest, ask yourself, “Will I really wear this again?” If you say yes, then keep it, but if you say no or if you’re not sure, then you probably will not wear it again and it’s probably safe to get rid of.
Organize your shoes in your closet with a nice shoe rack. If you have a collection of scarves, displaying them in your closet keeps them tidy and well organized.
-Cleaning Your Bathroom
Yes, even your bathrooms need to undergo cleaning. Dust those vents and fans. If you have a cloth shower curtain, throw it in the laundry. You can also clean a vinyl shower curtain by scrubbing any mildew and scum stains with soap and a scrub brush. If stains are persistent, then you can clean it in the gentle cycle under cold water, but be sure to add a couple of dirty towels in with the wash so the vinyl does not stick together.
While you should always make sure to clean your toilets, shower, sink, and mirror regularly, spring cleaning is also the perfect time to clean out areas of your bathroom that you may normally miss such as throwing away old cosmetics and medicines from your cabinet that you no longer need or that are expired.