How To Spring Clean Your Home Like A Pro
Let me just preface this by saying I hate cleaning. It's the worst thing ever. It's times like this that I wish I had been accepted to Hogwarts and I could just wave my wand and everything would be neatly organized in my closet and the entire home would be vacuumed. But alas, I never received my acceptance letter when I turned 11. So I had to learn how to clean the house like a muggle. Okay, I'll stop using Harry Potter references. But I do have some advice on how to clean when you are a massive hater of cleaning house. Here are some quick tips on how to spring clean your home like a pro.
Make a game plan.
What always helps me with getting started is writing down everything I have to do. From cleaning the windows to wiping down the countertops and everything in between. Write it all down in the form of a list. It's easier to get stuff done when you can keep marking things off of a list. It makes me feel like I've accomplished so much, even if it is just unloading a dish from the dishwasher.
You don't have to vacuum the entire home first. It's easier if you start out small. Trust me. Begin with one room. It doesn't even have to be the master bedroom. Start with the closet or bathroom, then work your way to the other rooms around your home. Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint. Don't think of all that you have yet to do, think of everything you have already done. This will also help motivate you to actually clean the master bedroom. Eventually.
Throw stuff away. Like a lot of stuff.
Stop holding on to those shoes with the broken heel or that comforter that is ripped down the middle. Throw garbage where it belongs: in the garbage. If you keep accumulating trash, you're going to be on an episode of Hoarders. No one wants that. Throw things away to free up space for the things you have and other things that you have yet to purchase.
In order to be clean, you must organize. I know, organizing is the worst. But in the end, it keeps a home cleaner and easier to maintain than if you simply throw everything under your bed or into the closet. There are tons of ways to organize. Purchase bins and label them for your closet. Organize your kitchen by assigning specific drawers and cabinets for certain things. It's easier than you think, trust me.
Maintain the cleanliness for as long as you can.
This is the tricky part. It's incredibly hard to make sure your home stays clean. If you are anything like me, your home will probably be dirty within a week or two. But it's easier to clean a house that is a little messy than one that looks like it should be on an episode of Flip That House. Maintain the upkeep! Dust things off as you go. Wipe down the countertops in your bathroom every morning. Put those dishes in the dishwasher on the daily. When it comes to cleaning the house, the little things go a long way!
About the author: Carly is a blogger for Smith Monitoring, a company that provides Allen home security. She is an expert in all things DIY and can always be found writing about Austin home security or how to make delicious treats for the home.