You are probably quarantined at home right now, and maybe looking for activities to do to be occupied during this period. Coincidentally is Spring cleaning season too, since you have more time available, it is an excellent opportunity for cleaning, decluttering and organizing your home.
Here are 5 tips that will help you with Spring Cleaning:
1. Get your tools and supplies in order
Having all your tools in one place will make all the process of spring cleaning more manageable, you will save time running from one place to another, looking for the sponge or the multi-purpose cleaner. Some of the items you might need are paper towels, mop, vacuum cleaner, window cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner.
Did you run out of disinfectants? Looking for natural disinfectants? Here is a simple recipe using natural ingredients that you are likely to have at home that can be very handy.
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- 1 squirt natural dish soap
- Mix up all the ingredients into one spray bottle.
- Shake it up before you use it and spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean cloth.
2. Make a do to list
Focus in one space at a time, you can even separate your chores into different days of the week, for not feeling overwhelmed and pressured to finish everything in one day. You should prioritize the space that needs more attention.
- Monday: Kitchen – Clean the fridge, microwave, stove, and do a wipe-down of all the counters.
- Tuesday: Bathroom – Germs stay longer on a wet surface, so don’t forget to clean the taps, handles, knobs, mats, and the floor of the washroom.
- Wednesday: Bedroom – Wash your sheets, dust side tables, vacuum, and clear clutter.
- Thursday: Living Room – Dust and wash all mirrors, frames, and decorative items and vacuum all rugs and upholstery.
- Friday: Accessories – Organize your closet and clean your accessories from your watch, shoes to jewelry and sanitize them as much as possible before wearing them.
3. Clean high-touch places where you often put on your hands
Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step you should take, even if you aren’t leaving the house. Anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there is some possibility of exposure. It is essential that you take time to clean these areas to get rid of any germs. Clean the door handles, stair rails, window sills, kitchen counters, toilets, and even your phone.
Every home is a little bit different, so think about the areas where your family and roommates spend the most time.
4. Have fun while spring cleaning
You might not think cleaning is fun, but to try to make that most out of it, get creative, put on your favorite playlist or listen to your favorite podcast and get started with your chores. You can even set a timer for each playlist, so you know the amount of time it took to do each task. Play some spring cleaning games and set up a reward system whenever you achieve a goal. These will help things feel less tedious.
5. Establish new routines
Now is an excellent time to establish new routines and cleaning habits. It won’t only be useful due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but because it will make the next spring cleaning way more manageable. Start with a simple routine, organizing your closet every week and cleaning your windows at least twice a month, try decluttering those clothes and accessories you no longer use and donate them if you can. This will help you to have your home beautiful and neat all year long.
Stay Home and Stay Safe!