Spring Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts According to the Pros
With spring fast approaching, many families are preparing for that annual ceremony of getting rid of things that haven’t been used and giving your entire home a fresh do-over with the vacuum. However, there are a few things worth keeping in mind as you prepare to take on the spring-cleaning head-on. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that we think are important.
Do Assess the Amount of Work
The very first step to taking on any major job is to assess the extent of the work that needs to be done. All you need to do is go around the house and make a quick survey of how many items there are that need to be removed, how many surfaces need cleaning, the condition of various surfaces, and more. Doing a quick survey will help you solve one of the most annoying issues people face when dealing with spring cleaning — unwanted surprises.
Have you ever started cleaning your home, only to find out that things are much, much worse with every new piece of furniture you move out of the way? It’s not uncommon for cleaning jobs to extend way past what you can afford time-wise. Assessing the situation first will give you a much better estimate on how much work there is to be done and how long it will take.
Do Make a Plan of Action
Just like all things in life, the success of your spring-cleaning adventures will greatly depend on your organizational skills. Trying to do everything all at once will only create more chaos and leave you with a bigger mess than you started with. A plan of action defines your starting point and your finish line. With a clearly laid out path, you should be able to move quickly from one room to another.
Also, when you have a plan, you can prepare all of the tools you’ll need in advance. All the cleaning supplies, cleaning appliances, and everything else should be located and moved to a designated area where it won’t be in the way.
Do Proper Waste Management
For many people, if not most of those who decide to do spring-cleaning, the entire purpose of this process is to get rid of any unnecessary clutter. However, you can’t just drop your waste on the curb and hope it goes away. Depending on how much waste you’ve got, it might be a good idea to hire a skip bin. Make sure to hire a local one, so if you’re in Perth, try to find a skip bin hire in Perth or nearby. The further out you go, the more expensive it will be for you and the skip bin contractor.
But is it really necessary? Can’t you just load up a ute and head to your nearest landfill? Waste disposal is no joke. You have to be responsible for it and make sure that it doesn’t end up in the oceans. Hiring a waste disposal company to take care of your waste is the best way to ensure that your garbage doesn’t become everyone’s problem.
Do Give Yourself Enough Time
Cleaning is simple, but there are still a bunch of things you need to pay attention to while you clean. It’s the easy stuff that you can overlook the easiest. For example, cleaning bottom to top and then having to clean everything again. These things happen and won’t be too much of an issue as long as you give yourself enough time to do everything right.
That being said, sometimes there will be too much work for you to squeeze into a single day. Do yourself a favor and spread the workload to however many days you need to. Whatever you do, don’t rush.
Don’t Rush It
Cleaning is a binary type of work — you’re either doing it right or you’re doing it again. Rushing through a spring-cleaning job will leave you with a house that is not much better than it was when you started. In fact, it will most likely end up being worse.
How? Because the gradual onset of dust and grime isn’t something people tend to notice. However, now that you’ve gone over everything, you’ll find it hard to ignore dirty areas that you haven’t cleaned well on your first pass. All in all, just don’t rush. Give everything a good scrub, and you’ll be golden.
Don’t Do It Alone
Spring-cleaning is best done when the entire household is involved. There is no reason why you should take on this massive endeavor all by yourself. Even small children can contribute in some tiny way. Involving your kids from a young age is a great way of helping them build habits they’ll use for the rest of their lives.
Of course, if you live alone then you’ll have to take on the brunt of the work. That being said, don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if you need to dispose of larger pieces such as furniture or old kitchen appliances. In fact, you should always look for an extra set of hands when dealing with heavy things. Otherwise, you’re risking potentially serious injury.
Don’t Overuse Cleaning Products
Cleaning products and chemicals are purposefully made to be extremely aggressive and corrosive. They need to be in order to take care of hard-core stains and other dirt. One of the most common mistakes people make when using cleaning chemicals is using way more than they actually need. Make sure to read the instructions before using cleaning products in your home. Also, avoid mixing different cleaning products as they may create noxious gases when combined. Always work in properly aired space using adequate PPE.
Make It An Annual Thing
A cleaning schedule, even a yearly one, is enough to make the whole process of cleaning your house that much easier. Try and make spring-cleaning something you do every year, and you’ll find yourself dealing with smaller workloads every year. Of course, you can spread out the work all throughout the year, and keep your home squeaky clean with not a lot of effort.