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How To: Survive Spring Cleaning

Posted March 26, 2012 by Jennifer

Spring is finally here, and that means sunshine, shorts, and scrub brushes. That’s right – it’s time again for a thorough spring-cleaning. So crank up the tunes, roll up your sleeves, and read on for some helpful house cleaning tips.

Prep Like A Pro

Sure, cleaning is a chore, but with a bit of planning you can minimize the hassle and – dare we say – even enjoy the process. Start by looking at your calendar and scheduling a large chunk (or chunks) of time when you know you won’t be interrupted. Don’t hesitate to enlist help from the rest of the family. Everyone in your home should lend a hand to keep it clean.

Next, pick up. A few days before your “deep” clean, go around the house and put away stray items, pitching anything you no longer need. This is also the time to tackle that looming pile of laundry. After all, it’s hard to vacuum when you can’t see the floor.

Stock Your Supplies

Before donning your rubber gloves, you’ll also want to make sure you’re well stocked with cleaning supplies. Take a quick under-sink inventory and replenish anything that’s running low. We recommend stashing your products in a portable shower caddy so you can move swiftly from room to room.

Below is our list of must-have cleaning products. Keep in mind that there are fantastic “green” versions of just about all of these items. Of course, vinegar and baking soda make great natural cleaners too.

Products To Have On Hand

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Grout and tile cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Sponges and scrub brush
  • Rags, including microfiber dust cloths
  • Vacuum bags or filters
  • Disposable dust and mop pads
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags

Clean From Top To Bottom

Okay, enough prep work. It’s time to clean your space from top to bottom – literally. Always start at the “top” of a room and work your way down to the floors. In the living room, for instance, begin by dusting the ceiling fans, then wipe down picture frames and windows, tackle tables and sofas, and finally, vacuum the carpet. You’ll pick up any dust that’s settled along the way.

Be sure to take breaks from time to time, but keep them short so you don’t lose momentum. Setting a time limit for each room will also help you stay on track.

Take Time For Seasonal Tasks

Congratulations. You’ve spritzed, buffed, and washed your way to a sparkling home…but you’re not off the hook just yet. This is the perfect time to take on special seasonal cleaning and maintenance projects.

Read through our spring chore list, and take care of any tasks that apply to you.

Seasonal Cleaning and Maintenance Tasks

  • Wash curtains and dust blinds
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Wipe down inside of refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean oven
  • Wash pillows, blankets, and comforters
  • Turn mattresses
  • Replace air conditioner filters
  • Check batteries in smoke detectors
  • Replace storm windows with screens
  • Scrub porch, deck, and driveway
  • Clean gutters
  • Organize garage

We wish you a happy spring and a successful spring- cleaning. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback at PODS.com.

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