If you are looking for a new project to keep you busy now that we are practicing our social distance, you may want to think of Marie Kondo-ing the heck out of your place. If you didn't jump on the bandwagon last year by clearing her six basic rules, start there before following the next six rules to get your spring cleaning.
Step 1 – Gather and Plan
Think of this way to improve your spring cleaning work movement. We're talking about being effective here, folks. Gather your essential supplies: rags, tassels, mops, cleaning sprays, scrub brushes, etc. Check under the sinks and in the garage for any cleaning items that you forgot to have found. It's easy to get in the habit of storing and storing without rotating your warehouse, so use what you have to get the extra stuff that can infiltrate your house.
Time to plan. This means deciding where to focus, what goals you are and giving yourself enough time to achieve them. When you manage one room at a time it sounds like a good method, you can think of cleaning by category instead. This will help you focus on one thing so that when you are tired of cleaning all the lamps, all the windowsills or all the ceiling fans, you will be ready to move on to the next task.
Before you begin, make sure you really know it. Find some cleaning music to keep you motivated, turn on your earbuds or blast it off your speakers and don't be afraid to dance and sing. You have already made the decision to do so, might as well make it fun!
Step 2 – Move the big thing
It's amazing how big these dust bunnies can grow when left undetected. Drain them and your allergies by moving large furniture for a thorough cleaning: the standing bookshelves, sofa, desk, armchair and under the coffee table. Transfer the area rugs outside for good ventilation. Dust and vacuum the unmanned corners.
Before you take everything back inside, take a moment to re-evaluate your space. Enjoy the blank canvas and try to discover a better way to arrange the furniture. Feel free to reduce as you go and get rid of anything that doesn't work in your new arrangement.
Step 3 – Go into the hard-to-reach places
Time for the micro-cleaner, pay attention to the places you don't normally think of cleaning, like the top of the fridge and cabinets. Remove the screens from the windows, spray them down and clean the windows and window boards both inside and out. Clean the vacuum filters, air filters and anything else that is supposed to keep your air fresh.
Step 4 – Raid the Fridge
Not with your stomach but with your trash. Get rid of everything that has gone out, leftovers that have gone above and beyond their best, and arrange a schedule to eat any of the perishable ones that are at the forefront of their freshness date. Do the same for the freezer and pantry. Wipe or scrub down the shelves, paying particular attention to the emissions and dirt that have lived there since last year's cooling cleaning.
Step 5 – Time to Hit Refresh
After months of flannel sheets with high covers and bulky jackets and scarves, you see enough forward to cooler bedding and lighter clothes. Wash or dry your winter items before removing them for storage to prevent dust and sweat from attracting insects and moths. These pests can cause serious damage to your favorite sweaters that you may not discover until you pull them out in the fall. Take some extra precautions to prevent malignancy before storage.
Step 6 – Get into the dirt
Nature and the outdoors provide a powerful healing connection. Feel the benefits of that connection by taking yourself outside and taking care of your houseplants. After a long dry winter you may find that they are a little worse to wear, but do not worry. A little love and a little TLC in the form of cutting dead foliage, moving into fresh soil and transplanting to a larger pot if the roots are potbound will do them wonders.
Fertilization according to the package instructions to get them started again increased power for the growing season. Spray and wipe the leaves to remove any dust collected during the winter rest.
Of course, if you really lack potted plants because they didn't do it through the winter or else you're just not a potted plant type, don't worry. You can still connect to nature with the perfect plant to fit your brown thumb. And check out some tips to help your plants get through next winter.
It's been a long winter. Get up and do the cleaning to welcome spring!