There are many things to look forward to at your Miller & Smith home during the springtime: playing outside with the kids, firing the grill up, and longer days! But wait, we didn’t see spring-cleaning on that list! Too often, people think of spring-cleaning as a long, drawn out affair that takes days and involves too much stress. We’re here to let you know that spring-cleaning your Miller & Smith home can be done in just one day! Don’t believe us? Take some of our tips into consideration and we bet you’ll have a stress-free day of spring-cleaning ahead of you.
In order to be as efficient as possible, it is always wise to come up with a plan of attack. Figure out which rooms you want to focus on the most, and how long you will aim to spend on them. Now is also a great time to see what cleaning supplies you have and if you need to stock up on anything else. If you have kids or a spouse helping out, make sure that everyone knows their jobs ahead of time! Tip: if you have a family, give the most attention to the rooms that get the most use, such as the kitchen and great room. Plan out your spring-cleaning the day before you begin, and make fun checklist posters to track the progress!
Divide and conquer
There’s no need to fight over who is using the vacuum! While one person is using the vacuum or mop or anything else you may want to use, take the opportunity to do another task. Gather up all the trash from the trashcans, change a load of laundry, or wipe down the counters. You’ll get twice the amount of cleaning done in the same time period!
If you want to go on a marathon 8 hour cleaning spree, that is up to you! More realistically, you will get tired and be less likely to clean as much as the hours go by. Choose one or two really important tasks that you want to get done (clean the fridge, purge your closet, etc) and focus on those before you get to other things. Chances are, you’ll feel much better about spring-cleaning if you get your most important items done and out of the way!
Do everything in bulk
It’s easy to get side tracked by small tasks that pop up out of nowhere. However, if you focus on cleaning all of the same thing at once, it’ll be easier throughout the day. If you’re going to wash your sheets, wash all of the sheets from every bedroom as well. If you’re cleaning your toilet (no one’s favorite), then clean every toilet and get it over with. Tip: split up tasks between floors. Tell your partner that you’ll do all the bathrooms upstairs if they take the ones downstairs. Teamwork makes the spring-cleaning dream work!
There’s nothing like a reward at the finish line to make you cross it! For the adults that are spring cleaning, tell yourselves that if you get everything done by happy hour, you can unwind with a nice glass of wine or even a night out. If your kids are helping you, let them stay up late to watch a movie or go out for ice cream. And even if you don’t get it all done, that glass of wine is still a good idea!
Spring is not only great for getting organized, but also it is the perfect time to move into a brand new Miller & Smith home, so check out our website for more information!