Spring Cleaning in a Hurry: Just Five Minutes a Day Keep the Dust Bunnies Away!
by Michelle Medlock Adams
Ahhhh…Spring. Birds singing. Flowers blooming. Trees budding. Mops mopping. Brooms sweeping. Cloths dusting. Yep, you guessed it. Springtime means it’s time for spring cleaning. If you’re already envisioning hours of backbreaking scrubbing in an all-day clean-a-thon—we’ve got good news for you. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. In fact, you can spend just a few minutes a day and have your entire home spic and span by the weekend.
“I like the breaking down of tasks by day so it isn’t so daunting,” explains Keely Stutz, who has owned her own professional cleaning company for the past 12 years. It’s a mind shift, really, according to Stutz. By picking one room a day to deep clean, the task doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Little by little, day by day, your spring cleaning moves forward and your house experiences that deep clean you were hoping for without disrupting your life too much.
Stutz also believes we should make the most of every walk through the house. This works especially well to keep your house picked up in between the deep cleans.
“Sometimes, if I’m kind of tired and having a lazy day on the weekend, I’ll make a point to do something every time I’m off the couch and up around the house,” she says. “For example, if I go into the kitchen to get a snack, I’ll load the dishwasher.”
Accomplishing a little every time you walk through the house can go a long way, but let’s talk room-by-room spring cleaning.
Spring Cleaning Quick Tips for Every Room
Before you begin your cleaning frenzy, here are a few basics. Stutz suggests starting from the top of the room that you’re cleaning and working your way down.
“Working top to bottom is the most efficient way to clean any room,” she explains. “You don’t want to clean your floors and then knock dust bunnies down if you dust after.”
Also, it’s wise to keep a cleaning kit on each floor of your home. That way, if your upstairs needs a quick cleaning, you won’t have to trek downstairs to get the needed supplies. And, let’s face it—if it’s more convenient, you’re more likely to clean.
Here’s that room-by-room rundown.
For the kitchen:
- Do the dishes. Either wash them by hand or load them into the dishwasher. Nothing makes a kitchen look messier than a pile of dirty dishes.
- Use a kitchen scrub brush or even a toothbrush to remove hard water deposits around the faucets and the sink, where it meets the countertop.
- If your kitchen is really messy, break it up into a two-day job. Focus on appliances and cabinets one day and floors the next.
For the bathroom:
- Take a minute to wipe down the shower walls after everyone has showered to prevent soap scum and hard water from hardening to the wall. This will save you from scrubbing the shower an hour on the weekend.
- For showers with glass shower doors, use a glass squeegee after each shower to keep them free from water spots.
- Use area rugs in the bathroom. It is easier to throw a rug in the washer one night a week than to clean dirty, grimy footprints caused by dirty feet/shoes and drips of water.
- Toss a dryer sheet into your hamper for a puff of fresh scent every time you open its lid.
For the bedrooms:
- Make the beds every morning. Just doing that will make the room look neater and give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Don’t hang clothes over a chair or a bed frame or that treadmill in the corner. Instead, get in the habit of either hanging the clothes in the closet or throwing them in a hamper so you don’t end up with a messy, clothes-cluttered room at the end of the week.
For the family/living room:
- Before you go to bed, pick up any clutter that you come across and put each item in its place. By picking up daily, you prevent the leaning tower of clutter from forming in your living room.
- Store used dryer sheets in a drawer in the living room. They make a great last-minute dust cloth for furniture and media equipment, and you don’t need any spray polish because the static busters in the sheet pick up the dust.
- Use a slightly damp sponge to remove pet hair from furniture, windowsills and baseboards.
- Have a footstool with storage capability so you can toss quilts and throws into it when not using them to help de-clutter your room.
For the home office:
- Keep a microfiber dry dust cloth in your desk drawer and wipe down your computer and other equipment to keep the dust from accumulating.
- Use a handheld vacuum to clean the window ledges. (Works great for removing bug bodies, too!)
Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of more than 90 books with close to 4 million copies sold. When not working on her own assignments, she ghostwrites articles, blog posts, and books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is celebrating the recent release of her two latest children’s books, Cuddle-up Prayers and I Love You Bigger Than the Sky. She and her husband, Jeff, are looking forward to the birth of her fourth grandbaby. To learn more, check out her website at: www.michellemedlockadams.com online.
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