Spring Cleaning Tips To Make
The Job A Little Easier
By Adriana Copaceanu
Spring-cleaning can seem like such a chore. You spend all day, or even a few
days getting the entire house sparkly clean. As a busy mom, you will appreciate
some of these cleaning tips that will make the job a little easier and faster.
Youíll have more time to enjoy the nice spring weather outside.
Start out by taking a quick look through your cleaning supplies a few days
before the big spring clean. Make sure you have plenty of paper towels and
cleaning rags. If your mop or broom is really worn out, this is a great time to
invest in a new one. Check all bottles and containers of cleaning supplies that
you like to use and see if you have plenty of them. Thereís nothing worse than
having to clean yourself up during your big spring cleaning to run to the store
for a new bottle of Windex.
Get everyone in the family to spend some time with you the day before the
big spring cleaning to pick up around the house. You donít want to spend time
picking up toys or washing dishes the next day.
Get up early and put on some comfortable clothes that you donít mind getting
dirty. Dress all the way down to your shoes and put your hair up. Take a few
minutes to gather all your cleaning supplies and get going.
Tackle one room at a time. This works much better than trying to do 10
things at once. It will also give you a great sense of accomplishment to see
each clean room.
Start at the top and work your way down. Use a broom or a mop with a soft
cloth wrapped around it to get any spider webs and dust out of the ceiling
corners. Dust the light fixtures. Keep working your way down cleaning counters,
windows and windowsills, furniture. Finish by dusting the baseboards and giving
the carpets a good vacuuming. Take the time to vacuum under the bed and move
furniture to clean the floor under it whenever possible.
When you get to the bathrooms, start by spraying some all purpose or
bathroom cleaner on all the appliances, especially anything that may have some
build up on it, like the soap dish in the shower. Pour some Clorox in the
toilet. Allow the cleaner to soak in while you get started on the ceiling,
windows and counters. By the time you get around to the sink, shower and toilet,
all you need to do is wiping them down and give the inside of the toilet a quick
scrub with the brush.
Make sure you take some breaks, and drink plenty of water. Cleaning is a
touch job. When you are done, enjoy a long shower, put on some clean clothes and
put up your feet. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done and get
some rest. You deserve it.
Adriana Copaceanu is a work at home mom of 2, and the publisher of
Baby's First Year Companion, an online resource for new parents and
Busy Moms Online.