How to Get the Most out of Spring Cleaning
Whether you tackle it all or stretch it out, it's a good time to give your home a refresh.
Spring is here. Time to spring forward. Time for spring cleaning! It's time to emerge from the dark days of winter and give your home a refresh. Though the thought of deep cleaning can be overwhelming, spring cleaning doesn't have to be dreaded. It can be something to look forward to each year, thanks to the advice of cleaning and organizing professionals.
Spring cleaning is an event that's been practiced for centuries. According to Barbara Clark Smith, who curated a 2000 Smithsonian exhibit on the history of housecleaning, deep cleaning would happen in spring because the warmer weather gave women the chance to clean the layer that accumulated in winter months. Since homes used to be lit and heated with kerosene and coal, spring was the time to beat the dust out of rugs and make floors and windows spotless.
Centuries later, spring is still seen as a refresh, and the time to do the deep clean a house or apartment requires. Lifestyle changes have changed the routine. Though housewives in the 1800s would tackle all the cleaning at once, now there are guides from websites like Apartment Therapy's January Cure that spread the cleaning out a little bit every day. Or, if you prefer the all-day route, Oprah.com has a spring cleaning checklist that tackles the whole house in eight hours.
Spring cleaning is also a time to organize and declutter the spaces that have spent the year becoming a jumble of items. If you need help tackling a cumbersome organizing or decluttering project, many professional organizing businesses are available in Los Angeles.
Tanisha Ford is the owner of the company Natural Born Organizers and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing. Ford believes that the home does not always have to be perfect.
“Being organized doesn't mean your space will/has to be perfect at ALL times,” Ford says on her website. “What it does it makes maintaining your space measurably easier and less time-consuming.”
Whether you like to tackle it all at once or stretch the cleaning out, here are some tips to remember:
Scrub the hidden spaces. Don't forget the floorboards or bottoms of furniture that the vacuum doesn't reach.
Spend time decluttering your space. Don't forget to go through the closets, junk drawers, and files to declutter the excess.
Emphasize areas that aren't cleaned regularly. Spring cleaning is the time to tackle the areas that aren't tidied from day to day. Think walls, windows, and rugs.
Separate the tasks among spouses and roommates. If you live with other people, don't be afraid to recruit them to help with the deep clean.
Give your brain something to do. If you don't like cleaning, distract yourself with music, audiobooks, or Netflix.
Seek help with the sizable tasks. If you find yourself overwhelmed or short of hands, try contracting on-demand help through apps like Takl, TaskRabbit, or Handy.
Take breaks for fresh air. Once you've finished a room, step outside or open a window to let the fumes clear out and fresh air in.