Spring Cleaning: Six Easy Steps

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
May 23, 2015

On a rainy spring day, why not get some indoor spring cleaning done? These smart cleaning strategies help you clean quickly and well – so you’ll have more free time on the next sunny day!

When it comes to cleaning, divide and conquer is a winning strategy. Clean living areas and bedrooms first, then kitchens and bathrooms (saving mopping for last).

Try these tips to tackle living rooms, bedrooms and more:

Step 1 – Prepare
Pre-treat carpet spots the night before with a commercial or home remedy. On cleaning day, set up some positive distractions to make the task more fun. Play a great radio station like KEXP – or listen to a podcast. Next, get two plastic bins ready, one for recycling and one for donation items. Put your cleaning supplies in a caddy for portability.

Step 2 - Declutter
“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” If that phrase represents your home, your cleaning process will be a snap. Otherwise, make de-cluttering your second step. Are there items that can be donated or recycled? Clear surfaces of clutter and put away items worth keeping.

Step 3 - Dust and clean surfaces
Blogger Chace, a professional housecleaner, recommends using a wooly duster to clear dust and cobwebs. Microfiber towels (instead of paper towels) are reusable, washable and ideal for dusting surfaces. (Rumor has it that you can get a better deal on these in the automotive section of your favorite store.) Wipe switch plates, doorknobs and doorjambs. 

Use a dampened microfiber towel or a melamine foam sponge (like Magic Eraser) to clean baseboards. Deep clean blinds and vacuum and clean upholstery and the inside of windows as needed.

Spot-clean your walls or give them a full washing. Use dish soap and warm water and a wrung-out sponge or cleaning cloth. Start at the base of the wall and move up gradually, drying with a soft cloth as you go.

Step 3 - Vacuum
Make sure that you’ve got the right kind of vacuum for your flooring (carpet vs. hardwood floors). A vacuum with a beater bar attachment can scratch hardwood floors. Change your vacuum bag first if that’s needed. Start vacuuming at the end of the room farthest from the door, working backwards from left to right, and going over each area several times. 

Step 4 - Swiffer or mop hardwoods
A quick, dry Swiffering can also be a substitute for vacuuming (but probably not if you’ve got furry pets). For deep-cleaning of hardwood floors, clean with a damp (not wet) mop and a diluted wood-cleaning product.

Step 5 - Bedroom cleaning
Besides the steps above, the following will make your bedroom feel clean and serene.

  • Change sheets.
  • Wash your mattress cover and comforter cover
  • Flip your mattress every season
  • Tidy up your nightstand and all surfaces

Step 6 – Take a break and enjoy your clean house! 



Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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