Spring Cleaning: Work Smarter, Not Harder

May 1, 2016 12:00 PM

It’s that time of year when we notice that the house does not feel as “fresh” as it did last summer. The windows were closed all winter; snow and salt got tracked onto the floors; and the kitchen, while clean, could use a heavy duty scouring. It’s spring cleaning time. Don’t delay, but don’t make the job harder than it needs to be.

Here are some tips to help you get through the process:

  1. Set a time frame that includes sensible breaks. Eat a healthy breakfast, turn on some “gym music” and get started. Don’t jump from job to job as you notice something that needs cleaning – make a plan and stick to it.
  2. Avoid using harsh chemicals wherever you can. Vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice can work wonders and don’t emit dangerous fumes.
  3. Invest in a microfiber cleaning cloth. Its ability to trap and hold dirt is usually well worth the cost.

Reward yourself with a timed break at the end of a room or a task, e.g. dusting. When the timer goes off, take on the next job as a challenge. Soon your home will be sparkling and ready for your summer guests.


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