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7 Tips for Owning Your Spring Clean

We’ve collated the best tips from a variety of cleaning experts on how best to manage your spring clean.

Spring is finally in the air with longer days, shorter nights and warmer weather.
For many households it’s time again for the annual deep clean to dust off those winter cobwebs and freshen up the home for summer. While most people aspire to spring clean their home to welcome the changing of the seasons, many just don’t know where to start.

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We’ve collated the best tips from a variety of cleaning experts on how best to manage your spring clean.

1. Go slow

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to get everything done in one long session, only to end up exhausted and quitting before the job is finished. Instead, spread the job over a week or a couple of weekends. Look at your schedule and figure out when you can devote time to this project. Breaking things up into small chunks of time will make it much more manageable. Hire a babysitter to get the kids out of the house for an afternoon, so you'll be more productive.

2. Prioritise

When it comes to spring cleaning, everyone's priorities are different. Some people focus on cleaning every inch of their house, while others try to organise and purge.
After the basics, people's needs differ - many people want to give the bathrooms a good scrubbing, cleaning the fixtures and putting up a new shower curtain, while others may prefer to tackle the laundry room or start organising shelves.

3. Stock up on supplies

Now that you know what needs to get done, make sure you have the right tools. Go through your to-do list and your cleaning products and see if you have everything you'll need. Do you need a new vacuum, duster or toilet bowl brush? How is your supply of sponges? Make a trip to store to replenish expired or almost empty products. Having all your supplies gathered beforehand will save on both time and frustration.

4. Make a room-by-room list

Go around the entire home and make a list of jobs for each room. Once the list is made, mark each item with a 1, 2 or 3, with 1 being the most urgent. That way you know what to conquer first when you enter the room. Tasks you do regularly, like straightening up and doing the laundry, shouldn't be your focus. Think about the more intense jobs that you usually avoid or only do once a year (or before your mother-in-law comes to visit) -- those are the things that should be given a 1 on your list.

5. Declutter

In additional to actual cleaning, spring cleaning is the perfect time to sort through toys, DVDs, clothing, household items and sporting goods. If you haven't used it in the past year, do you really need to keep it? Box up products you no longer use and donate them to local charity shops.

6. Be realistic

Even though you’ve created a list, don't expect to finish everything. Focus on getting the 1s on your list checked off. Then move on to 2s and 3s when you have time. Post the list on the fridge so it's harder to ignore.

7. Get professional help

Is your list more than you think you can handle? Do you have a busy schedule or finicky baby that makes finding time to clean difficult? Instead of putting off your spring cleaning, hire some help. It's okay to admit you can't do it alone.
Find a housekeeper through a site like Care.com. Mention you're looking for someone to help out for a few hours (or days, depending on your list) with spring cleaning chores.

While spring cleaning can sound daunting, if you go about it with a step-by-step plan, your home will soon be squeaky clean in no time, and you'll be outside enjoying the spring weather. Take that, feather duster!

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