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Best Spring Cleaning Tips for 2024

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Are you ready to get your home ready for summer? Well open those windows and get to it! We have the best spring cleaning tips, along with checklists to make spring cleaning even easier. Don’t let not knowing where to begin be the thing that holds you back.

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How do I start spring cleaning?

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Spring Cleaning Tip #1

Start by making a spring cleaning checklist. (Or use ours.) Review the Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning, so you don’t miss anything. It’s easy to quickly be overwhelmed when you have so much to clean. So write down everything you need to do before you start. It will also help you decide what room to clean based on the amount of time you have available. You’ll also be able to group similar tasks together.

Spring Cleaning Tip #2

Declutter your home. You can’t deep clean anything if you can’t get past the clutter. Get rid of anything sitting out. Clear your kitchen counters, clean off nightstands, pick up toys. Tidy up and organize as you go, but don’t worry about deep cleaning, just yet.

Related: Declutter Your Small Kitchen in 5 Easy Steps

Spring Cleaning Tip #3

Go through your clothes. This is the perfect time of year to empty your closets. Get rid of winter clothes you didn’t wear and summer clothes that don’t fit or anything that is out of style. Go through your kids’ clothes and box up anything that no longer fits. Either save it for a younger child, donate it to a friend or pregnancy center, or plan a summer garage sale.

What can I use for spring cleaning?

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Spring Cleaning Tip #4

Gather your cleaning items before you start. The second best way to save time, after making a checklist, is having all your cleaning supplies on hand before you start. Make the checklist, then you know what items you will need.

  • two or three medium sized buckets
  • wash rags (I use old wash cloths), microfiber cleaning cloths, paper towels
  • mop and broom
  • rubber gloves
  • Swiffer products: Sweeper, Wet Jet, Duster, Duster Extender
  • Windex, Dawn dish soap, Febreze
  • non toxic cleaning products: I use Branch Basics
  • small ladder
  • vacuum
  • optional: carpet scrubber, pressure washer, lawn mower

What is the best way to spring clean?

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Spring Cleaning Tip #5

Work on one room at a time. (Or one project at a time.) Don’t pull everything out of your closet and make a bigger mess that you’re not going to be able to clean up by the end of the day. Don’t dust a room if you’re not going to vacuum afterward.

Spring Cleaning Tip #6

Perform top to bottom cleaning. We want to make the most of the time we spend cleaning. So we don’t want to have to do double duty.

Start by dusting the ceiling. Wipe down lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. Remove and clean your curtains and wash the windows. Dust all the furniture and pull everything away from the walls. Wash the walls, then the baseboards. Vacuum the carpet or area rugs. Move the furniture to one side of the room, then scrub the carpets, rugs, or hardwood floors. Vacuum the carpet once more after the carpet has dried to pull the fibers back. Move the furniture to the other side of the room; scrub the floor, allow to dry, vacuum. Put all the furniture back and rehang the curtains.

By performing top to bottom cleaning, you allow the dirt and dust to fall to the floor, and then vacuum once you’re done.

Spring Cleaning Tip #7

Wash walls bottom to top. While this goes against Spring Cleaning Tip #6, it is the best way to prevent dirty water leaving streak marks. If dirty water runs over a dirty wall, it will leave streak marks that are hard to wipe away. Dirty water on a clean wall; however, wipes right up.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #8

Check your smoke detector. Change out the batteries at the beginning of spring and fall to make sure you’re always protected. Check your fire extinguisher as well to make it hasn’t expired. If you don’t have either of these items in your home, now is the time to get them.

Spring Cleaning Tip #9

Change your filters. Use spring and fall as your marker to change water filters in your sink and fridge and air filters in your heating and cooling system. Give the lint trap of your dryer a good scrub as well to prevent a fire.

Spring Cleaning Tip #10

Make small repairs as you go. Create a list of larger repairs to be completed over the summer. You don’t want to bog yourself down with repairs when you’re trying to get things cleaned. If a drawer handle needs tightened, do it then. If your siding needs fixed or replaced, add it to your summer to do list.

How can I make spring cleaning easier?

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Spring Cleaning Tip #11

Enlist the help of your family. Don’t think you have to do this all yourself. You made the mess as a family, you can clean it up as a family. Even small kids can help out with small tasks.

Spring Cleaning Tip #12

Hire outside help. If there is too much on your plate or there is a task that is not in your wheelhouse, consider getting some assistance. Either look into renting the equipment necessary to complete the tasks, or hire a rental company to clean your floors or drapes or a landscaping company to get your lawn off to a good start for the summer.

How can I motivate myself to spring clean?

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Spring Cleaning Tip #13

Visualize a cleaner space. This may sound silly, but even making this list of spring cleaning tips has given me the much needed motivation to get started. Just thinking what needs done and picturing it complete in your mind may be all the motivation you need.

Spring Cleaning Tip #14

Use music to get moving. I always listen to music when I’m cleaning or working out. It breaks up the monotony of the task at hand. It’s also a good way to break down the task you’re working on. If a song is four minutes long, allow yourself five songs to complete your task. Either take a break and come back at refreshed, or move on to another task for another five songs.

Spring Cleaning Tip #15

Give yourself a reward when you finish. You could throw a party for Memorial Day. That gives you a fixed date to have everything completed. Or maybe plan a trip. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as coming back to a clean house after a vacation. And who doesn’t need some relaxation after deep cleaning an entire house?

Are there any secret spring cleaning tips you want to share? Let us know in the comments, and get your copy of the tips.

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