This year in Minnesota we are experiencing a spring unlike any other. Families find themselves home more, vacations are becoming staycations and we have an inherent desire to tidy up our surroundings. Spring cleaning has been a tradition for centuries as we rid ourselves of what’s dark and heavy and embrace the fresh and new. Below are tips to help you stay on track and tackle what you can!
- Make a schedule. Start with scoping out your home and noticing what needs the most work. Where do you skip during routine cleaning? Make a list and create your plan for each area.
- Declutter. Decluttering makes you more efficient and organized. Too much clutter has psychological influences. It signals to your brain that work isn’t done. Studies show it adds to your stress level, so be generous with what you donate and throw away.
- Always work top to bottom. Start from the ceiling down to force debris downward and keep you from having to re-clean your space. Save floors for last!
- Use a HEPA vacuum. Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust, but it will also remove allergens and impurities from your air. It’s one of the best spring cleaning supplies you can arm yourself with.
- Think green when you spring clean. One of the best natural combinations for cleaning is white distilled vinegar, baking soda, and water. These ingredients are affordable, non-toxic, and have worked for ages when it comes to cleaning. Even water and a microfiber cloth does an exceptional job.
- Don’t forget walls and windows. People almost always clean their floors, but they typically forget about walls and windows. Not all dust settles on the floor and other surfaces. Just use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds (starting from the top). Remove and wipe down the window screens outside.
- Tackle your kitchen. Wipe down your cabinets. Go through your pantry and refrigerator. Wipe down the shelves, and throw away any old items. If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners.
- Lastly, don’t fear the bathroom. Change your shower curtain. Go through your cosmetics drawer or medicine cabinet and throw away any expired items. Consider installing or upgrading to a new bathroom fan. Replacing an existing fan or adding a new one can help to ensure your bathroom remains in top notch condition.
- Too overwhelmed? Elias Construction has it’s very own cleaning division, Completely Clean. For a complimentary estimate, call 507-923-7700 or visit: http://www.completelycleanmn.com