Some find it therapeutic and others would rather jump into a freezing lake, but whether we like it or not, we all need to tackle those hard-to-reach corners and overflowing cupboards come springtime. If your spring cleaning checklist is as long as ours, then saving even a few seconds could mean saving your sanity. To help you tick off your spring cleaning tasks in less than a day, follow these time-saving tricks.
1. Time-manage tasks
Just like at work, breaking your tasks into manageable chunks will do wonders for your productivity and stress levels. By allocating 30 minutes to each task, or an hour if it’s a big job, you’ll be able to get more done and feel more motivated and relaxed at the end of it. Managing your time will also help you stay focussed on the task at hand.
2. One room at a time
After a year of minimal cleaning and organising, there’s often a never-ending list of things to clean. If you don’t have a plan, de-greasing the oven might lead to a reorganisation of your Tupperware cupboard, and before you know it, you’re decluttering your closet with containers strewn across the kitchen. To save time and avoid overwhelming yourself, start with the room that receives the most foot traffic and work your way through the house, tackling one room at a time.
3. Keep a list
Having a checklist is always helpful when taking on a huge cleaning task. Make a list of the supplies you need so once you start, you can just get stuck in without having to run to the shops to get more detergent. A list is also a great way to keep track of what you’ve cleaned and what you still need to tackle. This will help you manage your time and not take on more than you can handle.
4. Categorise clothes
It seems impossible to keep our cupboards in order. Practically overnight, T-shirts become a ball of fabric and socks just disappear for days, nowhere to be seen. This space is always a headache to organise, but with some order, you can keep it clean and neat for months. Start by arranging your clothes into categories; one stack for pants, another for shirts and so on.
5. Invest in microfibre
Microfibre mops and cloths are the ultimate dust bunny destroyers. The blend of polyester and polyamide creates the perfect cleaning tool, allowing you to get rid of dust, grime and grease without leaving any marks or scratches. With a little bit of cleaning spray, the super-efficient products can make any surface shine again, including tiles, glass, wood, plastic and more.
6. Learn to let go
Sometimes, the biggest time-waster is ourselves. Letting go of clutter in the spring cleaning process can be tough, but it's essential to creating a functional and welcoming space. To get rid of items in a fast and efficient manner, use the 1-year rule. If you haven’t used it in the last year, rather donate it or store it in a secure self storage facility nearby. This is especially useful for seasonal items like Christmas decorations or sports gear.
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