What is the best way to spring clean your house? Best meaning the fastest, most efficient and most effective way to approach spring cleaning?
It is the room by room method or is it better to tackle it one task at a time?
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer here. It really depends on which method you prefer and which way gets you off the couch and cleaning. But I’m going to share with you, my preferred way to clean and give you all the reasons why cleaning room by room is the best method for getting your spring cleaning or any cleaning done!
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I personally like the room by room method of cleaning.
For me, I like to deep clean a room and know that when it’s done, it’s done and I don’t have to go back into that room to complete another task. If you’re a cleaning team of one, I also prefer this method of cleaning because you’re less apt to forget to clean something that needs attention than if you go task by task.
If your home hasn’t been cleaned regularly or often, doing a task at a time is a super inefficient way to get your house clean. If you are like most people, your spring cleaning will take you two or more days to complete.
If you decide to do the task by task method of cleaning and you sweep or vacuum the floor one day and choose to wash the floor the next, what do you think is likely to happen? If you have a busy household like mine, you’ll need to sweep or vacuum AGAIN before you wash the floor. Do you see how inefficient that method of cleaning is?
Plus I find this method completely unmotivating because it takes far too long to see a room completely cleaned from top to bottom.
One of the psychological payoffs of cleaning is that you get to see something transformed. Your house goes from untidy and disorganized to neat and clean. You get to take a step back and revel in your accomplishments of a job well done.
If you do a task at a time method of cleaning that gratification of a job done well is far delayed depending on how long it takes you to swing back around and complete all the tasks on the list.
Plus the task by task method feels like a never ending list of chores with no end in sight – yuck! Who wants that? Not me, I want to get in, get the job done and enjoy the rest of my free time.
My best recommendation from a person who has cleaned hundreds if not thousands of home is to do the room by room method of cleaning.
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Here’s how you’ll accomplish this task:
- Remove any hanging drapes, curtains, shower curtains, etc. and place in the washing machine if they are washable. Dry on a low heat setting and remove before they are completely dry and re-hang. This will minimize shrinkage and keep your ironing board away. If anything needs to be dry cleaned send out to be cleaned and write it in your planner when it will be ready for pick up or schedule a delivery.
- Remove all textiles (bedding, pillows, blankets, etc., depending on the room) and wash and dry. Again if it needs dry cleaning, send it out for cleaning.
- Clean inside of window sills and wash windows inside and out.
- Dust from the top down – ceilings and corners are first. Dust walls if you need to.
- Dust and clean all light fixtures.
- Vacuum and wash vents.
- Vacuum baseboards.
- Wipe down light switches and doorknobs.
- Wash any painted surfaces that need attention (baseboards, window sills, doors).
- Dust and polish furniture last. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshades.
- Vacuum mattress or furniture and flip cushions.
- Vacuum floors
- Wash floors
- Hang curtains or drapes and replace throw blankets and bedding.
You’re done! This step by step method for cleaning any living space whether it be the family room or bedrooms makes sure you’ve covered every square inch of space and that the room is fresh, clean and looks amazing.
Remember, dump the task by task cleaning system and instead adopt the room by room method as THE best way to spring clean any of your living spaces!
What’s your favorite way to clean and why? I’d love to know!