Spring arrived Monday, March 20. Spring is a time for renewal and there is no better time to rid yourself of a winter's worth of dust bunnies, dirt and clutter.
To make your home sparkle for summer, Brenda Borenstein, cleaning expert and owner of Organized Zone Inc., offers these helpful tips and tricks:
Plan Ahead - Create a checklist outlining each room you plan to tackle - it's satisfying to check off each room you complete and helps keep you on track. Have adequate cleaning supplies on-hand and use a cleaning caddy to easily move from room to room.
Dress for Success - Wear loose, comfortable, old clothing and don't forget your rubber gloves. For an added touch, turn up the tunes to put you in the cleaning mood.
Pack and Purge - Eliminate clutter by donating those never used items to charity. Put items away as you go to make dusting and polishing quicker and easier. Less mess = less to clean.
Direct the Dust - Dust falls downward so clean from top to bottom. One-direction cleaning means you won't waste time crisscrossing the room or cleaning the same place twice.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum - It's essential to vacuum at least once a week. Use a top quality vacuum, such as Panasonic's Power-on-Demand Vacuum, which offers technology designed to automatically detect the power and suction level required for any cleaning job. Choosing a vacuum with a HEPA filter is also important to trap allergens, irritants and pollutants inside the vacuum to prevent them from recirculating into the air.
Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Beyond - Vacuum and wash all floor surfaces, clean mirrors/pictures and counter/dresser surfaces. Don't forget ceiling fans and lamp shades. Defrost your freezer and scrub down your counters, appliances, stove top, microwave and the inside and outside of your refrigerator.
Daily Cleaning Quickie - Light cleaning each and every day is easier than tackling months of built-up dirt and dust.
The Beauty of Baskets - Place baskets in rooms that accumulate clutter to store odds and ends. Go through each basket once a day and put things back in their proper place.
Scheduled clean-up - Designate specific days of the week to complete various cleaning tasks, so cleaning doesn't become overwhelming.
Recruit Helpers - Cleaning is a much quicker task when the whole family's involved. Even youngsters can make their own beds or wipe off a table and the television.