Tips to Hack Your Spring Clean

green-cleaningYes, it was the worst winter EVER (this is official, according to 100% of New Yorkers polled) and it is still frigid to the point of frustration, but remember last week when there was an hour or two at lunchtime when we were not walking through the thick cloud of our own breath?  Seems like a distant dream, but the evidence is there just like that e-mail in your inbox from your houseguest coming to stay with you mid-March.  Oh yeah, it’s mid-March.    Spring.  Admit it, you have been hibernating a bit and there is a ringlet of dust particles forming under your bike helmet.  The last thing you want to do is stay inside and do a thorough cleaning once the ice patches are thawing outside.  Thankfully, there are ways to get your once-over over and done with using double duty tools and tricks.

TOOLS

  • Bins & Trashbags
  • Microfiber cloth–great for dusting, windows, drying dishes, (Norwex for an all-purpose one is great  but get a couple if you plan to use one on grease or oil i.e., the car or bike…Clean Mama has a great post on types of microfiber and how to use them).microfiber_norwex
  • Bucket w/ nesting caddy for cleaning solvents or two nesting buckets–its all in one place. This one is made by blind people.  Awesome.
  • All-Purpose Cleaner — Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds has great reviews on Amazon and it can be used on everything from laundry to hardwood floors.  I also make my own all-natural countertop spray using 1:1 ratio of distilled water & vinegar, a couple drops of Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap, & a couple drops of tea tree oil.  I spritz on produce when washing too.  Great to use in households with children & pets.
  • Swiffer or Mop
  • Vacuum, or skip the Swiffer & get the Rolls Royce of the Deep Clean — VersaVac Steamcleaner & Bagless Vacuum

PROCESS

  • Turn on the tunes.  Highly recommended, a Spotify playlist I curated just for the occasion: Dance Yourself Clean.  You’re welcome.
  • Go through your closet and drawers and yank what you do not need.  Be honest.  Either trash it or put it in the bin. Then separate that bin into stuff you may be able to sell or what you can donate.
  • Work from bottom to top for putting away clutter then top to bottom when you dust/wipe/vacuum. Cleaning high spaces will knock dirt down so you don’t have to go over any spots again.  No duster on hand and/or too lazy to get the stepstool? To get high spaces, attach the microfiber cloth to the bottom of your Swiffer.
  • After you conquered the windows & counters, vacuum and then dilute the floor cleaner if needed in the bucket with warm water and mop or Swiffer.
  • Take out the trash.

Getting your space spotless is tedious enough.  But breaking it down into manageable tasks and doing a tad bit of planning ahead makes the process much less painless.  And if you put the above playlist on, believe me, you will be breaking it down.  (MJ’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”?  You can’t NOT move to this…)

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