Spring is right around the corner. Which means it’s the perfect time to give your home a deep clean, especially after so many of us have been spending more time indoors over the last year. While there’s no denying the satisfying feeling of a freshly cleaned home, taking some time before hand to strategize can make all the difference in tackling your spring cleaning routine.

You’ll want to start the process by getting rid of the things that are needlessly filling up your home. Recycle what you can, like that stack of magazine you never got around to reading, and toss those sneakers that have seen better days. For those items that are in good condition, but no longer fit your lifestyle, donate them to a local charity or sell them online.

Do a quick inventory
Before you start to clean, make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand. The basics should include an all-purpose spray cleaner, an all-purpose liquid cleaner (for larger washable surfaces like floors and walls, an abrasive cleaner (to remove heavy amounts of soil) a nonabrasive cleanser, bleach (to get tackle mold and mildew), glass cleaner, furniture-dusting product (don’t forget a clean cloth!) and toilet bowl cleaner.
You may also need to add cleaners specific to your surface, such as metal polishes and granite cleaners, or your personal preferences, such as wipes and special-purposes sprays. Don’t forget to check your supply of garbage bags, duster pads and sponges.

Make a plan
Some people find it easier to tackle one room at a time. Others prefer to group tasks like wiping down all the baseboards at one time or dusting knickknacks. Whatever you choose, decide on an order and make a plan . That way, you’ll feel accomplished as you mark tasks off your list. A word of advice, don’t leave your harder tasks for last. Removing your bigger obstacles will make cleaning a large space easier in the end. If it’s more manageable, breakup your cleaning routine over several days instead of trying to get everything done at once.

Don’t do it yourself
Don’t tackle everything by yourself. Recruit help. Enlist your family members or friends if you live alone. Try to establish a spring cleaning day, and start early! Assign everyone a task, and find ways to make it fun.

Giving your home a good, through cleaning can be a pretty big undertaking. Now that you think of it, there’s probably plenty of places that you’ve never even consider tackling on a regular basis (like under your bed and couch) that are in desperate need of a good, deep clean. If the thought of washing walls, steaming curtains and scrubbing carpets leaves you overwhelmed, consider bring in a professional cleaning company like Maid With Care. You don’t have do everything alone. Pare down your clutter, then let Maid With Care do the rest.
Trusted since 1986, their team will work with you to create a unique and affordable cleaning
schedule (or one-time clean) that fits your busy lifestyle. Maid With Care is family-owned and
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