Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Ridofit's Guide To Cleaning Before You Clean
Anyone who, like me, was lucky enough to have a maid or a cleaning service in the house as a child has presumably marveled at a mother or father who cleans the house before the cleaner arrives. "Hey the cleaner is coming over this afternoon, make sure you pick up after yourselves" was enough to make my head spin. If someone is coming over to clean up the house, why are we cleaning up the house? Since the days of my youth, however, I've seen the error of my ways- they just wanted to make the job easier. The same principle that applied to those small one-day cleaning jobs scales-up to larger ones as well. Good prep work is the key to a smooth, routine spring cleaning; let us show you how to do that prep work.
First off and most importantly, stay organized. It's much easier to tackle a comprehensive clean when things are reasonably ordered rather than chaotically strewn about the house. The whole point of a spring clean is to make up for lost time. All of our lives get difficult from time to time, and we often fall a little behind around the house. That's fine, that's normal, but the more organized we are overall, the easier it will be to catch up when we do have the time. Bring in a set of organizers, devote some extra time to getting your cupboards in order, do what you need to do, but on the spectrum of order to chaos, make sure you're erring closer to order, to ensure a pain-free spring cleanup.
A huge aspect of spring cleaning for most of us is getting rid of stuff. Sure we clean up and organize the things that we want to keep, but we also get rid of quite a bit of stuff that we don't want to keep. There are regular clothing pickups across the GTA for various charity organizations, take advantage the next time one comes around. You're bound to have some extra stuff hanging around after Christmas. The best part of taking advantage of these charity services is that you don't have to feel guilty about getting rid of unwanted or duplicate gifts. They're going to a good cause, and, of course, giving them away to a good cause has the added benefit of decluttering your home and putting you in good shape for your spring cleaning.
Sort out your existing mail and greeting cards starting today, open your mail immediately and over the trash can. Doing this may seem unimportant, but it isn't. It's incredibly easy to let junk mail, bills, and other documents pile up. The more they do, the more space they take up and the more stress they add to your life, so make up for lost time and get what you already have in order and continue to do so from now on and there's one more thing crossed off of your list before spring cleaning begins.
Give your wardrobe a once-over. Doing this doesn't need to be a full cleaning overhaul, but every little bit helps. Other than documents and gifts, another huge aspect of spring decluttering revolves around clothing. Go through your wardrobe one time and sort out anything too small and anything you haven't worn in the last three months. Sometimes it's tough to let go of your clothes for sentimental reasons, but if you can't or don't wear it anymore, giving it, perhaps to one of those earlier-mentioned charity organizations might be your best bet.
And there you have it, spring cleaning doesn't have to be hard. Take care of your mail and other documents, purge your clothes, get rid of gifts, and organize overall and you'll be in excellent shape for spring cleaning when the ice begins to melt.