It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spring Cleaning!

For anyone who knows me, they know I love to clean. There is nothing more relaxing than putting on some music, pouring myself a glass of wine and getting down to it. However, let’s be real, we all know spring cleaning isn’t an easy thing to do. Let’s talk about this daunting task and discuss tips and tricks to make this project more enjoyable.

Dusting: Microfibre cloths are great for dusting. The cloths will attract and pick up the dust while you clean instead of just moving it around. These are great for harder to reach spaces such as ceiling fans and shelves. Take everything off your shelves and give the shelves and each item a good wipe down.

Disinfecting: Be sure to disinfect door handles, light switches, light fixtures, handrails and bannisters. Flip your mattress and spray with a mattress cleaner or natural disinfectant.

Organizing: When it comes to organizing, remember the golden rule – if you haven’t used it in over a year, consider letting it go. My famous tip for clothing is to flip your hangers the other way. After a year, if the hanger remains that way, it’s time to let it go. There are so many organizations looking for new or gently used items in your local area. Before you throw something away, consider donating to someone in need.

Work from Top to Bottom: When cleaning a room, always work from top to bottom. Start with the hard to reach areas then tackle the dirt and grime on your walls. You wouldn’t believe how dirty your walls can get! Window screens are a trap for dust and allergens. Be sure to wipe down all windowsills, tracks and screens before opening a window for fresh air. Always finish with vacuuming.

Spring cleaning time is also a good time for home safety checks. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.

As you begin to dive into spring cleaning, remember my most important tip: Be realistic and do it when you have the intention to do so. This is not a one-day task and you won’t be productive if you are forcing yourself to do it. Always remember to take breaks, relax and enjoy!