As we mentioned in part one of our spring cleaning series, cultures around the world have practiced spring cleaning. But what exactly is the benefit of this? There’s almost too much to list here, but we’ll go over a few of the main ones.
Indoor Air Quality
Dust and dirt on the ground won’t just stay there. Every time you walk across a dust-covered carpet you’re kicking up pollutants into the air. Dust in the air can exacerbate respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies. Dirty rugs and furniture can be some of the biggest sources of pollution in your home.
The Psychology of Clutter
This can be summed up by the tidying expert Marie Kondo’s “does it spark joy?” mantra. We feel less stressed when we are around objects that spark joy. If it doesn’t spark joy or have some kind of necessary use, it’s clutter! A lot of times, we buy things that we think will be helpful, but end up going unused. Spring cleaning is the time of year where we can organize things and set up stress-reducing spaces in our homes.
Now that we’ve refreshed why we are taking the time to clean. We can go into the specifics you should keep in mind when cleaning your bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom!
It’s no secret that your bathroom can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Even disregarding that, there are so many items that you need access to in your bathroom. Brushes, various hair and skincare products, dental hygiene items, and medicine cabinets all make their home in your bathroom. Luckily, with the right steps, it is a lot easier to keep track of the confusion.
Take Out Everything
The first step is to remove everything from the bathroom. You’ll be glad it’s all out of the way, so you can clean all of the nooks and crannies of your bathroom. There’s also the added benefit that clearing everything out allows you to take full stock of everything you have and decide what you really need.
From there, dust and vacuum to remove corner cobwebs and loose hair and dust. Then go in with the shower and bathtub cleaner, you can buy a commercial cleaning product or you can make your own with common household ingredients. The latter is a great option if you want to customize scents with your favorite essential oil and there’s plenty of recipes online to experiment with. Either way, give your shower and bathtub a deep scrub down and let it soak to really brighten up your tile. Lastly, finish it off by scrubbing the toilet and mopping the floor.
You’ll be able to use many of the same cleaning products that you used on your bathroom since you’re also dealing with sinks and tiles. Make sure to not use chemicals that are too harsh in the kitchen. Start by clearing away everything from the area you are cleaning and take stock of what you have and whether anything needs to be thrown or given away.
Wipe down your cabinets and clean the microwave as well as the refrigerator. Your fridge probably has some expired food, so toss that out and clean the drawers and shelves in them. Finish with cleaning the floor and you’ll be good to go!
We’ll leave you with a few last-minute tips. Make cleaning a family affair as much as possible. Hopefully, even the members of your household who hate cleaning the most can make an exception for once-a-year spring cleaning. While spring cleaning is a great tradition, you’ll want to keep some of that momentum going throughout the rest of the year, so that the next deep cleaning isn’t so hard.
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