Weekly Quick Tips
The Case Against Spring Cleaning
In Grandma’s day, spring cleaning was mandatory. It marked the end of the heating season, when the entire house was scrubbed clean of the smoky film given off by older heating sources. With today’s heating technology, this rationale no longer applies. So, how do we replace spring cleaning? With a workable cleaning schedule. Homes cleaned according to schedule stay reasonably clean all the time. A cleaning schedule integrates seasonal cleaning chores into our daily and weekly sessions, so that no task goes too long without being done. Take a tip from the professional cleaners ~ the key word here is schedule. Nobody hires a cleaning team to arrive “some Saturdays when nothing else is going on”. The pros don’t quit until the work is done, and neither should you. Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done in record time. Besides the importance of scheduling, here are some great tips from the professionals to streamline the art of cleaning:
- Invest in the proper tools ~ professional cleaners don’t use gadgets featured on late-night infomercials.
- Simplify your supplies ~ there’s a reason the pros can tote all of their products easily from room to room: they work with the basics, which enables them to handle any ordinary cleaning chore. You won’t see any single-use product designed to clean only blinds or fans in their caddies.
- Pick it up ~ cleaning teams come to clean ~ not to tidy ~ counters, furniture, appliances and floors. They can’t do their job efficiently if each horizontal surface is covered with papers, toys, dirty dishes and general clutter. Neither can you.
Live as a family, clean as a family? When it comes to housework, there can be a big divergence between husband and wife, parent and child. Do you always get stuck with the dirty end of the broom in your house? If you’re overwhelmed with the amount of cleaning your house requires, consider hiring professional cleaners. If you think you can’t afford it, ask yourself what your time and peace of mind is worth. Staying on top of your cleaning is crucial to staying organized.
Spring is a time of renewal, and for many of us, a time for cleaning and organizing our homes. The melting of winter into spring is a great time to bring order to your abode after the inevitable chaos the hibernation season brings. However, instead of the proverbial ‘Spring Cleaning’, why not do ‘Spring Organizing’? Cleaning is temporary. The benefits of organizing are long lasting.
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