Time for Spring Cleaning? (Questions/Answers)

There’s nothing more satisfying than doing a little spring cleaning, especially after you’ve spent a long winter feeling a bit cooped up. Whether you’re setting aside an entire weekend or you’re taking 10 minutes a day to get things done, spring cleaning is an exciting time that helps you feel a bit more comfortable in your home. We’ve compiled all of the information you need to get started with your spring cleaning this year. 

Where Did Spring Cleaning Originate? 

Spring cleaning, a practice of thoroughly cleaning your entire house, is fairly prevalent in areas that have cold winters. Some researchers trace the origins of spring cleaning back to the Persian New Year, known as the Iranian Nowruz, which happens to take place on the first day of spring. Right beforehand, everything is cleaned thoroughly throughout the house. 

The origins can also be traced back to the ancient practice of cleaning the home before Passover. Jewish individuals conduct a “spring cleaning” before the springtime festival, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight during the evening before the start of the holiday. 

When Should You Start Spring Cleaning? 

In the beautiful, coastal city of Virginia Beach, vacation season starts to reach its full bloom around the end of March and all throughout April. This is around the time most people start their spring cleaning. If you haven’t started yet, there’s no need to worry. It’s never too late to get started! It’s always nice to have your spring cleaning out of the way before the heat really picks up. 

Where Should You Focus Your Efforts During Spring Cleaning?

When you’re starting your spring cleaning, it’s best to break it up into various rooms. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed while making sure you get the deepest possible clean in each room: 

  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom
  • Living room
  • Master bedroom
  • Guest/spare bedroom
  • Laundry room
  • Outdoors
  • Miscellaneous items

How Should You Plan to Tackle Spring Cleaning?

Spring cleaning is a huge task for many people. That’s why it’s nice to have a plan when it comes to tackling your entire house. Here’s a quick step-by-step process to follow that’ll help keep you on track: 

1. Gather your supplies the day before you start

You don’t want to get started and find out you’re all out of bathroom cleaner, right? Spend some time gathering your supplies into a bucket or two. You’ll want to make sure you have cleaning products for all areas of the home, including the commonly overlooked cleaners like stovetop solution. Next, add some things to keep you motivated – a pair of rubber gloves, an upbeat playlist, anything that’ll help you get in the right mindset. 

2. Plan your meals in advance

Nothing ruins a productive day quite like realizing you didn’t plan anything for dinner and now you need to run to the grocery store. Plan your meals in advance – making sure you have a healthy breakfast to start your day off right. When it comes to dinner, consider using a slow cooker or having some takeout menus handy so you don’t have to spend an hour or two cooking after a long day of working hard cleaning the house. Also, think about keeping easy snacks on hand. 

3. Start by gathering garbage and laundry

Before you get into your checklist, go from room to room gathering any garbage and laundry you might find. This will keep the actual cleaning much more efficient. Once you’ve thrown away any garbage, put the laundry into the machine so it’s getting clean while you clean. It helps to put any bath mats, rugs, slipcovers, shower curtains, and other linens into the wash – allowing you to thoroughly clean the areas underneath/around these items. 

4. Use a timer to keep you focused

As mentioned, you’ll want to work room by room to get the best possible clean throughout your home. Use a timer for each room to keep you on track. For example, you might want to set your timer for an hour and get everything you can possibly get done finished in that time. This will turn cleaning the room into a bit of a fun challenge or game – helping you stay motivated. We recommend starting with the room you least enjoy cleaning to get it out of the way. 

How Long Should Spring Cleaning Take?

Let’s be honest… Spring cleaning isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun time. So how long should you spend on spring cleaning? Unfortunately, if you’re aiming for a deep clean, you might be looking at anywhere from a couple of days to a week. But you can make it more manageable by scheduling some enjoyable activities throughout the duration of your spring cleaning. 

Think about going out for dinner with a couple of friends or doing something you truly enjoy after you’ve done 3 or 4 rooms in your house. Try to reward yourself throughout the process. This will help you feel less overwhelmed and keep you from feeling stuck in the house. 

What Areas Are Often Overlooked During Spring Cleaning?

When you’re cleaning the house outside of spring cleaning, it’s incredibly easy to forget some of the nooks and crannies throughout the property. But spring cleaning is all about being thorough! Pay a little bit of extra attention to these commonly overlooked areas of your home: 

  • Ceiling fans
  • Light fixtures
  • Cabinets
  • Baseboards and molding 
  • Curtains and blinds
  • Knobs and handles
  • Vent and exhaust fans
  • Behind large appliances
  • Shower curtains and liners

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