The end of winter typically signals the start of a new season. It has been traditional for people to welcome spring by doing a deep cleaning operation in their homes, in order to prepare for the coming season. This cleaning session is known as spring cleaning and the aim is to make the house as clean and as fresh as possible. Given the fact that doors and windows generally stay closed over the winter period, there is a tendency for houses to get stuffy over winter. Spring cleaning also helps to remove this stale air and ensure that the house smells fresh.
Here are some tips on how to go about spring cleaning.
While people do not generally associate cleaning with danger, there are numerous risks associated with cleaning. For example, there is always the danger of acid burns and poisoning from cleaning agents, slips and falls on slippery floors, and so on. If your loved ones are in danger of slips, perhaps because they don’t have a good sense of balance, it might be safer to get help with housekeeping chores than to take them on. Ensure that your loved ones have good shoes with a firm grip on the floor, even on wet surfaces. Gloves are great as well, especially when handling harsh cleaning agents.
Have Everything Ready
To make the cleaning job as effective as possible, it is important to ensure that your loved ones have all the items they need in one place. This allows them time to source out any cleaning item that they may be lacking. They will need mops, brushes, buckets, and brooms. They will also need a variety of rags to wipe surfaces and clean windows. Finally, they are going to need cleaning agents, soap, detergent, and much more. Do any shopping runs that are needed to purchase what they may be lacking.
Decide What to Toss Away
If your loved ones haven’t done spring cleaning for a while, there is a chance that they will need to toss a bunch of things out. If you are helping a loved one to spring clean their house, ensure that you discuss with them beforehand what needs to be tossed out and what needs to be retained. Spring cleaning might entail tossing out things such as old furniture, old clothes, and so on. Rather than throwing some things away, you may decide to donate them to a charity, where they can be sold and money used for charity. You may also decide to sell some items which is a great way to make some extra money as well. Remember to discuss and get the agreement of your loved one before taking these actions to avoid conflict.
Map Out The Task
The most efficient way of spring cleaning is to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done. If possible, create a checklist where tasks can be ticked off as they are done. The other advantage of the checklist is that it helps to know what are some of the things that may be required beforehand so they can be purchased in time.