Stressed by spring cleaning? Here's how to manage it

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HousekeeperSpring cleaning can be a source of consternation for many Canadians, mainly because of the vastness of the project. In fact, because it can be such an imposing task, some are paralyzed by the thought of it, ultimately opting not to do it all because they don't know where to begin.

Like anything else, though, spring cleaning is accomplished one chore at a time. With this in mind, Lesley Kennedy, a contributor to The Huffington Post, spoke to a home cleaning and management expert about how to launch a successful spring cleaning campaign.

  • Make a checklist. Because no house is the same, there are certain issues that require more attention than others. As such, it's a good idea to list - in order of priority - what cleaning should be taken care of.

  • Break up the work. Doing everything all at once can lead to burnout, making it that much more less appealing to accomplish other tasks on the list. Because of this, home cleaning experts recommend doing different things on different days. For example, on Monday, you can devote that to cleaning the kitchen. While on Tuesday, tackling the bathrooms could be your charge.

  • Clean from top to bottom. As the saying goes, anything that's worth doing is worth doing right. That's why it's important to address everything in the room that needs refinement. This can be be determined by taking a step back to see what's required. Have the cobwebs been removed where the ceiling and walls meet? Has the floor underneath the furniture been vacuumed? Have the inside and the outside of windows been washed? Have electronics and the computer keyboard been dusted with an air duster?

  • Make kitchen cleaning a top priority. A 100 percent effort should be given to every room, but it's particularly important in the kitchen, which is typically the room that's most traveled through. The home cleaning expert told Kennedy that the oven should be cleaned inside and out, the refrigerator vacuumed and decluttered, as well as the cabinets and pantry. This will also give you an opportunity to throw away food items that have either gone bad or are stale.

  • Be careful not to neglect the small stuff. Window panes, furniture and appliances are all pretty obvious things that need to be cleaned. But it's very easy to neglect home features that are rarely thought of, but make a difference. The home cleaning guru said that window sills, blinds, baseboards and ceiling fan blinds should all be cleaned, making sure to clean wood surfaces with cleaners that are specific to wood.
    Kennedy addressed several other spring cleaning issues that should help homeowners and renters complete their spring cleaning routine.

Speaking of which, for many spring cleaning is as fundamental to homeownership as a home insurance policy. According to a 2013 survey conducted by consumers goods company Proctor & Gamble, nearly four in 10 Canadians say that they feel obligated to spring clean every year when March comes around. Just 10 percent said that they don't do any kind of spring cleaning whatsoever.
As for what task Canadians most loathe, cleaning blinds was among the top uninspiring cleaning pursuits, the P&G survey revealed.