Spring is a good time to go through your closet and take any clothes that you haven't worn in a year to the Goodwill.! Let your closet breathe!
Clean or replace the filters in your home: stove vent, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, furnace, humidifier, dryer, and air conditioner. Many of these can be washed in a dishwasher.
Spring is a good time to clean mattresses. In Japan traditionally they take their futons outside and beat them in the spring. For our mattresses, vacuuming them with an upholstery attachment will do the job.
Here are some more great ideas from www,goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/:
>Dust your lampshades. You can use the upholstery brush on you vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth.
>Clean your door mats. Use a hose on the outside mats and vacuum the inside ones. Be sure to get the underneath sides.
> Put your drapes in the dryer on "air only" for 15 minutes to fluff them up!
It's that time of year again. Here is the first of several posts on spring cleaning tips, most culled from Good Housekeeping, a great source.
1. Use your dishwasher to wash items you might not get to regularly and might not think of washing in the dishwasher: hairbrushes, sponges, the dish tray and dish rack, pet dishes to name a few.
2. Wash your windows for a spring pick-me-up. Wash vertically on the inside and horizontally on the outside to be able to see streaks more easily.
3. Clean those door mats--both sides. Outside matts spray with a hose; inside ones, vacuum.
A great point made by the Speed Cleaning folks is that often you need to feel the clean under the dirt. What that means is that your focus is not the dirty surface when you're cleaning a tub or a kitchen counter, for instance, but on the clean surface underneath. This will help you keep your focus moving through the tasks without getting bogged down.
Why is using two hands when you clean more efficient? When you do a physical task, your mental focus is expressed in your hands. (Check this out the next time you clean!) Using two hands keeps your mind from wandering.
When I clean a house I get into a rhythm that keeps me focused on the flow of the project rather than getting bogged down in each particular moment of cleaning. This is admittedly harder to do in your own home. That's because every item in your house means something to you and so threatens to ensnare you in that relationship. But take it as a challenge--and an experiment. What is it like to consciously avoid the pull of the things in your home while you're cleaning them?
Here's a tip from the www.speedcleaning.com people, who I've learned a great deal from on how to clean efficiently. There is an order to cleaning. In any one spot as you make your way around a room, start at the top and work down, and start at the back and work toward you (like on a countertop). This will make your cleaning more consistent and go faster.
Here's the first in a series of tips for cleaning your house efficiently. The first thing has to do with attitude. Try approaching the cleaning of your house as a meditation. Make sure you have a set amount of time and cut out distractions. Appreciate how the atmosphere in your home changes little by little as you tidy and clean.