It’s April and time for Spring Cleaning.
Are you the type who typically cleans the house room by room, spending hours and hours on a massive seasonal spruce-up, or are you searching for quick but thorough strategies and tested cleaning tips for carpets, windows, mattresses, and more that fit your schedule, meet your standards, and give you that let-the-sunshine-in sense of renewal? Or maybe you pay someone to clean the house for you. Then scroll to the bottom of this post, and print Martha Stewart’s list and give it to your cleaning person and have him/her complete all the chores over the month of April.
No matter in which way you choose to tackle your chores, though, the people at Real Simple have you covered. The magazine’s website provides a thorough, detailed walk-through of the most common spring cleaning tasks. It also offers a “shortcut” series.
For example, the section of cleaning area rugs and rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting is a chore Real Simple lists as lasting “a morning”. The shortcut version, however, is noted to take just 10 minutes.
Some of the other areas covered in the Real Simple spring cleaning guide include :
- Windows (4-6 hours long version; 15 minutes each “shortcut” version)
- Curtains (30 minutes per panel long version; 10 minutes per panel “shortcut” version)
- Upholstery (25 minutes per piece of furniture long version; 5 minutes per piece of furniture “shortcut” version)
You’ll need tools for your spring cleaning tasks including special cleansers, sponges, rags and vacuums. In some cases, you may want to rent equipment from a local hardware store. For example, deep-cleaning an area rug with a steam cleaner may be more time-effective than scrubbing it clean by hand.
Keep track of what you’ve done, and what’s left to do, with this classic, 3-page Spring Cleaning Checklist from Martha Stewart.
And when your house sparkles, reward yourself with a hike on one of Marin’s beautiful trails.
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