Spring has finally arrived in Vancouver and beautiful, sunny days are gracing us more frequently with their presence. As we behold our homes under the revealing rays of the sun, many of us should come to a startling realization: Our little nests have become disgusting pigsties! Spring is known as the season of renewal and birth, so why not let your homes also embrace a new beginning by following these five time-saving tips we have compiled for you – after all, the less time you spend on work, the more time you will have to enjoy the warm weather and to frolic in the pretty meadows.
Tip 1: Make a battle plan
Before you tackle the grand mission of cleaning your entire home, consider making a plan. Having a plan will help you strategize how to best undertake the challenge of cleaning your home from top to bottom. Start by listing out all the rooms and thinking about the different tasks you have to do for each one. Once you have a list of the duties, you can divide them up and group them together to save time in changing equipment/routines. For example, once you finish scrubbing down the kitchen sink, do the bathroom sinks next as you are already in ‘scrub’ mode and have all the equipment ready.
Tip 2: De-clutter and throw away
We understand that things accumulate, especially after winter when holiday festivities can quickly add items that take up space in your house. Consider going a quick run-through of your house and getting rid of all unwanted items you have collected over the years/holidays. Spring cleaning provides you with the perfect opportunity to force yourself to see past the sentimental values of your old clothes that you saved in the hope that you will be able wear again after re-gaining your youthful figures as well as never-used appliances that you bought after being brainwashed by oh-so-powerful infomercials. Clearing up spaces in your home will ultimately mean that you will have less items/areas to clean, thereby speeding up the process.
Tip 3: Prepare the equipment ahead of time
For most homes, it is unnecessary to have different cleaners for each individual task. Consider investing in a good, biodegradable all-purpose cleaner for everything from walls to floors and only separate cleaning solutions for things that need specialized cleaners. Also, make sure that your tools are in useable conditions before you use them. It is neither fun nor time-efficient to have to stop in the middle of your cleaning streak to run out to buy replacements. Also, damaged tools can make your chores last twice as long or even damage your furniture, so, to save time and heartaches, best to make sure your tools are in good shape before using them.
Tip 4: Work your way up the ‘yucky’ scale
Whether it’s dusting off your furniture or wiping your floors, always start from the cleanest spots around the house and gradually work your way to the dirtiest places. By starting with the cleaner areas, your equipment will become dirty slower, thereby saving you big on trips to the sink or to the bucket to refresh your feather duster or wiping cloths.
Tip 5: Save the heavy duties for last
Unlike in real life where we save the best for last, best to treat cleaning like a videogame. Like in videogames where newbies should start with the easiest pests (e.g. minions) and work their way up to the most challenging enemies (e.g. bosses) so as to conserve their strength, you, too, should adopt this strategy to maximize how you spend your energy. Tackling the heavy duties early on will tire you out faster, leaving you less efficient to perform the subsequent chores. Therefore, save the most laborious tasks for later and push yourself faster to the finish line.
We hope that these cleaning tips help you make your home brighter this spring. If you are interested in Nanny services please feel free to contact us with your questions.