Spring cleaning is not for everybody.
You may have friends who love to sort out all their belongings once (or more) a year, look forward to getting rid of outdated or unused possessions, then deep-cleaning every surface and crevice in their home.
But if that’s not you, and if you prefer to spend your time outdoors, with friends and family, or binge-watching Netflix, we get it. That’s why we created the minimalist’s guide to spring cleaning–so that you can get the job done and get on with your life.
Cleaning the floors
There are a few different levels of minimalism involved when it comes to cleaning your floors. Any option you choose will save you time and effort:
- This broom groomer will clean your broom’s bristles, preventing you from having to actually remove dust bunnies and collected hair that gets stuck to the broom.
- If you want to ditch the broom altogether, these microfiber slippers will let you slide your way to a clean, dusted floor. You can dance, watch TV, or read a book while you do it. Buy a pair for everyone in the house and have them slip them on whenever they walk on tile or hardwood floors. Your floors will never look the same again!
- The ultimate hands-off floor-cleaning device is, of course, the Roomba. It’s pricier than microfiber slippers but totally worth it. Prop your feet up (so the Roomba can pass under them) and relax while it does all the work.
Once the floors are clear of dirt and dust, use this Swiffer Sweeper to quickly clean the floors and leave them sparkling.
Your secret ingredient? Vinegar. White vinegar is great for cleaning more than 95 household items, and makes freshening up easier than ever.
All 95 cleaning tasks might seem like overkill to you, a minimalist, so just tackle the most important ones first:
- Use it in your sink and bathtub drains along with some baking soda to unclog and deodorize.
- Put on white cotton gloves (or an old sock) and moisten the fingers, then slide them across your blinds to easily and quickly clean them.
- Combine a half-cup with two cups of water in a microwave-safe dish, then heat for three minutes. After an additional minute, you will be able to easily wipe down the inside of your microwave. To prevent future microwave messes, invest in a splatter guard, and insist that each person in your home use it.
- Run hot water in your washing machine and add distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry. Now your clothes and linens will be washed in a fresh-smelling machine.
- By placing a cup of vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the top rack of your dishwasher, you can remove grease, grime, and musty odors after running a hot-water cycle. Simple, right?
Dust it off
Hit these three main spots for a fresher home:
- Dust your flat surfaces and the items on them, anything hanging on your walls, and your TV or computer hardware.
- Take an old pillowcase and throw it over the blades of your ceiling fans. Use it to capture the dust that has been collecting all year.
- Remove your curtains and throw them in the dryer for a quick fluff. Adding a dryer sheet and a damp towel will help to attract the dust off of them, and give them a pleasant, fresh smell.
In the kitchen
Tackling the kitchen might seem overwhelming, so focus on these four main areas:
- The contents of your refrigerator and pantry should be completely removed and assessed. Wipe down the surfaces, inside and out then only replace items that haven’t expired. Take note of excess staple items, so you know to hold off on buying more.
- Cabinets and countertops should be wiped down so fingerprints and food particles are removed. Don’t forget your backsplash!
- Your kitchen table likely needs some attention, too. Though the tabletop itself is (hopefully) wiped down regularly, make sure the chairs and legs are wiped clean of grease and food.
- Nobody likes cleaning a dirty stovetop. That’s why, after you tackle it with cleaning products this one last time, you will be relieved to know you never have to take on this task again. Apply reusable gas range protectors, which can be removed once your meal is cooked and easily cleaned while you wash the pots and pans later.
Though it might be time-consuming to sort through all your items, donating the unused ones is a lot easier than finding a place to put your growing collection of belongings. As you clean each room of the house, take note of the lesser-used items and set them aside. The fewer you have, the cleaner your home will feel.
For anything you must keep, buy some storage bins to hide your belongings tastefully.
Before you call it a night
- Wash all of your linens. Check the instructions on your pillows and comforters before you wash them, but make sure everything that you sleep on gets washed.
- While your sheets are in the wash, tackle your mattress. Using the crevice tool on your vacuum, clean surfaces and sides. You can use upholstery cleaner to spot-clean stains, then sanitize with disinfectant spray.
- If you haven’t already, vacuum and dust every surface, wipe down mirrors, and organize your clutter.
Just like that, your home has been cleaned for spring! Though you may have a few additional tasks to accomplish in the near future, completing these will make you feel like you successfully conquered one more season of spring cleaning.
What are some other minimalist cleaning techniques that you use?
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