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Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning

I surveyed my newsletter subscribers recently to find out how many of them were planning to give their homes a spring cleaning. Those who responded that they would not be doing any spring cleaning cited lack of time as the #1 reason.


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My advice? Zero in on one project at a time and schedule cleaning in 15- to 30-minute increments. It's less overwhelming that way.

Also consider hiring out jobs such as carpet cleaning and window cleaning. Professionals can do the job faster and better. As for everything else...

  • Set your goals. Determine what really needs to be done now.
  • Start in high-traffic areas where you can make a big impact such as kitchen, bathrooms, floors, and windows.
  • Remove clutter from floors, coffee tables, and other horizontal surfaces before you start cleaning.
  • Gather up your cleaning supplies and tools in a bucket or caddy so you have everything you need in one place.
  • Don’t fight gravity. Clean each room from top to bottom: ceilings first and floors last.
  • Invest in a couple of microfiber cloths for streak-free, lint-free cleaning of hard surfaces.
  • Let cleaners do the work for you. Allow sprays to really penetrate surfaces; dirt and stains will wipe away quicker and easier.
  • Clean your toilet while you sleep! This is my favorite cleaning tip: Pour your choice of cleaning product in the toilet before going to bed. In the morning, just brush and flush.
  • Don’t waste time doing things like washing walls if all you really need to do is spot clean marks.
  • Get family members involved to get the job done faster. Give little ones a couple of worn out socks to put on their hands and put them to work dusting baseboards, table and chair legs.
  • Reward yourself for a job well done.
Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning:  Created on May 29th, 2009.  Last Modified on January 21st, 2014


About Donna Smallin

Donna Smallin is an organizing and cleaning guru as well as the bestselling author of eight books on cleaning, uncluttering, and organizing your life, including her latest, The One-Minute Organizer A to Z Storage Solutions. You may have seen her on the CBS Early Show or read her tips in Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World and other leading publications. A member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), Donna received the 2006 Founders Award for outstanding contributions to the industry. She lives in Mesa, Arizona. To learn more, visit