The Three Myths of Spring Cleaning

Spring brings hope for a fresher, better life. Just like many others, you may be inspired to start the season with a thorough cleaning. Before you get started, it may be a good idea to bust a few spring cleaning myths. Hopefully, they’ll help you get the job done easier, better, and faster.

Myth #1 – It Takes a Long Time to Declutter.

Most people use the wrong methods to declutter their home. The usual approach is to move out the stuff you don’t want. The problem is that with this method you create even more clutter to tidy up. You may even struggle to figure out what’s staying and what’s going.

The faster way is to take everything out of the space. Then, you put back only the things that you want to keep. As a rule of thumb, if you hardly use something, don’t put it back in the room. Anything that remains outside can be put away. This is counter-intuitive but very effective. If you have been wondering how to declutter an attic or garage, this tip will work wonders for you.

Myth #2 – Bleach Can Clean Anything

First of all, bleach is not the best choice when it comes to cleaning chemicals. It’s not very effective for cleaning wood and other porous surfaces. In fact, using bleach can lead to a lot of damage. Make sure you only use it on hard surfaces that won’t absorb the chemical.

Yes, bleach is great when you’re removing tough stains on ceramics. But, you’re best off using it as a disinfectant – after you’ve done the cleaning. You should also be careful not to inhale the fumes. As with any other chemical, make sure you were protective gloves to keep your hands safe when working with bleach. 

Myth #3 – You Have to Do It All at Once

This myth causes a lot of stress. Many homeowners try to get the whole house clean all at once. Then, they get frustrated when they run out of energy after a couple of hours. To make things worse, they get even more worried when they have to stop so they can do something else.

In reality, you can spread the process over a few weeks. You can make a spring cleaning list and cross each item as you go. Start with your most commonly used rooms first. That way, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor right way. Plus, you won’t be affected if you don’t get to the parts of your house that you hardly visit.

As a general tip, don’t be too hard on yourself. If the work is too much, hire pros for things like carpets and windows. There is nothing wrong with getting outside help. The goal of the deep cleaning process is to help you enjoy your home more – not to prove a point. So, relax and take your time. As long as you focus, you will get the job done. And then, you can revel in the freshness of your clean home.

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